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Spring 2024 Reading Group

Middle Easterners in the United States and Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will interrogate Middle Eastern experiences with the U.S. legal system, including challenges people of Middle Eastern origin have faced historically and under existing U.S. law; difficulties with categorization and distinctions among diverse racial, ethnic, national, and religious groups; questions related to national security and counterterrorism and the intersection with national origin and race; erasure of individuals from the Middle East from the U.S. Census; and complexities related to narrative and identity. The reading group will take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on literature from law, history, and social science, as well as immigrant and refugee narratives.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: TBD.