brighton http://michiganradio.org en Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity http://michiganradio.org/post/brighton-high-school-students-don-hijabs-explore-literature-religion-and-identity <p></p><p>Maybe more than any other, high school can be a time when what you choose to wear has a huge impact on your sense of identity.</p><p>As students take their first steps into adulthood, they walk a fine line between fitting in with their peers and developing a unique sense of self.</p><p>Earlier this fall, a group of AP language students at Brighton High School were asked to read a memoir by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. The book detailed the experiences of women during that country's religious revolution, including dealing with new standards of modesty in the way they dressed.</p><p>To experience the material first-hand, several girls in the class in Brighton chose to spend a full school day wearing hijabs, the head-scarves worn by Muslim women in many parts of the world.</p><p>The exercise gave students a chance to learn about an unfamiliar culture and religion. But in a school community where no students and only one teacher outwardly practice Islam, wearing the scarves was a good way to draw curious looks, questions and a few unfriendly comments.</p><p>Teacher Diana Mason and three students at Brighton who took part recently told Stateside about the experience.</p><p>-<em> John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:25:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15718 at http://michiganradio.org Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity Dutch manufacturers setting up shop in Brighton http://michiganradio.org/post/dutch-manufacturers-setting-shop-brighton <p>Michigan manufacturing is getting a boost from a group of Dutch companies which are starting production of a wide range of green technology products in Brighton.</p><p></p><p>This week, the companies are starting to roll out wind turbines, heat exchangers, &nbsp;water purification systems and other green technologies.</p><p></p><p>Jan Verwater is with the Michigan company partnering with the Dutch manufacturers. He says Michigan’s large production capacity gives it an advantage in attracting high tech businesses.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:13:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 13426 at http://michiganradio.org