Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Activists Against Orientalism and War

March 2, 2022

ActivistsAgainst Orientalism&War

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Dear CSUN Community-

The Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project (ESEPP) presents “Activists Against Orientalism & War” on Monday, March 7th, 2022 at 7pm (PST), a discussion between two nationally renowned Los Angeles artist activists Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed (she/her) and Álvaro Márquez (they/them). Both Taz and Álvaro will be discussing their artwork and how they redefine identity and politics in relation to immigration, war, empire, and the act of othering through orientalism.  

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed  (she/her) is a political strategist, storyteller, and artist based in Los Angeles. She creates at the intersection of counternarratives and culture-shifting as a South Asian American Muslim 2nd-gen woman. She’s turned out over 500,000 Asian American voters, co-hosted the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast and makes #MuslimVDay cards annually. You can find more info on Taz here:

Álvaro D. Márquez (they/them) is a working artist and museum professional. They are committed to making art that speaks to the experiences of marginalized communities. Recently, their work has centered around questions of historical and contemporary forms of displacement, connecting Indigenous dispossession with issues around migration, gentrification, and questions around unhoused populations, through a study of the privatization of land as a private commodity. You can find more info on Álvaro here:

The ESEPP is a DEIG-funded initiative that partners CSUN students with practitioners in the field to cultivate Ethnic Studies approaches to K–CC education careers in teaching, counseling, and social work. “Activists Against Orienatlism and War” is the second of three ESEPP-sponsored community learning opportunities in Spring 2022. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Register for the Zoom link here:

Please share with your students, colleagues, and community networks.

For more information, please contact the ESEPP Coordinating Team: