Understanding the World of Islam: Media Representations and Negative Stereotyping of Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam at a new academic lecture series starting this fall, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to communications@oppl.org.

In this first event in the Understanding the World of Islam series, Oak Park resident and Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History John E. Woods will explore media representations and negative stereotypes about Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East. Attendees will benefit from Woods' expertise, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from and with other community members.

Read Woods' letter, "To counter anti-Muslim feelings, learn about Islam," published September 26 in the Wednesday Journal.

Educated at the University of Texas (BA) and at Cairo University, Tehran University (ABD), and Princeton University (MA, PhD), Woods has taught Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Central Asian history at the University of Chicago since 1970 in the Departments of History and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations.

He has published a number of monographs, articles, and translations relating to the medieval history and civilization of Turkey, Iran, and Muslim Central Asia.

He has lived in Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia for extended periods and has conducted tours in Turkey, Israel-Palestine, Iran, Central Asia, and Mongolia.

In addition for 13 years he was the director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center. In this capacity he developed and implemented a nationally recognized program of public education that linked the resources of the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies with collegiate and pre-collegiate educators, business groups, and the media in more than thirty states.

He is currently convener of Chicago’s Committee for Central Eurasian Studies and was the American academic director of the Chinggis Khan Expedition, a collaborative American-Mongolian geo-historical research project in Mongolia from 1995 to 2004.

SAVE THE DATE! Plan to join us again on Wednesday, November 8. The next event in the Understanding the World of Islam series will explore the Qur'an.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) coordinates all outreach programs and collaborates with educational institutions, cultural and religious organizations, diplomatic circles, government, the private sector, and the media. They draw on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of the Middle East in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Event Type(s): Arts & Culture
Age Group(s): Adults
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