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November 06, 2005

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Opening Lunch: Introductions and Discussion of Goals
    •  Josh DeWind, director, Social Science Research Council's International Migration Program
    •  Vikki Porter, director, Western Knight Center
    •  Diane Winston, Knight Chair, media and religion, University of Southern California

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Introductory Panel: Media Coverage of Islam in America
Moderated by Diane Winston
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    •  Aslam Abdullah, editor, Muslim Observer
    •  Saaqib Rangoonwala, news editor, KFWB News 980
    •  Teresa Watanabe, staff writer, Los Angeles Times
    •  Diane Winston, Knight Chair, media and religion, University of Southern California

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Muslim Religious Diversity: Sunni, Shi’a, Nation of Islam, Sufi, etc.
Moderated by Josh DeWind
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    •  Juan E. Campo, associate professor, Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
    •  Josh DeWind, director, Social Science Research Council's International Migration Program
    •  Meagan Reid, assistant professor, School of Religion, University of Southern California

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner and Keynote Address: Overview of Muslims in America/American Islam
    •  Sherman Jackson, professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Michigan
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November 07, 2005

8:30 am - 10:30 am
Muslim Ethnic & National Diversity
Moderated by Jane Iwamura
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    •  Edward E. Curtis, Millennium Scholar of the Liberal Arts, associate professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University
    •  Sarah Gualtieri, Department of History and Program in American Studies and Ethnicity, USC
    •  Jane Iwamura, associate professor, Program in American Studies & Ethnicity, School of Religion, USC
    •  Karen Leonard, historian and anthropologist, University of California, Irvine

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
The Next Generation: Culture and Identity
Moderated by Mary MacVean
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    •  Karima Alavi, program director, Dar al Islam Madressah
    •  Amir Hussain, associate professor, Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
    •  Mary MacVean, editor, California section, Los Angeles Times

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Community, Family, and Gender
Moderated by Eliz Sanasarian
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    •  Laila Al-Marayati, spokesperson, past president, Muslim Women's League
    •  Fadwa El-Guindi, director, research anthropologist, El Nil Research
    •  Carolyn Rouse, assitant professor, anthropology, Princeton University
    •  Eliz Sanasarian, professor, political science, University of Southern California

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arts, Entertainment, and Music
Moderated by Marty Kaplan
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    •  Marty Kaplan, associate dean, director, The Norman Lear Center, associate dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication
    •  Sabiha Khan, communications director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
    •  Ethan Reiff, writer, executive producer
    •  Cyrus Voris, writer, executive producer

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner: Rising Entertainers
Moderated by Diane Winston
    •  Mark Gonzales, Hip Hop Theatre playwright, HBO Def Poet, performance lecturer
    •  Kamal Marayati, actor and comedian
    •  Diane Winston, Knight Chair, media and religion, University of Southern California
    •  Zuriani "Ani" Zonneveld, writer, producer, singer, speaker, activist

November 08, 2005

10:00 am - 11:45 am
Field Trip – Little Arabia, Orange County
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove

  • Meet with Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director, and Shakeel
  • Tour Masjid AlRahman
  • Tour Orange Islamic School

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Field Trip – Little Arabia, Orange County
Council on American-Islamic Relations offices, Anaheim

  • Meet with Hussam Ayloush, executive director, and leadership team
  • Visit ACCESS Social Services
  • Visit Southern CaliforniaInFocus

    •  Hussam Ayloush, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Field Trip – Little Arabia, Orange County
Little Arabia tour, Brookhurst and Ball roads, Anaheim

  • Bookstore, jewelry store and other small business in Little Arabia mall (Brookhurst Plaza?)


November 09, 2005

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Muslim Participation in American Politics and Civic Life
Moderated by Janelle Wong
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    •  Janelle Wong, assistant professor, Political Science and American Studies, USC
    •  Ahmed Younis, national director, Muslim Public Affairs Council

10:15 am - 12:15 pm
September 11th, the War on Terrorism, and Civil Rights
Moderated by Frank Buckley
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    •  Hussam Ayloush, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
    •  Frank Buckley, co-anchor, KTLA Prime News
    •  Dalia Hashad, Arab, Muslim, South Asian Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Omar Mosque (USC): “American Islam”
Moderated by Dafer Dakhil
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    •  Dafer Dakhil, mosque director
    •  Edina Lekovic, communication director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
    •  Nadia Roumani, research associate, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
    •  Naim Shah Jr., co-founder, ILM Foundation

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Transnational Ties
Moderated by Mark LeVine
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    •  Laila Al-Marayati, spokesperson, past president, Muslim Women's League
    •  Betsy Hiel, foreign correspondent, Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review
    •  Mark LeVine, associate professor, modern Middle Eastern history, culture and Islamic Studies, University of California, Irvine
    •  Agha Saeed, lecturer, Communications and Political Science, University of California Berkeley
November 10, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Lodi: How I Got the Story
Conversation with reporters and experts on a breaking story, e.g., Lodi arrests and prosecutions, reconciling community and government perspectives
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    •  Sara Cardine, reporter, (Lodi, CA) News-Sentinel
    •  Tamara Keith, state capitol reporter, KPCC
    •  John Lobertini, Sacramento bureau chief, KPIX-TV

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
“Taking It Back to the Newsroom”
Groups report story ideas and discussion of what to do next week
    •  Vikki Porter, director, Western Knight Center
    •  Diane Winston, Knight Chair, media and religion, University of Southern California

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Closing Lunch and Graduation

 

 

 
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