We the People: Islam and US Politics

Posted on August 29th, 2011 in Events

Over the course of the 2011-12 academic year, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies will be sponsoring an event series titled “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics.” This series will focus on the ever-changing place of Islam and Muslims in contemporary American political discourse and its potential role for the future of American democracy, society and culture. Bringing together academics, artists and public intellectuals, the series will provide a forum for deep, critical conversations about America as much as about Muslims and Islam in America. Participants will reflect on various aspects of American political life, such as the news media, Hollywood, visual arts, and democratic theory & practice.

Our first event for this series will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 PM in Cubberley Auditorium (485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, map). Camille Alick (Muslims on Screen and Television), Joel Brinkley (Communication, Stanford) and Michael Wolfe (Unity Productions Foundation) will reflect on representations of Islam and Muslims in the virtual and print media, video games and Hollywood. Specifically, what are the current trends in video game development insofar as these relate to Islam and Muslims? What is the connection between Hollywood and the video game industry?  What are current trends in terms of the way that Hollywood and independent filmmakers are portraying Islam and Muslims?  How do newspapers fit into an information landscape increasingly dominated by digital media? What might a future role be for print media in a general effort to provide Americans with an informed and nuanced understanding of Islam, both in the U.S. and abroad?  The event will be moderated by the Abbasi Program’s interim director, Prof. Vincent Barletta (Iberian and Latin American Cultures). The event is being co-sponsored by the Stanford American Studies Program. Like all events in the series, this event will be free and open to the public.

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