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  • The Mehdi family announces the 2010 M.T. Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award goes to UPI's veteran reporter Helen Thomas. The $1000 prize will be presented on November 18 at a dinner in Ms. Thomas' honor organized by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The 2009 M.T. Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award went to Radio Chicagoland's Ray Hanania.

  • "Islamophobia" was the topic at Drew University on October 27. Dr. Chris Tayor moderated a panel discussion that held its audience for two hours. Panelists S. Wesley Ariarajah, Yehezkel Landau and Anisa Mehdi acknowledged that Americans are indeed afraid of Islam and Muslims (Anisa said "Juan Williams was right!") but agree that fear, like all prejudice, comes from ignorance and lack of discernment about people. Lumping everyone together is not helpful.

  • Illinois College and Colorado State University were 2010 hosts to "Disagreeing on Everything: A Conversation on Attaining Israeli-Palestinian Peace," with Michael Lame and Anisa Mehdi. Learn More

  • Book "Disagreeing on Everything" at your college, university or international company:

  • Follow Anisa's experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan. Her weekly letter appears at:

  • 8 December 2009: The acclaimed National Geographic documentary film "Inside Mecca" screens at Amman's Royal Film Commission. Learn More

  • November 2009: Anisa Mehdi joined the board of directors of "El Masar Ibrahim El Khalil," the Path of Ibrahim, Friend of God. This inspired non-profit organization seeks to connect humanity, step-by-step, on an actual walking trail that approximates the journey of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). The journey allows walkers to experience first-hand hospitality of villagers in Turkey, Jordan, and Palestine.

    Take a glimpse of the walk in Palestine

  • 23-24 November 2009: Jordan's Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities ( launches its first national conference. See Whetstone Productions' film about the lives of disabled people on YouTube.

  • "Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas" launches in New York City June 5-12. This arts festival presents music, visual art, theatre, film, conversation and a Souk at the Asia Society, BAM, and NYU. Whetstone Productions interviewed program directors and advisors. Find out more

  • Communication professor, Anisa Mehdi, has been awarded a 2009-2010 Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Jordan. The entire page can be found at

  • North Dakota State University hosted Anisa Mehdi on April 27 as part of its Social Justice Series. Anisa gave a talk on Muslim women, using clips from her documentary films "Inside Mecca," "Muslims," Nightline's "UpClose," and Unity Productions Foundation's "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet."

  • BRIDGEWATER, Va. April 22, 2009 - Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame debated "Disagreeing on Everything: A Debate on Attaining Peace in the Middle East" in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

  • March 19, 2009: Intersections International is proud to present Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame at The West End Lectures. This year's series focuses on the theme, 'The Heart of Conflict: Pathways to Peace and features four national and internationally known presenters who will speak about various aspects of conflict transformation from their own personal histories.

  • Tuesday, March 17: “Inside Mecca” was screened at Duke University. Anisa Mehdi, producer/director, presented the film and answered questions.

  • Thursday, March 12, 6:30pm: Women in Religion, a series of lectures at the Center for Religious Inquiry, St. Bartholomew’s Church. Womenin Islam is presented by Anisa Mehdi.

    The Iranian Revolution: Thirty Years, a conference at Rutgers University.

  • October 24, 2008: Governor Jon Corzine, surrounded by elected officials, activists and leaders of the Muslim and Arab-American community, signed an executive order at the Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, creating the New Jersey Arab-American Heritage Commission, the first of its kind in the nation. Hany Mawla, Chair. Anisa Mehdi, Commissioner. Learn More
  • Governor Jon Corzine and Muslim elected officals, activists and leaders.

  • February 7-8, 2008: The Iranian Revolution: Thirty Years, a conference at Rutgers University. Featuring the debut of photos by Randy H. Goodman, the only American photographer in Iran, 1980-1983

  • Winter 2008: Anisa Mehdi featured in the French magazine“Femme du Monde,” a Muslim women’s magazine.

  • November 20, 2008:Islamorama at Wellesley College. Anisa Mehdi invited to speak on a panel during this week-long intensive at her Alma mater, called “Muslims in America: Combating Islamophobia in an Age of Change.”

