Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, taught a three week long seminar on Muslim women's rights and Islamic feminism in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July as part of an advanced study program at the New York Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture.

NYI is housed in St. Petersburg University and is a collaboration with the State University of New York (SUNY, Stony Brook). Since its inception in 2003, more than 1,000 students from 40 countries and over 50 Russian Federation cities have attended the Institute: http://www.nyi.spb.ru

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, presented a lecture and a workshop in Granada, Spain, on "Secularizing the Qur'an?" and, "Decoloniality and Internal Colonialism: The Secular Turn in Qur'anic Studies," on July 7th.

Both events were part of the annual summer school on Critical Muslim Studies organized by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Granada (http://www.dialogoglobal.com/granada/index.php)

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As tenured, tenure-eligible and NTEN faculty of the Politics Department, we are taking a collective stance in support of the demands by Ithaca College’s contingent faculty for greater equity and stability in their conditions of employment. We are joining the strike on March 28 and 29.

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Open Letter to the Ithaca College Community:

We, the undersigned continuing full-time faculty in the Politics Department, join our colleagues in other departments in voicing our support for our part-time and contingent colleagues in their collective union efforts to forge a mutually beneficial contract with Ithaca College. In the event that adjunct faculty hold a legal strike, the Politics Department will not seek to replace them in order to fill our instructional needs.

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Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, served on a panel on human rights, gender, and sexuality in Islamic contexts, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on Oct 27. Her co-panelists were Juan Cole (Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History, U-M) and Samar Habib (associate researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, University of London). Shirin Ebadi, Nobel laureate and...

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