Misconceptions and a lack of understanding dominate perceptions of Islam in many societies. In this workshop we will examine the impact of stereotypes, bias, discrimination, and hate crimes toward people perceived to be Muslim in both the United States and Europe. A recent reported uptick in hate crimes— --especially those targeting Muslims— --adds urgency to this conversation for both educators and students.
Join us as we explore tools and resources that help challenge anti-Muslim stereotypes and discrimination. We will examine the universal forces that propel religious intolerance alongside the specific factors that fuel Islamophobia. We will highlight the voices of young people as they respond to ideas and behaviors often rooted in xenophobia.
In this workshop you will:
Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
Explore topics such as stereotypes, bias, discrimination, and hate crimes
After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.