The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty

07 May 2017
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
APOLLO THEATER, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027. A/B/C/D or 2/3 or 4/5/6 trains to 125th Street.

The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty

What is the unchallenged perception of a Muslim-American woman? Who gets to decide what images and narratives about women dominate the public discourse, the media, and the literary world? Is the hijab a fashion accessory, an expression of one’s faith, or trending iconography? Is a focus on the hijab reductive?

A conversation on women—by women—on what it takes to defy obsolete notions of power and beauty, and instead embrace multidimensional identities. Addressing beauty standards, cultural appropriation, faith, and feminism, our diverse panel tackles a few of the most controversial and sensitive topics of our time. With Mara Brock Akil, Rana Abdelhamid, Mona Haydar, and Penina Roth. Moderator to be announced.

Presented by The M W Word: Muslim Americans Take the Mic, a PEN America series supported by Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program and by the PEN America World Voices Festival.

Tickets for this event are free, reservations are available via the “buy tickets” button.