2016-2017 Events

Islamophobia and Race Symposium

Monday, March 27, 9am - 5:30pm

Chao Auditorium Ekstrom Library

8:45-9:15 Refreshments

9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks

9:30-12:00  Race, Religion, and Power: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Islamophobia and Race
  • “The Muslim Menace: The Racialization of Religion in the Post-9/11 Era”

 Sahar Aziz (Law) Texas A & M University

  •  “’Where there are Mosques, there are Muslims…’: Vexations Past and Present”

Greg Hutcheson (Spanish) University of Louisville

  •  “Anti-Black, Xenophobic, and Anti-Muslim”

 Junaid Rana (Asian-American Studies) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


1:30-3:30 Representations, Mobilizations, and the Media

  • “Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations became Mainstream”

Prof. Christopher Bail (Sociology) Duke University

  •  “Islamophobia, Media Representations, and Post-Race Racism”

Evelyn Alsultany (Arab and Muslim American Studies) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


3:45-5:30  Islamophobia and Racism on the ground

  • “Anti-Black, Twice: An Intersectional Analysis of Islamophobia"

Donna Auston (Anthropology) Rutgers University

  •  “Islamophobia in Action”

Prof. Louise Cainkar (Sociology) Marquette University



Sharon Leon, CCHS Distinguished Visitor

“Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History”

Thursday, March 30th, 4pm

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

The origin story for digital history differs significantly from the standard literary studies-focused narrative that is offered for humanities computing and the digital humanities. For the most part, the dominant story makes no room for the different trajectory that historians traveled in their engagement with digital methods. When we move away from an origin story for digital humanities that is centered in literary studies, we are forced to grapple with the place of digital history in relationship to other methodological innovations in the larger field of history, and to recognize the deep influence of both the radical history and public history movements on the field. This talk will plumb just those influences, and explore the ways these movements have shaped recent work in the field that critically engages with and represents the experiences of diverse group of communities, from migrant workers, to those who have experienced police violence, to LGBTQ people, to many, many others.

Sharon Leon is the Director of Public Projects at the Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor in the History and Art History Department of George Mason University. At the Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Leon oversees collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country, such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She manages the Center's digital exhibit and archiving projects, as well as a research and tool development for public history, including Omeka and Scripto.


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Calling all amateur and professional designers, developers, creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and community members!

Friday, March 31st

9am - 5pm

Bingham Humanities Building, room 300

The Digital Humanities Initiative, in collaboration with the UoL Center for GIS, invites you to participate in hacktheville, an 8-hour caffeine- and pizza- fueled hackathon that creates innovative technological solutions to community problems.
This year we are coordinating with the Mayor’s Office and community leaders to design digital resources that will help support and safeguard Louisville’s immigrant and refugee residents in our current moment.
hacktheville is open to all students, faculty, and community members. No matter what your skill set, you will be a valuable member of our team as we brainstorm, design, and build the future of technology in Louisville.

Co-sponsored by: The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society and
UofL’s Departments of Geography and Geosciences, English, and History.

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