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Can We Have An Honest Conversation About Islam In American Politics?

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Why is Islam such a polarizing topic for many Americans? What is the connection between inflammatory political rhetoric and Islamophobia in the U.S.? What was it like for Muslim Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign, and have things changed post-election? 

Students and faculty at Trinity started a summer research project last year asking the same questions. The inquiry led to over 170 interviews with a diverse spectrum of San Antonio residents about Islam-related rhetoric in politics.

Thursday night, these conversations and revelations will come to life in the form of a 70-minute one-act play.

The goal is to inspire honest dialogue by presenting an intimate, and perhaps at times, difficult examination of local perspectives on politics and Islam in America.

This production is made in partnership with Texas Public Radio's "Dare To Listen" campaign and the McNay Art Museum. For more information on event details, click here.


  • Sarah Beth Kaufman, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University
  • Habiba Noor, instructor at Trinity University whose current research project is titled, “'Between Public and Private: Islam in the 2016 Presidential Elections”
  • Hanna Niner, recent graduate of Trinity University with degrees in political science and sociology, and research assistant for the "To Be Honest" project

This is a community conversation and we want to hear from you. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982. During the live show (12 - 1 p.m.), call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.