The Who & The What : A conversation with Simmons College Assistant Professor Saher Selod

4/30/2017 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Join Simmons College assistant professor Saher Selod and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of The Who & the What on April 30. 

Saher Selod is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at Simmons College. She joined the department of sociology in 2012 after completing her PhD at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research interests are in race, ethnicity, and religion. Her research examines how Muslim Americans experience racialization in the United States. She specifically focuses on how Muslim men and Muslim women experience gendered forms of racialization through their surveillance by the state and by private citizens. She co-edited a special issue in Critical Sociology on Islamophobia and the racialization of Muslims. She has published several articles in journals such as Sociology Compass and Critical Sociology. She is currently working on her book manuscript and a co-authored publication on the Boston Marathon bombings. At Simmons, she teaches courses on social inequalities, research methods, Islamophobia, and gender and Islam. She has served as the newsletter editor for the Humanist Sociologist from 2012-2015, is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and is an affiliated faculty member of the Islamophobia studies project at the University of California, Berkeley.


About The Who and the What

Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced.

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

“I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences. Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am so honored this play will be part of next season.” — Ayad Akhtar

“After last season’s provocative hit Disgraced I am looking forward to having another story by Ayad Akhtar brought to life on our stage. The Who & the What provides a unique, vitally important look into the Muslim American experience through the lens of faith and family.”— Peter DuBois

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