The 2022 Abdelkader-PRSSA Iowa Prize
Six – $500 prizes for an individual or team of students from each PRSSA in Iowa.
This prize seeks to:
Deploy the use of Public Relations and the legacy of Emir Abdelkader, to challenge common preconceptions about Muslims.
January 10, 2022 – April 1, 2022
The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP), an international initiative with a home-base in Elkader, Iowa, hosts a competition with monetary prizes for students who are members of a PRSSA club, in Iowa.
Enter to win one of six – $500 prizes for an individual or team of students from each PRSSA in Iowa.
Students must be members of one of the 6 PRSSAs, in Iowa
Submit a design for a PR campaign, with an Iowa constituency in mind. Judges will consider all manner of creative designs — billboards, ads, graphics, PSA’s etc. Accompany your design with an execution plan, if possible. However, do not execute on the plan prior to AEP’s agreement.
News or opinion pieces may be in print, audio, or video. Entries may be published or unpublished. Judges will weight published materials from church newsletters to podcasts to local dailies, or professional journalism outlets.
- History of Elkader, Iowa (“Iowa first” to name a town after a Muslim figure)
- Abdelkader (AeK) as a Mason – contemporary connections
- The President of the United States gave Abdelkader a gift of two colt pistols
- AEP middle school and high school curricula
- Abdelkader saved 10,000 Christians in Damascus in 1860
- Abdelkader credited with being a precursor to the Geneva Convention on Human Rights. His bust is displayed at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, today, along with Henri Dunant, its founder.
Click here for more ideas!
Kiser, John W. Commander of the Faithful: the Life and Times of Emir Abd El Kader. Monkfish Book Pub., 2008.
Marston, Elsa. Compassionate Warrior – Abd El-Kader of Algeria. World Wisdom Books, 2013.
A Sampling of our Educational Resources:
Middle school curriculum: An exploration of three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) with an emphasis on Islam and a spotlight on the Algerian hero Abd el-Kader.
High school curriculum: This series of three lessons supports several learning objectives of the AP World History: Modern Unit 6. They utilize the life of Emir Abdelkader as a case study and highlight contemporary relationships between religious and cultural groups.
For Classrooms and Civic Groups:
Three short case studies on ethical leadership; dilemmas of an Egyptian-Iowan Imam; and a story of a local hate crime. All three cases are introduced by a lively historical narrative of Muslims in Iowa, entitled “Portrait of Cedar Rapids and America’s Mother Mosque.”
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