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Conference takes on "Islamophobia"

23 April 2008

ATTENTION: Diversity, religion, legal, international and minority affairs reporters and editors

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 yanwar@berkeley.edu

"Deconstructing Islamophobia," a two-day conference at the University of California, Berkeley. A wide-ranging lineup of scholars will discuss the rising local, national and global fear of and prejudice against the religion of Islam and of Muslims, as evidenced by actions including the curtailment of civil rights in the name of post-9/11 national security.

Panel topics will include "'Good' and 'Bad' Muslims: Youth Citizenship and Dissent in the U.S. Empire;" "The Wall Street Journal's Muslims: Representing Islam in American Print News Media;" "Islamophobia and Anti-Blackness: A Genealogical Approach;" "Islamophobia, Jewish Intellectuals and the Question of Arab Jews;" and "Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamphobia?"

The conference is being sponsored by UC Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender.

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. A community discussion on the topic will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Auditorium.

Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall. For further information, see UC Berkeley's campus map.

In addition to UC Berkeley scholars Ula Taylor, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Hamid Algar, Ramon Grosfoguel and Evelyn Nakano Glenn and experts from the UC campuses of Davis, Irvine, Santa Barbara and San Diego, panelists will hail from San Francisco State University, Marquette University, New York University, Wesleyan University, National University of Mexico, Macalester College, University of Leeds and University of Bristol (U.K.), University of Massachusetts, California Institute of Integral Studies, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.


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