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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004 7:09 am

Tempe wants its residents to get to know their neighbors.

To do this, the city is launching a free quarterly lecture series, Who’s Your Neighbor, on June 7, which officials hope will raise cultural awareness.

"We have such a rich and wide variety of cultures and ethnicities within our community," said Ginny Belousek, a diversity specialist for the city. "We hope this brown bag series will raise awareness so we can all get to know each other."

The meeting will focus on Islam and Muslims in America.

A speaker from the Islamic Social Services Association Anti-Bias Project will address Islamic tradition, beliefs and practices.

Representatives from the Mesa-based group also will talk about etiquette and guidelines when working with the Muslim community and issues regarding Islamic women, immigrants and refugees.

Belousek said she expects the lecture series to cover a wide variety of issues.

Aside from racial and religious differences, she said future discussions also will revolve around gender and generational issues.

"People need to realize that culture is not just ethnicity," she said.

Registration is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, but the city will provide dessert.

Cultural lecture

What: Who’s Your Neighbor lecture series

When: Noon June 7

Where: Tempe City Council chambers, Harry E. Mitchell Government Center Municipal Building, 31 E. Fifth St. Information: (480) 967-2001

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