Media professional Wajahat Ali to present “Fear of the Muslim Planet”

Wajahat Ali, an award-winning playwright and former host and contributor to Al Jazeera America, will present “Fear of the Muslim Planet: Islamophobia, Resilience and Hope in Trump’s America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

Free and open to the public, Ali’s lecture is sponsored by the Mosaic student newspaper. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

As creative director of Affinis Labs, Ali works to create social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities, and to empower social entrepreneurs, young leaders, creatives and communities to come up with innovative solutions to tackle world problems.

Previously, Ali helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream.” He was also a national correspondent, political reporter and social media expert for the network. Ali is the author of “The Domestic Crusaders,” which was performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center, and is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area.

In 2012, Ali worked with the U.S. Department of State to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. He initiated chapters in eight countries, including Pakistan and Singapore. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, the Guardian and Salon.

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