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Elkader event promotes cultural literacy

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A small town in eastern Iowa is hoping to continue to build bridges of understanding for people of different faiths.

The Abdelkader Education Project hosted a forum that celebrates Emir Abdelkader, the 19th century Algerian leader who Elkader was named after. This is AEP 's fifth year for the event which promotes cultural literacy and understanding.

This year eight speakers were present to discuss arts and ethics. The event included Algerian ambassador to the United States Abdallah Balli. Balli hopes the forum helps break stereotypes and encourage others to learn more about different cultures.

"You know there are so many misunderstandings and there are some very bad misbehavior by some extremists in Islam that have tarnished the image of Islam, and there is an opportunity to find out through a man like Emir Abdelkader what is the real Islam," Balli said.

Along with a forum, the event also honored the 2013 Abdelkader global leadership prize essay winners.

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