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“Women of Cover” presents perspective on Islam

The Diversity Forum will present Women of Cover: The Veil and the African-American Experience by Dr. Tiffenia Archie on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, from 1:00–2:15 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Archie will discuss her research and present a different perspective on Islam, followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

Her presentation explores veiling among African American women. As an African-American Muslim woman herself, Archie explores veiling among a group largely ignored in the discourse of veiling, African-American Muslim women. This group is unique in that they make their veiling choices in a context that is very different from that of their peers in the Islamic world; that is to say veiling is neither restricted nor enforced by governmental law or policy.

Originally from Berks County, Archie earned her bachelor’s degree from Albright College and her Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. She is currently the Director of Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) at Temple University and has worked in higher education for over 15 years. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Academic Dean at Albright College. She has also taught numerous courses in sociology.

This presentation is sponsored by the Diversity Committee. For more information, contact Karen Kihurani, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 610-396-6080 or via e-mail at KEK5@psu.edu.
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