The Columbia MSA hosts a variety of programs and events on campus throughout the year and acquaints Muslims with various facilities on campus. Some of our major, annual events include The Muslim Protagonist (a Muslim writers’ symposium held in the fall), Islamic Awareness Week, and the Fastathon (a fundraising banquet highlighting issues of social justice around the world). Please look at the pages listed on the drop-down menu under Campus Programming to find out more about these events and programs.
The Muslim Protagonist is a day-long symposium focused on producing positive social change through the empowerment that education, literature and the arts have to provide. The symposium convenes some of the most brilliant writers and artists of our generation for a day of thought-provoking and inspiring dialogue. The conference sheds light on the importance of the Muslim protagonist in a post-9/11 America and offers the prominent Muslim and non-Muslim writers of this generation the opportunity to discuss their experiences within an emerging American-Muslim literary community and the literary community at large. These novelists, playwrights, filmmakers, journalists, and scholars have inspired and continue to inspire the up-and-coming generation of American Muslims and other ethnic minorities to pursue writing as a means of expression, and to fight prejudice with the power of the Pen.
Project Nur, the social justice committee of the MSA, strives to channel the resources of Muslims on campus towards community service and social justice. Projects this sub-organization of the MSA spearheads are related to spiritual classes and learning through local community service.