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Media Advisory

"Islam and Muslims in America," a three-day conference

16 April 2003

ATTENTION: City desks, war editors, assignment editors

Contact: Janet Gilmore
(510) 642-5685 jeg@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

"Islam and Muslims in America," a three-day conference at the University of California, Berkeley, exploring the history, development and future prospects of Islam and Muslim presence in the United States. Scholars from across disciplines and from institutions across the country will reveal new research and discuss life for Muslims in America after the Sept. 11 attacks and as a result of the war with Iraq.

The event is open to the public. There is a $25 registration fee.

Friday, April 18, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dwinelle Hall, Room 155, UC Berkeley.

Key participants will include:

  • Sulayman Nyang, a Howard University professor and former deputy ambassador of the Gambian Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • Allan Austin, a Springfield College, Mass., professor and expert on African Muslims in the antebellum America

  • Karen Leonard, a UC Irvine anthropology professor writing a book on the state of research on Muslims in the United States

  • Hatem Bazian, the conference chairman and a lecturer in UC Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department

Panel discussions will include "Islam and Muslims in America: Future Challenges," "The Psychological Effects of Racialization, Profiling and Special Registration on Muslim Identity in the U.S.," "Islam and Media Coverage of the War on Terrorism," "Civil Liberties in the Wake of September 11," "Media Portrayals of Muslims," and "Widening the Zones of Understanding."

The conference is being sponsored by UC Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department, Center for South Asia Studies, Muslim Student Association and other organizations. For the program agenda and a full list of participants, visit the conference website.