Just as other generations have held prejudices and bigotry towards other people due to race, ethnicity, religion or nationality, this current generation faces a similar dilemma of prejudice and bigotry.

The Middle East and its religions, ethnicities and nationalities have been thrust into the spotlight. Buzzwords like ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, terrorism, Islam and others have been used to create — or have been the cause for — distrust, prejudice and bigotry.

Recently, during a 2016 presidential debate, this group of people and their beliefs were discussed.

Weber State University’s Center for Diversity & Unity will be hosting the discussion “Middle East: Moving Beyond Bigotry and Prejudice” on April 11.

The event will discuss the various countries that make up the Middle East and their many cultures. Members of the panel will discuss their experiences in living in unknown and strange environments. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions to gain a better understanding of differing cultures, ethnicities and beliefs to further move away from bigotry and prejudice that many Middle Easterners face.

Sahar Kassab, right, speaks to a reporter off camera next to her husband Basel Awarek, center, and daughter Laila Awarek, left. They are refugees from Homs, Syria. (John Gastaldo/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

The discussion will be held in the Shepherd Union, Room 232 from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.

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