For Immediate Releaseâ€”The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding has announced that Hollywood screenwriter, producer and director Kamran Pasha will serve as its keynote speaker for the 2011 ISPU annual banquet â€œNavigating a Post 9/11 Worldâ€on Saturday October 22, 2011 at the Ford Conference and Events Center in Dearborn, MI.
Pasha is a prolific writer, penning two historical novels Mother of the Believers and Shadow of the Swords. He has been a writer and producer for NBCâ€™s television series Kings, a modern day retelling of the Biblical tale of King David. Previously he served as a writer on NBCâ€™s remake of Bionic Woman, and on Showtime Networkâ€™s Golden Globe nominated series Sleeper Cell, about a Muslim FBI agent who infiltrates a terrorist group.
The event will mark the culmination of ISPUâ€™s special series of publications, events and conferences planned across the country to reflect on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. â€œNavigating a Post 9/11 World: A Decade of Lessons Learnedâ€ explores several of the most pressing policy issues facing the United States and the American Muslim community, and presents forward thinking and inclusive policy recommendations for the future. The series addresses the threat of terrorism, policy shifts over the past decade and challenges and opportunities for Muslims in America.
The annual banquet will focus on the role ISPU has played in shaping the policy debate on key issues over the last year, as well as how trailblazers like Kamran Pasha, have broken down barriers and helped to change the way the American public views Muslims in popular media.
ISPU will honor Dr. Aminah McCloud with the 2011 Scholar Award. Dr. McCloud is the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program at DePaul University. She is the founder of Islam in America Conference at DePaul and editor for The Journal of Islamic Law and Culture.
The 2011 ISPU Distinguished Award for Philanthropy to will be presented to Tim Attala. Saeed Khan will act as the Master of Ceremonies.
In 2010, ISPUâ€™s Annual Banquet featured Keynote Speaker Rashad Hussain, US Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The event gathered 600 attendees including Congressmen John Conyers, Deputy Special Envoy to the OIC Arsalan Suleman, and Michigan State University Provost Kim Wilcox.
Saturday October 22, 2011 6:00pm Registration & Appetizers, 7:00pm Program. Ford Conference and Events Center, Dearborn, MI; 1151 Village Road; Dearborn, MI 48124-5033; Tickets – $100