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Global Asian Studies has courses open to students for Spring 2019! Please share this course information with your students (including the linked flyers):

GLAS 250: Critical Issues in Community Engagement

CRN 39132; Tu/Th 9:30-10:45 am

Prof. Steve Moon, Organizing Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago

For more information, please contact Dr. Anna Guevarra, Director, Global Asian Studies Program at

This course is for students who consider themselves leaders, or have always wanted to be a leader but never felt comfortable or confident enough to take on a leadership role. This course is for those who believe that there are more humane, loving, and equitable ways to build our communities here in Chicago. For those who sign-up for this course,  you will have a classroom experience that combines theory, practice, culture, and your own personal  history. You will be challenged to connect your own experiences to what’s happening locally & nationally, including issues like immigration enforcement, police accountability, language access, and gentrification. Finally, you will be asked to go out and engage with the communities in Chicago, learning through action and reflection.


GLAS 290: Introduction to Arab American Studies

CRN 39134; Wed 3:00-5:45 pm

Prof. Nina Shoman-Dajani

UIC students! It is not too late to sign up for this fantastic, life-changing class taught by the brilliant Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani. Dr. Shomani-Dajani completed her PhD in Arab American Studies with a focus on Arab American racial identity. She will be joining us at UIC as a guest instructor only this semester. There are still some seats remaining–register while you can.

Course Description: What is the difference between anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia? How does the Palestinian struggle impact Arab Americans? What happened to civil rights after September 11? Do Hollywood’s Arabs and Muslims have anything to do with real life? Does the War on Terror have anything to do with domestic United States policies? What does Arab-Black solidarity mean? How does hip-hop matter to Muslim Americans? Are Arab American comedians stereotyping themselves? Are Arab Americans considered “white,” “people of color,” “Asian American”? What does freedom of speech mean to Arab Americans? This course engages these and other issues in order to provide an overview of these themes in the field of Arab American Studies: immigration and racism; family, gender, and sexuality; socio-economic class; religious affiliations; arts and cultures; and politics and political activism. This is an interactive thought-provoking course including groups discussions and creative projects. Students will engage with interdisciplinary materials from social media and film to anthropological, historical, sociological, cultural and literary texts.


GLAS 290: Performing Asian Diasporas, Forging Acts of Resistance

CRN 39135; MW 6:00-7:15 pm

Prof. Luis Pascasio, Artistic Director, CIRCA-Pintig Community Theatre

In this course, you will study the theory, practice and analysis of live performance as a means of creative expression and a forum of public engagement. It locates theater performance as a storytelling device that dramatizes the Asian diasporic experience. It will explore acting, scene improvisations, character analysis and playwriting in portraying Asian diasporic themes as well as contemporary global issues. The course privileges the study of particular Asian theatre traditions and Asian American plays and how they reimagine home, history, migration, identity and resistance. The course also attends to diasporic performance as an embodied practice of everyday life that produces cultural, historical and political meanings. Students are expected to produce their own short scripts and improvisational scenes to be performed in a public presentation at the end of the course.