Posted by: Sarah Standish | January 13, 2014

Extra Credit Events for the Month of January

There is one extra credit event for January. Students can receive extra credit in accordance with the extra credit guidelines. Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I am unable to screen events for content beforehand.

Do (Muslim) Girls Really Need Saving? Taking the Rock Camp Model of Girls’ Empowerment to Bahrain

A play on the title of Lila Abu-Lughod’s important 2002 essay, ‘Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?’, this talk explores questions that emerged when colleagues from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland traveled to Bahrain in August, 2013. Invited by the U.S. Embassy to do cultural outreach, they put on a modified version of the girls’ empowerment camp founded in Portland, Oregon. The project included a component of cross-cultural zine-making and video exchange with a group of girls in Portland.

This collaborative discussion will outline the socio-political context for girls’ empowerment programs in the Gulf, the particular situation in Bahrain, and how a program with a western-style girls’ empowerment message was modified and adapted by the organizers and the girls themselves over the course of the camp. Featuring film clips, photographs and images created by the girls, this presentation explores one site of radical differences and unlikely similarities, contextualizing larger theoretical issues of transnational girlhood and girl-lead social change. The talk is designed to engage the audience in discussion, and provides plenty of openings for questions and answers.

When: Thursday, January 23rd, 2013, 7:00 pm

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236, 1825 SW Broadway

 

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