Gender and Power in the Muslim World: Sarah Lawrence College's Annual Women's History Conference

Sarah Lawrence College will host an international group of scholars to present this year's Women's History Month conference entitled Gender and Power in the Muslim World, on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.  The two-day event will feature panel discussions, workshops, performances and exhibits in the areas of religious scholarship and leadership, activism and politics, and the creative arts.  The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required and available online. For more information, please contact Tara James, Associate Director, Graduate Program in Women's History at  (914) 395-2405 or email

Award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy, who also serves as an analyst of Arab and Muslim affairs, will give the keynote address Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. Eltahawy is a syndicated columnist and international public speaker based in New York.

Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East, including Cairo and Jerusalem, as well as a correspondent for Reuters; she frequently reported from the region for The Guardian and U.S. News and World Report.

Her essays appear regularly in both the western and Arab press and opinion pieces have been published frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and Qatar's Al-Arab.

Eltahawy is a graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC) where she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2006.

On Saturday, March 7, the day's activities will include panel discussions and workshops on such topics as Sensationalizing ‘Honor Killings'; The Politics of Marriage in Egypt; Women's Bodies and the Law; Reform, Renewal, and Diversity in Islam; and Women's Community Activism.  Scholars, authors and journalists from the U.S. and around the world, including the United States, Germany, Australia, Egypt, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates, will moderate and present the program.

All events will be held in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center and Slonim house. View the complete conference schedule.