Dowling College Hosts Discussion of "The Global Aspects of Islamic
With Distinguished Speaker John Gallagher
Join Dowling College in celebration of their Annual Theme of
"Globalism: One World" by welcoming distinguished speaker, John
C. Gallagher. A former Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Mr.
Gallagher will be discussing "The Global Aspects of Islamic Extremism"
on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fortunoff Hall Hunt Room
at the historic Rudolph Campus in Oakdale. This event is free and open
to the public.
Recognized scholars ranging from Edith Hamilton, whose classic, The
Greek Way, was published over 75 years ago, to Columbia Professor Mark
Lilla's, The Stillborn God, published just six months ago, have long
addressed different worldviews. Students of modern Islamic societies
subscribe to the "given" that many Muslim cultures see the world in
light of the unitary character of all creation under Allah. What is
often avoided, for fear of offending, is the link between religious
fundamentalism, Salafism, in Islam and political extremism or
To understand the ideas we face throughout Islam, we must first define
the Muslim world according to the Qur'an and the interpretation of
doctrines that spawn terror. We must accept that we are in a war of
ideologies with Islamic extremists. To delve into these topics is
featured speaker, John Gallagher.
Former Suffolk County Police Commissioner John C. Gallagher headed the
12th largest urban police department in the nation, with over 2,800
officers for seven years until his retirement. Previously, he was an
Assistant Deputy County Executive, advising the County Executive on
public safety issues. Mr. Gallagher was also Senior Vice President at
St. Francis Hospital. Mr. Gallagher was also employed as Suffolk's
Chief Deputy County Executive, the highest appointive office in county
government. Prior to this, John was the Executive Dean of Suffolk
Community College's Grant Campus at Brentwood.
Mr. Gallagher has a distinguished record of service to his community,
including appointments to the governing council of Stony Brook
University. He also sits on the boards of the SCO Family of Services and
the Police Reserves of Suffolk County. Mr. Gallagher served terms as
Chairman of the Suffolk Chapter of the American Red Cross and on the
N.Y. State Red Cross Government Relations Committee. He was twice
appointed by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission to its NYS Advisory
Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of the FBI National Academy's prestigious
National Executive Institute and is a guest lecturer at the Academy. He
was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Dowling College and
holds a Master's Degree from Columbia University. Upon his
retirement, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy awarded Mr. Gallagher
the Medal of Honor, the County's highest accolade. Professor
Gallagher has returned to his first career, teaching part-time at
Suffolk Community College.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.