DLI: Between Fantasy and Farmland - The Long History of Arab-Americans
Date(s) - 05/19/2022 - 05/20/2022
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
SPSCC Student Engagement, Events and Trainings
About this event
Our next DLI is Between Fantasy and Farmland – The Long History of Arab-Americans, taking place via Zoom on Thursday, May 19 at 12:30 p.m.
At least as early as Columbus’s expedition to North America, people known today broadly as Arabs have been part of the American landscape. This workshop will explore the long history of Arab Americans, as well as the challenges of negotiating identity in the majority white, Christian society that predominates in the US. Sometimes stuck between the fantastical Orientalist images from the Arabian Nights and the modern media emphasis on terrorism, Arab Americans are in fact a culturally and religiously diverse group, and one that is intimately woven into American society. Dr. Martyn Oliver, director of Arab American Studies at American University, leads this discussion.
Dr. Oliver was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington state and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western literature depicts Islam and Muslims. His current research examines how the development of the academic study of religion was influenced by popular culture and colonial conceptions of religious identity.
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