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talk at women’s club in rochester

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spoke at a women’s club today on the topic of “demystifying muslim women in america.” started by unpacking islamophobia, as american muslim women exist within that political context, along with muslim men, not in a state of non-mixité outside of it. it was a full house (maybe 100 or more) and people engaged assiduously with all the multimedia info i shared with them. the best part of the Q&A was when i reflected on my own journey to decolonial thinking, jump-started by reading aimé césaire, and dr walter cooper (who was in the audience) chimed in to tell me about the time he met césaire in martinique and had a 5 hour long conversation with him. it blew my mind. one degree of separation between aimé césaire and i! my life is now complete!

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