Teach-in: Islamophobia — Religion, Fear, and the Consequences of Dehumanization
April 3, 2019
Room: Bernie Dallas Room
UMass Amherst Campus
Often cast as dangerous outsiders, Muslims are framed by negative stereotypes, in both mainstream and fringe discourses that dehumanize them. Acts of hate motivated by Islamophobia have been rising in recent years from physical assaults to vandalism and arson of mosques. The massacre of worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand is a tragic illustration of this global trend.
A panel of faculty from on and off campus will reflect on the consequences of dehumanization and the ways in which it can make Muslims vulnerable to violent attacks. This Teach-in will provide the context we need to understand the world around us and the importance of a commitment to fight hate and intolerance in all forms.
Amel Ahmed, associate professor of political science and director of Academic Equity and Inclusion Initiatives at UMass Amherst
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, attorney and 2018 candidate for the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District
Reza Mansoor, founding president, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford
David Mednicoff, department chair and associate professor of Middle Eastern studies and public policy at UMass Amherst
Fareen Parvez, associate professor of sociology
Saher Selod, associate professor of sociology, Simmons University