HPU Professor Of Journalism Presents At St. Louis Conference


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2010 – Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the 2010 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in St. Louis, Mo. The convention, which helps to promote the study of popular and American culture and to support the research and teaching of scholars, was held March 31-April 3.

Eltantawy’s paper, titled “From Wailing Mother to Martyr: The Palestinian Female Suicide Bomber,” examined a textual analysis of Western newspapers’ coverage of seven Palestinian female suicide bombers who conducted a series of bombings between 2001 and 2004.

In her paper, Eltantawy argues that it is not easy to explain the reasons that get a male or female to commit suicide bombings, because in most of these cases the bomber dies in the act. Yet, when a woman is the bomber, the media feels compelled to answer the ?why? question, given that suicide bombings by women are seen as unusual and unfeminine. But in doing so, reporters keep revisiting Western stereotypes of the Muslim female other, who is weak, oppressed, helpless and controlled by men.

“I really enjoyed attending the conference and found meeting with other scholars to be very helpful,” Eltantawy says. “I received a lot of feedback on my paper, which will help me turn it into a publishable article.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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