Open Mic Night 14′: An Exploration of Hyphenated-American Identities


When: Thursday, April 3, 8 – 11:00 PM.
Where: 2nd Floor Diana Student Cafe

Join CU Muslim Students Association and the Muslim Writer’s Collective for the MSA’s third annual Open Mic Night in recognition of Islam Awareness Week. Help us kick off an amazing Islam Awareness Week with art, music, spoken word, and festivities celebrating the diversity and creativity of our community.

This year’s Open Mic will focus on themes pertaining to the hyphenated-American body, with a spotlight on social justice and the American-Muslim identity. Join us as we explore the implications of being a minority American in the liberal US melting pot. What does it mean to be a Muslim in post-9/11 America? What does it mean to be a person of color in this country? How have your experiences with race, ethnicity, class, power, privilegeand shaped your identity? Where does “Faith”or religion fit in within the social structures that govern your daily existence? Share your experiences with your peers on stage, or simply come listen and reflect.

We invite students from all across campus to perform poetry, songs, monologues, stories, or any other work focusing on their interpretation of our theme. We will be showcasing artwork and photography within the performance space. If you would like to showcase your talents through performance or artwork, please contact Alay Syed at by Tuesday April 1st, 2014. Coffee and refreshments will be served and the performances will be held in the Diana Center 2nd floor student dining room.

Luke Aidger Patterson
Sameer Naseem
Haris Durrani
Fainan Lakha
Hebah Akram Khan
Annam Choudhry
Asha Rosa
Farzana Mou Ahmed

Art by
Sarosh Arif
Kyara Andrade


Feedback on The Muslim Protagonist 2014

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Feedback on The Muslim Protagonist 2014

Thank you for making it out to Columbia on the weekend of Feb. 22 and attending The Muslim Protagonist 2014! We hope you found the experience meaningful and insightful, and we’re interested in hearing your thoughts on the symposium and workshops via this Google Form. Feel free to write as little or as much as you’d like – we value any and all feedback.

Protag attendee Miri Gabriel blogs about The Muslim Protagonist 2014: A Synthesis of Journeys #muslimprotag


Protag attendee Miri Gabriel blogs about The Muslim Protagonist 2014: A Synthesis of Journeys #muslimprotag

“The Muslim Protagonist conference at Columbia University this weekend was one of the best public events I have ever attended!” Read more HERE!



We hope that everyone who came out to the Muslim Protagonist Symposium on Saturday had a great time. Workshops and seminars held on Sunday were spectacular.

But this is only the beginning of a much longer journey. Be the Protagonist of your own narrative! Submit your stories to our online ‘zine, Protag, which will publish the best pieces each year in a print edition. Any and all forms of narrative, across all genres and forms, are accepted, as well as excerpts from longer works.

Write your story and submit it to Protag! More information on submission guidelines HERE.