UW-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) and Alverno College are jointly sponsoring a one-day K-12 teacher workshop at Alverno on August 7, 2017 on the topic, “Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture.”

Islamophobia is a distorted image of Islam and Muslims caused by faith misrepresentation and fear/exploitation of religious practices and beliefs.  The purposes of this one-day workshop are, among others: to explore the roots of Islamophobia in the United States, to share resources/tactics for ameliorating Islamophobia, and to introduce ways to build positive classroom communities. This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers and includes talks by national speakers, a visit to and a home-made lunch at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, as well as success stories from classroom teachers.


8:30-8:55       Arrival and Check-in at Alverno College

9:00-9:10       Welcome/Bureaucracy

9:15-10:15     Eunsook Jung, Faculty Associate, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, “Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam in the United States”

10:15-10:30   Break

10:30-11:30   Janan Najeeb, President, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, “The Role of Teachers in Combating Islamophobia and Fostering Interfaith Literacy”

11:45-noon   Drive to Islamic Society of Milwaukee (4707 South 13th Street)

Noon-12:45   Lunch at ISM

12:45-1:05     Tour of ISM

1:10-1:30       Observe Mid-Day Prayer

1:30-2:00       Lecture at ISM about ISM

2:05-2:20       Drive back to Alverno

2:30-3:30       Hatem Bazian, Professor, Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley,Title TBA

3:30-4:30       Othman Atta, Operations Manager, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, “The Impact of Islamophobia on School Children”

4:30-5:00       Wrap-Up and Good-byes

Event Details

“Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Alverno College
3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, WI