Summer Teacher Workshop @ Alverno College: “Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture”

“Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

August 7, 2017 at Alverno College

Islamophobia is a distorted image of Islam and Muslims caused by faith misrepresentation and fear/exploitation of religious practices and beliefs. The purposes of this one-day workshop are, among others: to explore the roots of Islamophobia in the United States, to share resources/tactics for ameliorating Islamophobia, and to introduce ways to build positive classroom communities. This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers and includes talks by national speakers, a visit to and a home-made lunch at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, as well as success stories from classroom teachers.


8:30-8:55 Arrival and Check-in at Alverno College

9:00-9:10 Welcome/Bureaucracy

9:15-10:15 Eunsook Jung, Faculty Associate, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, “Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam in the United States”

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition,The Role of Teachers in Combating Islamophobia and Fostering Interfaith Literacy”

11:45-noon Drive to Islamic Society of Milwaukee (4707 South 13th Street)

Noon-12:45 Lunch at ISM

12:45-1:05 Tour of ISM

1:10-1:30 Observe Mid-Day Prayer

1:30-2:00 Lecture at ISM about ISM

2:05-2:20 Drive back to Alverno

2:30-3:30 Hatem Bazian, Professor, Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley,Title TBA

3:30-4:30 Othman Atta, Operations Manager, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, “The Impact of Islamophobia on School Children”

4:30-5:00 Wrap-Up and Good-byes

Co-sponsored by Alverno College, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, and the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.

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