University of Pittsburgh


Understanding Islam and Muslims

Dar al Islam is holding its 29th educators’ institute on “Understanding Islam and Muslims.” The program is to help teachers understand Islam so that they can teach about it more effectively. The program is FREE to accepted teachers – you only have to pay for your transportation to Albuquerque, from where you will be transported to the picturesque town of Abiquiu for the program. The dates are from July 18-21.


American Women Writers of Muslim Heritage

This resource is an educational resource presenting texts and voices influenced by the Muslim world created by Betsey Coleman. As a veteran teacher who has traveled the world to create projects and resources for American students, her purpose for curating this collection of short readings, biographical information, creative writing prompts and student models is to introduce middle, high and even university students to the diversity of American women’s voices influenced by the Muslim world.


The First Feminists of Egypt: The Early Twentieth Century

This lesson plan for four 50 minute classes, with three assignments, provides a documentary-based study of Egyptian Mulsim feminists in the early 20th century. it enables students to assess the movement's goals within the context of Egyptian society and through the voices of its leaders. students assess their goals in relation to the British imperialist Lord Cromer. Based on this lesson, students will be able to compare Egypt's women's movements to others they may learn about in the United States, Europe, or elsewhere in the world.


Scripting/Enacting a Salon Session

In this lesson students are divided into groups of salonniers and their guests (up to eight groups). In their groups they plan a salon session to enact in front of class. They research and imagine the historical context of a salon session, the cast of characters, and the setting. Students are then assigned to write an actual script and/or make plans for an adlibbed conversation in the “salon” for presentation to the entire class.


The Salon Heritage and Its Transformation

The two lessons in this unit engage students in a study of the literary salon and its impact across the Mediterranean in the age of print journalism. While the salon tradition was firmly in place in France by the seventeenth century, it also has antecedents in the Arab world (the mujalasat). The nineteenth and early twentieth century salons investigated in this lesson were hosted by women in Cairo, Aleppo, Damascus, Jerusalem and Beirut, as well as in Paris and Milan. While they met in the privacy of a woman’s home they were not sex-segregated; prominent men also attended the sessions.

13 Apr 2018


Fatoumata Diawara

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4440 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Nexus, The Warhol: Sound Series

“Music is at the heart of everything,” says Fatoumata Diawara, known as “Fatou.” Acclaimed actress of film and theater and a celebrated singer, songwriter, and activist for peace in Mali, Fatou will be performing her sweet smoky rhythms that originated from a homeland she escaped but one in which her art still resides. The moral authority of music is difficult to overstate socially, culturally, or politically in Mali, a West African nation ranked among the world’s poorest yet home to some of the richest musical traditions in the world.

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06 Apr 2018


RadioLab with Jad Abumrad

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:30pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4440 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Nexus, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Join MacArthur Fellow Jad Abumrad, host of the NPR broadcast and award-winning podcast RadioLab, in conversation with Eric Dorfman, director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for surprising insights and intriguing discussion into how mass movement has shaped the course of evolution.

03 Apr 2018


Film Showing: After Spring

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Hello Neighbor, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, CERIS, UCIS, GSPIA, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Join us for a special free screening of "After Spring," a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its eighth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. "After Spring" is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

09 Apr 2018


American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Brennan Courtroom, Room L180, University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44325
Sponsored By: 
University of Akron School of Law, Muslim Law Student Association, CAIR Ohio

Please join us for official Ohio book launch of Professor Khaled A. Beydoun's new book, "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear." The event will feature a presentation and Q&A session with the author, followed by a book signing.

The event is free, but registration is requested.

14 Apr 2018


Researching and Teaching about American Muslims

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:00am
719 Fisher Hall, Duquesne University
Sponsored By: 

Please note this talk has been CANCELLED as part of the symposium. The other deliberations will continue as planned.
. More symposium information and registration can be found at the following: link


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