Identity Politics and the Life Histories of Young Moroccans

Identity Politics and the Life Histories of Young Moroccans

Re-Imagining the Development of Identity in Arab-Muslim Societies

Lecture, discussion, and light lunch

Speaker: Dr. Gary Gregg

Location: Georgetown University Intercultural Center (ICC) Room 700 (Executive Conference Room), 7th Floor, 37th and O Sts, NW

Date and time: Tuesday April 20, 2010, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

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Dr. Gary Gregg is helping to change how we talk about the identity politics and identity development of young Muslims. His work is based on over 6 years of ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco, developing intimate life history portraits of diverse young people grappling with less privileged lives in rapidly changing societies. He began his work in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer with a PhD from the University of Michigan in cultural (personality) psychology and went on to work for the Near East Foundation and to write groundbreaking books that challenge our preconceived notions and received wisdom about “Arab minds” and “collective” or “traditional identities” and offer us refreshing new ways of thinking. His most influential books are Culture and Identity in a Muslim Society (Oxford, 2007) and The Middle East: A Cultural Psychology (Oxford 2005). He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies and School of Public Health, and at Kalamazoo College. Most of his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Fulbright. He is currently developing a new study of the “social values” of the millennial generation and a study on how the processes of modernization and underdevelopment have shaped identity development globally.

The Maghreb Center is an independent, Washington DC based non-profit created to increase understanding of the Maghreb in the United States. In accomplishing its educational mission, the Center organizes Maghreb-related conferences, seminars, lectures, and roundtables and offers a series of publicly available publications. The Center sponsors numerous programs open to the public featuring U.S. and regional experts, development practitioners, foreign policy specialists, and representatives of Maghrebi governments and civil society. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Department of Government. The Maghreb Center speaker series has been made possible with the support of the Moroccan American Cultural Center.

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