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Mohammad Ali Chaudry, Ph.D., to speak on The Essence of Islam and Current Issues
Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry is co-founder of the statewide New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, an association of more than 120 Muslim and non-Muslim organizations working on building bridges of understanding and support among all communities. Since 2012, he has served as an active member of the New Jersey Attorney General's Outreach Committee for the Muslim Community, created to build a relationship of mutual trust and understanding between law enforcement and the Muslim community. He has been lecturing on Islam and Muslims at the New Jersey State Police Academy as a part of cultural awareness training for law enforcement officials, and in 2014 became part of the team of interfaith instructors offering different cultural perspectives at the academy.
Since 2007, as a part of the non-credit program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University, he has been teaching ten-week-long courses on Understanding Islam and Muslims, including a special course on the Qur'an for non-Muslims.
Co-founder the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, Dr. Chaudry currently serves as its president. He initiated a "Pledge to Stand Up for the Other" which also is a part of the mission of the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, established in 2014 jointly by Walter Ruby of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding of New York, Rabbi Deb Smith, affiliated with the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and by Dr. Chaudry of ISBR. Dr. Chaudry joined the Interfaith Advisory Council of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness in 2015.
Dr. Chaudry graduated from the London School of Economics and earned a Ph. D. in Economics from Tufts University. He worked at AT&T from 1968 to 1998, serving as CFO of its Public Relations Division. As a lecturer at Rutgers University, he taught business courses on leadership, multinational business management, and business policy. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer. Dr. Chaudry has served on the Bernards Township Board of Education in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and the Bernards Twp Committee; Deputy Mayor in 2003 and Mayor in 2004, becoming the first Pakistani-born mayor in America. He continues to be involved in the political process and advocates greater civic engagement by all. He is serving a three-year term as Commissioner on the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service which oversees the AmeriCorps volunteers program in New Jersey, and currently serves as president of the Branchburg Rotary Foundation.
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