Events


FEB
21
Date:
Friday, 21 Feb 2020
Time:
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
201 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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"The Reed Laments: Ecology and Capitalism in Muslim Poetics"

Dr. Nosheen Ali
New York University
Friday, February 21, 3:00 pm
201 International Center

In this talk, I re-read poetic knowledge in Islam, and excavate its emancipatory possibilities in relation to ecology and social justice. My desire is to raise a set of interconnected concerns: What lies beyond the spiritual in Sufi poetics? How did Sufi word and practice introduce a radical rethinking of social-ecological relations of production? Is there space to imagine a radical politics that believes, i.e. does not shun the "sacred" as understood through a normative, cynical lens? By articulating and engaging with a poetic-historical understanding of ecology and society within Sufi imaginaries, I wish to shed light on broader concerns within the fields of environmental humanities, political ecology and Marxist thought. 

Dr. Ali is the author of Delusional States:Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan's Northern Frontier. She received her PhD from Cornell University.  Her research interests include Environmental Education, Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies, Postcolonial and Cultural Studies, and Social Studies Education.

 

MAR
10
Date:
Tuesday, 10 Mar 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Library 4th Floor (Green Room)
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Muslim Journeys Book Club: The Unquiet Dead 
Tuesday, March 10th, from 7-9 pm
MSU Library, 4th Floor, Green Room
Discussion with the author
Ausma Zehanat Khan, Ph.D.

Ausma Zehanat Khan is a Canadian novelist and author of crime and fantasy novels. Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She received her LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Toronto. Khan was the editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine from 2007 until the magazine's closure. Khan published her first novel The Unquiet Dead in 2015; the book received "best first novel" accolades from both the Arthur Ellis Awards and the Barry Awards in 2016.

MAR
12
Date:
Thursday, 12 Mar 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Book Discussion with author Nazita Lajevardi
Outsiders at Home:
The Politics of American Islamophobia

Thursday, March 12th, 12:00 pm
303 International Center

Discrimination against Muslim Americans has soared over the last two decades with hostility growing especially acute since 2016 - in no small part due to targeted attacks by policymakers and media. Outsiders at Home offers the first systematic, empirically driven examination of status of Muslim Americans in US democracy, evaluating the topic from a variety of perspectives. To what extent do Muslim Americans face discrimination by legislators, the media, and the general public? What trends do we see over time, and how have conditions shifted? What, if anything, can be done to reverse course? Answering each of these questions, Nazita Lajevardi shows that the rampant, mostly negative discussion of Muslims in media and national discourse has yielded devastating political and social consequences.

MAR
16
Date:
Monday, 16 Mar 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall B-119
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Film Showing & Discussion of The Albanian Code

Documentary by Yael Katzir

Albania. Languages: Albanian, Hebrew, English
The Albanian Code is a documentary feature about the little-known saga of the thousands of Jewish refugees saved in Albania during WWII, due to the courage and humanity of the Albanian people--mostly Muslims. Most of the rescuers are no longer living, therefore it is urgent to document for posterity both saviors and saved and to leave a legacy for future generations. Premiered in Albania in the presence of the President. Screened in Paris at the Memorial de la Shoah and in Manhattan at the JCC.
 
Part of the 15th ANNUAL MSU ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
 
MAR
31
Date:
Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Erickson 103 Kiva
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic
Abdul El-Sayed
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. 
Erickson 103 Kiva
In Healing Politics, El-Sayed traces the life of a young idealist, weaving together powerful personal stories and fascinating forays into history and science. Marrying his unique perspective with the science of epidemiology, El-Sayed diagnoses an underlying epidemic afflicting our country, an epidemic of insecurity. And to heal the rifts this epidemic has created, he lays out a new direction for the progressive movement. This is a bold, personal, and compellingly original book from a prominent young leader.
APR
6
Date:
Monday, 06 Apr 2020
Time:
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Armenians of Palestine/Israel: The Rise and the Decline of a Community

lecture by Bedross Der Matossian (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Bedross Der Matossian is an Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he began his graduate studies in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Middle East History in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Lecturer of Middle East History in the Faculty of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the Spring quarter 2014 he was appointed as the Dumanian Visiting Professor in the University of Chicago. His areas of interest include ethnic politics in the Middle East, inter-ethnic violence in the Ottoman Empire, Palestinian history, and the history of Armenian Genocide.

APR
15
Date:
Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
MSU Library 4th Floor (Green Room)
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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What The Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
Book Discussion

Wednesday, April 15, 7-9 pm
MSU Main Library, Green Room (4th floor)


Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

APR
16
Date:
Thursday, 16 Apr 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Michigan State University is hosting an international conference on Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation. This conference aims to foster understanding of the nexus between Islam, environmental science, and conservation. The conference will take place on April 16-17, 2020, in East Lansing, Michigan.

APR
17
Date:
Friday, 17 Apr 2020
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Michigan State University is hosting an international conference on Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation. This conference aims to foster understanding of the nexus between Islam, environmental science, and conservation. The conference will take place on April 16-17, 2020, in East Lansing, Michigan.

APR
23
Date:
Thursday, 23 Apr 2020
Time:
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Muslim Studies Center
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Muslim Studies Program Student Research Showcase

Thursday, April 23, 2020
3rd Floor, International Center
 
Deadline for undergraduate and graduate paper, poster, and multimedia submissions: March 31, 2020
Awards to be announced at the Showcase:
Graduate Student Paper Award ($500)
Published or unpublished papers (roughly 15-25 pages with complete works cited) must have been written between March 1, 2019 and the deadline, March 31, 2020
Undergraduate Student Paper Award ($500)
Published or unpublished papers (roughly 15-25 pages with complete works cited) must have been written between March 1, 2019 and the deadline, March 31, 2020
Student Poster/Multimedia Award ($500)
Published or unpublished posters/multimedia submissions (by undergraduates or graduates) must have been produced between March 1, 2019 and the deadline, March 31, 2020
All submissions should be sent to Mohammad Khalil (khalilmo(at)msu.edu) and Mary Firdawsi (firdaws2(at)msu.edu)