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MCTC Global Studies Department Presents a Discussion Forum on Syria Oct. 29

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC Global Studies department, in support of the Muslim Student Association student club, is sponsoring a forum on Syria on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon–1:30 p.m. in L.3100. This forum is a safe place for interested individuals to hear from Syrian students or people who have lived in or have some expertise in the region. The forum will include faculty and student speakers and plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience.

For more information, contact MCTC Philosophy Instructor Matthew Palombo at

Third Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

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.
  • 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. DaulatzaiDr. 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.

See details about the first and second lecture series.

Hilary Klein to Discuss Her Book “Compañeras: A Zapatista Woman’s Story”

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

YuDIdwZ2In recognition of coursework and topics relevant to many of MCTC’s departments, including Global Studies, Hispanic/Chicano Studies, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies and others, MCTC would like to welcome Hilary Klein to campus on Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in T.1400 to discuss her book Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories.

Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

About Hilary Klein
HILARY KLEIN spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities. She is originally from Washington, DC, and received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Follow Hilary on Twitter.

This event is sponsored by MCTC Global Studies, World Languages and Women’s Studies.

MCTC to Hold Second Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series April 9

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Malcolm X Peace and Justice Lecture Series poster.Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is hosting the second annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series Wednesday, April 9 in H.1002. The series promotes the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists.

The day-long event aims to promote the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. The series also intends to raise awareness of local and global issues of injustice and oppression, facilitate dialogue on issues of justice and peace throughout the MCTC community and promote student and academic initiatives that address issues of injustice and oppression.

Activities are scheduled to take place all day, and include:

  • “Beyond the Disaster: Understanding the Situation in Syria.” 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies), keynote by Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies).
  • Challenges Facing Justice and Peace in Egypt.” 1–2:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed and Mayar Arafa (MCTC student).
  • “A Lecture and Discussion on Somalia.” 3–4:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Maya Sheikh-Salah (see bio below), response by Ruthanne Crapo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy) and Fadumo Abdi (MCTC Student Senate president).
  • Evening session: “Global Living in an Age of Revolution: A Forum on Syria, Egypt and Somalia.” 6–8:30 p.m.
    • Welcome by Matthew Palombo, entertainment by Ka Joog, panelists Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D. and Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, response by MCTC faculty.

About the panelists:

Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid is the founder and editor of Al Meezan newspaper, a national newspaper published in Arabic. He is also a highly sought after political analyst and commentator. He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. Dr. Abu Irshaid has also authored and co-authored several books, articles and studies on issues relevant to the Middle East and its political climate published in English and Arabic. He is the co-author of the controversial study “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility” which was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2009. Abu Irshaid is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on American domestic and foreign policy on various Arabic satellite networks, such as Al Jazeera, Syrian TV, Al-Alam, Abu-Dhabi and Alhiwar TV. Dr. Abu Irshaid completed his Ph.D at Loughborough University in England.

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery was a prominent Egyptian parliamentarian. He is a member of the Parliament of Luxor and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party. He is also the director of the Luxor Islamic Center for Global Dialogue and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party’s Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Dardery headed the Foreign Relations and the Freedom and Justice Party’s first delegation to the White House and was a key advisor to President Morsi. Dr. Dardery holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburg and has taught English and Islamic studies in the U.S. and Egypt.

Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D., is the Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is an activist and regular speaker on issues of health and law in the Twin Cities Somali community.

Food and drink will be provided by Crescent Moon Bakery and Dunn Bros. Coffee.