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Challenging Islamophobia and State Violence:  Carving a Career Path for Rights and Challenging Injustice

Craig Zelizer

October 17, 2023

PCDN is thrilled to announce the latest episode of the Social Change Career Podcast Livestream on October 25 at noon EST, featuring Dr. Maha Hilal, a leading voice and expert on institutionalized Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and counternarrative work. As an author, advocate, and the founding Executive Director of Muslim Counterpublics Lab, Dr. Hilal has dedicated her career to challenging dehumanizing narratives, and tirelessly advocating for rights and justice.

Why You Should Tune In:

  • Absorb key lessons from Dr. Hilal’s journey on how to build a career that fiercely advocates for human rights and social justice.
  • Acquire actionable insights on navigating professional pathways while advocating for community rights and justice.
  • Delve into the power of counternarratives in promoting rights and justice within and beyond the workplace.

In This Episode, We'll Dive Into: 

  1. Career Evolution: Dr. Hilal will share how her passion for justice and rights led to a meaningful career dedicated to challenging Islamophobia and state violence. 
  2. Impactful Advocacy: Explore how Dr. Hilal's work has been instrumental in promoting rights, justice, and countering harmful narratives. 
  3. Transcending Barriers: Understand the hurdles faced and the resilience required to advocate for rights and justice in a landscape often resistant to diverse voices.
  4. Community Building: Delve into Dr. Hilal's role in establishing the Muslim Counterpublics Lab and the Guantanamo Survivors Fund, showcasing the power of collective action for rights and justice.
  5. Advice for Aspiring Advocates: Glean valuable advice from Dr. Hilal for those keen on blending advocacy with their professional endeavors, and making a lasting impact on rights and justice.

How to Attend: Catch the livestream on LinkedIn & YouTube. The recording will also be available on our YouTube Channel and as an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed October 25 from 12 pm to 1 pm est 

Format: Our podcasts are interactive, featuring interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our esteemed guests. Audience participation and questions are highly encouraged.

Why is PCDN doing this? Our mission is to assist social impact professionals and students in finding their path to impactful careers. For more support, feel free to visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Bio: DR. MAHA HILAL is the author of Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11. Her writings have appeared in Vox, Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, Newsweek, Business Insider, The Daily Beast, and Truthout, among others. Dr. Hilal is the founding Executive Director of Muslim Counterpublics Lab, an organization that works to disrupt and subvert dehumanizing narratives that are designed and deployed to justify state violence against Muslims, and a founding steering committee member of the Guantanamo Survivors Fund, which provides small grants to the survivors transferred out of U.S. detention.

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