St. John’s University

Speaking at St. John's University

Speaking at St. John’s University

February 12, 2013, 6 pm at St. John’s University. Ms. Auston will be participating in a panel with scholars, Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers) and Mikal Nash (Rutgers/Essex County College). Topic of discussion will be Islam in the African-American Experience! Details:
Think you know everything there is to know about Black history? Come join the Muslim Student Association in a panel discussion about the African American Muslim experience in the Americas.

The conversation will explore controversially historic topics such has Malcolm X( Abdul Malik El-Shabazz), the Civil Rights Movements, and even as far as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. All are welcome to pick the minds of panelists, who come from diverse walks of life with a profound knowledge related to America and the ever changing experience of Muslims. Come join us and INVITE all your family and friends! Dinner will be served!

Respected Panelist:

Donna Auston
Donna A. Auston is a Ph.D student in the department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, where she also received her B.A. in Linguistics and Africana Studies. In addition to her academic work, she is been an activist and organizer American Muslim community for nearly 15 years, having worked with a wide variety of local and national Islamic organizations over the years. She has spent many years researching and documenting the history and experiences of American Muslims, with particular focus on the African American Muslim community, and has organized several seminars and conferences on the topic, including “Forgotten Roots: Black Atlantic Islam and the Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas” and “Fish, Grits, and Couscous: Islam and the African-American Experience.” She has published articles on African-American and Latino Muslims, including her most recent book chapter “Color Me Invisible: The Hidden Legacy of African American Muslims.” Donna has several forthcoming essays, including an examination of African-American Muslim women’s service and community activism in Newark, NJ via their work as professional undertakers, and a study of the Nation of Islam in the 1975 Transition era. Both of these works will appear in edited volumes of Africana studies. Her other research interests include examinations of race, ethnicity, identity, and culture, most particularly in areas where these phenomenon intersect with language, religion, social structures and institutions. Her dissertation research is concerned with intersections of race and identity production among Muslims in the San Francisco Bay area.

Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik
Sylvia Chan-Malik is Assistant Professor of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her research examines the intersections of race, religion, gender, and sexuality through critical frameworks of American transnationalism and comparative ethnic studies, with a specific focus on the history of Islam in the United States. She has published in scholarly journals, edited anthologies, and other mediums, including The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, The Cambridge Companion to American Islam , and the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) blog The Immanent Frame. Her current book project, entitled ‘A Part of Islam’: Race, Gender, and the Making of Muslim America, 1959-2010, tracks an alternative cultural history and consciousness of race and Islam in America from the Cold War, through the culture wars of the 1980s and 90s, and into the War on Terror.

Mikal Nash
Mikal Naeem Nash (formerly Michael Nash) is a historian of the African-American and African Diaspora experiences and the author of several publications on African-American and Muslim-American History, including his book Islam among Urban Blacks, Muslims in Newark, NJ: a Social History. His essays have appeared in The Muslim Journal; the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought; the Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History; the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture; the Community College Humanities Review; the Muslim Public Affairs Journal; and other academic and popular periodicals. Nash is a full-time faculty member (tenured) in the Division of Humanities/Department of History at Essex County College, NJ, USA; director/coordinator of the Humanities Divisions’ Africana Studies Program; faculty co-advisor of the Muslim Student’s Association of Essex County College; part-time lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University; and an Islamic Studies Teacher at the Islamic Center of Ewing, NJ. He is a member of both the Association for the Study of African-American History and Life and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2005-2006, he was a participant in the American Cities and Public Spaces Project, a research institute at the Library of Congress that was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Nash presented a paper in November 2012 at the New Jersey Forum, the annual conference of the New Jersey Historical Commission, a state agency, on the legacy and impact of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed on Muslim community development in the state of New Jersey.

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