Laila Jadallah

I am incredibly grateful for Nadine’s workshop. As someone coming back to academia after more than 13 years, it deeply energized me and helped me get over some of the insecurities one has when feeling a bit out of place. I am already using some of the tools Nadine suggested to think through how and what I want to do with my research.

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Dana Olwan and Carol Fadda

Nadine’s interdisciplinary feminist workshop opened up an important space for students and faculty members from various departments and programs to rethink and rearticulate the multiple research questions, methodologies, and frameworks animating their scholarly and activist work. Participants had high praise for Professor Naber’s approach to methodologies, her insights into their radical potential, and her insistence on articulating the ethical imperatives that both inform and shape them. She helped guide our understanding of the various research methods and strategies that critical race, anti-imperialist, and decolonial feminist research offer. Importantly, the workshop helped participants sharpen and clarify their research questions while taking seriously a deliberate feminist research politics of care in times of urgency. Professor Naber’s carefully designed workshops are integral to building revisionary research agendas, priorities, and investments within and across different communities.

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Lisa Duggan

Dr. Naber’s workshop was quite a powerful experience for the students in my graduate research seminar. They were energized and motivated after, with so many new ways to think through their projects!  Just the boost we all needed to recommit to the possibilities of social justice oriented scholarship right now!

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Tanuja Devi

Nadine facilitated a space that was liberating, empowering, and informative to this independent scholar with a severe case of imposter syndrome. I came in not knowing if I had any place in the workshop, and I left with new (brief, accessible, and effective!) meditations to practice in my work, new conceptual frameworks for approaching my work, insight into the mechanisms of my own alienation from academia, and perhaps most importantly more confidence in my pursuit of my research interests. Not only do I feel inspired to persist in my work, I am actually excited to forge ahead knowing that I am truly not alone in my experience. Thank you, Nadine!!!

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Margaret Halquist

Dr. Naber’s workshop was a very rewarding experience for me as an Arts Administration and Policy graduate student interested in transdisciplinary collaborative practices. I appreciated her straight-forwardness in discussing academic anxieties and typical obstacles when approaching less explored research areas and methods often criticized by tunnel-visioned academics. She gives both practical and emotional advice on how to negotiate both this individual criticism and navigating a larger world of academia. She was also very transparent in her own research and activist practice, sharing current projects, and difficult questions around civic participation and policy change. I highly recommend this workshop for students looking to challenge and expand their field.

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Katherine Houpt

I first took Dr. Nadine Naber’s How to Design a Liberated Research Project to develop my own ideas for research. I was so invigorated by the process she shared, as well as her infectious enthusiasm and vast knowledge, that I quickly recommended she teach a workshop for the Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I am an Assistant Professor, Adj. The students loved her workshop, and I heard one say, “I wasn’t excited about doing research until now!” I am looking forward even more to teaching art therapy graduate projects this semester now that students are coming in with newly invigorated motivation to do research that matters.

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Kristi Murry

Nadine is a captivating and welcoming presenter. There is so much I do not know with depth or clarity about the Middle East. By listening to Nadine’s storytelling style lecture, she took huge ideas of feminism, the treatment of women and the significant roles women have played in history (in one hour) and broke them down so I could better understand how events, wars, and politics are reflected in present day culture.

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Katherine Murray-Liebl

Nadine is one of the most thought-provoking lecturers and teachers I have ever encountered.  Every time I attend one of Nadine’s events, my brain is on overdrive after learning so much. Nadine quickly takes her audience to a space of learning and challenges her audience to rethink what they’ve been told and what they’ve previously understood. Through her work, she offers her audience multifaceted perspectives to consider and presents layers of views and experiences for people to digest at their own pace. Her work digs into topics of racism, sexism, politics, gender, the Middle East, and so much more. She guides her learners through historical events and perspectives, cultural revolutions, and current events in a way I’ve never experienced before.

