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    The Uyghur Crisis and Islam in East Asia

    The UCA Asian Studies Program and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia present The Uyghur Crisis and Islam in East Asia: What Everyone Needs to Know, a two-day workshop to foster a better understanding of the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang. Since 2017, the Chinese government has imprisoned over one million Uyghur Muslims in what has become the largest mass internment of an ethnic minority group since World War II. This event brings together China specialists and Uyghur community members to discuss the broader history of Muslim communities in China, the everyday experiences of Uyghurs in Xinjiang today, and the global significance of this ongoing human rights crisis.

     

    Uyghur Protest 2

    Since 2017, the Chinese government has imprisoned over one million Uyghur Muslims in what has become the largest mass internment of an ethnic minority group since World War II. Currently, around 11 million Uyghurs—a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic minority—live in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, (termed East Turkestan by Uyghurs), and Chinese government policies targeting Uyghur communities in the name of combating “religious extremism” have drawn condemnation from foreign governments and human rights organizations around the world.

     

     

     

     

    This two-day workshop will bring together China specialists and Uyghur community members to discuss the broader history of Muslim communities in China, the everyday experiences of Uyghurs in Xinjiang today, and the global significance of this ongoing human rights crisis. A Friday keynote presentation will feature the voices of Uyghur activists whose family members have been disappeared into these camps, while a Saturday morning workshop will provide broader context and concrete teaching strategies for integrating a discussion of the ongoing Uyghur crisis into Middle and High school geography, history, and civics classes.

    Interested teachers must be able to attend both events via zoom. Benefits to participants include a $40 stipend, four hours of continuing education credit, concrete lesson plans and resource guides. Participation is limited to 15.

    Schedule:

    Uyghur Voices on the Ongoing Human Rights Crisis in China: A Public Event.
    6:00 – 7:00 PM, 
    Friday, April 23, 2021
    On Zoom.
    Register here.

    Speakers:
    Mustafa Aksu, Program Coordinator, Uyghur Human Rights Project
    Akida Pulat, Outreach Director, Campaign for Uyghurs

    The Uyghur Crisis and Islam in East Asia: A Workshop for Teachers.
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, April 24, 2021
    On Zoom.
    Register here.

    Speakers:
    Dr. Sarah Tynen, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder and the Czech Academy of Social Sciences
    Dr. Kelly Hammond, History, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
    Dr. Zach Smith, History, University of Central Arkansas

    Benefits for our workshop for teachers will include:

    - 40$ Stipend.
    - Four hours of continuing education credit.
    - Lesson Plans & Resource Guides

     

    For more information:

    Please contact Dr. Zach Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Arkansas NCTA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    For further resources and predesigned curriculums on The Uyghur Crisis and Islam in East Asia, visit our resource guide.

     

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