Drones are changing the conduct of war. In Drone: Remote Control Warfare, Hugh Gusterson explores the significance of drone warfare from multiple perspectives, drawing on accounts by drone operators, victims of drone attacks, human rights activists, international lawyers, military thinkers, and more, as well as maps the “ethical slippage” over time in the Obama administration’s targeting practices. Foreign Affair calls the book “a thoughtful examination of the dilemmas this new weapon poses.”
Susan Bordo, professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Kentucky discusses her book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, in which she outlines this destruction in three key areas: gendered stereotypes and double standards, political forces, and media influence. The Forward wrote that her book “offers a clear analysis of how a candidate who received the overwhelming majority of the popular vote, did not win the presidency.” Sponsored by Women & Gender Studies.
The last few years have seen an impressive amount of publications on various aspects of the American Muslim experience. This panel presents works that adopt multiple theoretical and methodological lenses. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.
How Islamic law, both ancient and modern, relates to multiple areas of inquiry has created one of the most impressive volumes of academic production. Publications reviewed in this panel provide an exciting spectrum on the study of Islamic law. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.
This panel explores citizenship debates in Muslim contexts and its connections to cultural manifestations of ethno-racial identities, as well as global trends around poverty, environmentalism, and rights-based discourses. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.
Cemil Aydin, Professor of History at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, sheds light on the intellectual origins of longheld misconceptions that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity. In The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History. Edmund Burke III writes, “Aydin provides a global lens for viewing the ways in which modernity has shaped both Muslims’ understandings of their global role, and the ways in which we understand the place of Muslims in the world.” Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.
Only a few decades ago, the white working class made up the majority population in the United States and the United Kingdom. More recently, however, members of the working class have become what Justin Gest refers to as “new minorities.” Gest shares his latest publication, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, making a case for what led to white working class radicalization and rising support for unexpected political candidates, including Donald Trump. Gest focuses on two specific working-class cities – Youngstown, Ohio and Dagenham, England – to understand the political landscape in these once-thriving cities.
Reporter Jared Yates Sexton and essayist Tim Denevi discuss covering the squabbles, scandals, and victories of the 2016 presidential election. Denevi wrote about the election for outlets like LitHub and New York Magazine. Jared Yates Sexton reported on Trump’s campaign from the beginning. His book The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters on Your Shore: A Story of American Rage chronicles the nation’s most unexpected and divisive election to date, from an insider’s perspective.