Islamophobia and Race Symposium

When Mar 27, 2017
from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Where Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
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Islamophobia and Race SymposiumCome examine rising discrimination against Muslims in the United States and the effects seen in recent elections, travel bans and anti-Muslim organizations.

Scholars with expertise in law, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies will share their views on topics ranging from the increase in anti-Muslim fringe groups to the racialization of religion since 9/11.

Organizers intend for the discussions to appeal to the general public, especially community members from religious, academic, international, nonprofit, civil rights and peace and justice groups.

Three panel discussions will focus on:

  • Race, Religion and Power: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (9:30am-noon). Speakers will be Sahar Aziz, law, Texas A&M University; Greg Hutcheson, Spanish, UofL; and Junaid Rana, Asian American studies, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. 
  • Representations, Mobilizations and the Media (1:30-3:30pm). Speakers will be Christopher Bail, sociology, Duke University; and Evelyn Alsultany, Arab and Muslim American studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Islamophobia and Racism on the Ground (3:45-5:30pm). Speakers will be Donna Auston, anthropology, Rutgers University; and Louise Cainkar, sociology, Marquette University.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

This event is presented by UofL's Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, generously funded by the Snowy Owl Foundation and co-sponsored by UofL’s Liberal Studies Project, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Department of Anthropology. Questions? Call 502-852-8977.

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