  • October 23, 2008: Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans: A Cultural Workshop at Arab Detroit. Anisa Mehdi, keynote.

  • September 2008: US Department of State launches Whetstone Productions’ five-part extreme short series on Ramadan in America.

  • Whetstone Productions initiates training program for documentary filmmakers at Jordan Television. Learn More

  • Britain’s CTVC comes to the USA to make four episodes of “Shariah TV.” US project producer: Catherine Sadjedi Oberg. Senior project consultant: Anisa Mehdi. Learn More

  • December 2007, American Muslims Travel to Mecca for Annual Pilgrimage.  Anisa Mehdi quoted as Hajj expert in article by Carolee Walker: “More young professionals choose to perform the Hajj

  • Responding to the “cartoon controversy” and other instances of Muslim outrage at perceived cultural offense, Anisa Mehdi was commissioned by Common Ground News Service to write on “Religion and art, outrage or opportunity.”  Learn More

  • In November 2007, Anisa Mehdi went to Iran to join 20 women from around the world in a conference called “Women as Peacemakers Through Religion.”  The conference was co-hosted by Tehran’s Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches.  Read some of her reflections

  • Muslim American Filmmaker Discusses Islam in America: Learn More

  • On July 13 the Middle East Institute held a screening and discussion of “Inside Mecca” in Washington, D.C. at the popular café “Busboys and Poets.”  Since 1946, MEI’s mission has been “to promote knowledge of the Middle East in America and strengthen understanding of the United States by the people and governments of the region.”  For more, go to: Click here

  • July 2007: Anisa Mehdi was invited to Dubai by US Department of State as a speaker specialist on Islam in America. Read article

  • Read what's on the mind of America's top Arab American journalists at:
    "Esalen seeks kindred spirits in Muslim community."  San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday September 13, 2007. Read Full Article

  • Anisa Mehdi has a bi-weekly blog on the Newark Star-Ledger website, tackling contemporary Arab-American and Muslim-American issues. What do you want to see in the paper that isn’t being covered? Check it out
  • Listen to Anisa on AmericanAM radio, Tampa, FL, with program host Henry Raines, at: . 

  • On May 14-16, Johns Hopkins 57th Institute for Spirituality and Medicine presents “Prescriptions for a Healthy Family.”  Anisa Mehdi will give a plenary address, “Family from a Muslim Perspective.”  Information at:

  • March 16-18: College of the Holy Cross Alumni Colloquium, March 16-18: Islam and Christianity.  Anisa Mehdi, guest presenter.  See here

  • Early February: From February 3-13 Anisa was part of a citizen diplomacy delegation to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.  She traveled with Imam Yahya Hendi of Georgetown University, Azmat Khan, a student at the University of Michigan, and Ghiyath Nakshbendi, a Maryland-based entrepreneur.  One reflection of her journey is in this essay: An Ariabian Night.
    For more on the United States’ public diplomacy initiative, go to:

  • April 30, 2007, Anisa Mehdi appears on the Jim Engster Show, WFKF FM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They will discuss Islam in America, Muslims in the media nationwide and internationally, interfaith issues, stereotyping of Muslims in America and abroad and issues of Islam, Muslims and American foreign policy in the Middle East. Live on the Web:

    For a report on the Esalen Institute’s latest conference on the “Abrahamic Family.”  Click here

  • February 16-17, 2007: Sacred Circles: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality at the National Cathedral, with NPR's Lynn Neary, Ellen Burstyn, Pumla Gobodo-Madlklzela and Anisa Mehdi. Click here for more information.

  • January 29, 2007: Read Anisa's perspective from the Star Ledger: 1,300 years later, Iraq can't stop bleeding

  • November 17-19, 2006:  Muslim women leaders launch historic global empowerment initiative.  On the agenda is the formation of an International Shura Council of Muslim Women. Among the 100 attendees: the Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman to enter the British House of Lords, Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, Zainah Anwar, Malaysian Islamic Feminist, Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, and Anisa Mehdi.  See here for more detail.

