Overview

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Humanities scholarship about Muslim Americans has grown exponentially in the last two decades. Muslims in America's Midwest is designed to educate teachers by bringing together scholarship and learning opportunities that reveal diverse Muslim experiences in America, making legible for educators the complexity of Muslim-American lives.

  • Visiting scholars with relevant expertise will share their research on culturally diverse Islamic practices, Midwestern U.S. Muslim lives and communities, and religious diversity in K-12 schools.
  • Through readings that chart histories, explore the lived experiences of Muslim communities, and illuminate though fiction, poetry, and children’s literature what it’s like to be a Muslim school-age child, educators will gain deeper understanding of cultural, historical, and literary traditions.
  • Films, site visits to mosques, workshops with librarians, panel discussions with Muslim students and their families, will help educators build curriculum which powerfully engages students with texts related to Muslim-American life.
  • Focusing on racial and ethnic diversity among Muslim students in U.S. primary and secondary schools in the midwestern states, our program will give participating teachers a foundation of knowledge, a toolkit of cultural and communal resources, and curriculum materials designed to enrich and expand student understanding of diverse Muslim American stories, cultures, and experiences.
  • Participants can register to receive 7 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for attending all 10 days of the program.