Awards from contest to prevent Islamophobia announced by Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS—Original Muslim-American poetry displayed at Indianapolis’ Monument Circle. Muslim and Christian youth documenting each other’s faith communities through a joint photography exhibit. A Holocaust museum conducting Islamophobia workshops for students. An original children’s play based on Muslim folklore. Muslim youth learning how to confront anti-Muslim bias.

Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Those are five projects that could help prevent Islamophobia in greater Indianapolis, and they will all come to life thanks to a competition sponsored by Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Community activists, artists, teachers and anyone else hoping to combat anti-Muslim prejudice were encouraged to submit applications during the summer, with the best ideas receiving a $1,000 prize from the Millennium Chair’s research budget. IUPUI students and employees were not eligible.

"I love these creative projects," Curtis said. "We got very optimistic, forward-focused projects on Indianapolis youth. This focus indicates just how hopeful community leaders are that the next generation can help reduce anti-Muslim discrimination and bias."

Curtis selected the projects after receiving input from fellow School of Liberal Arts faculty Modupe Labode, associate professor of history and museum studies, and Amira Mashhour, lecturer and director of the Arabic program.

Winners are expected to implement their projects by May 2018.

The five winners are: 

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