November 16, 2015
Topic: Arts & Culture
Deepa Iyer, author of “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future,” explores issues of racial identities and solidarities as the demographics in America quickly change.
She will discuss America 14 years after 9-11 and the challenges ahead, through the stories of young South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh activists. Iyer’s talk is from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1225, South Hall.
Iyer explores topics including Islamophobia in the Bible Belt and the energy of new reform movements, including those of undocumented and unafraid youth and Black Lives Matter. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion, former director of South Asian Americans Leading Together and activist-in-residence at the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies program. Her talk will be followed by a book signing. More information about the book is at deepaiyer.com and @dviyer on Twitter.
The event is made possible by Arab and Muslim American Studies in the Department of American Culture; the Center for South Asian Studies; and the Michigan Sikh Studies Forum. The host department is Asian-Pacific Islander American Studies in the Department of American Culture.