Middle East Studies

Lecture + Dinner with Mona Abo-Zena – “It Must be That time of the Month.”: Muslim Girls Navigating Coming of Age and Cultural Stigma around Menstruation

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

the Brown Faculty Club, Portrait Room 
1, Bannister St.

Free and open to the public 

Mona Abo-Zena is assistant professor of early childhood education and care at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her talk will focus on how early adolescent Muslim women negotiate normative developmental experiences given the religious meaning of the onset of puberty, and how they navigate ritual impurity. She interrogates cultural values that may sabotage positive development and provides a framework for building empathy and radical coalition through humanizing developmental socialization practices.

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