2023 Everding Lecturer – 

Jasmin Zine

2023 Everding Lecturer – 

Jasmin Zine

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jasmin Zine is the 2023 Everding Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Zine is Professor of Sociology & Religion & Culture (Muslim Studies) at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario, Canada. She is author of the book: Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation, (McGill-Queens University Press, 2022) based on a 6-year study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She is also author of another SSHRC funded study mapping the Canadian Islamophobia Industry that examines organized networks of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Dr. Zine has worked as a consultant with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODHIR/OSCE), the Council of Europe (COE), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on developing guidelines for educators and policymakers on combating Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism.

Internationally she has been a sought-after speaker and has given numerous invited talks and keynotes at conferences and forums in Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Baku,Madrid and Cordoba as well as in Pakistan and across the U.S.

As a public intellectual she served as the co-chair of the Islamophobia sub-committee of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate and has testified at the 2017 Canadian Heritage Parliamentary sub-committee meetings on Motion 103 addressing Islamophobia, systemic racism, and religious discrimination as well as the 2019 Parliamentary Hearings on On-Line Hate. Dr. Zine also presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief regarding Islamophobia in Canada and was an invited speaker at the National Summit on Islamophobia in 2021. She has testified twice about her research before the Canadian Senate hearings on Islamophobia in 2022-23.

She is a popular media commentator on Islamophobia and Muslims having been featured on television, radio, podcasts, and print media.

Dr. Zine was a faculty member in the Critical Muslim Studies Institute on Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies in Granada, Spain. She is co-founder of the International Islamophobia Studies Research Association (ISSRA). In Canada, she served as the co-chair of the Islamophobia sub-committee of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate.


As an Everding Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Zine will give a public lecture on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The title of her lecture is “Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation”. Please RSVP for the lecture here: Everding Lecture Dr. Jasmin Zine

As the Everding Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Zine will also be teaching a class on “The Dynamics of Islamophobia in Transnational Contexts” a 2-credit hybrid class. In addition to events at Iliff, Dr. Zine will do two other public events at St. John’s Cathedral, a partner organization of the Everding Lectureship:

– Dean’s Forum on Sunday, April 23 – 9:15 – 10:15 am
– Conversation with Dean Richard Lawson on Wednesday April 26 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

The Everding Distinguished Lectureship was created in partnership between Iliff and Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral of Denver, supported by the annual fund from Ms. Lee Everding, a member of the Cathedral, whose late husband was a dean at Iliff. This lecture series seeks to educate the community on inter-religious and intercultural topics while nurturing the spiritual life of both communities.