Sessions and Speakers

#MPAC14 Sessions


Banquet Keynote (6:30pm)

The True American

Days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim, was shot in the head by a white supremacist. Compelled by his faith to show love and compassion for his assailant, Rais led a campaign to spare the life of the man who tried to kill him. This story of mercy and redemption was so powerful that it was turned into a book by New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, and is being made into a soon-to-be-released major motion picture.

Both Rais and Anand will serve as keynote speakers for the night.

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Banquet Keynotes
Let’s Be Honest

Let’s Be Honest (11:00am)

Tackling Taboos in the American Muslim Community

Through our series of "Let's Be Honest" conversations with communities across the country, we've learned the importance of openly discussing pressing concerns considered taboo in the American Muslim community. How can we move the needle forward on issues such as mental disorders, domestic violence, racism and sexism?

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Collaboration or Cancellation (2:15pm)

Shaping the Image of Islam and Muslims in Hollywood

In order to get better stories told, we believe American Muslims must be involved in the process and engage Hollywood creators on projects that explore our community. We invited a diverse range of panelist who will bring a broad range of experience and different perspectives about the perceptions of Muslims in Hollywood.

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Collaboration or Cancellation
The Crisis of ISIS

The Crisis of ISIS (3:30pm)

A Result of Failed Policies or Perverted Ideologies?

With the incessant violence in the Middle East caused by violent extremism, Muslims are asking each other a major question nowadays: “what can we do?” It seems impossible to actually do anything here about something that is being caused by fanatics in another part of the world, but in reality, there is a lot we can do. We will be bringing together a group of experts, scholar and community leaders to help move us forward.

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