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Interview: Shahzia Sikander on Exploring Culture and Identity Through Art


Like many other events this year, the University of Tennessee’s Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies will be virtual. Normally, it wouldn’t present much of a challenge for the speaker, but Shahzia Sikander is a visual artist. Sikander uses Islamic and Indo-Persian art traditions like miniature painting, mosaic, and sculpture to explore modern themes and fluid identities and cultures. She spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

You can see some of Shahzia's artwork here and here.

You can register for the Siddiqi Lecture here.


Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.