National Geographic

Muslims in America

Photograph by Lynsey Addario

  • May 02, 2018

  • 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Regular $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Conversation

For longer than many realize, Islam has been part of the fabric of the United States, and American Muslims from many races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs represent a growing minority here. Join influential photojournalist Lynsey Addario, NPR journalist Leila Fadel, and MacArthur Fellow Rami Nashashibi to explore the multifaceted culture and experiences of Muslims in America.


Courtesy of Rami Nashashibi

Rami Nashashibi


RAMI NASHASHIBI is the executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has taught courses at multiple universities since, recently completing a three-year teaching appointment at the Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rami also serves on the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and is an advisor to a number of strategic initiatives across the country. His work with IMAN continues to feature in many national and international media outlets.

Lynsey Addario


Award-winning photojournalist LYNSEY ADDARIO regularly works for National Geographic, the New York Times, and Time magazine. Since 9/11, she’s covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also photographs feature stories on humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa with a focus on women’s issues. A highly acclaimed photojournalist, Lynsey was part of the New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In 2015, American Photo magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. An Emmy nominee, she’s also received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The New York Times best-selling It's What I Do is her first book.

Photograph by Kursat Bayhan/Courtesy of Penguin Press

Courtesy of Leila Fadel

Leila Fadel


Award-winning reporter LEILA FADEL is a national correspondent for NPR covering race and diversity. From 2012 to 2016, she was NPR’s international correspondent based in Cairo, Egypt, and from 2011 to 2012, Leila served as the Cairo bureau chief for the Washington Post, where she reported on a wave of revolts and the aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and beyond. She previously covered the Iraq War for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy newspapers, and later the Washington Post. A 2016 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Leila has earned several prestigious awards for her work, including a 2016 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a 2013 Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club, and a 2007 George Polk Award from Long Island University.

Peter Manseau


PETER MANSEAU is the Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. The author of eight books, he holds a doctorate in religion from Georgetown University, and has written on Islam in the United States for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Manseau

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