Past Events

Here is an archive of past lectures, presentations, and talks. To find out more about me and my work, click the links in the navigation menu above. If you are interested in having me speak at your event, please use the contact form.


Muslims in America: A Mini-Course, University of Pittsburgh

Program: Two lectures as part of a mini-course on "Muslims in America: Muslims in a Global Context": (1) "The Roots of American Islam" and (2) "Islam, the Black Nation, and the Ummah"

Location: Room 2400, Sennot Square, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dates/Times: Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20, 2016

Description: This one-credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini-course series seeks to have students, and all attendees, gain an understanding of the religious, cultural, economical and political influences of Muslims in a global context. 

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Sacred Samples, Secular Beats: Islam in the Hop Hop Imagination, Newark Museum

Program: Lecture titled, "Sacred Samples, Secular Beats: Islam in the Hip Hop Imagination"
Location: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
Date/Time: Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:30 pm
Description: Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society and noted scholar on the life and work of Malcolm X will discuss the evolution and influence of Islam as an American tradition, as reflected through hip hop music and Black popular culture.
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Manning Marable Exhibition Panel Discussion, Columbia University

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Malcolm X in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Historical Society

Updated on November 17, 2015 by Registered CommenterZaheer Ali


Program: Lecture titled, "Malcolm X in Brooklyn"

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public. ***Please note: Due to the incredible response to this program, entrance is not guaranteed. Your registration helps us gauge attendance, but since it is free and open to the public, entrance to the program is first-come, first-served.*** RSVP here. Facebook event page here

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Malcolm X's 90th Birthday Commemoration, Schomburg Center, New York

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 135th & Lenox (Malcolm X), New York, NY

Program: To commemorate the 90th birth anniversary of Malcolm X/El Hajj Malik Shabazz, a conversation between Sam Anderson, Zaheer Ali, and Linda Sarsour, including a performance by Lisa Muhammad.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Event Coverage: Watch the video above.