Events


OCT
8
Date:
Thursday, 08 Oct 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual
Department:
African Studies Center
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The seminar is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Please register here!

OCT
13
Date:
Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Online
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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What The Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm ONLINE
Discussion led by Prof Stephen Gasteyer

Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.
OCT
15
Date:
Thursday, 15 Oct 2020
Time:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
online
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program is hosting an international conference on Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation. This conference aims to foster understanding of the nexus between Islam, environmental science, and conservation. The conference will take place on October 15-16, 2020.

Thursday, October 15, 2020: 

8:00am-8:10am: Welcome and Opening Remarks  

8:15am-10:00am: Islam and Environmental Activism-Part I: Looking to the Sources  

Natana Delong-Bas (Boston College), "Intertextual Scriptural Reading as Inspiration for Interfaith Cooperation in Water Conservation and Management" 

Abdalmajid Katranji (Michigan State University), "The Quran and the Environment: The Impact of the Qur'an on Environmental Policy in the Muslim World" 

Sarra Tlili (University of Florida), "Ecology of Wonder" 

Sami Al-Daghistani (Columbia University; Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Center for Advanced Study of Religion in Oslo, Norway), "Islamic Sources on Environmental Issues: A Polyvalent Perspective" 

 

10:15am-12:00pm: Islam and Environmental Activism-Part II: Assessing Problems and Proposed Solutions 

Jonathan Brockopp (Penn State University), "Climate Change in the Muslim World: Starting a Conversation" (via Zoom) 

Gretel Van Wieren (Michigan State University), "Religion and Food for a Hot Planet" 

Lauren Baker (Northwestern University), "Rethinking What Counts as 'Green': Contrasting Rhetoric of Environmental Political Action in North Africa" 

Qudsia N. Shah (Institute of Ismaili Studies), "Between Expedient and Ethical: Muslim Approaches to the Environment" 

https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrde6ppzIuHtfpFGIlkKMwvcCNlenoQ8lD

Date:
Thursday, 15 Oct 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual
Department:
African Studies Center
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Ndongo Samba Sylla will be joining us to talk about "Monetary Colonialisms in 21st Century Africa: The CFA Franc Case."
 
The seminar is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Please register here!
Date:
Thursday, 15 Oct 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Canadian Studies Center
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Speakers:
Dr. Douglas Bessette
Assistant Professor, Community Sustainability, Michigan State University
 
Dr. Michelle Rutty
Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair Nominee, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
 
Is Line 5 Worth the Risk?
Line 5 is a major pipeline that carries oil to and from Canada through Michigan and the Great Lakes – the world's largest source of fresh water by area. Line 5has spilled over 30 times since 1968. The decision to maintain, replace, or shut down Line 5 will have serious implications for Canadian oil and gas development and transport. Dr. Bessette will discuss the perceived risk of underwater pipelines and Line 5's potential for spills under ice and in wintry conditions.
 
OCT
16
Date:
Friday, 16 Oct 2020
Time:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
online
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program is hosting an international conference on Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation. This conference aims to foster understanding of the nexus between Islam, environmental science, and conservation. 

Friday, October 16, 2020: 

8:00am-9:45am: Indonesian Scholarship on Islam, Conservation, and the Environment 

Gatot Supangkat (Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta), "Muhammadiyah's Perspective on Environmental Management and Protection Sustainability" 

Muhammad Tri Ramdhani (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya), "The Role of Islam in the Cultural Ceremony of the Tiwah Dayak Ngaju People of Central Kalimantan"   

Siti Maimunah (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya), "The Role of Islam in Developing a Forest Case Study in Mungku Baru Palangka Raya" 

Atus Syahbudin (Universitas Gadjah Mada), "Is there an Islamic Tree Species?" 

10:00am-11:45am: Global Case Studies: Indonesia, Gambia, and Afghanistan 

Karyanti (Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangka Raya) (co-author: Lilik Kholisotin), "The Role of Women in Forest Conservation: The Case of Ibu Siti Maimunah of the Muhammadiyah" 

Abdoulie Jabang (Michigan State University), "Transforming and 'Healing' the Environment: Founders, Migrants, Farmers, Muslim holy men, Women rainmakers, and Colonial Meteorologists in the River Gambia, 1890-1970" (via Zoom) 

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University), "A Deep History of Water in Afghanistan" 

M. Jamil Hanifi (Michigan State University), "An Historical Ethnography of Water in Pre-Industrial Kabul" 

11:45am-12:00pm: Closing Remarks   

OCT
22
Date:
Thursday, 22 Oct 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual
Department:
African Studies Center
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Kara Moskowitz will be joining us to talk about "Seeing Like a Citizen: Decolonization, Development, and the Making of Kenya."
 
The seminar is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Please register here!
OCT
29
Date:
Thursday, 29 Oct 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual
Department:
African Studies Center
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The seminar is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Please register here!
Date:
Thursday, 29 Oct 2020
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Online
Department:
Muslim Studies Program
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Outsiders at Home: 
The Politics of American Islamophobia

Book Discussion with author Nazita Lajevardi

Discrimination against Muslim Americans has soared over the last two decades with hostility growing especially acute since 2016 - in no small part due to targeted attacks by policymakers and media. Outsiders at Home offers the first systematic, empirically driven examination of status of Muslim Americans in US democracy, evaluating the topic from a variety of perspectives. To what extent do Muslim Americans face discrimination by legislators, the media, and the general public? What trends do we see over time, and how have conditions shifted? What, if anything, can be done to reverse course? Answering each of these questions, Nazita Lajevardi shows that the rampant, mostly negative discussion of Muslims in media and national discourse has yielded devastating political and social consequences.

 
NOV
5
Date:
Thursday, 05 Nov 2020
Time:
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual
Department:
African Studies Center
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Mara Ngros-Gate will be joining us to talk about "The Tarikha Qadiriyya of Ndiassane and its Institutionalization as a Transregional Islamic Network."
 
The seminar is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. Please register here!