For over a century, Hollywood portrayed Muslims in stereotypical ways. After 9/11, Hollywood included patriotic US Muslim characters to diffuse representations of Muslims as terrorists. Trump’s “Muslim ban” served as another turning point: Hollywood created more Muslim characters outside of the context of terrorism. This talk will focus on how to understand the last four years of changing representations in relation to the politics of race and social justice in the US.
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Evelyn Alsultany is a leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US media. She is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan for 13 years where she co-founded and directed the Arab and Muslim American Studies program and the Islamophobia Working Group to include Muslim students in diversity initiatives. Professor Alsultany is the author of Arabs and Muslim in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11. Recently she co-authored the Obeidi-Alsultany Test to help Hollywood improve representations of Muslims. For more information, see http://evelynalsultany.com/.
This event is organized by UNO Islamic Studies Program in collaboration with Humanities Nebraska. The co-sponsors of the event include the UNO Religious Studies Department, UNO Political Science Department, UNO History Department, the Goldstein Center for Human Rights, the Goldstein Family Community Chair, the UNO International Studies, and the UNO Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.