April 11, 2013 - 7pm
Beyond Burkas and Bombers: Anti-Muslim Sentiment in America
Presented by MediaLab
In the past decade since the tragic events of September 11, anti-Muslim sentiment has become increasingly prevalent in America. This phenomenon, referred to by many as “Islamophobia,” has lead to a significant fear of an unknown and largely misunderstood world religion. By 2010, TIME Magazine reported that an astonishing 62 percent of Americans had still never met a Muslim, however much of the American population holds an opinion of this group.
With the production of this empowering film, the award-winning MediaLab team has set out to open a discussion about a largely marginalized portion of American society, explore how Islam is defined in America, and to counter negative impressions and stereotypes. While empowerment can be difficult to implement effectively, it can begin with the simple act of creating a personal connection to breakdown harmful stereotypes. Delving into their own personal experiences with Islamophobia, award-winning Muslim comedians Dean Obeidallah and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi explain comedy’s role in combating media’s negative portrayal of the American Muslim minority. The MediaLab production team, made up of students from across SOAC and various departments at PLU, goes one step further to empower the audience. During the event, follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #beyondbombers and lend your voice to the conversation.
Location: The Studio Theater in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts