Department of Foreign Languages to host colloquium

March 20, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Paul Webb

The Department of Foreign Languages will hold the first lecture in its second annual colloquium Wednesday, March 21. The topic: How the Internet is used for religious purposes.

“Islam in Cyberspace: South Asian Muslims in America Log” will be delivered by Dr. Gaby Semaan, UT assistant professor of foreign languages and Arabic Program coordinator, at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

“The lecture explores how South Asian Muslims in the United States use the Internet for religious purposes and how they are using it to make lifestyle choices,” Semaan said. “We focused this study on South Asian Muslims because they are an under-studied group.”

The second lecture in the colloquium, “Building the Foreign Language Capacity Through Community: A Case of Chinese,” will be held Wednesday, April 18.

“The lectures are a great opportunity for people to hear about the groundbreaking work that nationally and internationally recognized faculty are doing,” Semaan said.

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact Semaan at

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