Spring 2016 Book - True American

The True American



As SJSU is a community dedicated to inclusiveness, and there have been some disturbing generalizations made about all Muslim Americans by some voices in the media recently, this spring, working with Associated Students, we have selected a book reading activity to raise awareness about Islamophobia while having an open dialogue about what America stands for and what it means to be an American. Our focus will be on the award-winning book by Anand Giridharadas, The True American: Murder and Mystery in Texas (Norton 2014).

To participate, students just need to check their schedules and make sure they can attend ONE of the two following options for a book discussion in Clark 100H:

April 18, Monday 4:30 – 6:00 pm

April 19, Tuesday 4:00 -- 5:30 pm

We invite students who represent the wide range of Spartans from different classes (freshman, sophomore, etc), backgrounds, majors, ethnicities, etc. But only the first 25 that contact us can be accommodated.

If you agree to participate, all you have to do is 1) Read the book (a free copy will be provided), and 2) Come to one of the two seminars and share some thoughts about the ideas in the book. The seminar will be fun and engaging. Refreshments will be provided.

Participants will also be given a Certificate of Cultural Awareness from The Reading Program that will look good on a resume. 

Contact Prof Guenter at scot.guenter@sjsu.edu to participate.

Once you receive confirmation from Prof Guenter, go to the Department of Humanities (Clark Hall 419) to get the free book.

Islamic Studies flyer

Material Speculation, Between ISIS and Islamophobia

By Morehshin Allahyari
Moderated by Professor Johanna Movassat
Funded by the SJSU Islamic Studies Initiative
April 26, 2016
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Student Union Theatre

Free and open to the public.

Morehshin  Allahyari  has gained recent worldwide attention for Material Speculation: ISIS, a digital fabrication and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of selected artifacts that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. She will speak about the intersections of art, activism, jihad, and technocapitalism.

Situated in the political, social and cultural web of relations that Material Speculation: ISIS proposes—from petro-politics, war, conflict materials, and terrorism—this talk explicitly challenges potentially polarizing and Islamophobic responses to the work, while probing its aesthetic and radical insights.

Artist Biography

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. Born and raised in Iran, she moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives we live in the 21st century.

Allahyari's work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, VICE, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others. She is the Co-Founder of the Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.