Assistant Professor of Anthropology Mariam Durrani participated in the Democratizing Knowledge/Mellon Summer Institute hosted by Spelman College June 17 to 23. The theme of this year’s Mellon-funded event was “Just Academic Spaces: Creating Collaborative Communities and Institutional Transformation.”

The institute, designed by the Syracuse University Democratizing Knowledge collective, brought together faculty, advanced doctoral students, and scholars from the humanities and social sciences to examine the current state of higher education in the U.S. and work on collaborative strategies to create a more just academy.

Durrani also recently participated in “Our Stories Our Words: How We Talk about Being Muslim in America,” a BuzzFeed panel discussion in New York City. Panel members included scholars, writers, and filmmakers. The discussion focused on how the participants tell stories about Muslims during a time of heightened Islamophobia. 

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