Woodrow Lloyd Lecture examines the experience of islamophobia in Canada

Posted: March 24, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Sheema Khan is an author and Globe and Mail columnist.
Dr. Sheema Khan is an author and Globe and Mail columnist. Photo courtesy of Sheema Khan

This year’s Woodrow Lloyd lecture at the University of Regina is Dr. Sheema Khan.

Her talk is entitled ‘Islamophobia and Muslim Women in Canada,’ and takes place Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building (room 191).
Khan is the author of Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman, and a columnist for the Globe and Mail. Khan will explore the experience of Islamophobia and its impact of Muslim women in Canada.

Khan was born in Varanasi, India and emigrated to Montreal as a child. She completed a B.Sc in chemistry at McGill University, followed by a master’s degree in physics and a PhD in chemical physics at Harvard University.

In 1997, she moved into the industry sector, where her research in pharmaceutical sciences culminated in about 20 patents.

Since 2001 Dr. Khan’s work has been in the field of intellectual property law.

She has written about Canada’s innovation strategy for the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, and from 2002 to present has also written a monthly column on Islam and the Muslim experience.

Her writing has explored what it means to be a modern, liberal, and practicing Muslim, particularly within the Canada context.  

Khan has been active in Muslim communities in Boston, Montreal and Ottawa, and has founded numerous Muslim organizations.

One of her most noted endeavours has been “The Family Honour Project”, a multinational approach towards combatting honour-based violence.  

In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to Canada.
Each year, the Faculty of Arts presents a lecture in honour of the late Woodrow Stanley Lloyd, Saskatchewan’s eighth premier (from 1961 to 1964), and former Minister of Education (1944-1960). The Lecture features a nationally or internationally recognized scholar, writer, thinker, and/or activist, who speaks on issues of direct relevance to Saskatchewan.

Event:       The 2017 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture
Date:        Monday, March 27
Time:        7:30 pm
Location:  Education Building, room 191, University of Regina main campus.
Event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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