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Reel vs. Real: Muslim Media Stereotypes & Islamophobia

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From caricatures of the Japanese "Yellow Threat" during WWII, to misrepresentations of Native Americans in America's Wild West, to the typecasting of Middle Eastern cultures as incubators of religious extremism, popular media often follows whichever current of fear grips with the largest fascination of the moment. Join us in conversation with Michael Cahana (Senior Rabbi Congregation Beth Israel), Dr. Jamal Badawi, (Professor Emeritus, St. Mary's University, Canada) as they respond to Jack Shaheen's documentary film Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.  Speakers discuss how they approach dealing with Islamophobia in their own communities, and share thoughtful strategies for how everyday citizens might best confront anti-Islamic rhetoric in their midst.

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People: Jack Shaheen's groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters:from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists" - along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images.

Cosponsored By Muslim Educational Trust, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education

Event is free and open to the public; no registration necessary

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