Granta event with oD author Todd Gitlin - NY

26 August 2011

Islamophobia, the Media and Echoes of 9/11

7 September, 5 pm, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, New York 10027

As time passes, stories are abound to change and take on different meanings. Looking back to 9/11 and taking stock of where we are today, this discussion will explore Islamophobia, media rhetoric and how we remember 9/11. Writer, sociologist and communications scholar Todd Gitlin, Granta 116 poet and law professor Lawrence Joseph and civil rights attorney and author of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice Alia Malek will join Granta magazine editor John Freeman to explore this topic.

In association with South Asian Journalists Association and Voice of Witness.




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