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Pi Sigma Alpha Receives Grant to Bring Scholar to Campus

Thursday, December 9, 2010

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HPJ's Pi Sigma Alpha chapter has received a grant of $848 from the national organization, which makes this the ninth consecutive year that the chapter has received external funding. During that time, the organization has brought in over $11,000 to be used in their programing.

This grant will be used to bring Dr. Jack Shaheen to campus to talk about his book Reel Bad Arabs that discusses Arab stereotyping in film and television. Shaheen, who published his book in 2001, is also the author of six other books, many of which deal with the theme of the popular culture's depiction of Arab Americans. In addition to his prime time talk, he will possibly also talk in some of Dr. Alexander's classes during the day.

Given HPJ's Saudi Prison Management Certificate Program (PMCP) that has brought a large number of Arab students to campus, his talk will be a timely and important one. The PMCP and the ONU Cultural and Special Events Committee will also help provide funding for Dr. Shaheen's talk.