America Deserves Better

MPAC's 14th Annual Convention

From Nobel Prize winners Ahmed Zewail and Shirin Ebadi to NFL stars Hamza and Husain Abdullah to academics Dr. Cornel West and Dr. John Esposito, MPAC’s annual convention always brings together the nation’s top personalities for a day of thought-provoking discussion and debate about major issues facing America and the American Muslim community.

This year’s convention titled, “America Deserves Better” will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, December 13. This convention will help orient us towards better policies, better understanding of current issues and better ways of engaging our communities. America needs us! She needs her Muslim community to take a leadership role in these challenging times. 

The convention is a day of thought-provoking discussion and debate about major issues facing America and the American Muslim community. We bring together policymakers, academics, authors, and community leaders for candid conversations about the defining issues shaping the reality and perception of Islam and American Muslims.

This is a chance to interact with great minds and to exchange ideas that will shape the future of our nation and community for the better. The event has regularly aired on C-SPAN, and has been featured in the New York Times, Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.

Meet the speakers

Sessions & Speakers

The following sessions and speakers have been confirmed with more to follow. Keep up to date with new speakers and details by following our convention hashtag #MPAC14.

Let’s Be Honest: Tackling Taboos in the American Muslim Community

Collaboration or Cancellation: Shaping the Image of Islam and Muslims in Hollywood

ISIS: Result of Failed Policies or Perverted Ideologies?

Banquet Keynote Speaker

Anand Giridharada, author of "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" and New York Times columnist

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MPAC’s reason for being is to improve public understanding and public policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities.

Our policy work focuses on reforming national security, promoting civil liberties, and advancing international human rights and religious freedom. Our Hollywood Bureau provides authentic and humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims on film and television.

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