Updates for Week 4, Winter Quarter
The Markaz welcomes and celebrates the start of Black Liberation Month! Our friends at the Black Community Services Center have organized an amazing line-up of events and engagement opportunities for the Stanford community. From student art showcases to critical conversations about Black activism in the Bay, they have something for everyone! The BLM community calendar will be sent out weekly on the diaspora listserv or you can get updates on their Instagram. #BLMStanford2021
We are proud to introduce this year's cohort of Markaz Frosh Interns! As a part of their internship this quarter, Mahmoud, Lara, Amin, Itbaan, Ayesha and Faris will take turns hosting Afterzoom Chai and will support our community advocate team in their programming work. Learn more about them (bios below) and join us tomorrow for the first intern hosted AZChai.
Mahmoud Hamdi is a freshman from the outskirts of Paterson, NJ. He is planning to be pre-med and hoping to one day become a Forensic Pathologist. At the Markaz, he hopes to work to make it more accessible to other populations at Stanford.

Lara Hafez is a freshman from the Inland Empire in Southern California. She is
considering majoring in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. She is super excited to work with the Markaz!

Amin Sajjadian is an Iranian-American freshman from Orange County, CA. As of now, Amin hasn't decided what he'll major in, but has interests ranging from public policy, biology, and history to cooking and poetry.
Itbaan Nafi is a Muslim Bengali-American frosh from Euless, Texas. He is interested in studying International Relations and Product Design. He can’t wait to meet students with diverse perspectives and learn more about his own Muslim identity.

Ayesha Khawaja plans to major in Human Biology. At the Markaz, Ayesha hopes to help develop an inclusive, engaging space for anyone and everyone interested in the Islamic world, while exploring what being Muslim means to her.

Faris Bdair is a freshman from the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas. His interests range from sports to statistics to spending time with his family. He is excited to spend time with the Markaz because he knows how important having a Muslim community can be.
Tuesday, February 2 at 3:30PM PST

Feeling down with the mid-quarter blues? Tired from all the midterms and assignments due these past couple of weeks? Join us this Tuesday (2/2) at 3:30-4:30 pm PST for a chance to relax and unwind through the game Mutter Nonsense hosted by Markaz frosh interns, Itbaan and Mahmoud. All are welcome! Zoom link here.

Let's Talk Law with Shirin Sinnar
[TONIGHT] Monday, February 1 at 5:30PM PST

Interested in the legal profession? Looking to connect with and learn from a Muslim mentor already established in the field? Join us Monday, February 1st at 5:30 for a casual discussion and Q&A with Stanford Law School Professor, Shirin Sinnar to learn from her academic and professional journey. RSVP here for the Zoom link.

Wednesday, February 10 at 5PM PST
We are often faced with difficult situations concerning our Muslim identity and are unsure how to respond. The Markaz will be hosting "Difficult Conversations," a student only space where we will present different scenarios, hear one another's perspectives, and discuss potential ways to respond. Join us for another session on Wednesday, February 10th at 5 pm PST. RSVP here.

These sessions will also be tailored to your interests. You can fill out the anonymous form in the RSVP link with topics you want to see discussed:
[2/2] TALK: Pakistan's Response to National Crises in 2021 RSVP
[2/2] DISCUSSION: Black Activism in the Bay Area RSVP
[2/4] TALK:
All-Women Police Stations in India RSVP
[2/6] DISCUSSION: Muhammad: Man and Prophet with Dr. Adil Salahi RSVP
[2/9] FILM: Song Sparrow with Farzaneh Omidvarnia RSVP
[2/17] TALK:
Justice as Art, as Artifice and as Advertising Billboard RSVP
[2/17] TALK: A Conversation on Women's Empowerment RSVP
[2/25] TALK:
The Farmers Protest and the Future of India RSVP
Tune into Arabology with Dr. Ramzi Salti. Stanford Lecturer and Markaz community member Dr. Ramzi Salti's radio show, Arabology, has recently moved to YouTube. He has been conducting audio-visual interviews for the channel with many interesting people from the Arab world including Mashrou Leila's Hamed Sinno, Jordanian rapper Emsallam, and many more. Check out the channel here and a playlist of recent interviews here.
Apply for the Oral History Program Summer Internship. Learn the skills and best practices of oral history interviewing and archival preservation and access while contributing to the documentation of Stanford University’s history. The intern will also receive training in oral history interviewing and coordinate, plan, and complete at least one oral history interview. The internship provides hands-on experience for those interested in careers in history, public history, writing, or library/archives work. Apply here.

Submit work to Stanford's Undergraduate Anthropology Research Journal. Contexts is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2021 publication. Visual art and photography submissions are accepted! Whether it's a PWR 2 assignment, a research paper you wrote over the summer, a project you've been working on on the side, or a class essay: it is open to all kinds of submissions. Priority deadline is March 15th. Reach out to Minha or Sadie with any questions.
Support the Markaz by making a donation today!

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