(NEW YORK – 11/7/07) — On Thursday, November 15, the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s New York City chapter will host a panel discussion on “Media Coverage of Muslims Post-9/11” at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Moderated by Sheheryar Azhar, host of GEO TV’s “The Forum”, the panel discussion will feature Columbia University Journalism Professor Ari Goldman, award-winning journalist, filmmaker and Professor Anisa Mehdi, and MPAC Communications Director Edina Lekovic.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Muslim Students Association, panelists will draw on their decades of experience in the news media to provide a critical examination of news and entertainment media portrayals of Muslim Americans as a community as well as public discourse on the Islamic faith.

WHAT: The Coverage of Islam & Muslims in the American Mass Media Post-9/11

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia University, James Room on the 4th Floor Bernard Hall, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY


* Professor Ari Goldman, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

* Anisa Mehdi, Journalist and Professor at Seton Hall University

* Edina Lekovic, MPAC Communications Director

* Shaheryar Azhar, host of “The Forum” on ARY

Call 213-383-3443 or email events@mpac.orgfor more information.

Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of Muslim Americans.

[CONTACT: Edina Lekovic, 213-383-3443, communications@mpac.org]


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