Program Schedule

3 women on world hijab day panel 3 women on world hijab day panel

Sunday, June 18

Arrive at campus, campus tour, and dinner.


Monday, June 19: Overview of Islam's origins, global expansion, and U.S. history

Morning: Exploring foundational Institute themes, discussing essays by educational philosopher John Dewey, including "Freedom" (1937) and "Creative Democracy— The Task Before Us" (1939).

Afternoon: Visiting Scholar Kayla Wheeler provides historical, geopolitical, and sociological contexts for understanding contemporary Islam in the U.S.: Muslims who came to the Americas as enslaved people from the west coast of Africa, early 20th century social movements of Black Americans that integrate Islam, Muslim contributions to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and the formation of Muslim American communities with roots in Asia and the Middle East after the liberalization of American immigration laws in 1965. Participants will put together an timeline of American Muslim contributions to U.S. history.

Evening: Social, on campus, hosted by Provost's office.


Tuesday, June 20: Reading Muslim-American texts: Spaces, practices, people

Morning: Visiting Scholar Edward E. Curtis IV will lead participants in a discussion of the history of food in Muslim communities and current Muslim American foodways, based on two chapters excerpted from The Practice of Islam in America: An Introduction.

Afternoon: Mosque visit & tour of Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC).

Evening: Dinner at Middle Eastern restaurant in Cincinnati, followed by attending the Edward Curtis community talk, based on his two new books on Muslim American experiences in the Midwest, at the ICGC.


Wednesday, June 21: Muslims in the Midwest

Morning: Curtis leads a discussion on selections from Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest.

Lunchtime presentation: Examining media representations of Muslims found in Ohio news outlets. Liz Wilson draws on an archive of work produced by student undergraduate researchers in a 2020 Miami University Humanities Lab.

Afternoon: Discussion of first half of Autobiography of Malcolm X with Institute staff.

Evening: Screening of Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, and the American Dream (2011), a documentary film about a predominately Muslim high school football team in Dearborn.


Thursday, June 22: Gender in America's Islamic communities

Morning: Virtual guest Loukia Sarroub discusses her book, All American Yemeni Girls: Being Muslim in a Public School (2004).

Late Afternoon: A panel of Muslim-American students/families from public schools in the Cincinnati region come to share their experiences and engage in discussion with Institute participants.

Evening: Catered dinner and informal conversation on Miami University campus capped by a performance of regional folk artists playing a medley of Middle Eastern musical selections.


Friday, June 23: Religious development and Muslim identities

Morning: Visiting scholar Elizabeth Bucar will help participants explore religious identity changes through the course of life, utilizing sociologist Lori Peek's article, "Becoming Muslim: The Development of a Religious Identity."

Working lunch: Initial development of curriculum project ideas and local community research queries.

Afternoon: Bucar leads discussion on the novel Girl in a Tangerine Scarf, exploring themes of intersectionality and hybridity in the process by which the Syrian American Muslim protagonist Khadra learns what it might mean to live somewhere in between "Muslim" and "American." Participants will also reflect on two opinion essays about controversies over head coverings worn in public settings. With the help of Bucar, participants who wish to create assignments that deal with gender in Muslim American contexts can fruitfully address and counteract common stereotypes of Muslim women.

Evening: Film showing of Arranged (2008), a drama about two young women who are first-year teachers at a public secondary school in Brooklyn, NY. One is Jewish and one is Muslim. Both wear modest dress and are open to parental involvement in their mate selection process. Both experience workplace harassment from a well-meaning but ill-informed supervisor.


Saturday, June 24: Curriculum development preparation

Morning: Brenda Dales, Professor Emeritus of Children’s Literature at Miami University presents on new fiction for children/YA readers exploring Muslim-American experiences.

Mid-day: Discussion with lunch speaker: Asma Mobin-Uddin, Dayton, OH author, My Name is Bilal (2005).

Afternoon: Dales and librarians facilitating research for literature resources in curriculum projects, focusing particularly on new titles available in diverse genres.

Evening: Curriculum development work, in teams, with snacks provided.


Sunday, June 25

Morning and afternoon: Optional curriculum development work.

Evening: Dinner with Visiting scholar Linda Wertheimer.


Monday, June 26: Educators building religious literacies

Morning: Linda K. Wertheimer will discuss Faith Ed: Teaching Religion in an Age of Intolerance (2015),describing controversies surrounding teaching about Muslims in K-12 schools and best practices for teaching religious literacy. Cases from Faith Ed will help participants explore challenges and assets in developing/teaching ELA curriculum around Muslim-American stories and literature.

Afternoon: Working groups do research to develop resources that illuminate the local histories of different Muslim American communities as a way to develop knowledge/resources for curriculum preparation. Wertheimer will assist as consultant to participants.


Tuesday, June 27: Diverse Muslim identities in curriculum and teaching

Morning: Professor Scott Henderson, a teacher educator with a background in African American history, will lead a discussion of the second half of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and lead session on working with challenging texts in secondary classrooms.

Afternoon: A staged reading and discussion of a short play, The Domestic Crusaders (2010), by Wajahat Ali, about a Pakistani-American family in a post-9/11 America. Talk-back facilitated by Muslim education graduate students at Miami University.


Wednesday, June 28: Diverse Muslim identities in curriculum and teaching

Morning: Institute staff will lead a discussion of The Domestic Crusaders, exploring themes from the previous afternoon’s performance, tying together related content themes from across the Institute, and building ideas about curriculum development.

Afternoon: Working groups discuss curriculum projects and plan presentations.


Thursday, June 29: Curriculum presentation and critique

Morning and afternoon: Collaborative engagement with each person’s/team's curriculum project; peer review by Institute members, staff, with Miami University English professor Jason Palmieri offering critique and dissemination ideas. Dissemination plans and timeline will be finalized and agreed upon by all participants.

Evening:  Celebration dinner.


Friday, June 30: Committing to next steps

Morning: Finalizing next steps for curriculum assessment intervals and network dissemination plans. Evaluation of Institute. Draft of Muslim-American Curriculum Project website shared with participants for feedback and developing notes for finalizing. 

Departure at 12:00 pm.