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Portrait: Hassan Abdel Salam

Islamic Law: An Examination of Human Rights Issues in Today’s Muslim Societies

Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam explores the relationship between Islamic law and how it interacts with human rights in his research for the Institute of Global Studies. Abdel Salam hopes to discover how Islamic clerics conceptualize human rights, how everyday Muslims express their devotion, and how Islamophobia is produced in the United States and the world as a whole.
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The Dialect of Art

Art professor Thomas Rose has created Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of Art, a unique research program that is a collaboration between artists in China and various institutions in Minnesota. The project uses art exhibitions to initiate deeper conversations on culture and society.
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The Unseen Global City

Global studies and sociology professor Michael Goldman looks at urbanization practices that leave residents with the task of managing life in a city captured by global desires. “Global cities are alive with two very different social imaginaries: Those who desire to rebuild the city with ‘world-class’ infrastructure versus the urban majority’s concerns of being dispossessed by these elite projects,” he says.

Holocaust Education in a Global Context

From June to November of 2015, the Institute for Global Studies, in partnership with the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, worked with K-16 teachers to explore the issues and challenges of genocide education in the classroom. Almost 75 educators participated in a series of collaborative workshops that addressed the historical and sociological significance of the genocide in a global context (Holocaust, Native American, Armenian, Cambodian, and Rwandan Genocides).