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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American Muslims and Immigrant Identities

In collaboration with the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Disgraced

September 19, 2015

We are pleased to offer a fall seminar in conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Disgraced. This award-winning play by Ayad Akhtar offers an imaginative, controversial portrayal of the challenges that emerge in the cross-cultural relationships of even the most assimilated professional immigrants within contemporary American society. The seminar will begin with an analysis of the play’s themes and production by Jacqueline Lawton, the dramaturg for the PlayMakers’ production. Juliane Hammer will then analyze the multiple identities, politics, and voices of American Muslims, and NC State historian Akram Khater will expand the social analysis of contemporary American society by examining how migration and assimilation create new conceptions of selfhood and new cultural challenges for present-day migrant communities. Discounted tickets for the Saturday evening performance of Disgraced will be available for seminar participants.

Topics & Speakers

Disgraced: Art, Race, and Religion
Jacqueline E. Lawton, Assistant Professor of Dramatic Art

American Muslims Today: Identities, Perceptions, and Challenges
Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Migration, Assimilation, and Cultural Identities in Contemporary America
Akram Khater, Professor of History, NC State University

Social Drama, Migration, and Contemporary Cultural Identities
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 3). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 3). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00. A limited number of tickets is available for the September 19 opening night performance at 7:30 p.m.; the optional play ticket is $34.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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