The New Face of Discrimination: Muslim in America


8:00 am – 9:00 Welcome Guests, Check in Get Name Tags (Third Floor Loggia)
9:00 am – 9:15 Introduction and Overview (3037)
9:15 am – 10:30 Panel 1, Evaluating the Perception of Islam and being Muslim in Contemporary Media & Government (3037)
10:45 am – 11:45 Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session A: (3037)
Breakout Session B: (3171)
Breakout Session C: (4045)
11:45 am – 1:00 Keynote Luncheon: (3037)
1:15 pm – 2:30 Panel II, Defining Muslim Civil Rights in a Post-9/11 World (3037)
2:30 pm – 2:40 Closing Remarks (3037)
2:40 pm – 4:00 Student Reception (Third Floor Mezzanine)

FEBRUARY 5, 2010 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Introduction and Overview (9:00 AM – 9:15 AM):

This Introduction will give an overview of the day’s events, which will begin with a panel presentation entitled, “Evaluating the Public Image of Islam and being Muslim in Contemporary Media.” This panel will be followed by a number of simultaneous breakout sessions sponsored by various students groups. These breakout sessions will allow students and faculty to engage the issues and one another in a more intimate setting. The Honorable Mary Rose Oakar, President of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, will then provide a keynote speech during the luncheon. The Symposium will reconvene for a second panel discussion entitled “Defining Civil Rights for Muslims in a post-9/11 World,” and will conclude with remarks from Duke Law School’s Dean David Levi and a reception.

Participants: Executive Board
Location: TBA
DFLSC Host: Matthew Doeringer
Opening Remarks: Abdullah Antepli, Duke Muslim Chaplain
Location: 3037

Panel Discussion: Evaluating the Perception of Islam and being Muslim in Contemporary Media & Government (9:15 AM – 10:30 AM)

Moderator: Neil Vidmar, Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Duke University School of Law
Participants: Professor Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown University Law Center
Aziz Huq, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Tung Yin, Lewis & Clark Law School
Nadhira Al-Khalil, Legal Counsel for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
DFLSC Host: Karl Goodman, DFLSC Article Editor
Location: 3037

Professor Sheryll Cashin
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law with honors from Oxford University in 1986 and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, in 1989, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists.

Professor Cashin’s piece considers a social science aspect of discrimination against Muslims. She considers society’s willingness to trade personal liberties for national security, and advocates remedying this mentality by local programs which promote increased, inclusive multiculturalism.

Aziz Huq
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Professor Huq is counsel in several cases concerning detention and national security policy, including Omar v. Geren and Munaf v. Geren, challenges to US citizen’s detention in Iraq. He has advised and spoken before legislators on issues related to the Separation of Powers, excessive secrecy, and illegal detention. His book with Fritz Schwarz, Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power In A Time of Terror (New Press), was published in 2007, and will be reissued in paperback in spring 2008. He is a frequent contributor to The Nation, the American Prospect, the New York Law Journal and Huffington Post. His articles have also appeared in the Washington Post, the New Republic, Democracy Journal, TomPaine, and Colorlines. In 2006 he was selected to be a Carnegie Fellows Scholar. He also teaches a seminar in Just War Theory and Terrorism at NYU School of Law.

Professor Huq’s article compares the different views of radicalization — the process through which religious fervor allegedly transmutes into terrorist tendencies — in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Tung Yin
Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Tung Yin was associate professor (2002-2007), professor (2007-2008), and professor and Claire Ferguson Carlson Faculty Fellow (2008-2009) at The University of Iowa College of Law. He also practiced law from 1998-2002 with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he represented clients in white collar criminal defense and employment discrimination matters. Yin’s scholarly work has focused primarily on domestic legal issues arising out of the United States’ military and prosecutorial responses to the 9/11 attacks and has examined such matters as the jurisdiction of the federal courts to entertain habeas petitions by Guantanamo Bay detainees, the theory of unilateral executive branch war powers, and the potential constitutional rights available to alien detainees outside the country.

Professor Yin’s essay tracks changes in the portrayals of Muslims and Arabs in American TV and Film. He analyzes how their portrayal in pop culture affects Americans’ perception and opinions of Muslims and Arabs in the real world.

