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Breaking the Olympic Standard: A Conversation with Ibtihaj Muhammad

March 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Breaking the Olympic Standard: A Conversation with Ibtihaj Muhammad

Lecture & Discussion
Wednesday, March 10
7:30 – 8:30 pm
 Cost: Free
Join us for a conversation with Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad!
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Join us for a conversation with Ibtihaj Muhammad about her career in fencing, what it’s like preparing for the Olympics, diversity and activism within the sports industry, and how her identity as a woman of color and a Muslim-American impacts her within the male-dominated sports world.

Registration for this event is REQUIRED in order to get the stream link to watch the lecture. Register here for free:

IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker, and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. Ibtihaj was a 3-time All American at Duke University where she graduated with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies. In 2014, Ibtihaj launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable, and affordable clothing to the United States market. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijab Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls.

Ibtihaj released her debut memoir in July 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Ibtihaj’s third book, New York Times’  Bestseller children’s book, The Proudest Blue, released September 2019 with glowing reviews. As well as an author, Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics.

This event is brought to you by the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series.

Please join WUD DLS for “Breaking the Olympic Standard: A Conversation with Ibtihaj Muhammad” on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:30pm. This event will require registration to access the stream. All are invited to register and watch the lecture, especially UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Union members and guests.

Unlike our previous events, please note that this lecture will not be recorded. This means it will not be available afterwards to watch through the UW Box page for DLS. Please be sure to register to watch this exciting event!

Sign Language interpreting will be provided with CART captioning.


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