Panels to Address Travel Ban Impacts

Faculty, staff, and students will consider the immigration agenda, immigrant experiences, and campus resources in Feb. 13 conversations

travel ban protestImpacts of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries will be addressed in a series of panel discussions on Monday, Feb. 13. The panels, organized as a “Conversation on the Executive Order on Immigration,” will be held from 2:10 to 6 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113.

The first panel, “Scrutinizing the Immigration Agenda,” is scheduled from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Participants are: Muhamad Ali, associate professor of Middle East and Islamic studies and religious studies, moderator; Sherine Hafez, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, “Institutionalizing Islamophobia”; Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the School of Public Policy, “The Context of Trump’s Immigration Policy”; Jeffrey Sacks, associate professor of comparative literature and foreign languages, “Common Rights: Islamophobia and Universality”; Ruhi Khan, associate professor of media and cultural studies, “Media and Islamophobia”; and Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, “How American is Trump’s Order on Immigration?” Dylan Rodriguez, chair of the Academic Senate, will present comments after the discussion.

The second panel, “American Stories and Experiences,” is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Participants are: David Lloyd, distinguished professor of English, moderator; Fariba Zarinebaf, associate professor of history, “An Iranian American Story” (via Skype); Imam Mustafa Kuko of the Islamic Center of Riverside, “A Balanced Approach to Security Threats”;  Hassanah El-Yacoubi, doctoral student in religious studies, “Making America Great Again in a Post-Truth & Trump Era”; Yasmeen Dabbas, an undergraduate sociology major, “No Ban No Wall: A Jordanian American-Muslim Perspective”; and Laila Lalami, professor of creative writing, “What Resistance Means in the Age of Trump.”

The final session, “Campus Resources,” is scheduled from 4:50 to 5:50 p.m. Joe Virata, assistant dean of students, will moderate. Panelists are: Kelechi Kalu, vice provost of international affairs, and Kimberly Gentile, interim director of the International Students and Scholars Office; Mariam Lam, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion; and Andrew Larratt-Smith,  university ombudsman. Chancellor Kim Wilcox and Milagros Peña, dean of CHASS, will join this session. Peña will present concluding remarks.

Co-sponsors of the event are: the Middle East and Islamic Studies program, Middle Eastern Student Center, Center for Ideas and Society, the Holstein Family and Community Endowed Chair and the Maimonides Chair in Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, Department of English, Global Studies program, Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRIP), Department of Theater, Film, and Digital Production, Peace and Conflict Studies program, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Immigration Research Group, and School of Public Policy.

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