  • November 5, 2006: Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor,, Huston Smith, preeminent scholar of religion,, and Anisa Mehdi discussed religious fundamentalism at the Esalen Institute’s fundraising weekend.  The event, hosted by Ken Dychtwald,, highlighted the institute’s accelerated involvement in inter-religious exploration and citizen diplomacy efforts.  Sunday morning’s panel was moderated by retired diplomat Joseph Montville and Jay Ogilvy of Global Business Network,   Huston Smith held that extremism occurs when “religion is commandeered by politicians.”  Robert Reich stressed that terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy and that religion and politics must remain in their own domains.  Anisa Mehdi emphasized that the maturing of Islam in America heralds hope.  People worldwide are “looking west” for the next wave of Muslim leadership.

    Esalen panel on religious fundamentalism, November 5, 2007 From left: Jay Ogilvy, Houston Smith, Douglas George-Kanentiio, Anisa Mehdi, Robert Reich, Joseph Montville

    Photographer: Daniel Bianchetta

    Houston Smith shares with Anisa Mehdi

    Photographer: Daniel Bianchetta

  • October 19, 2006:  Anisa Mehdi speaks at the Center for Religious Inquiry, St. Bartholomew's Church, Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm.  This is part of a series on Women in Religion.  Anisa will talk about women in Islam and show clips from recent films.

  • October 2, 2006: Ramadan and Yom Kippur overlapped this year.  On National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," Anisa notes that some of the faithful among Muslims and Jews are trying to make this alignment more than just a coincidence.
    Listen at: NPR

  • September 29, 2006: "Those who have faith know art cannot threaten it." By Anisa Mehdi

  • July 2006 : Anisa Mehdi engaged audiences in Puerto Rico in July at the invitation of the local Bar Association, the Center for Freedom of the Press and the North American Muslim Association.

  • July 29, 2006: La tolerancia como credo

  • July 27, 2006: Emmy Award winner Anisa Mehdi shows her documentary in Puerto Rico Spanish: Ganadora del Emmy Anisa Mehdi presenta documental en Puerto Rico.

  • May 2006: Anisa and her production team went to France in May to begin documentary filming for “Monks and Muslims: Finding Faith in Algeria.”  This project is underwritten in part by The United States Institute of Peace (, the William and Mary Greve Foundation, Cornelius B. Prior, Jr., and Hartley Film Foundation (  Anisa Mehdi, producer/director; Catherine Oberg, associate producer; David Goulding, director of photography; John Scwally, production manager/audio engineer. For more details go to:

  • March 14, 2006: Anisa Mehdi to moderate panel for New York Women in Film and Television on Tuesday, March 14.  This special screening of The Beauty Academy Of Kabul begins at 6:30 p.m. at  the Tribeca Screening Room, 375 Greenwich Street (between N. Moore and Franklin Streets).  To attend, contact Victoria Clark,

    NYWIFT members are invited to a special screening of the documentary The Beauty Academy Of Kabul, the story of a group of western women who open an American-style school for beauticians in Kabul. 

     Director Liz Mermin will be present for a discussion after the film, moderated by journalist Anisa Mehdi.

    For more info:

    New York Women in Film & Television is the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York City.  Dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and new media, and promoting equity for women in these industries, NYWIFT produces over fifty innovative programs and special events each year.  NYWIFT's 1400 members are part of a network of forty international women in film organizations, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide.

  • Whetstone Productions begins field production for “Monks and Muslims: Finding Faith in Algeria.”  Funding comes from the United States Institute of Peace, the William & Mary Greve Foundation, Cornelius B. Prior, Jr., and the Hartley Film Foundation.

