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Symposium and Lecture- Honoring Dr. Asma Barlas - Shared screen with speaker view
Josie Manucha (she/her)
39:21
Here is the website for honoring Dr. Barlas, set up by her husband: https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/
Josie Manucha (she/her)
39:59
Anissa Ash (pronounced uh-knee-suh) graduated from Ithaca in 2018 and is currently in her final year at Howard University School of Law. She will be graduating with her JD in May and will be representing Brooklyn residents in housing matters after graduation.
Ulises Mejias
39:59
Feel free to sign the guestbook!
patricia rodriguez
45:40
Up next Jordana Jarrett, followed by Cedrick Michael-Simmons!
Maura Stephens
46:27
Glad for future lawyers like you, Anissa. Best of luck with your final push at law school and future.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
46:37
Jordana Jarrett is a Brooklyn-based writer and creative, Ithaca College Class of 2015. She is currently an Editor at The Webby Awards, where she leads content creation for the brand, sponsorships, and The Webby Podcast, as well as aiding the production of The Webby Awards show, that successfully brings together digital communities across the world.
patricia rodriguez
46:56
thank you Anissa!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
47:52
Anissa, we will need your pro bono help soon
Josie Manucha (she/her)
53:09
Cedrick-Michael Simmons is Diversity Dissertation Fellow at Ithaca College and a PhD candidate studying sociology at Boston College.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
53:56
“Its tough to bear witness to oneself”! Thank you Jordana
patricia rodriguez
54:44
Jordana thank you!
patricia rodriguez
56:27
Up next after Cedrick, Alexzandria Sanchez, followed by Alana Herlands.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
57:26
Alexzandria was born and raised in Philadelphia. She graduated from IC in May of 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Journalism paired with minors in Politics and Latinx Studies. Her focus was learning and analyzing how U.S policy has affected grassroots human rights movements within Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a filmmaker and journalist.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
57:59
Yes, Cedric - “Why are we talking about inclusion, diversity and equity without talking about exploitation?”
Bruce King
58:13
So grateful to be here
Maura Stephens
58:24
Thank you Cedric for bringing in worker rights and the importance of labor in the various struggles.
Cedrick Micheal-Simmons
01:00:33
<3
Josie Manucha (she/her)
01:03:26
Alana Herlands took Professor Barlas’ courses ‘Politics of Identity’ and ‘U.S. and the World’ 4 years ago, and graduated in May 2018. She majored in Documentary Studies while at Ithaca, and is currently pursuing a career in audio journalism.
Jordana Jarrett
01:04:21
Thank you for your words Alexzandria!
Alexzandria Sanchez
01:05:19
thank you Jordana, loved your reflection!
patricia rodriguez
01:05:56
Alexz, that was amazing thank you!
Alexzandria Sanchez
01:06:27
thank you Patricia, Miss you!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
01:06:55
^^^ Alexandria, you powerfully capture the tensions of identity of exile and home. Thank you
Alexzandria Sanchez
01:09:11
thank you professor Peyi!
Cedrick Micheal-Simmons
01:09:33
amazing job, everyone
Ulises Mejias
01:09:53
Excellent contributions by everyone!
Bruce King
01:09:53
stack
Maura Stephens
01:09:56
Wonderful personal testimonials all. Wow.
Nimat Barazangi
01:10:43
From Nimat Hafez Barazangi:
Emely Quintero
01:11:05
I just wanted to thank all of you for speaking today, just hearing you guys out is making me want to take a class with professor Barlas. I really appreciated hearing from all of you and the wonderful things that ya’ll took away from her classes
Dubian Ade
01:11:37
so dope thank yall so much for yalls reflections
Nimat Barazangi
01:11:41
Nimat: why are we made obliged to talk about identity, race, worldview?
Ulises Mejias
01:13:14
Big hug, Bruce!
Autumn Michels
01:13:14
Stack
Maura Stephens
01:13:22
Powerful and loving, Bruce.
