Muslims and Migration

Muslims in a Global Context
Friday, November 3, 2017 to Sunday, November 5, 2017


Muslims and Migration

Muslims in a Global Context is an annual mini-course series to learn from faculty experts and practitioners about issues of critical importance to the understanding Muslim populations globally. Lectures are given that are general topics such as an historical overview, politics and policies, the role of religion in society, the role of women in statehood, education, economics and business development, US security, and current cultural trends. The series seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini-course series seeks to have students, and all attendees, gain an understanding of the religious, cultural, economic and political influences of Muslims in a global context. 

For Non-Student Attendees:
All guests are welcome and the mini-course is free for non-students, but registration is required for everyone. Please visit the registration section for more information.

Muslims and Migration
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh
Veronica Dristas, (Pitt)
Korryn Mozisek, (CMU)
Class Sessions:
Friday, November 3, 2017 – 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 8:30AM – 6:15PM
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Class Location:
Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Room G24
Course Description:
This iteration of the Muslims in the Global Context series is focusing on the issue of Migration. We will examine the factors and trends that give rise to migration. We will also examine the impact on diverse actors and their relationships with other actors along historical, economic, political, and cultural lines. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims and migration. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course addresses and answer reflection prompts during the course. One-credit for PITT students / 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each iteration of the mini-course.
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1.     Identify major causes or issues surrounding migration;
2.     Recognize the ways in which the issues and causes of migration are interconnected across political, historical, economical, and religious dimensions. 
3.     Explore in more detail one of the issues or topics presented by the speakers of the course.
4.     Examine the interconnected causes and issues surrounding the research topic they’ve chosen. 
Course Grading:
Final grades will be assigned based on the chart below. 

A: 500-465

A-: 464-450

B+: 449-435

B: 434-415

B-: 414-400

C+: 399-385

C: 384-365

C-: 364-350

D+: 349-335

D: 334-315

D-: 314-300

F: 299 and lower

Final Grades are based on three criteria:
Attendance (20% / 100 points) - Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Each session is worth 10 points. There is a total of 10 sessions. If you arrive 15 minutes late for any session or leave early you will not receive the 10 points for attendance.  
Prompts (20% / 100 points) - After each session you are required to answer a prompt question. Each prompt question is worth 10 points. 
Research Paper Proposal (10% / 50 points) – Due Nov. 12th by midnight – Each student will propose the focus of their research paper by outlining the topic they will investigate, the question they will ask about the topic, how it draws upon a point made by at least one of the course speakers and/or readings, and how the student will be adding to the discussion of the topic. 
Research Paper (50% / 250 points) - Due Dec 8th by midnight - Each student will be required to complete the relevant readings to their topic and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims and migration that has been introduced in class. You are welcome to meet with Veronica/Korryn to discuss the direction of your topic and paper. You are also welcome to email us to review one draft of your paper. This draft will need to be to Veronica/Korryn by noon on Monday, Dec. 4th. 
Course Policies:
Late Assignments: Late assignments are not accepted. There are no make-ups, there is no extra credit for missed sessions and/or assignments, and I do not differentiate between excused and unexcused absence (except in the case of university-sanctioned events) for any assignment, including speeches. It is your responsibility to contact us regarding any special circumstances that may affect your ability to complete an assignment on the day it's due. I will respond to these circumstances on a case-by-case basis in allowing extensions. Extensions, though, will only be considered a viable option up to 24 hours before the assignment is due. 

Academic Integrity: Students in this course will be expected to comply with their University's policy on academic integrity. Any student suspected of violating this obligation for any reason will be required to participate in the procedural process, initiated at the instructor level, as outlined by your University. 

What does all of this mean??? All of your prompt responses and research paper in this course must represent your own, personal, inventive endeavor. All references to ideas that are not your own invention must be clearly cited, whether they are direct quotations, paraphrases, or “in your own words.” If you have any doubt about whether things you are planning to do constitute academic dishonesty, then contact Veronica/Korryn. It is often easier, and always more pleasant, to ameliorate these issues before the offense has been committed. Plagiarism or cheating will result in the failure of the assignment, which will be recorded as a “0.” All students are expected to follow their University's policies regarding honesty, ethics, and responsibilities. 