  • November 30, 2005 : Anisa Mehdi to speak at the College of the Holy Cross,
    Worcester, MA

  • November 16, 2005: Anisa Mehdi to speak at University of Maryland, Salisbury

  • October 28-29, 2005 : Music for All Seasons ( presents “ The Healing Art and Science of Music” at the JFK Conference Center in Edison, NJ. Board member Anisa Mehdi will host Friday’s events. This two-day conference will bring together, from around the country, the most significant researchers in this ground-breaking field. Neurologists, oncologists and cardiologists, as well as musicians, therapists, educators and members of the media will present original papers and discuss ongoing and completed research. The conference will create opportunities for networking on a national scale with representatives from all areas and disciplines that will be affected and perhaps changed by developments in these emerging studies. Music For All Seasons is partnering with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, and Seton Hall University to present a conference “The Healing Art and Science of Music” at the JFK Conference Center in Edison, New Jersey on October 28 and 29, 2005.
  • October 21-23, 2005: The New England Medieval Conference convenes October 21-23 in Worcester, MA, focusing on the theme “Medieval Conflicts, Modern Concerns.” Anisa Mehdi will open conference discussions with a talk called ““What If We Had the WWW in the Middle Ages?" Learn more

  • October 20, 2005 : Anisa Mehdi to give a lecture entitled “"Beyond the Intellectual Quarantine: Islam, Muslims and the Media," at the Higgins School of the Humanities, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. 

  • October 12-18, 2005: Anisa Mehdi travels to Singapore as a speaker and specialist on Islam and the Media for the U.S. Department of State from October 12-18.  She will meet with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), speak at the Singapore Press Club, address an interfaith gathering and screen her National Geographic Special "Inside Mecca."

  • September 4-9, 2005: Anisa Mehdi to participate in symposium on Islamic Fundamentalism at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, September 4-9, 2005. The symposium is convened by Joseph Montville, who for 23 years was a diplomat with posts in the Middle East and North Africa. Montville also worked in the State Department's Bureaus of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and Intelligence and Research, where he was chief of the Near East Division and director of the Office of Global Issues. . Today his is Diplomat in Residence at American University and Senior Fellow at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Montville is also Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

  • August 3, 2005: Anisa Mehdi at Shakespeare Theater Gala (PDF)

  • July 19, 2005: Anisa Mehdi’s commentary on monks and Muslims of Algeria airs on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on July 19. Go to NPR Commentary. This is one of the top 25 emailed stories for NPR on July 20.

  • July 11, 2005: In the Star Ledger on Monday, July 11, 2005: “Terror is the worst sacrilege against the Qur’an,” by Anisa Mehdi. Here Anisa speaks out against the London bombing and other violence in “the name of Islam.” Go to NJ news article

  • May 6, 2005: Anisa Mehdi commentary aired on NPR's "All Things Considered." "Two Iraqi Cultures, Meeting at a U.S. Wedding"

  • April 23, 2005: Anisa Mehdi's keynote speech at the 6th Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy on April 23, 2005, can be found on the CSID website: Learn more

  • April 22-23, 2005: Anisa Mehdi to speak at CSID's 6th Annual Conference "Democracy and Development: Challenges for the Islamic World." Details.

  • March 13, 2005: Anisa Mehdi, member of the Board of Trustees of Music for All Seasons, recommends you attend the concert by world renowned 'cellist Steven Isserlis in a benefit performance for MFAS at The Players , the historic dramatic and literary club on Gramercy Park in New York City, 3-7pm.  For tickets and information go to: .

  • March 9, 2005: Attend a full screening of the National Geographic Special "Inside Mecca" at the Center for Religious Inquiry, St. Bartholomew's Church, 198 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022.  Anisa Mehdi will introduce the program and answer questions following the hour-long documentary.

  • March 5, 2005: A Trustee of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Anisa Mehdi invites you to celebrate the 11th Annual "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" gala with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  The Honorable Thomas H. Kean to be awarded The Mighty Quill Award for his support of theatre and the arts in New Jersey.  For tickets and information go to: .

  • February 26, 2005: Islamic Law and the Iraqi Constitution

  • February 1, 2005: "NPR : Declining to Vote as an Iraqi in the U.S."

  • January 21, 2005: Anisa Mehdi's commentary : An American Woman's View of the Hajj, All Things Considered, NPR

  • January 7, 2005: World: Rethinking the Word 'Jihad', All Things Considered, NPR

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