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Ohio Northern University to host acclaimed author and expert on stereotypical images of Muslims

Mar 16, 2011

Dr. Jack Shaheen, internationally acclaimed author and media critic, will address stereotypical images of Muslims at Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center For the Performing Arts on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Shaheen’s lecture, “Reel Bad Arabs,” focuses on the documentary and book of the same name.

The event, sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, ONU’s Committee of Cultural and Special Events (CASE), and the ONU Prison Management Certificate program, is free and open to the public.

Shaheen is the world’s foremost authority on images of Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture. He is the author several award-winning books, including “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” and, most recently, “Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs After 9/11.”

A Pittsburgh native and former CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen addresses stereotypical media images of racial and ethnic groups. His presentations illustrate that stereotypes do not exist in a vacuum; hurtful caricatures of Asians, blacks, Latinos and others impact innocents.

Among Shaheen’s awards recognizing his “outstanding contribution towards a better understanding of our global community” are the University of Pennsylvania’s Janet Lee Stevens Award and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for “his lifelong commitment to bring a better understanding towards peace for all mankind.” Shaheen, a recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards, holds degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri.

Shaheen regularly serves as a consultant with TV and motion picture companies, including DreamWorks, Showtime, Hanna-Barbera, and Warner Bros. He also consulted on two George Clooney films, “Three Kings” and “Syriana.”