Bruce King
01:13:35
Thank you
Bruce King
01:14:02
Love to you Ulises
Angela P
01:17:57
Thank you Dr. Barlas for a brilliant course and such impactful moments, you have profoundly touched so many
patricia rodriguez
01:23:27
thank you everyone for sharing such deep insights
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
01:23:58
Bruce, thank you for sharing with so much candor that can transform our relationships
patricia rodriguez
01:24:49
thank you for speaking that truth Cedrick
Sumru Atuk
01:25:17
Yes, so important Cedrick! Thank you!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
01:26:59
Cedrick- want to hear more later about how we break through that barrier- of those who buy into diversity and inclusion talk without dealing with exploitation
Sarah Tallents
01:27:04
Thank you Dr. Barlas, though I only took one course with you, it was one that profoundly affected the manner in which I approach education as well as my relationship with religion. The combination of compassion and pressure in your teaching style gave space for me to look past imposter thoughts and embrace my voice.
Simine Froz
01:28:17
Dr. Barlas, I'm from California and I discovered you through your book "Believing Women", and you have changed my life. Ever since then, I always wanted to take one of your courses but of course since I go to a different university, I was never able to haha. But I'm so glad to be here and seeing how you impacted so many people is amazing. You truly inspired me to study international relations, political science, and middle-eastern studies.
Bruce King
01:28:49
Thank you. I do apologize for jump in a little blind and perhaps veering outside of the discussion. Thank you for making space for me
Maura Stephens
01:29:37
You have added immeasurably to it, Bruce. Simine, your own journey to this symposium is fantastic.
Cedrick Michael-Simmons
01:29:49
Thanks Peyi and Sumru <3, and I would love to discuss that barrier Peyi
Bruce King
01:29:54
Thank you
Autumn Michels
01:30:07
we understand that we construct these images and we can deconstruct them as well
Angela P
01:31:30
Thank you politics department and brilliant peyi and patricia for facilitating this!!!
Emely Quintero
01:31:34
please include me in these future discussions!!!
patricia rodriguez
01:44:05
next up is Matt Connolly and then Chris Kim
Ulises Mejias
01:44:45
Excellent comments, Dubian.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
01:45:06
Matt Connolly is a PhD student in Literature at University at Buffalo, where he writes and revises and writes again sentences about race, pop music, and Civil Rights Movement.
patricia rodriguez
01:45:31
thanks Dubian, you bring a lot to the convo
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
01:46:48
Dubian- that is hard and profound: “Exploring our relationship to and “fixation” on the colonizer. Our neediness for recognition - and how to clarify the distinction between taking responsibility for our escape and liberation vs responsibility for the conditions. A destabilizing message- thank you
Dubian Ade
01:46:50
Much love Ulises!!
Dubian Ade
01:47:15
Thank you Dr. Peyi!!!!
patricia rodriguez
01:50:40
so true matt
Beth Harris
01:51:26
Remembering the importance of the “Decolonizer”, Dubian—your courage to become the liberation you envision.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
01:52:20
& This phrase “trapping oneself in perfectibility”… Matt
Josie Manucha (she/her)
01:52:35
Chris Kim graduated from Ithaca College in 2018 with a degree in Sociology. He is currently serving as a research technician in Cornell’s Department of Integrative Plant Sciences.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
01:58:11
Noah Lillian Sarucia is from Boston, MA, and graduated from IC in 2011 with a major in Sociology. Noah works with companies around the world in helping them center the human experience in the workplace.
patricia rodriguez
01:58:36
thx for sharing Chris
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:02:11
Thank you Chris, we wrestle with connecting anticolonial discourse with anticapitalism - perhaps a defeatism regarding our ability to effect our disentanglement from the latter?
Bruce King
02:03:07
NOAH!!! Brilliant!
Jordana Jarrett
02:03:10
Wheww
Dubian Ade
02:03:14
Powerful Noah
Abby Haley
02:03:31
Wow
Juan Arroyo
02:03:45
Thank you Noah. The freedom of the spirit is a gift.
