Stereotyping Islam: Imagining the Muslim Enemy
This teacher workshop will provide the educator with a deeper understanding of the roots and influences of common stereotypes associated with Muslims and the Middle East. All sessions will be led by Alex Barna, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.
April 13, 2012
Pick Hall, Room 105
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago IL, 60637
9:00AM-10:30AM “The Origin and Purpose of Negative Stereotyping” (Presentation I and Discussion)
10:45AM-12PM “Faces of the Muslim Enemy” (Presentation II and Discussion)
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (not included)
1:00PM-2:00PM “Comparing Anti-Semitic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Islamic Images and Discourse” (Presentation III)
2:00PM-2:45PM Curriculum Discussion
2:45PM-3:00PM Program Conclusion/Evaluation
Register at: https://cis.uchicago.edu/events/2011-2012/041312-stereotyping-islam
Intended for 6th-12th grade teachers, but open to all interested individuals
5 CPDUs offered
Through theoretical and comparative analysis, the goal of this workshop will be to introduce a framework for understanding, interpreting, and assessing the value of both visual and textual information about the Middle East, Islam, and Muslims. Ideally, teachers will develop a more sophisticated understanding of how many Americans think about, feel about, or perceive Islam/Muslims and the people and societies of the Middle East (both historical and contemporary), and how these thoughts, feelings, and perceptions might inform, shape, or influence their words and actions.
This workshop is cosponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Alex Barna is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a position he has held since 2008. He holds two B.A.s from Duke University (one in Religion and one in Biology) and an M.A. from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies.