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Gallery Talk: Campus Campaigns

Halal Metropolis

Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:00 – 8:30 pm


Virtual Event


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

RSVP Required

This webinar/​virtual gallery talk will focus on the work of Mus­lim stu­dent activists at the Uni­veristy of Michi­gan-Ann Arbor. Anis Rah­man, Jumanah Saadeh, and Zeina Reda will sit down for a con­ver­sa­tion, mod­er­ated by Halal Metrop­o­lis Project Man­ager Asma Baban, on the power of stu­dent activism within the uni­ver­sity sys­tem, the role of stu­dent lead­ers, and the spe­cific cam­paigns that ani­mate their col­lab­o­ra­tions on campus.

The Halal Metrop­o­lis exhi­bi­tion, by artist Osman Khan, pho­tog­ra­pher Razi Jafri, and his­to­rian Sally How­ell, explores the facts, fic­tions, and imag­i­nar­ies of the Mus­lim population(s) in Detroit and South­east Michi­gan as viewed through his­tor­i­cal research, doc­u­men­ta­tion of cur­rent con­di­tions, and explo­rations of future desires. The Halal Metrop­o­lis is one where Mus­lims prac­tice their faith freely and con­tribute to soci­ety with all of their tal­ents and com­mit­ments. It is cre­ated dia­log­i­cally and requires Mus­lims to be vis­i­ble to one another and to non-Mus­lims. It encour­ages Mus­lims to orga­nize and speak as believ­ers, cit­i­zens, and artists.

Stamps events are free and open to the pub­lic, and we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing them acces­si­ble to all atten­dees. This event will be online using the Zoom plat­form with an auto-gen­er­ated Live Tran­script avail­able. Ques­tions may be asked using the Q&A fea­ture on Zoom. If you antic­i­pate need­ing any addi­tional accom­mo­da­tions to par­tic­i­pate, please email asbaban@​umich.​edu at least one week in advance of the sched­uled event so we can arrange for your accom­mo­da­tion or an effec­tive alter­na­tive. After receiv­ing your request, our team will fol­low up with you directly. This event can also be live streamed on Halal Metrop­o­lis and Stamps Gallery’s Face­book pages, @halalmetropolis and @umstamps.

Speaker Bios

Zeina Reda is a ris­ing junior at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Ann Arbor study­ing Polit­i­cal Sci­ence. She is a Lebanese Amer­i­can born in New York, raised in Lebanon, and cur­rently resides in Michi­gan. Zeina is pas­sion­ate about empow­er­ing her com­mu­nity at U‑M to take own­er­ship of their iden­tity by advo­cat­ing for increased ME/NA rep­re­sen­ta­tion and aware­ness on campus.

Anis Rehman is an incom­ing junior study­ing Aero­space Engi­neer­ing. He is the cur­rent Vice Pres­i­dent, Inter­nal of the Mus­lim Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion as well as an affil­i­ate of the Islama­pho­bia Work­ing Group. Anis works to strengthen the bonds between fel­low Mus­lims as well as serve God through com­mu­nity ser­vice, activism and consultation.

Jumanah Saadeh is the Stu­dent Ser­vices Coor­di­na­tor at the UM Bio­log­i­cal Sta­tion. She holds an MA in Higher Edu­ca­tion and is cur­rently pur­su­ing her MBA. She is an active mem­ber of the Islam­o­pho­bia Work­ing Group. She is a proud Ann Arbor native who loves trav­el­ling and learn­ing. She’s enthu­si­as­tic about diver­sity and lead­er­ship edu­ca­tion with a global cit­i­zen­ship frame­work. She is always inter­ested in rec­om­men­da­tions of new things to explore and engage with. Her favorite book — and favorite sug­ges­tion to oth­ers — is the Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of Mal­colm X.

This exhi­bi­tion is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan-Dearborn’s Cen­ter for Arab Amer­i­can Stud­ies (CAAS), with sup­port from the Knight Foun­da­tion, the Doris Duke Foun­da­tion, the Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Visual Arts, the El-Hibri Foun­da­tion, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of SE Michi­gan, and the Michi­gan Human­i­ties Council.