Teach-in: Islamophobia — Religion, Fear, and the Consequences of Dehumanization

Event Details

April 3, 2019
5:00 pm

Goodell Hall

Room: Bernie Dallas Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Ebru Kardan
413-545-6294

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.

Panelists:

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