Performance can help us to examine substantive issues of the day and can be a catalyst for dialogue and learning. Our Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey project for example, offers a variety of performances and events that reveal the plurality of Muslim identity and refute monolithic thinking.
In a time of increasing Islamophobia, there is an urgent need to address misrepresentations of Islam and Muslims as well as identify means of intervention. That’s why we are collaborating with the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI) to host their workshop titled: How to Defeat Islamophobia. The workshop draws on the personal experiences of Muslims and people of color, and will use images, videos, and interactive exercises to examine the following topics:
– What is Islamophobia?
– Address common myths and assumptions about Islam and Muslims
– Understand how we are unintentionally participating
– Identify how we can interrupt our own and others’ participation
– Define action steps
September 28 from 2-5pm at Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, complimentary and open to the public.
“We understand both Islamophobia and racism within a framework that sees how discrimination based on race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and religion are part of multiple, interlocking forms of oppression that reinforce and sustain one another.” – MERI