Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry visited The Pennington School on Monday, December 11, to meet with the Religion in America classes and the Middle Eastern History classes. He delivered a lecture to each class on the challenges faced by the American Muslim community today and its response to these challenges.
Dr. Chaudry graduated from the London School of Economics in 1967 and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Tufts University in 1972. He worked at AT&T from 1968 to 1998, serving as chief financial officer of its public relations division.
He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Raritan Valley Community College in the Business and Public Service Department. Previously, he was a lecturer at Rutgers University teaching business courses on leadership, multinational business management, and business policy. Since 2007, as a part of the non-credit program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLIRU), he has been teaching a ten-week long course on Understanding Islam and Muslims, including a special course on the Qur'an for non-Muslims. Beginning in 2013, he has been lecturing about Islam and Muslims at the New Jersey State Police Academy as a part of cultural awareness training for law enforcement officials.
Dr. Chaudry has co-authored a college level textbook on Islam and Muslims with Dr. Robert Crane, and he is a co-founder of the statewide New Jersey Interfaith Coalition of nearly 140 Muslim and non-Muslim organizations working to building bridges of understanding among all communities and to stand up for each other.