November 25, 2013

You're invited to MPAC's 13th annual Convention, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA on the theme of "25 Years on the Road Less Travelled".

MPAC’s Convention brings together leading policy-makers, academicians, faith leaders, activists and other thought leaders from around the country to discuss and debate vital issues impacting the American Muslim community, America and the Muslim world. This year, our program will explore arts and identity, innovation, and the future of Islam.


10:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Opening Session

Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President
Dr. Nayyer Ali, MPAC’s Chairperson of the Board


12 - 1:30 p.m.
Let's Be Honest: The Arts, Identity & Activism 

Omar Offendum
Syrian American hip-hop artist and educator

Big Samir & Aja Black
Husband-wife hip-hop duo “The ReMINDers”

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch & Dhuhr Prayer

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Fast Forward: The Innovators Shaping Our Future

Khadijah Abdullah
Founder Reaching All HIV+ Muslims in America (RAHMA)

Samia El-Moslimany
Photographer & activist in the Saudi campaign to allow women to drive

Imam Khalid Latif
Executive Director of the Islamic Center of New York University

Nadeem Mazen
Newly-elected member of the Cambridge, MA, City Council

Nadia Roumani
Founder for the Muslim Giving Project and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute


4:30 – 5 p.m.
Maghrib Prayer

5 - 6:15 p.m.
Is There a Future for Political Islam? 

Dr. John Esposito
Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

Dr. Hamid Mavani
Author of “Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi‘ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini”

Haroon Mogul
Blogger and Fellow at New America Foundation

Moderator: Dr. Laila Al-Marayati
Chairwoman of KinderUSA

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
25th Anniversary Banquet

Featuring Dr. Maher HathoutDr. John Esposito
with special performances by Omar Offendum and AKNU

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