Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. Reza Aslan’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and a PhD in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Currently, Aslan is a tenured Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and in addition to his acclaimed career in academia, Reza has had a distinguished career in the entertainment industry, working as a Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers. Reza’s latest book, God: A Human History was released in paperback in April 2019. We are honoured to feature Mr. Aslan as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s Gala and look forward to hearing his insights regarding the intersection of religion, politics and contemporary life