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Being Muslim: Race, Gender, and Islam in America

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Date(s) - 04/16/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The University of Chicago SSA. School of Social Service Administration


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2019 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar
“Being Muslim: Race, Gender, and Islam in America”
April 16, 2019

5:30pm: Doors open, book sale, and light reception
Copies of, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in Americawill be available for purchase on-site
6:00 – 7:30pm: Lecture and Q & A (1.5 CEUs available*)
Book signing following lecture

The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Free and open to the public; registration required

Dr. Chan-Malik’s talk offers a broad overview of Islam’s history in the United States from the early twentieth-century to the present, with a specific focus on the lives, narratives, and representations of U.S. Muslim women. Through historical archives and images, she demonstrates how this history necessitates an understanding of the experiences of Black American Muslim women, who through the 1960s, constituted the majority of Muslim women in the U.S, and has thus, forcefully shaped the meanings and presence of Islam in the United States. From the stories that she gathers, Chan-Malik demonstrates the diversity and similarities of Black, Arab, South Asian, Latina, white, and multiracial Muslim women, and how American understandings of Islam and Muslims have shifted against the political and cultural landscapes of the past century.

Sylvia Chan-Malik, PhD, is a scholar of American studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses on the history of Islam in the United States. More broadly, she studies the intersections of race, gender, and religion, and how these categories interact in struggles for social justice.

Her book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color and American Islam (NYU Press) offers an alternative narrative of American Islam in the 20-21st century that centers the lives, subjectivities, and voices of women of color.

About the Event

Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite so that others may register (go to “View Order”).

University of Chicago surface parking lots are free and open after 4:00pm. The closest lots are #6 Wells, #8 Woodlawn Social Services Center, and #9 Edelstone.

1.5 CEUs available. The Professional Development Program at SSA is a state of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists. Indicate your interest in CE credit at check-in.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Carmella Snook, or 773.702.9700 at least three days in advance of the event.

For general questions about the event, contact The Professional Development Program at or 773.702.1166

The Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Fund was established in 2000 in memory of Ikuo Yamaguchi, AM’60. Mr. Yamaguchi (1927 – 1993) was one of the first Japanese students to attend SSA after World War II. Born in Tokyo, he graduated from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1947. Receiving a stipend from the Salvation Army during his studies at SSA, Mr. Yamaguchi was required to work for the Salvation Army upon graduation for two years. This began what would be a 30 year career with the agency as a family therapist. He later rose to the position of executive director of the Family Service Division. Recognizing Mr. Yamaguchi’s strong belief in social workers’ continuous professional learning and growth, the annual Ikuo Yamaguchi Seminar was created by his wife Mari, friends and relatives of Ikuo and Mari from the U.S. and Japan, in tribute to celebrate his life.

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