Alexzandria Sanchez
02:03:45
thank you for sharing this, reflection was amazing Noah
Ulises Mejias
02:03:53
That was beautiful, Noah!
patricia rodriguez
02:05:10
next up is Aisha Mughal
Anissa Aash
02:05:14
wow. thank you Noah
Falyn Stempler
02:05:22
Kol Hakavod, Noah. Loved your reflection.
patricia rodriguez
02:05:26
powerful words Noah
Khangelani Mhlanga
02:05:27
Thank you so much for sharing Noah.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
02:05:41
Aisha Mae Mughal graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and minors in Spanish and Asian American Studies. She primarily focused on U.S. foreign policy in Asia and Latin America and pursued an independent study on U.S. foreign policy in Bolivia with Dr. Barlas during her senior year. She currently works as a Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and started her transition this week as a Program Associate for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program at Ithaca College.
patricia rodriguez
02:10:50
wow Aisha
Maura Stephens
02:10:54
Beautiful
Bruce King
02:11:09
Thank you for that
Alexzandria Sanchez
02:11:14
beautiful aisha <3
Ulises Mejias
02:11:19
That was beautiful, Aisha!
Dubian Ade
02:11:35
Thank you Aisha
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:11:37
Thank you Aisha- very moving
Khangelani Mhlanga
02:11:41
Thank you so much for sharing your experience Aisha
Cedrick Michael-Simmons
02:12:03
so amazing, everyone
Jennifer Jolly
02:12:21
Wonderful, everyone. So thoughtful, so moving.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:12:27
stack
Kelly Dietz
02:13:40
Thank you for sharing yourselves, everyone
Bruce King
02:15:20
It’s a profound testimony to Asma’s teaching that so many had similar and similarly profound experiences over the years. What a gift to be a part of this linage of those fortunate enough to have been touched by the processes she facilitated. I feel oddly connect to people and even generations that I have no contact with
Ulises Mejias
02:21:24
Frodo lives! ;-)
Noah Sarucia
02:21:50
indeed he does @uli :)
Dubian Ade
02:27:06
stack
patricia rodriguez
02:30:02
yes, thanks for sharing that!
Beth Harris
02:30:26
Long live the collective!
Ulises Mejias
02:30:35
Thanks for giving voice to that history, Dubian. Both panels have been excellent so far! We could spend a whole day on each topic… Thank you to all panelists!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:30:36
Still Dubian making trouble- good trouble!!
Dubian Ade
02:30:49
YESSSSSS
Josie Manucha (she/her)
02:33:26
David Johnson graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion and a minor in International Politics. He is now a PhD student in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on international relations theory, the history of capitalism and the contemporary capitalist world economy.
patricia rodriguez
02:36:29
please check out: https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/
Josie Manucha (she/her)
02:43:04
Liz is a graduate of 2018, who took three classes with Dr. Barlas while she was at IC. Liz went on to continue studying politics in grad school, and has recently moved to Northern Vermont where she is working as an academic tutor for k-12 students in her district.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:43:58
Thank you David for your Insightful reflections
patricia rodriguez
02:49:08
next up are Rachel Bondra and then David Kaminsky
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
02:49:17
That must have been an unnerving moment when she disrupted your inward gaze- love that Liz
patricia rodriguez
02:49:53
thank you Liz!!!
Josie Manucha (she/her)
02:50:02
Rachel Bondra graduated from Ithaca College in 2011. She is pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning at Hunter College now. Her current work explores expressions of power and politics in the built environment and planning processes, urban industrial landscapes and history, land use, and as well as public memory.
Josie Manucha (she/her)
02:57:24
David Kaminksy graduated IC with a major in History and minors in Politics and Muslim Civilizations. He then received an MA in South East European Studies from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and University of Graz, Austria. Following that, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tyumen, Russia. Now, he is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at SUNY Binghamton.
Aisha Mae Mughal
03:05:50
Thank you, David. Really loved your reflection.
Ulises Mejias
03:05:58
That was great! Thank you to all panelists!
Jonathan Ablard
03:06:28
Wonderful panel. Thanks to everyone
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:06:36
David, a wonderful ode from an educator.
Kelly Dietz
03:06:40
Thanks so much, everyone!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:06:49
Thanks you so much panelists
Ulises Mejias
03:07:13
stack!
Jennifer Jolly
03:07:14
Thank you, all! So great to hear what you are all doing, carrying Asma’s lessons forward.
peggy williams
03:10:41
thank you to all the panelists…your articulate/insightful words are evidence of Asma’s incredible effectiveness as a teacher. Continue all the good work each of you is doing.
