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Muslim Voices in the Heartland

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The Muslims in the Mountain West Project is pleased to announce “Muslim Voices in the Heartland”, a 3-day event featuring discussion panels with local, regional and national Muslim writers, journalists, scholars, and activists. This event is hosted by the Center for Media, Religion and Culture and the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Thursday October 4
4:30 p.m. Old Main

On 'Muslim Rage,' Media and Politics

Panel Discussion on the controversial Muhammad film and the political and cultural implications of protests in the Middle East featuring:

Nabil Echchaibi, Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder
Nader Hashemi, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Megan Reif, Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver

Thursday October 4
7 p.m. Old Main

Life as a Muslim in the Mountain West

Panel Discussion on the experience of living as a Muslim in the Rocky Mountains featuring:

Tajuddin Ashaheed, Colorado Muslim Council
Dr. Moin Siddiqui, CSU professor emeritus
Zeba Siddiqui, children's book author
Monir Ludin, Chair of the Abrahamic Initiative Steering Committee

Moderator: Nabil Echchaibi, University of Colorado Boulder

Friday, October 5, 5:00 p.m.
Eaton Humanities 1B50

Storytelling, Media & Muslims in America

Panel Discussion featuring:

Wajahat Ali, playwright, essayist and attorney
Deana Nassar, Hollywood Liaison, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Qasim (Q) Basir, writer and film director

Moderator: Sophia Rose Shafi, Iliff School of Theology

Friday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Eaton Humanities 1B50

Film Screening Mooz-Lum and Q&A with Director Basir (Q) Qasim
Pulled between his strict Muslim upbringing by his father and the normal social life he's never had, Tariq Mahdi (Evan Ross) enters college in a state of confusion. New relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims alike challenge his already shaken ideals, and the estrangement with his mother (Nia Long) and sister troubles him. Slowly, he begins to find himself with the help of new friends, family and mentors, but when the attacks of 9/11 happen without warning, he is forced to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.

Basir (Q) Qasim

After nearly losing his life in a car accident, Qasim Basir decided he wanted to pursue his love of film and drop his pans to become a lawyer. Since making that decision he has been at the helm of several projects including 1Nation, 2Worlds, The Inspiration of Barack: “Yes We Can” Film Series, and most recently, the feature film
Mooz – lum starring Evan Ross, Nia Long, Danny Glover, Roger Guenveur Smith, Summer Bishil and Dorian Missick.

Saturday, October 6, 5 p.m.
Old Main

Slam Poetry Reading with Dominique Ashaheed

“Multi-faceted” hardly describes the celebrated talent of Dominique, but it's a word that
will have to do. In 1996 the volleyball star, after suffering an injury during the opening ceremony match of the Olympic games, still took center stage as a featured vocalist for those opening ceremonies.Toting double Masters degrees in English Lit and Education, Dominique has worked as an educator, cultural media director, children's advocate, and non-profit program director (currently for Peace Jam).As a poet and jazz/R&B vocalist, she has shared stages with artists like Joe Bonner, the Flobots, Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Liza Garza, and Staceyann Chin. Dominique began slamming in February 2011 when longtime friend and nationally recognized poet, Ayinde Russell coaxed her into trying. Within a month she qualified herself for the Slam Nuba team that went on to win the title in August 2011 and then seven months later she claimed the National title again at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship held in Denver, Colorado March 2012. She is presently the only person to hold two national titles at the same time.

Saturday, October 6, 6 p.m.
Old Main

The Domestic Crusaders and Q&A with Playwright Wajahat Ali

“The Domestic Crusaders” focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American
family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child. With a background
of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations, culminating in an intense family battle as each “crusader” struggles to assert and impose their respective voices and opinions, while still attempting to maintain and understand that unifying thread that makes them part of the same family. The Domestic Crusaders premiered Off-Broadway in New York at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and broke their box office records during its historic 5 week run.

Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. The Domestic Crusaders is his first full-length play. Born and raised in Fremont, a city located in the Silicon Valley of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been writing, producing and directing plays, films, and comedy sketches since he was a child, enlisting his friends to be actors and crew. Ali’s essays and interviews on contemporary affairs, politics, the media, popular culture and religion frequently appear in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's,Wall Street Journal Blog, Huffington Post, CNN.com, CounterPunch and Chowk, among other on-line sites. His blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground” is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs by blogged.com

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