[10.1.13] Two days left to apply to join the Planning Committee for this year’s Muslim Protagonist! See this post for more information.
[7.30.13] Stay tuned for updates on this year’s Muslim Protagonist! Tentatively, it will be slated for sometime in the spring of 2014.
The Muslim Protagonist 2012
The Muslim Protagonist, Columbia University’s first ever Muslim writers symposium, took place on November 10th, 2012, followed by a series of small, exclusive workshops and seminars throughout the morning/midday of Sunday, November 11th.
Entitled The Muslim Protagonist, this day-long symposium focused on producing positive social change through the empowerment that education, literature and the arts have to provide. The symposium convened some of the most brilliant writers and artists of our generation for a day of thought-provoking and inspiring dialogue. The conference shed light on the importance of the Muslim protagonist in a post-9/11 America and offered 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.
Last year’s symposium featured an A-list ensemble of speakers, including: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Lila Abu-Lughod, Wajahat Ali, Naif Al-Mutawa, Anita Amirrezvani, Reza Aslan, Richard Bulliet, Mohsin Hamid, Jacob Kader, Nikoo Kafi and Jim McGoldrick, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Kamran Pasha, Musa Syeed, Sahar Ullah, and more. These are the bestselling authors, award-winning journalists, Sundance filmmakers, Hollywood directors, esteemed playwrights, distinguished academics, comic book creators, and Pulitzer and Man Booker Prize finalists who have defined and will continue to define and inspire today’s evolving literary, social, and political landscape.
For more information on last year’s event, check out The Muslim Protagonist‘s Facebook event, Twitter, updates, and program. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the 2012 symposium, questions regarding participation as a speaker or attendee in the upcoming 2013 symposium, press inquiries, and more.