A Panel Discussion by the UW-Madison Middle East Studies Program and the Center for the Humanities
Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum
University of Wisconsin – Madison
330 N. Orchard Street, Madison WI 53715
Islamophobia is increasingly rising to the front of national attention, whether through politicians, presidential campaign rhetoric, newspaper headlines, or tweets. In a time when Islam is the subject of much discussion and controversy, the Middle East Studies Program and the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison invites you to a unique panel discussion tackling causes, manifestations, dangers of Islamophobia, constitutional rights and protections offered by federal civil rights/hate crimes statutes. An intersectional approach will be taken to explore how Islamophobic violence impacts not only Muslims, but every American who cares about freedom and democracy. Islamophobia mirrors other types of oppression and exclusion that create walls and barriers among people. The panel hopes to enable an ongoing open dialogue, in a safe environment for debate through education, participation and engagement.
John W. Vaudreuil. As US Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Vaudreuil leads an office committed to the fair and equal enforcement of federal law, including civil rights laws, both in civil and criminal cases. His office has aggressively pursued civil housing discrimination cases and cases involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the chief federal law enforcement officer, Vaudreuil has also tirelessly worked to build relationships of trust and understanding with communities that might be targets of civil rights crimes.
Nasra Wehelie, “Remedy for Islamophobia.” Nasra is the Development Director for Madison-Area Urban Ministry.
Safi Kaskas, “Fighting Islamophobia, a holistic approach.” Safi has studied Abrahamic religions and lectured throughout the US and Saudi Arabia on subjects related to Islam, interfaith and reconciliation between Evangelicals and American Muslims. Dr. Kaskas translated and published the Qur’an into simple easy to understand English in January 2015 and published The Qur’an with references to the Bible in January 2016.
Imam Alhagie Jallow became the Imam of the Masjid Us-Sunnah shortly after his visit to Madison in 2009.
Golnar Nikpour, “The Iran Hostage Crisis and the Recent History of American Islamophobia.” A.W. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences at UW-Madison.
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on Friday, it has left many people asking questions about their futures in this country. What will happen if a Muslim registry is created? What will happen if massive amounts of Latinos are deported and families are broken up? What does a Trump presidency mean for the black, gay, and Hmong communities? What is needed to protect the most vulnerable? How can we help each other?
Mark your calendars for something different: the Freeze for Peace Run sponsored by Colombia Support Network with support from MRSCP, to fund food programs that benefit the citizens of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado in Colombia.
This very important annual fund raiser for Dane County’s sister community will take place on Saturday, January 28. starting at the Vilas Park Shelter. There are both 5K run/walk (12 noon start) and 10K run (1 pm start) options. (More info). Both runners and race-day volunteers are needed.
An audience of around 30 people gathered to hear from talented blogger and political analyst Laila El-Haddad on Nov. 29 at The Crossing.
Laila El-Haddad is a talented blogger, political analyst, engaging public speaker, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between (2010); the co-editor of the anthology Gaza Unsilenced (2015); and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey (2nd Ed. 2016).
The evening started off with a Q & A between UW-Madison professor Nevine El Nossery and El-Haddad about her blog and books inspired by her experiences while living on the border in Gaza. That was followed by a short cooking demonstration and potluck social featuring samples of Palestinian food, including dishes from El-Haddad’s cookbook.
El-Haddad explained that initially, she created her blog to relieve and process some of the emotions and experiences she underwent while living in Gaza, but it then grew to be something much bigger.