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MALA partners on a wide range of initiatives and hosts events across the U.S., with a focus on Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. Join us at the upcoming, or check out photos from past events at our Facebook page, on Flickr, and under News on this website.


Wednesday, December 11th, Washington D.C.

MALA will host a screening of the film Sitara along, to be accompanied by a panel discussion.  

Wednesday, December 18th, Washington . D.C.

MALA will host an evening of presentations and discussions about the Arabic language in recognition of World Arabic Language Day.  

Thursday, December 19th, New York City

MALA will host a screening of the film Sitara along, to be accompanied by a panel discussion.  


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Stay tuned for more exciting initiatives for 2020! 



Thursday, November 7th, Chicago

MALA hostedour 4th Annual Gala at the beautiful Chicago History Museum.  Our keynote speaker was local legend and Grammy winning musician and writer, Malik Yusef.

Friday, October 28th, Washington D.C.

MALA hosted a hands-on workshop on Arabic and Farsi calligraphy. 

Friday, October 18, New York City

MALA hosted a panel discussion on Diversity in Tech, focusing on stories from diverse individuals in the Tech industry.

Tuesday, October 15th, Washington D.C.

MALA partnered with Facebook for a special panel discussion focusing on the stories of Muslims in the Tech industry.

Thursday, September 26, New York

MALA co-hosted an interfaith networking evening for young professionals with the American Sephardi Federation.

Thursday, September 19th, New York City

MALA hosted a panel discussion in partnership with There Is No Limit Foundation and Kota Alliance on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly titled “Eradicate FGM/C.”

Monday, August 12, Washington D.C.: MALA hosted an Eid al-Adha cultural exchange in partnership with Middle East Institute.  The event was covered by the Al-Hurra news network.

Thursday, August 1, New York City: MALA partnered with the Yemen Will Triumph Organization to host a special screening and panel discussion of  short-films made by Yemeni youth.

Tuesday, July 30, CHICAGO: MALA hosted its second annual Mompreneurs panel.  Panelists discussed the key strategies, challenges, and triumphs of running a business and raising a family.

Tuesday, July 16th, WASHINGTON D.C.: MALA Partnered with New Story Leadership (NSL) and the Malala Fund to host a discussion about the craft of storytelling.

Saturday, June 22, CHICAGO: MALA hosted an inclusive Hip Hop Zumba Bhangra fusion class at the American Islamic College (AIC).

Sunday, June 30, NEW YORK CITY: MALA hosted a workshop on the art form of “Calligraffiti.” Back by popular demand, this workshop approached the art of Arabic calligraphy in an expressive and inclusive format.

Friday, May 31st, New York City:  MALA partnered with UNICEF USA to host an interfaith Iftar dinner.  All proceeds went towards UNICEF USA’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

Thursday, May 30th, New York City: MALA and Ideas Beyond Borders co-hosted a salon-style evening of readings, storytelling, and networking.  Attendees engaged with translated poetry works and oral histories and participated in intimate discussion that explored a broad range of topics, including identity; human rights; freedom of speech; and assimilation.

Bayt Al Hikma 2.0 is the initiative of Ideas Beyond Borders, which embraces the rekindling of the Golden Age of Islam that produced the “House of Wisdom” when science, critical thinking, and pluralism, and similar enlightenment ideas were welcomed and embraced.

Thursday, May 16th, CHICAGO:  MALA partnered with The Exceptional Women’s Network to host a workshop on the science of negotiation.  Participants used mock negotiations and case studies to develop and improve their negotiation skills.

Friday, May 10th, WASHINGTON DC: MALA partnered with UNICEF USA to host an interfaith Iftar dinner.  All proceeds prom the Iftar contributed to support UNICEF USA’s humanitarian efforts in persecuted Rohingya Muslim populations.

