2012 – Dr. Jack Shaheen, “Images of Arabs and Muslims in Popular Culture: Problems and Prospects”

Jack Shaheen was the featured speaker at the 2012 Mikhail Memorial Lecture.

The Twelfth Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, internationally acclaimed scholar and media critic.  The title of Dr. Shaheen’s lecture was “Images of Arabs and Muslims in Popular Culture: Problems and Prospects.” Watch the lecture on WGTE’s KnowledgeStream.

Dr. Shaheen has devoted his career to writing and lecturing about the damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes that persist in the media and popular culture.  He is the author of over 300 scholarly articles and essays that appeared in college textbooks and in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and The Washington Post.  He is the author of a number of books that include the most recent Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 and the award-winning book and film Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Professor Shaheen has served as consultant on Middle Eastern Affairs to CBS News and to a number of TV and film companies.

The Mikhail Endowment Fund was originally established through a donation from the Mikhail family to honor the work and contributions of Maryse Mikhail and her involvement in educational, philanthropic and interfaith organizations.   The main purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with Arab culture, history, politics, economics, and other aspects of life in the Middle East including issues of peace and justice.  We are confident that Dr. Shaheen will continue the tradition of excellence we have come to expect from our distinguished guest lecturers.   Some of Dr. Shaheen’s recent books will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

Whether or not you were able to join us, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to help ensure the continuation of the lecture series for years to come.  Any amount is welcome, and checks should be made payable to the UT Foundation with a notation of the Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Endowment Fund (#1301-005). Gifts may be sent to The University of Toledo Foundation, MS#319, 2801 West Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH, 43606-3395. Secure online gifts may be made at give2UT.utoledo.edu.

Coverage in The Toledo Blade.

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