It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge that winter quarter has not begun the way we hoped. As case-numbers increase across the country and on campus, we are all facing new challenges and stressors. We hope that you are making adjustments to care for yourselves and finding the support you need, on campus and off, to achieve the goals you've set this academic quarter.
To prioritize safety and community health, the Markaz will be virtual for the next few weeks. Our physical space will be closed, but our staff remains committed to creating meaningful events and resources. It is clear that planning will require patience and flexibility, and the student staff team is hard at work adjusting Markaz offerings for another unpredictable quarter.
As always, we encourage you to reach out to staff with questions and ideas for the Winter quarter. Markaz is here for you!
Abiya & Cassie
THE TEAM AT MARKAZ IS GROWING Meet South Asia-Markaz Fellow Ravi Tadigadaba
We are excited to announce our inaugural South Asia-Markaz fellow is Ravichandra Tadigadapa (Ravi). The SA-M fellow will foster student-led conversations on themes related to societies, cultures, religions, and issues in South Asia. Ravi is a senior majoring in Economic, a coterm in the Masters in International Policy program, the President of AMENDS and the Practical Ethics Club. Find his full bio here!
Welcome back Minara co-lead Rafeea Tamboli
Refeea Tamboli is re-joining the Minara leadership team! This summer as a Markaz fellow, Rafeea co-designed our new mentorship program Minara with Nour Aissaoui. This winter, she'll be joining us a program coordinator, alongside Maryam Khalil, to actualize our mentorship events. Rafeea is a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. She is interested in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and law. Read her full bio here.
The Case Against White Feminism: A Book Talk with Rafia Zakaria | January 25, 4 - 5:30 PM
In the book, Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, Rafia Zakaria combines stories of her personal experiences as a woman of color and as a lawyer, writer, and former board member for Amnesty International USA with deeply researched chapters about how whiteness and its privileges have negatively shaped the lives of millions of women over the past century. Join us to learn more about how whiteness dominates feminism, America’s culture and economy, and its relationship to the rest of the world.
This event is sponsored by the Center for South Asia, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Markaz. It will be moderated by Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford University. RSVP for Zoom Link.
EVENTS FROM CAMPUS PARTNERS
1/11 [TALK]: Islam, Caste, and the Limits of Secularism in India RSVP 1/11 [TALK]: Tyrants on Twitter: Protecting Democracies from Information Warfare RSVP 1/12 [TALK]: In Conversation: Artist Ambreen Butt and Curator Elizabeth Mitchell RSVP 1/13 [TALK]: Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe RSVP 1/13 [TALK]: Kyla Schuller: Counterhistories of Feminism RSVP
The Graduate Student Research Fellowship: Fellowships of up to $5,000 will be awarded for expenses related to summer research in Africa or virtual research related to a thesis or dissertation on Africa.
The Center for African Studies African Language Fellowship: This intensive language fellowship may be used for study in the U.S. or abroad. The proposed course of language study must be integral to the applicant's academic development.
Join the King International Development Association. If you're interested in international development issues, hoping to meet industry leaders in development fields, and being part of an community passionate about global justice and equity this position is for you! The application is now live and is due on January 11.
Become a Stanford in Government Fellow. SIG offers dozens of fully-funded public service internships every summer through a range of organizations in the local, state, national, and international arenas. Undergraduates from all majors and years are encouraged to apply, but graduating seniors are not eligible. Deadline to apply: February 1. Learn more about this opportunity here.
HOMETOWN: Rancho Cucamonga, CA MAJOR: Political Science with a minor in Human Rights PASSIONS AND ASPIRATIONS: I love law and politics. I want to attend law school to become a civil rights lawyer to hopefully later become a senator or a high ranking judge. I am extremely passionate about Palestine and Islam. I can talk about it for hours!
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?: Hanging out with my family, watching movies with my family on late nights, late night drives, spontaneous activities, hanging out with my friends, late night talks, etc. FUN FACT: I almost tripped Selena Gomez at the Kids Choice Awards. SOMETHING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: Travel the world to learn more about different cultures; visit different parts of the Islamic world to learn more about Islam and the significance/miracles of the places TALK TO ME ABOUT: Palestine!!! and politics, food, haircare, fashion, Islam, racial inequality, etc.