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MPAC’s annual convention: Celebrating 25 years of their work for the Muslim American community.

14 Dec 2013 | 10:30 am - 09:30 pm
Place : Long Beach Convention Center 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost : $35 - Early-Bird $25
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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.

The day is filled with some unexpected conversations and presentations, such as hip-hop artists Omar Offendum and The ReMINDers to activists who work on the AIDS epidemic in the Muslim community.  There will also be an important tribute to Dr. Maher Hathout at the banquet.


 11 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 Celebration Banquet
featuring Dr. Maher Hathout & Dr. John Esposito
with special performances by Omar Offendum and AKNU 

To buy the ticket, click here