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Reel Bad Arabs :

Hollywood's Portrayal of Middle Eastern People

April 2, 2010 | 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.| Location: South Meeting Room, Newcomb Hall


Internationally acclaimed author and media critic Dr Jack G. Shaheen has spent years collecting and analyzing examples of the film industry's treatment of Middle Eastern people, and the historical precedent established through representations of other ethnic groups.

Dr. Shaheen will discuss how these stereotypes have developed over the years, why they frequently continue unchallenged, and the relationship between these media portrayals and the political climate. He offers recommendations for countering these harmful and widespread misperceptions of the Arab-American community.

This session will be moderated by Hanadi Al-Samman, an assistant professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her research is focused on contemporary Arabic literature and culture, Arab women and Arab-American diasporic studies.

Watch a trailer for Reel Bad Arabs, here.


Hosted by the Middle East Studies Program at the University of Virginia, in collaboration with the Muslim Students Association, Project Nur, and the Special Lectures Committee in the College of Arts and Sciences.