Colorado State University to Host Lecture on Impact of Muslim-Based Media April 20

As unrest grows in the Middle East, what impacts are new Muslim-based media and social media having on revolutions in the region?

To address these and other topics, Colorado State University will host a lecture by Nabil Echchaibi, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The lecture, “Formations of the Muslim Modern: Media, Islam, and Alternative Modernity,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in CSU’s Clark Building, Room A202.

The lecture will focus on the rise of new media in the Muslim world and the impact media has on Muslim culture and identity, especially among young people.

Echchaibi has a forthcoming book of the same title. In his research on this topic, he analyzed case studies of Muslim media in six cities around the world. He examined how satellite television and digital media have created a new platform for discussion of what it means to be a modern Muslim.

A native of Morocco, Echchaibi also serves as associate director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture at CU. He specializes in identity politics among young Muslims in the Arab world.

He also is currently directing a project funded by the Social Science Research Council, which will compile a cultural history of Muslims in the mountain west region of the United States. The project will produce a web resource and a documentary film.

This is the final event in a series made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants from the department’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program provide funds for institutions of higher education to develop programs which strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.

This event is sponsored by CSU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, CSU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the U.S. Department of Education UISFL grant program.

For more information about this event, contact Mohammed Hirchi at or call (970) 491-6679.