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Date(s) - 02/19/2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Student Activity Center

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Book Talk and Community Conversation with Deepa Iyer

Friday, February 19 at 12:00pm

Student Activity Center (SAC), Multicultural Engagement Center, 1.102 2201 SPEEDWAY, Austin, Texas 78712

Deepa Iyer is the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. Currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion, Ms. Iyer is the former executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Activist-in-Residence at the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. Her book on post 9/11 America could not have been released at a more timely moment given the wave of xenophobia and Islamophobia that is pervading the country at this time.

Scholar Vijay Prashad writes about We Too Sing America: “Deepa Iyer brings the head of a lawyer and the heart of a community activist to bear on her remarkable book We Too Sing America. It is a window into the struggles of the margins that allow the mainstream to remain humane.” Michael Omi, with the Haas Center at Berkeley, writes: “In an era of heightened racial anxiety and contradictory state policies, Iyer challenges us to imagine and aspire toward a truly equitable and inclusive multiracial society.”

Deepa’s book weaves stories of young activists who work across intersections of race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, and faith in order to create change around the issues that are making news headlines today. The book also places post 9/11 America in a larger context – that of America’s changing racial demographics. As communities of color grow in population size, how will they gain economic, political and cultural power and equity? What are the roles of South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrants in fostering multiracial unity by centralizing Black liberation? More about Deepa Iyer’s book is at www.deepaiyer.com.

This event is hosted by the Center for Asian American Studies with support from the Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Longhorn Center for Community Engagement, Multicultural Engagement Center, and the Social Justice Institute.

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