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Faculty Member

Dr. Nadine Naber came to the University of Washington, Seattle in May 2015 through a competitive nomination and selection process where a social justice scholar is invited for a multi-day residential visit to engage with the UW campus and wider city communities.  Dr. Naber has a unique ability to engage with diverse audiences regardless of their familiarity with her research and teaching agenda. She is humble despite her brilliance. She offers her audiences vigorous ideas and questions to grapple with, while also presenting them with everyday tools for the audience to utilize in order to influence positive social change. Regardless of the size of her audience Dr. Naber is addressing (7, 120, or 200+), she has a unique ability to engage the audience on intellectual, emotional, collective, and personal levels. Her visit to the University of Washington was transformative for students, faculty, and community members alike. I had a number of peers and students come tell me she made them feel heard, that their ideas mattered, and that they were energized to learn more! Dr. Naber kept us talking about her visit for many weeks following her visit. During her visit, Dr. Naber visited undergraduate classrooms, met with women graduate students of color, and had a public lecture to audiences from inside and outside the UW campus community. Dr. Naber was generous with her time and ideas, and thoughtful and empowering with her insights and responses to students’ questions about navigating life’s difficult situations as women of color and minoritized individuals. Regardless who the audiences are and what questions and comments they may have, Dr. Naber responded to each seriously and thoughtfully.

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Dr. Manijeh Moradian

When I picked up my manuscript to begin revising, I felt overwhelmed by the things that were not working and at a loss for how to change course. How lucky I was to seek out Nadine’s help! Nadine has an unparalleled ability to pull out the most important ideas from a chaotic and way-too-long first draft and show how they can be assembled into the scaffolding of a coherent book. She showed me how to take arguments that were embedded in my writing and elevate them into concepts that make clear interventions into my fields of study. She encouraged me to name and claim the distinct methodology I had employed so that I can fully communicate the significance of my work. She also listened and we thought out loud together in a collaborative process that made it possible for me to have fresh thinking about my work–and to get excited about revising! From reimagining the structure of my book, to helping me name and better use the ideas that were already there, to finding new connections between my ideas that I hadn’t seen before, Nadine’s feedback was nothing less than transformative. She could see what the manuscript could become and together we mapped out how to get there.

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Dr. Clarissa Rojas

Nadine Naber is simply riveting! She is one of the most fascinating and innovative thinkers. She offers ingenious solutions to better understanding our world and the dilemmas we face. Nadine is such a brilliant engaging and dynamic speaker; you will not be the same person after hearing her speak—and the world and you will be better as a result.

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Parent

Nadine Naber was an excellent public speaker on the topic of Islamophobia. Her explanations were easy to understand. She answered difficult and emotional questions from the audience well and gave helpful next steps that audience members could take. This was a powerful presentation. I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking and reading about these issues. Nadine still put feelings to words in a way I have not heard before. The examples she used were painfully real and easy to understand. I feel like I have a clearer framework to have these conversations with friends and co-workers. I now feel better able to serve Arab students and families in my job.

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Omar Baz Radwan

I got introduced to Dr. Nadine Naber through a colleague in the field and I worked with her on key manuscripts for my academic career and revised scholarly works and proposals. I am still working with Dr. Naber and I feel lucky to have had this opportunity for so many reasons. Dr. Naber has a very special way of helping others organize and claim their methodology and argument. She listens intently and understands one’s career goals and needs. She showed me how to present my work in a more distinctive and revealing way, how to name and claim my argument, methodology and theoretical approach. She organized and strengthened the content and structure of my book proposal, revised and meticulously edited major scholarly documents, and, most significantly, grounded my work more solidly in its proper location, both theoretically and pedagogically. She also helped me bring out my argument and its importance in the relevant academic field of study for my book publication. Dr. Naber fully understood my career goals and objectives and she helped me organize and channel my thoughts and vision in a very collaborative and professional manner. She is truly an academic life changer, and I am one of the lucky ones to have her as my academic consultant.

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George Karam

About half a year has passed since I came out, and the access to works like yours have never made me feel more powerful standing in my truth. And for that, I thank you. Please continue to do what you do in representing the Arab-American community, your reach is further than you think.

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Nora Heide

Nadine led workshops on social justice for my 4th and 5th grade classrooms covering topics like racism and sexism, fair trade, how to challenge stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, and how to envision the future of yourself and your community. Students loved her visits because the topics and delivery were engaging and relevant. I found her workshops to be incredibly inspiring for my students! Any teacher or school interested in empowering their students should invite Nadine to lead a workshop.

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Stan West

I attended Nadine Naber’s lecture on racial inclusion at Oak Park’s Irving School. It was awesome to hear such a comprehensive and nuanced perspective on Muslims, non-Muslims, Arabs, non-Arabs and Africans in the Americas. I didn’t want to leave but I was already 45 minutes late for my French class. Witnessing such a sterling/stellar presentation was well worth the wait.

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