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Northwestern hosts ‘Reporting Islam’ symposium April 25-26

The two-day event brings together journalists, scholars to discuss covering Islam
Artwork credit: Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Series

Northwestern University professors Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Brannon Ingram are bringing together scholars, journalists and attorneys for two days of discussions about covering Islam and Muslims in the U.S. and abroad.  

This symposium is part of the Talking ‘Religion’: Publics, Politics and the Media project, which provides scholars of religion and politics with new avenues for publicizing their work and journalists with new ways of understanding and conceptualizing religion in their reporting.

The Talking ‘Religion’ project is a joint effort by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs (RJIA), where Hurd will be a fellow next year. Hurd and Ingram currently hold an institutional grant from the RJIA Program.

“Our aim was to foster creative thinking on how to approach these questions without reproducing tired stereotypes and to explore how to represent Americans who happen to be Muslim in ways that reflect the complexity and nuance of their lives,” Hurd said.

Events during the symposium include a keynote address April 25 from Leila Fadel, a national correspondent for NPR, covering issues of diversity, culture and race. Fadel recently served as NPR’s international correspondent based in Cairo.

Northwestern students from Hurd and Ingram’s Fall 2018 Reporting Islam course will also present their work at the symposium.

More information about the Reporting Islam: Media, Policy, Politics international symposium can be found here: