One local college is taking a deeper look at religious stereotypes in America, and what we can do to change the misleading stereotypes.
Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University, visited North Central College to present her research on the construction of the Muslim enemy in America. She is the author of Islamopobia and the Politics of Empire.
Kumar believes the notion that Muslims are enemies and savages have been constructed by the political elite around the world. She says the way history is written and how images are used in media has come to build this construction.
The Professor urged the audience to think about how they interact with people here, and around the world, “Have an understanding as the other as someone who is just as complex as I am. Have an understanding about Muslim majority societies and being just as complex as the west.”
About sixty people attended the lecture. It was sponsored by the cultural events department.
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