Patricia Zimmermann
03:11:12
Totally agree with President Williams comment.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:11:30
Thank you President Williams- it is wonderful to see you here.
Patricia Rodriguez
03:12:01
yes yes! many thanks Ditto!
Rachel Bondra
03:12:42
stack
Angela Pradhan
03:16:15
my question for panelists is what asma taught them about islamic feminisms
Hannah Gignoux
03:18:32
Thinking about how I remember Asma rejecting “feminism” as a category in class
Liz Alexander
03:19:41
TAKE A BREAK !!!
Bruce King
03:19:51
Thats the human part that I love so much
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:20:51
Angela- provocative question and Hannah, great ‘Asma response’
Patricia Rodriguez
03:21:09
we are taking a bit of a break until 6pm; see you back soon!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:30:01
we will resume in 2 minutes
Patricia Rodriguez
03:30:09
thank you so much to all of the panelists, and to everyone attending! and to Asma, so glad we did this....!
Patricia Rodriguez
03:31:12
I will hand it off to Dr Peyi Soyinka-Airewele. thank you!
Patricia Rodriguez
03:46:49
https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/
Patricia Rodriguez
03:47:24
brava Peyi, great intro
Chip Gagnon
03:47:41
^^^^^^
Patricia Zimmermann
03:47:47
Brava Peyi. Eloquent, moving, well written, insightful.
Bruce King
03:48:02
CHIP!!
Dubian Ade
03:48:06
Dr Peyi still the GOAT
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:49:07
What a wonderful community we have!!! Politics department loves you all so much
Josie Manucha (she/her)
03:49:32
thank you! :) glad to be here for this and helping
Patricia Rodriguez
03:50:09
bravo Ulises: https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
03:50:58
-dear all please post your tributes there^^^
Patricia Zimmermann
03:55:58
Brava to the incomparable Politics Dept for organizing this tribute to Dr. Asma Barlas.
Mrs. Chatman
03:58:38
💞
Tanya Saunders
04:03:45
Congratulations, Dr. Barlas, on your outstanding scholarship and teaching and on your many contributions to Ithaca College. May your intellect and courage continue to inspire us.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:10:01
Dr Saunders, thank you so much for being here. I will always celebrate your role in the founding of CSCRE and supporting so many special programs at IC as well as the critical dialogues series. Not many students know how much you did to lay the framework of what they have today.
Colette Matisco
04:10:24
Congratulations, Dr. Barlas! It is an honor to celebrate your life’s work with you and a delight to see you today.
Tanya Saunders
04:11:35
Thank you, Dr. Soyinka-Airewelele, for your kind words and for remembering me!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:14:13
Colette, a shout out to you- your work at the center for faculty excellence has been a blessing to the campus and supported Dr Barlas’ work in encouraging faculty to go for full professorship.
Colette Matisco
04:19:00
Thank you, Peyi. Truly it is my pleasure to support our faculty and the campus. And I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Dr. Barlas. She is phenomenal as are you and so many others present tonight.
La Jerne Cornish
04:24:16
Dr. Barlas, thank you for being true to you, for questioning things people are afraid to question, and for making a difference in the lives of Ithaca College students for decades. IC is better because you were here. You are appreciated and I salute you!
Patricia Rodriguez
04:24:19
Thank you Asma!
Nimat Barazangi
04:24:22
from Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Cornell University: Thank you for inviting me to participate in this event. I am grateful to all the things I learned from everyone and about everyone. Peace and Salaam.
Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson
04:26:04
Dear Asma, it’s beautiful to hear your voice again. Thank you being a gift to all of us in our journeys as human beings.
Harriet Malinowitz
04:26:33
Asma, I deeply loved your talk - and this whole event. It brought me back to what feels sacred about academic culture and community. I wish our paths had crossed more often/substantively. I hope they will in the future.
Gladys Varona-Lacey
04:27:57
Thank you, Asma, for providing us with another wonderful thought-provoking presentqi
Jonathan Ablard
04:29:26
Thanks to Politics for organizing this event. Thanks Asma. WE miss you.
Grace Joyce
04:29:29
Asma, your classes not only provided me with an irreplaceable educational experience, but they forced me to do some really difficult internal growth which I am forever appreciative for. Your presentation tonight was wonderful, as I remembered classes being! (Also, it’s very nice to see so many familiar faces here!)
