Asma Barlas, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, gave an invited keynote on "Islam, Feminism, and Secular Democracy: Uncrossed Bridges," at the Istanbul Seminars on May 21st. The Seminars are organized yearly in Turkey by the Italian organization Reset Doc and Bilgi University, and this year's theme was "The Promises of Democracy."
Asma Barlas, professor and director for the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, gave an invited lecture at Wellesley College on her work on Qur'anic hermeneutics on March 14th. Her visit was sponsored by several departments and the Muslim student organization, Al-Muslimat.
The board of trustees recently approved a new faculty committee to “informally and confidentially” advise President Rochon on various issues.
At the Administrative Assembly’s October meeting, Rochon said his meetings with the faculty committee might also remain confidential. Thus, we may not...
Asma Barlas, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, was invited to moderate a discussion on "A Balloon for Allah," a documentary by Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen, screened in the "UNSPOKEN" Film Festival in Utica, NY, on October 14th. The documentary features interviews with Gamal al-Banna, Nawal el-Sadawi, and Barlas, among others, and has garnerd its Turkish-Norwegian film-maker several awards.
Barlas also took part in a panel discussion on "Culture Under Siege in Pakistan", moderated by Fergus Nicoll, host of BBC's "The World Today." The discussion, which took place on October 10th in Syracuse, was part of the "Caravanserai" project that is housed this year at SUNY, Oswego.