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Talk on cultural racism held April 14

BOONE—Dr. Alia Al-Saji will present the lecture “Cultural Racism: Muslim Veiling, Embodiment, and the Meaning of Culture” April 14 at Appalachian State University.

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Her talk is part of the Humanities Council’s spring 2014 diversity lecture series and funded by an NEH Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys grant.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Multicultural Student Development, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of Anthropology. The public is invited.

Al-Saji as an associate professor of philosophy at McGill University. Her current research focuses on “cultural racism.” She offers a feminist analysis of representations of Muslim women in contemporary Western contexts by questioning the ways in which race and gender are at play in attitudes toward the Muslim headscarf or “veil.” Recent articles of hers have dealt with the Islamic scarf controversy in France and the use of a rhetoric of freedom to justify the U.S.-led war on Afghanistan.