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Cultural Anxiety, Collective Identity: Muslims and Citizenship in the United States and Western Europe

Date / Time: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7-9 pm

Place: Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School (Parking is available in Structure 1 or Lot 32 outside of the Law School).

Keynote Speaker(s): Saeed A. Khan

The Center for the Study of Citizenship offered a lecture and panel discussion titled "Cultural Anxiety, Collective Identity: Muslims and Citizenship in the United States and Western Europe" on September 13 at 7 p.m. at the Spencer Partrich Auditorium in Wayne State University's Law School.

Scholar and commentator Saeed Khan delivered the annual Citizenship and Constitution Day lecture, assessing the pressures that constrain the full expression of citizenship for Muslims in a post-9/11 world.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. The auditorium is on the south side of Palmer, just west of Cass Avenue, at the north edge of the Wayne State Campus in midtown Detroit. Secure paid parking is available in adjacent parking structures and surface lots.

You can watch an archived video of the program here.


Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Wayne State University, where he teaches courses on Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture, and is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship.  His area of research is the identity politics of Muslim diaspora communities in the US, UK and Europe.  He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. He has taught Islam and World Politics at Michigan State University: James Madison College and been a lecturer at Henry Ford College and Eastern Michigan University.  In addition, he is a founding member and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding: a Michigan-based Think Tank promoting the study and analysis of US social and domestic policy.  Most recently, Saeed has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments and the EU on their respective Muslim communities.   He is a regular contributor to C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC. 

Mr. Khan’s scholarship has been published in the Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, by Nature Publishing Group, the Encyclopedia of Islam in America and in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture, as well as chapters in edited volumes such as Negotiating Boundaries? Identities, Sexualities, Diversities, published by Cambridge Scholars Press and most recently in Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations, by Continuum Books and Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora: From Theory to Reality, by Interdisciplinary Press of Oxford and the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.

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