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Loyola to host lecture on Understanding Islamophobia

Peter Hopkins, Ph.D., professor of social geography and the dean of social justice at Newcastle University

Loyola’s office of international programs will host a lecture to explore the complexity of Islamophobia. The lecture, Understanding Islamophobia, will be given by Peter Hopkins, Ph.D., professor of social geography and the dean of social justice at Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

Understanding Islamophobia will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall East. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture, which will also mark Loyola’s 23-year-old collaboration with Newcastle University, will focus on the impacts of Islamophobia on society. Hopkins will reflect on several research projects regarding racism, Islamophobia, and Muslim identities during the presentation.

“This event aims to support conversations and discernment on our role as educators and young leaders for social justice,” said André Colombat, Ph.D., professor and dean of international programs. “Such events help us better understand how our own cultures and societies constantly need to be examined and questioned if we want to make sure our communities are able to protect and promote peace and justice for all.”

Hopkins earned his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and his bachelor’s degree from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His research and teaching focus on how racism, sexism, Islamophobia, sizeism, and ageism shape people’s everyday lives, including the resources available to them.

“Hopkins’ entire work and career are directly connected to Loyola’s core values, including promoting diversity, inclusive communities, and justice through education and research,” said Colombat. “His focus on social geography and Newcastle University’s close collaboration with the city of Newcastle are similar to Loyola’s commitment supporting Baltimore City and our own local communities.”

For more information about the event, contact André Colombat, office of international programs,