Politics professor, Asma Barlas, was part of a cohort of alumni of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), University of Denver, Colorado, who were invited to team-teach an interterm course on the Impact of Race, Ethnicity and Culture on International Relations, from August 19-30. The course was offered partly in response to some alumni’s interest in diversifying the curriculum of GSIS, now the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The other alumni were Dr. Ahmed Samatar, James Wallace professor of International Studies and founding dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship, and Dr. Cindy Courville, the first African-American ambassador of the US to the African Union. The course was organized by professor Edward Thomas Rowe, a former dean of GSIS.
Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, offered a seminar on Islam and feminism, including some of her own work on both, at the 17th annual session of the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) in St. Petersburg, Russia, from July 15-August 2nd. The seminars are taught by invitation only with the faculty coming mostly from the U.S. and the students primarily from the Russian Federation. In all, though, sixty four countries have been represented during NYI's history. This year, the students came from thirteen, including, for the first time, Iran, Saudi Arabia and S. Africa. http://www.nyi.spb.ru/
Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, gave a workshop and a series of invited talks in the UK in connection with the release of a revised edition of her book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (U.K., Saqi, 2019). The hosts and venues included New Horizons in British Islam (London, July 2); Arab British Center (London, July 3); Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, Aga Khan University (London, July 4); Iqbal Center for Critical Muslim Studies, University of Leeds (Leeds, July 5); and the Bradford Literature Festival (Bradford, July 6). At the BLF, she gave a lecture and also participated in an interfaith panel on Navigating Religious Patriarchy.