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II Round Table: Coming to America. The Muslim Experience

January 19, 2016

What is the experience of moving to and living in the United States like for Muslim immigrants? How has the experience changed due to recent world events? With US politicians stirring up fears of Syrian refugees and seemingly growing Islamophobia in the country, this round table will explore the history of Muslim immigrants to the US and address issues facing American Muslims today.

The II brings campus experts and community leaders together to discuss this contemporary issue. U-M faculty will be joined by the mayor of Hamtramck, MI, and the director of Immigrant Affairs with the Mayor’s Office for the City of Detroit. An audience Q&A follows.


Hussein Fancy (moderator): Department of History, U-M

Sally Howell: Department of History, UM-Dearborn

Karen Majewski: Mayor of Hamtramck, MI; Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, U-M

Fayrouz Saad: Director of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Detroit

Andrew Shryock: Department of Anthropology, U-M

Co-sponsored by: Arab and Muslim American Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Islamic Studies Program.

As the leading campus resource on global affairs, the International Institute has established the II Round Table as a vehicle to promote informed discussions on contemporary issues and events that affect our world.