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Panel to debate controversy around Ground Zero Islamic center proposal

LEWISTON -- A panel discussion on the controversy surrounding the proposal to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Niagara University's Gallagher Center.

The event is free and open to the public. A 45-minute debate will be followed by a question-and-answer session, the university said in a press release.

Participants will include Dr. Othman Shibly, an active Muslim and clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo; Peter Baxter, assistant political science professor at NU; and Reta Jabar, a student in the Diversity Advocates program at Niagara.

The panel was organized by NU's Middle East and Islamic Studies Committee and Diversity Advocates. For more information, call the university at 286-8696.

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