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Islamophobia and partisanship tackled in diversity lecture series

by Dec. 6, 2018, 9:35 AM

Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development (John Russell/Vanderbilt)
Camilla P. Benbow

“I look forward to learning from these two experts about how we can better protect the rights of religious minorities and foster mutual understanding about political challenges.”
—Camilla P. Benbow

Shafiqa Ahmadi

Pressing social issues of the day will be the focus of upcoming installments of the Dean’s Diversity Lecture series at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.

Shafiqa Ahmadi, associate professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of Education, and the co-director for the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice at University of Southern California, will speak Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 4 p.m. Her talk is titled “Muslim College Students at the Intersection of Laws, Politics and Religion.”

Jay Van Bavel

Ahmadi is a lawyer and expert on diversity and legal protection of underrepresented students, including Muslims, bias and hate crimes, and Title IX and gender issues.

Jay Van Bavel, associate professor of psychology and director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab at New York University, will speak Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 4 p.m. His talk is titled, “The Partisan Brain.”

Van Bavel will discuss why and how partisanship can drive people apart by changing how their brains process information. He also will share strategies for de-biasing information processing to help create a shared reality across political divides.

“At a time when many of us struggle with a sense of growing cultural division, I look forward to learning from these two experts about how we can better protect the rights of religious minorities and foster mutual understanding about political challenges. We are excited to offer these legal and neuroscientific perspectives,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development.

You are invited!

 

 

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