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ISPU Events:

10th Anniversary Gala "Engaging American Muslims: The 2012 Election and Beyond"
9/15/2012 5:30:00 PM

**Updated with video

Wajahat Ali keynote highlights:

To celebrate a decade of conducting objective research and offering expert policy analysis, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding will hold a 10th Anniversary Gala, "Engaging American Muslims: the 2012 Election and Beyond" featuring keynote speaker Wajahat Ali.

In the lead up to November's presidential election, ISPU will be exploring several issues  related to American Muslims as an important constituency. Following ISPU's successful "Engaging American Muslims" report combining a decades worth of data on the Muslim community's civic and political engagement, ISPU will welcome Wajahat Ali, a key thought leader in the community. Wajahat Ali is a playwright, journalist, attorney, humorist and consultant., and the lead author of "Fear Inc.: Roots of the Islamophobia Network". He speaks and writes frequently on issues such as Islamophobia and American Muslim engagement.

Sponsorship of ISPU's 10th anniversary gala is a unique opportunity  to support ISPU’s educational mission, as well as present your brand to both a defined and general demographic group. Click here for more details.

Event Details:

Saturday September 15, 2012
5:30 Registration, 6:30 Program
Ford Conference and Events Center
1151 Village Road
Dearborn, MI 48124
Shabnam Khan

Tickets: $75 per person
Babysitting will be available, $5 per child.

Keynote Speaker: Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a playwright, journalist, attorney, humorist and consultant. His award-winning play, “The Domestic Crusaders” was published by McSweeney’s in January 2011.

In 2008, he was honored as an “An Influential Muslim American Artist” by the State Department.  In 2009, he was honored as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” for his journalism work and invited to participate in the “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow” conference in Doha, Qatar.  The same year, he was the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council’s prestigious “Emerging Muslim American Artist” recognition and cited as a Young Muslim American Leader by The Center for American Progress.

He is the lead author and researcher of the investigative report, “Fear Inc., The Roots of Islamophobia Network in America” produced by  the Center for American Progress.He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Slate, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, and Counterpunch.

He is currently writing a pilot for HBO with author Dave Eggers and has co-edited the anthology “I Speak For Myself: 45 American Men on Being Muslim”, published in  2012.

2012 Sponsors


Jackson Orthopedic Care & Surgery


Muzammil & Asra Ahmed

Dermatology Specialists of Canton

Hamzavi Dermatology

Afser Shariff & Naheed Chinwalla


Zul?qar & Nadia Ahmed

Safwan & Mary Lynn Badr


DTE Energy

Hamadeh Educational Services

Majid & Sobia Khan

Noor Academy

Northwestern Mutual


Amana Mutual Funds Trust

Mahmood & Annette Hai

Safwan and Razan Halabi

Jawad Shah and Mona Jondy

Islamic Society of North America


Tim and Fatina Attalla

Ghalib and Shahina Begg

Yusuf Hai and Amera Ahmed

The Very Rev’d Dr. S. Scott Hunter

Muhi L. Khwaja

Mitchell and Crystal Shamsuddin

Steve Spreitzer