March 16, 2018
In this episode, Chuy and Micah are joined by UI professors Anne Marie Nest and Carrie York Al-Karam to discuss Muslims in Iowa: The Play, a brand new documentary theatre piece about the lives of Muslims who call Iowa home. Anne Marie Nest is an assistant professor of voice and speech and the creator of Muslims in Iowa. Dr. Carrie York Al-Karam is currently an adjunct in the Department of Religious Studies, and was one of more than fifty Iowa residents Nest and her team interviewed for the project. Muslims in Iowa was developed as part of Hancher’s Embracing Complexity project, which seeks to build textured knowledge of Islamic cultures while creating a greater sense of empathy for the experiences of peoples of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. We will present a staged reading of the work in progress at Hancher on April 10th at 7:00 PM. For more information about the project, visit https://www.muslimsiniowatheplay.com/.