On Thursday, April 9, MCTC will host its 3rd annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series. The mission of the lecture series is to promote the intellectual traditions of African-American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. Over 500 students, staff and faculty participated last year, and we hope for even more this year!
This year’s keynote speaker this year is Prof. Sohail Daulatzai. Events will be offered throughout the day (please see the agenda below) to allow for attendees to meet Prof. Daulatzai.
Most of the events are open to the public. The preliminary agenda is listed below; a more comprehensive agenda will be published closer to the day of the event.
The event’s planning committee and sponsoring clubs and organizations include the MCTC Muslim Student Association, Philosophy Club, Xicanos Latinos Unidos, Phi Theta Kappa, Student African American Sisterhood, Student African American Brotherhood, African Student Continental Club, Office of Diversity, Student Life, Philosophy department and Global Studies department.
- Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on violence, 10–11 a.m.
- Location: H.1002
- Introduction: Dr. Matthew Palombo (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies)
- Keynote: Dr. Charles Watson (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies, see bio below)
- Respondents: Dr. Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Global Studies, see bio below) and Modou Jaw (MCTC student)
- Q/A from audience
- Student Leadership Luncheon: A Conversation with Sohail Daulatzai, noon–1:30 p.m.
- Invitation only
- Interview and Q&A with Sohail Daulatzai by Dr. Jay Williams
- Black Star, Crescent Moon: A Book Discussion with Sohail Daulatzai, 2– 3 p.m.
- Location: H.1002
- Film screening: Battle of Algiers (1966), 3:30–5:30 p.m.
- Location: H.1002
- Evening Public Lecture
- T Plaza
- Arrival and food, 6– 6:30 p.m.
- Welcome: Dr. Matthew Palombo, 6:30–6:35 p.m.
- Music/spoken word, 6:35–6:45 p.m.
- Keynote: Sohail Daulatzai, 6:45–7:30 p.m.
- Audience Q&A, 7:30–8 p.m.
Dr. Sohail Daulatzai is Film and Media Studies Professor of African-American Studies at the University of California, Irving. He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the Af-Pak border. Because of his parents’ involvement against British colonialism and the politics of the Afghan-Pakistan border, they decided to move to the United States. Sohail grew up in Los Angeles, in the Pico Union district, which has since become a heavily Latino area after the U.S. involvement in Central America. He went to high school in San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA, majoring in Psychology. As an undergrad, he took a broad range of classes that led him to pursue a PhD at USC in Critical Studies. Professor Daulatzai has published extensively in the fields of African-American and Islamic Studies (in print and film), including topics such as hip-hop, U.S. Imperialism and Black/Muslim encounters and Malcolm X. He is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America (2012) and co-editor of Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (with Michael Eric Dyson) (2009).
Dr. Charles H. Watson is an instructor of Philosophy and Global Studies at MCTC. Dr. Watson has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities from Stanford University. He is the author of The Existential Imperative: On the Material Production of Authenticity and his research interests include 19th century Philosophy and Black Social Thought. Dr. Watson teaches courses at MCTC including African-American Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy as well as the Global Studies course Race and Culture.
Dr. Nadia Mohamed is an instructor of Global Studies and Arab Studies at MCTC. She is Egyptian by birth, Arab by ethnicity, American by residency and Muslim by choice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and Islamic Law, a master’s degree in Shariah Law and a Ph.D in Education. Dr. Mohamed has founded two Islamic schools, taught at the Islamic University of Minnesota and served in leadership positions in a variety of educational contexts. She is the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association. Professor Mohamed has published in both English and Arabic on various topics including Shariah Law, Secularism and Dialogue. She teaches courses at MCTC including World Religions, Arab History and Cultures and Strategies for College Success.