Clearing Misconceptions About ISLAM & Current Community Challenges

  • March 07, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium


  • Free and Open to the Public

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

No registration is required.


A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 

Registration is not required.

The Program will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar.  The speakers and their topics are:

First one hour to cover:

  • Women’s Rights -Sarah Schlosser
  • Sharia, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
  • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
  • Muslim World Experience -John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney for Western Wisconsin)  

 Second hour:  Q&A  

About The Panelists:

Masood Akhtar:

Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born proud American Muslim entrepreneur and an Activist.  Living in Madison for over 30 years, he is actively involved in numerous projects.  To address the environment of Islamophobia and fear during the recent Presidential campaign, he spent significant amount of time addressing this issue in cooperation with leaders from the Madison Muslim Community, law enforcement officers, elected officials, local media and the general public.

Imam Alhagie Jallow

Imam Alhagie Jallow was born in Mbollet, Gambia in 1987.  After completing his primary studies, he traveled to Diourbel, Senegal where he completed the memorization of the Qur'an.  Upon returning to Gambia, he taught Qur'an while completing his secondary education and received a scholarship to study at the Islamic University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Alhagie graduated with a degree in Shari'ah and learned from some of the foremost Islamic scholars of our age.  Alhagie is the Imam of the Masjid Us-Sunnah in Madison since 2009.  He leads prayers, conducts lectures, organizes Islamic education  classes for children.

Sarah Schlosser 

Sarah Schlosser was born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska.  She spent most of her life in the Midwest and raised in a Presbyterian home attending church weekly but drifted away from her religious practice during her young adult life.  Sarah has always been searching for the truth that supported her unwavering belief in God.  Islam came to her from two directions - the ever present media feed about the terror of ISIS and the kind generosity of Muslims in Tanzania and Kazakhstan.  As she "explored these contradictions, she unlocked what had been inside of her and converted to Islam in 2016. 

John W. Vaudreuil

John W. Vaudreuil is recently retired United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the district since January 1980 As US Attorney, Vaudreuil led an office committed to the fair and equal enforcement of federal law, including civil rights laws, both in civil and criminal cases.  As the chief federal law enforcement officer, Vaudreuil has also tirelessly worked to build relationships of trust and understanding with communities that might be targets of civil rights crimes.

Lecture Location:

Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
6205 Mineral Point Road    
Madison, Wisconsin 53705    


Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

To access underground parking:

  • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
  • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
  • Park in any available Visitor space.

Lecture Questions? Contact Mike Di Iorio at: or (608) 257-9164.





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