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Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute 2018

The Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute’s first seminar took place on Feb 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, at the University of California, Davis. The seminar hosted twenty early career media professionals and graduate students in schools of journalism and communication from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  It brought together leading experts on women and Islamic cultures and leading journalists and faculty from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, to engage participants in the diverse and global histories and cultures of women and Islamic cultures. The objective of the seminar was to foster accurate reporting, representation, and public discourses related to Islamic cultures and to Muslim women in a variety of media outlets and platforms. Over the course of the three-day workshop, participants worked with experienced faculty and journalists through lectures, exercises, and discussions on the histories and cultures of Islam and women in Islamic cultures. Participants were given reading and writing assignments to submit to their appointed mentors who are responsible for providing comments and feedback for improving their assignments. The assignments will be carried out, in a mentoring relationship, between March and October of 2018.  The final assignment will be a publishable or near publishable report or opinion piece or visual presentation to be submitted to a media platform.  The second seminar of this cycle will be held November 14, 2018, in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association meetings in San Antonio, Texas.  Applications for the Muslim Women and Media Training Institute 2019 cycle will be open in Spring 2019.  For information about the Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute, contact Suad Joseph (sjoseph@ucdavis.edu) or ewic@ucdavis.edu .   The Institute is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and is a project of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, General Editor, Suad Joseph  (http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu/ewic )

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