Islam and the Humanities

Sarah Doyle Women's Center – Women’s History Series 2019: Cultivating Radical Coalition

March 5, 2019

2019 calendar

Lecture + Book Signing with Blair Imani – The Revolution Will Be Ours

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
85 Waterman St., Room 130

Blair Imani is a black, queer Muslim woman who is the author of a new book Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (Ten Speed Press, 2018). She is the founder of the nonprofit "Equality for HER" and an activist involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. This lecture will focus on intersectional organizing and themes of collective liberation, which informs her work.

Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender
Co-sponsored by Islam and the Humanities research initiative


Lunchtime Conversation with Dr. Mona Abo-Zena

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Brown Muslim Student Center
Champlin Hall, Room 018
(Entrance also available from the side entrance located in Lot 5 near Blue State Coffee)

Join us for a lunch conversation with Mona Abo-Zena, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education and Care at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She will provide insight on her career trajectory, current research projects, and how motherhood informs her academic praxis. Participants can learn more about her current research project at a lecture later in the evening on how Muslim girls navigate coming of age and cultural stigma around menstruation (listed below).

Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender
Co-sponsored by the Islam and the Humanities and the Brown Muslim Student Association.


Lecture + Dinner with Mona Abo-Zena  – “It Must be That time of the Month.”: Muslim Girls Navigating Coming of Age and Cultural Stigma around Menstruation

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
the Brown Faculty Club, Portrait Room

1, Bannister St.

Mona Abo-Zena is assistant professor of early childhood education and care at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her talk will focus on how early adolescent Muslim women negotiate normative developmental experiences given the religious meaning of the onset of puberty, and how they navigate ritual impurity. She interrogates cultural values that may sabotage positive development and provides a framework for building empathy and radical coalition through humanizing developmental socialization practices. 

Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender
Co-sponsored by Islam and the Humanities research initiative