Events

Dancing for My Tribe: Potawatomi Tradition in Modern Times

April 5, 2018, 4 to 5 p.m. Bernhard Center, Room 157

Join us for a photographic portrait presentation and discussion of Potawatomi Indians in regalia. It is the story of wholly modern people (originally inhabitants of the Great Lakes region) that are preserving the traditional dress of their ancestors whilst also relating it to contemporary living. Sharon Hoogstraten is portraying the evolution of ancestral dress interpreted by descendants who live in the modern world as a reflection of indigenous people’s contemporary lifestyles. Combating ideas about “Indian Dress” as a re-enactment or artifact of the past, she is uniquely expressing how current regalia designs inform our future and represent the diverse identities of indigenous peoples. Presenting the faces, stories, and regalia of modern native peoples will contribute to a better understanding of their transformed place in diverse American life. This talk is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Graduate Students of Comparative Religion Speaker Series and sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization. For more information, contact charlie.a.bouverette@wmich.edu.

"American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear"

March 29, 2018, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fetzer Center- Putney Lecture Hall

Dr. Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy Law School. "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear". This talk examines the how law, policy, and official state rhetoric has fueled a frightening resurgence of Islamophobia. Beydoun argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. This talk is free and open to the public, and is part of the Islam in Global Perspective Speaker Series. For more information, contact alisa.perkins@wmich.edu.

The Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University sponsors an Islam in Global Perspectives speaker series and other events.

This speaker series brings us a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists to campus who initiate purposeful and critical discussion within our community concerning contemporary issues. This series engages the University community with speakers that offer different cultural, political and religious perspectives.