HPU to Present ‘Muslim Women and the Politics of the Veil’ by UNC-Chapel Hill Professor


HPU High Point University AmerHIGH POINT, N.C., March 20, 2013 – High Point University will feature Dr. Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, adjunct professor of French, and adjunct professor of global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as part of its Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series. She will present “Muslim Women and the Politics of the Veil” at 3:30 p.m. on April 8 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public.

Amer received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in French literature from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Arts in psychology from Boston University, and a doctorate in French from Yale University. Her current research focuses on Muslim women, veiling, gender and identity. She has received multiple awards for her comparative work on French and Muslim women’s studies.

“I think this is an important and timely presentation that can benefit both Women and Gender Studies students as well as journalism majors,” says Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism at HPU. “Professor Amer will be discussing media representation and stereotypes of the Muslim veil in the West; her presentation will help inform our students about Muslim women and veiling. She will also discuss the journalistic side and the negative impact of stereotyping.”

The grant series at HPU assists faculty to feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers for cultural enrichment events around campus. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

Amer will be available for phone interviews in the days leading up to the event.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

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