Breakout Session: Student Groups (10:45 AM – 11:45 AM)

At least three breakout sessions will be offered for conference participants and attendants to enjoy discussion topics related to the conference, but in a more intimate, informal setting.

Breakout Session A: Discussion with Hon. Mary Rose Oakar
Location: 3037
Sponsored by WLSA

Breakout Session B: Student Note Presentation and discussion:
Host(s): Amanda Haberman
Location: 3171
Sponsored by Duke Forum for Law & Social Change

Breakout Session C: Community Discussion:
Host(s): Khadijah Bhatti, Duke University Muslim Student Association
Aubrey Smith, DFLSC Staff Editor
Location: 4045
Sponsored by Duke University Muslim Student Association

Keynote Luncheon (11:45 AM – 1:00 PM)

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Mary Rose Oakar, President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee & Former Member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio
Introduction: Stephanie Lam, DFLSC External Managing Editor
Location: 3037
Co-Sponsors: Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA)
Women Law Student Association (WLSA)

Panel Discussion: Defining Muslim Civil Rights in a Post-9/11 World (1:15 PM – 2:30 PM)

Moderator: Professor Guy-Uriel Charles, Duke University School of Law
Participants: Professor Natsu Saito, Georgia State Law SchoolGwen Alexis, Ph.D., J.D., Monmouth UniversityProfessor Peter Danchin, University of Maryland
DFLSC Host: Lauren Weinstein, DFLSC Article Editor
Location: 3037

This panel will discuss critical issues in redefining basic civil rights for Muslims since 9/11. The panel will feature Professor Natsu Saito and her article Instruments, Then and Now: Constitutional Accountability in Post 9/11 America, Professor Peter Danchin, who will discuss his article The Right to be Free from Religious Discrimination?, and Professor Gwen Alexis, who will speak on her article Not Christian, but Otherwise Qualified: Religious Diversity in the Workplace.

Once opened for discussion, this panel will aim to be an opportunity for self-reflection for Duke Law students and faculty, creating critical thought about evolving moral and constitutional standards regarding civil rights for Muslims and the challenges we face in establishing and maintaining legal equality for this group.

Professor Natsu Saito
Professor of Law, Georgia State University Law School
After receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, Professor Saito worked for Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Troutman Sanders, and Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, and taught as an adjunct at Emory Law School prior to joining the GSU College of Law faculty. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and has on the Committee on the Involvement of Women & Minorities in the Profession and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts.

Professor Saito’s article compares the political and social factors surrounding the Japanese interment during World War II to the current government’s treatment of Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans in its policy and rhetoric. She asserts that similarities persist that create discriminatory practices targeted at these groups.

Professor Gwen Alexis
Associate Professor of Management
Professor Gwen Alexis completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. A member of the New York, New Jersey, and Florida Bars, she received her law degree from Harvard Law School. Professor Alexis’s article explores the conflict between the status of the United States as a haven for religious freedom and the overwhelmingly Christian history and culture of our country. She argues that the non-Christians warrant special legal protection in the workplace to ensure that religious freedoms are not subsumed into a predominately Christian culture.

Professor Peter Danchin
Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
Before joining the faculty at Maryland, he was lecturer and director of the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He has served as a foreign law clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, worked as a foreign associate at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and as an associate at the Australian law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson. His areas of interest are international law, human rights law, and comparative constitutionalism. His recent articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Harvard International Law Journal. His most recent book United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (with Horst Fischer) is forthcoming in 2010 with Cambridge University Press.

Professor Danchin is writing about the tension between First Amendment rights and the right to be free from discrimination, particularly exemplified by the Danish Cartoon controversy.

Closing Remarks: 2:30pm – 2:40pm

Location: 3037
DFSLC Host: Jillian Harrison, DFLSC Internal Managing Editor
Closing Remarks: Larry Shaw, North Carolina State Senator

Student Reception: 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Sponsored by SALSA & Muslim Life @ Duke
Location: Third Floor Mezzanine of Star Commons

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