James Miranda
04:31:50
Thank you, Peyi and Patricia, for organizing this; it felt healing to celebrate such brilliance and poise! And thank you Dr. Barlas for your beautiful lecture.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:32:21
Thank you James and thank you for all you do to bring us into community here
Isatou Klarholz Jobe
04:32:36
Thank you everyone.
Maura Stephens
04:35:17
Asma, your brain will never shut down.
Pamela Laird
04:36:02
Thank you, Asma, for your wisdom, especially in response to this important question about strangers.
Patricia Rodriguez
04:36:47
thank you James! agree
Andrea Stanton
04:43:16
Lurker from Denver here - thank you for letting me join in this wonderful set of tributes. Asma, I see your influence in both the rigorous self-reflexivity of your former students, and in their warmth and affection for one another and for you. Many, many thanks to all the speakers and to the organizers, and warmest congratulations to you, Asma!
Belisa Gonzalez
04:45:00
Yes! Thank you so much for your leadership in the creation and growth of the Center. It is where I found my home at IC. I don’t know what I would have done without it or you!
Belisa Gonzalez
04:46:04
Just email me bgonzalez@ithaca.edu and we’ll set something up.
Belisa Gonzalez
04:46:28
Sorry that was meant for a student.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:46:42
powerful tribute and question Paula
James Miranda
04:49:59
everyone just cried
Patricia Rodriguez
04:49:59
wow, thanks Noah
Ariel Lawrence
04:50:18
Or the capacity for love to exceed the limitations of our (supposed) logic.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:51:29
Noah has been bringing us to good place of tears today.
Ulises Mejias
04:51:30
Shameless plug (the piece Asma mentioned): https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/author/prof_mejias/
Noah Sarucia
04:52:57
Thank you for sharing @Uli :)
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:53:40
Thank you Ulises for creating this phenomenal site and for allowing the department to benefit from this labor of love
Ulises Mejias
04:55:24
Thanks for saying that, Jeanette. I can testify to that!
Mrs. Chatman
04:55:41
Thank you all for attending - with love the Politics Department.
Patricia Rodriguez
04:56:25
kenesha thanks to YOU! for all the support always
Ariel Lawrence
04:56:39
Wait….Asma has a podcast? Someone fill me in!
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
04:56:42
Mrs Kenesha Chatman- you are a pillar of our department. Thank you for working with all of us faculty and making the department function. You are a treasure
Maura Stephens
04:57:31
Thank you Ulises, Patricia, Peyi, Tom, and all who organized and participated. What an enlightening and moving tribute to an extraordinary teacher, colleague, thinker, and spreader of love. It has been a privilege to witness this, as it was a privilege to be on the stand against hatred and ignorance alongside Dr. Barlas on more than one occasion. May you all fare well.
Patricia Rodriguez
04:58:45
Maura!!!!
Riada Asimovic Akyol
04:59:37
Forever thankful to Prof. Barlas for her scholarship, support and solidarity. Sending love and gratitude.
Peyi Soyinka-Airewele
05:00:22
Maura!! Thank you- and for leading a charge to celebrate Asma some years ago and empower the campus. We miss you.
Ulises Mejias
05:01:32
Thanks, Sofia, for joining at this late hour (11:30 pm in the UK)!
Sofia Rehman
05:03:26
Couldn’t miss it, Ulises! Its been an honour and privilege to be here!
Mark Frank
05:04:10
As other have said far better than I can, we are all so fortunate to have been able to learn from and with Dr. Barlas. I, myself, count myself as incredibly lucky. Thank you Dr. Barlas! Thank you to all for organizing all of this. (And greetings to the incomparable faculty of IC Dept of Politics!)
Patricia Rodriguez
05:04:27
https://honoring.asmabarlas.com/
Jennifer Jolly
05:05:02
Thank you all! What a wonderful afternoon!
Abby Haley
05:05:12
thank you to all the organizers for this amazing event, and to the panelists for sharing yourselves and your stories. and of course, to dr. barlas for your teachings & community. thank you
Aisha Mae Mughal
05:05:12
Thank you Politics Dept!