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Workshop Focuses on Muslim American Scholarship

Scholars from around the United States gathered Dec. 15, 2017, at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to discuss research on topics such as understanding of Muslim American attitudes, sociopolitical behavior and identity. This was the second workshop — the first was held in 2016 at Menlo College — funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and organized by independent scholars Brian Calfano, Melissa Michelson and Nazita Lajevardi. The workshop brought researchers together to share, collaborate and exchange ideas on Muslim American scholarship and how to advance research in this multifaceted area. The group also discussed strategies and next steps to expand research such as a national study on Muslim Americans, according to the organizers. UCLA Luskin Dean Gary Segura and Matt Barreto, professor of political science and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, were among presenters who shared tips and best practices. Segura, who holds appointments in public policy, political science and Chicana/o studies at UCLA, and Barreto are also leaders of the newly launched Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) affiliated with UCLA Luskin. “Not only do scholars here examine Muslim Americans in their own work, the Luskin School has demonstrated its commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Lajevardi, a 2009 UCLA graduate and political scientist set to join the faculty of Michigan State University. — Stan Paul

View a Flickr album from the workshop:

Muslim Life in US Politics Workshop

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Ayad Akhtar on the American Muslim Experience

Hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and award-winning novelist Ayad Akhtar, whose writing covers themes including the American-Muslim experience, family and friendship, religion and economics, immigration and identity.

Following his remarks, Akhtar will take part in a conversation and Q&A with Ali Behdad, John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature in the UCLA Department of English.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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QUESTIONS FOR AYAD AKHTAR

Submitted questions will be reviewed by the deans and moderator. Due to time constraints, not all questions will be asked.

This lecture is part of the Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership series presented by UCLA College, UCLA School of Law, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and UCLA Social Sciences.