Speaking Engagements

I consider speaking engagements as opportunities to engage; to reach out, to build a bridge between myself and others. I believe in the power of a forum: an enlightened space in which a community is formed.

Previous Speaking Engagements:

Niles North High School, Writers Week Presenter, March 2019

University of Houston, Featured Presenter,  “Colloquium on Islam”, November 2016

52nd Annual ISNA Convention, Moderator, “Speaking for Ourselves: Reality & Resilience through Personal Narrative”, September 2015

University of Texas at Austin, “Women in Islam”, October 2013

Cleveland Public Library, “Young, American and Muslim”, September 2013

University of Chicago, “Muslim Men and Women on Being American”, November 2012

U.S. State Department Speaker Program in Cambodia, September 2012

U.S. State Department Speaker Program in Thailand, September 2012

Syracuse University, “American Women on Being Muslim”, April 2012

Ismaili Community Center Event, “Perspectives of Muslim Women in America”, February 2012

University of Nebraska at Omaha, “American Women on Being Muslim”, October 2011

Prepare NY Chat, “American Muslim Women”, June 2011

University of Wisconsin at Madison, “American Women on Being Muslim”, May 2011

Buxton Initiative, “American Women on Being Muslim”, May 2011

Speaker Topics include but are not limited to:

The role of women in Islam

Representation of faith

Prevailing stereotypes in the US about Islam and Muslims

Prevailing stereotypes abroad about American Muslims

Feminism and Faith

Life as a Muslim woman in the US

Motherhood and Faith