Communications Forum: Being Muslim in America and MIT on Apr 7, 2016 at 6pm

Being Muslim in America and MITLast December, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. In March, he added that “I think Islam hates us.”

Thursday, April 7th, the MIT Communications Forum hosts a panel that will tackle the effect that words like this have on our MIT community and beyond. Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen and Wise Systems co-founder Layla Shaikley — both MIT alumni — join engineering masters student Abubakar Abid to explore how this type of hateful, discriminatory rhetoric influences public opinion, as well as discuss its impact on the daily lives of Muslim-Americans, and examine strategies for combating it.
More information about our event is below. We hope to see you there!

Being Muslim in America (and MIT) in 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Room 3-270, MIT

Nadeem Mazen is an MIT graduate, Cambridge’s first Muslim city councilman and CEO of the Cambridge makerspace danger!awesome.

Layle Shaikley is an MIT alum, co-founder of Wise Systems and co-founder of TEDxBaghdad. With her viral video sensation “Muslim Hipsters: #mipsterz,” she helped launch a national conversation about how Muslim women are represented.

Abubakar Abid is a engineering masters student at MIT and a member of the Muslim Student Association.

Moderator: Seth Mnookin, associate director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing and director of the MIT Communications Forum.

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Screening of Oriented on Apr.1, 2016 at 6:30p

wttr_orientedFriday April 1st, Room 6-120, 6:30 pizza, 7:00pm screening of…
Oriented a feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend David–a local LGBT nightlife impresario–and their dalmation Otis. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist who finds himself falling in love with an Israeli “Zionist.” Naim must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality. All three are conflicted by their desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Meanwhile, a war is brewing…

Official film website:

Q&A with David Shneer, University of Colorado, Boulder

A Celebration of Books by GCWS Authors on April 13th at 5:30

Please join us for the last event in this year’s Feminisms Unbound series:

A Celebration of Books by GCWS Authors

Sponsored by The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies

Wednesday, April 13th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Moore Room
Building 6 Room 321  (Parking and Directions)

We welcome you to join us at this reception as we toast to local faculty who have recently published books on topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  We will be celebrating over 30 books published since 2013 and the evening will include a book table where you can peruse copies of the featured works and very short book talks by our featured authors.

The list of authors and books that we will be highlighting includes:

·      Abigail Child: Mouth to Mouth (EOAGH Press, 2016)

·      Catherine Connell: School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom (University of California Press, 2014)

·      Sasha Costanza-Chock: “Towards Transformative Media Organizing: LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Media Work in the United States,” report through the Ford Foundation (2015)

·      Lisa Cuklanz and Heather McIntosh: Documenting Gendered Violence: Representations, Collaborations, and Movements (Bloomsbury, 2015)

·      Jamie Hagen: “Queering Women, Peace and Security” in International Affairs (Volume 92, Number 2) and “The Revolutionary Possibilities of Online Trans and Queer Communities” in Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century, Ed. Shira Tarrant (Routledge, 2016)

·      Erica Harth: Red Hill Blues (CreateSpace, 2014)

·      Diana Henderson: “Tempestuous Transitions and Double Vision: From early to late modern gendered performances on stage, film, and in higher education” in Rethinking Feminism: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the early Modern World, eds. Ania Loomba and Melissa Sanchez (Ashgate, 2016)

·      Christine Hoff Kraemer: Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Divided for Love’s Sake (Routledge, 2014) and Pagan Consent Culture: Building Communities of Empathy and Autonomy, Eds. Christine Hoff Kraemer and Yvonne Aburrow (Asphodel Press, 2016)

·      Lisa Lowe: The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press,  2015)

·      Susan Marine: “’I’m in this for real’: Revisiting Young Women’s Feminism” in Women’s Studies International Form (Vol. 47, 2014)

·      Susan Marine and Ruth Lewis: “Weaving a tapestry, compassionately: Toward an understanding of young women’s feminisms” in Feminist Formations: The Journal of the National Women’s Studies Association (Vol. 27, Issue 1, 2015)

·      Kristine M. Molina, Tariana V. Little, and Milagros C. Rosal: “Everyday Discrimination, Family Context, and Psychological Distress among Latino Adults in the United States” in the Journal of Community Psychology (Vol. 44, Issue 2, 2016)

·      Jeanne Marie Penvenne: Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy in Southern Mozambique, 1945-1975 (James Currey / Boydell Brewer / NY UK, 2015)

·      Bruno Perreau: The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship (MIT Press, 2014)

·      Jyoti Puri: Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle Against Antisodomy Law in India (Duke University Press, 2016)

·      Smitha Radhakrishnan and Cinzia Solari: “Empowered Women, Failed Patriarchs: Neoliberalism and Global Gender Anxieties” in Sociology Compass (Vol. 9, Issue 9, 2015)

·      Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett: The New Soft War On Women: How the myth of female ascendance is hurting women, men – and our economy (TarcherPerigee, 2013)

·      Judith Smith: “Civil Rights, Labor, and Sexual Politics on Screen in Nothing but a Man” (1964), in The Politics and Poetics of Black Film: Nothing But a Man, ed. David C. Wall and Michael T. Martin (University of Indiana Press, 2015)

·      Lizzie Stark: Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes through History, Science, and One Family Tree (Chicago Review Press, 2014) and #Feminism: A Nano-Game Anthology (Fea Livia, 2016)

·      Monica White Ndounou: Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers (Rutgers, 2014)

·      Sindiso Mnisi Weeks: “Women Seeking Justice At the Intersection Between Vernacular and State Laws and Courts in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” in The New Legal Realism, Vol. II: Studying Law Globally, eds. Heinz Klug and Sally Engle Merry (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and “Customary Succession and the Development of Customary Law: The Bhe Legacy” in A Transformative Justice: Essays in Honour of Pius Langa, eds. Michael Bishop and Alistair Price (Juta, 2015)

·      Elizabeth A. Wood: William E. Pomeranz, E. Wayne Merry, and Maxim Trudolyubov: Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine (Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University Press, 2015)

·      Asli Zengin: “Sex for Law, Sex for Therapy: Pre-Sex Reassignment Surgical Therapy Sessions of Trans People in Istanbul” in Anthropologica (Vol. 56, Issue 1, 2014)

For questions about the series, to add your book or article to the list, or to RSVP, please contact Andi Sutton, GCWS Program Manager at and visit our website.

Joaquin Terrones book launch at Harvard on March 21, 2016 at 7pm

MIT Literature lecturer, Joaquin Terrones has a book launching at Harvard on Monday March 21, 2016 at 7pm.

We are very excited to announce the upcoming book launch for
The Logic of Disorder. The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas

Please join us!
Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies,
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Artist Abraham Cruzvillegas will discuss the new book, The Logic of Disorder: The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas, in conversation with art historians Benjamin Buchloh and Robin Greeley.

Available through Harvard University Press, this edited volume presents Cruzvillegas’s seminal writings for the first time to the English-speaking world, translated by Joaquin Terrones. Accompanied by critical studies from Greeley (the book’s editor, University of Connecticut), Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia University) and Mark Godfrey (Tate Modern), The Logic of Disorder puts on full display Cruzvillegas’s improvisational materialist praxis-“autoconstrucción”- marked by structural contingency and chance, by mischievous unraveling of conventional modes of thought, and by an exuberant precarity that evokes at once instability and inventive ingenuity.