Grading: Assignments will be assigned a number grade. Discussions regarding grades must take place face-to-face, in person, during office hours or by appointment. No discussions regarding grades will take place via email. No grades will be discussed within 24 hours after the graded assignment is returned to the class; no grades will be discussed more than one week after the graded assignment is returned to the class.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability and have an accommodations letter from the Disability Resources office, we encourage you to discuss your accommodations and needs with us as early in the weekend as possible. We will work with you to ensure that accommodations are provided as appropriate. If you suspect that you may have a disability and would benefit from accommodations but are not yet registered then we encourage you to contact Disability Resources.

Technology: It is assumed that each student enrolled in this course owns or has access to personal computer, complete with printer and high-speed access to the Internet. We all depend on machines to get our work done. We all know that machines break down or crash. When they do, it does not constitute an “excuse” or “emergency.” I expect that you will prepare your assignments and presentations far enough in advance so that when your computer or Blackboard/Canvas malfunctions you will be able to rectify the problem and turn in the assignment in on time.  
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Political Science Department, and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs


Class Location: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Room G24

Daily Class Schedule:

Friday, November 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

5:00pm- 5:15pm Brief Introductions and Welcome - Michael Goodhart- Director, Global Studies Center

5:15pm - 6:45pm Natalie Kouri-Towe, Contextualizing the “Migration Crisis” in the Modern Nation-State

6:30pm - 6:45pm Break

6:45pm - 8:00pm  Heath Cabot

Saturday, November 4, 8:30am - 6:15pm

8:30am - 9:45am Luke Peterson

9:45am - 10:00am Break

10:00am - 11:15am Radwan Ziadeh

11:15am - 11:30am Break

11:30am - 12:45pm Mame- Fatou Niang

12:45pm - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm - 3:15pm  Jared McCormick

3:15pm - 3:30pm Break

3:30pm - 4:45pm Maranie Staab

4:45pm - 5:00pm Break

5:00pm - 6:15pm Jomo Smith

Sunday, November 5, 9:00am - 12:00pm

9:00am - 10:15am Aamir Mufti 

10:15am -10:30 Break 

10:30am - 11:45am Eric Reidy- People of Crisis

People of the crisis

11:45am - 12:00pm Concluding remarks


Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Political Science Department, and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs


Everyone is REQUIRED to register for the mini-course, including University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University students, as well as teachers, business and community members, and guests who are not taking the course for credit.

For students only: Once you are registered, you will be given access to the Muslims in a Global Context:Europe Blackboard/CourseWeb site that is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, where you will find information on assignments and resources.

Carnegie Mellon University Registration: Registration is REQUIRED for Carnegie Mellon University students. For any registrations, please contact Catherine Ribarchak at

University of Pittsburgh Registration: Registration is REQUIRED for University of Pittsburgh students. Students can register for this course until October 31, 2017. To register please fill out this form. University of Pittsburgh students may register for the Muslims in a Global Context mini-course at no additional cost provided that they do not exceed the maximum number of credits for full-time enrollment. Full-time enrollment maximum credits vary with status and School. Students will be billed for credits exceeding their full or part-time allowable credits. For any inquiries, please contact Veronica Dristas at

Community (Non-Student) Registration: Registration is also required for community members and guests who are not taking the course for credit. Registration is for count of attendance only. To register, please fill out this form

Teacher Registration: This registration is for K-12 teachers.To register please fill out this form. We will also be offering 12 ACT 48 credit hours for attending the course.

Veronica Dristas
Assistant Director of Outreach
Global Studies Center
University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
University of Pittsburgh
4101 Wesley W. Posvar Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412 624-2918 / 412 624-2918


Cathy Ribarchak
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Amy Burkert
Office of the Vice Provost for Education
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue 612A Warner Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
412-268-8677412-268-8677 412-268-2330 (fax)


Contact the Global Studies Center: Phone: (412) 648-5085


Mailing address: Global Studies Center University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies

4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA