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TEDxNJLibraries - Salman Ahmad - Sounds Intersecting and Overlapping Cultures

Salman Ahmad - Sounds Intersecting and Overlapping Cultures Salman Ahmad is a rock star and founder of the hugely successful band Junoon. He has sold over 25 million albums and is one of the most popular and exciting musicians in the world. Salman is also a humanitarian, bridge-builder, and social activist. His real "junoon" (passion) is using his music to bring people together and raise awareness of some of the most important social and political issues of our time: bridging the divide between Islam and the West, promoting peace between Pakistan and India, HIV/AIDS, and global health and poverty. After 9/11, Salman spoke out in the media about Islam and his identity as a Pakistani-American Muslim. He continues to be actively involved in bridging cultures -- through his participation in forums, such as the Brookings Institution and the Search for Common Ground; through his writing, for Newsweek's "On Faith" column and op-eds in the Washington Post and other publications; through his speaking, at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006, at university campuses around the country, and at Queens College where he currently teaches; through his documentaries, including the 2003 PBS documentary, "The Rock Star and the Mullahs" and the 2005 BBC film about Muslims in America called "It's My Country Too"; and of course, through his music. He just released a song with Melissa Etheridge called "Ring the Bells", a call for peace, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2007 and at the UN General Assembly in 2001, the first band ever invited to perform there. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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