Tuesday, May 7th, CHICAGO: MALA hosted a Calligraphy workshop and Iftar dinner in the spirit of sharing culture and traditions during the month of Ramadan.  Guests learned how to write letters, words, and phrases in Arabic calligraphy; the workshop was led by calligraphy artist, Khalil Ayed.

Thursday, April 18th, New York City: MALA hosted an Algerian Rai dance workshop.  Algerian Rai is a style of dance that  reflects struggles with love, life, oppression, immigration, and much more. The workshop was facilitated by professional instructor Esraa Warda.

Sunday, April 7th, CHICAGO: MALA hosted an interactive art and photo gallery, followed by a panel focusing on young Muslim American women in the arts.  Attendees explored installations, took photos, and acted as the subjects for some of our guest photographers.

Friday, April 5th, NEW YORK CITY: MALA hosted a hands-on workshopon the art form of Calligraffiti.  Calligraffiti is an art form that combines calligraphy, typography, and graffiti and can be classified as either abstract expressionism or abstract vandalism.

Monday, March 25, NEW YORK CITY: MALA partnered with the Center for Jewish History for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, RBG. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with two of RBG’s filmmakers, Associate Producer Nadine Natour and Director/Producer Julie Cohen, centering on their journeys in chronicling the life and career of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

March 18, 2019, 12:30pm, NEW YORK CITY: MALA hosted a parallel event at the UN’s NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 63 Forum, titled: “Addressing FGM in the USA: Safeguarding Survivors and Potential Victims.”  MALA’s comprehensive panel engaged experts from an array of different disciplines in a frank discussion about steps that need to be taken at community, federal, legislative, and medical levels to bring an end to FGM in the United States.

March 10th, 2019, NEW YORK CITY: MALA partnered with the American Sephardi Film Festival to co-sponsor a screening of the film, From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza, followed by Q&A with Director Michelle Paymar.

Friday, March 8th, CHICAGO: MALA partnered withChicago’s Exceptional Women’s Network for our 4th annual event celebrating International Women’s Day.  The event centered on a panel on leadership and empire-building, featuring 5 rock-star women who have made a significant local/global impact.

Monday, February 26, WASHINGTON DC: MALA hosted a screening of the Oscar-nominated, award-winning documentary, RBG.

Monday, February 25th, NEW YORK:  MALA partnered with the American Sephardi Federation to commemorate the anniversary of the Khojaly Tragedy and and stand together against ethnic cleansing.  In memory of this great tragedy, MALA and ASF invited a panel of speakers to discuss identity, memory, erasure, and genocide.  

Sunday, February 24th, CHICAGO:  MALA hosted a Zumba Bhangara class, followed by networking friends at MUPPIES and a delicious Turkish brunch at Zizi’s Cafe.

Monday, February 18th, NEW ORLEANS:  MALA honored Black History Month with a special book-signing and panel discussion with Dr. Ibrahima Seck. The event provided critical new insight into slavery’s impact on contemporary southern culture. Dr. Ibrahima was also presented with a letter of recognition from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Saturday, February 9, CHICAGO: MALA hosted an evening of Mehndi and Networking. Guests  enjoyed a complimentary henna session with the artist Maliha followed by dessert, coffee and signature s’mores.

Saturday, February 2, 2019, Chicago: MALA participated in the 27th Annual Festival of Films from Iran – join us for the opening night screening of Mouth Harp in a Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile. This dynamic festival is the longest-running showcase for Iranian cinema in North America.

January 23, CHICAGO:  MALA and the Chicago Leadership Alliance hosted “Healthy Habits”, a networking seminar at the beautiful Metropolitan Club, with its inspiring 67th-floor views of Chicago.

January 12, CHICAGO: MALA hosted a Zumba Bhangra + Networking dance party


December 16, NEW ORLEANS: MALA Community Builders Luncheon.

December 12, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA Community Builders Luncheon.  

December 2, CHICAGO: MALA took time on a Sunday for Zumba Bhangra + Networking!

November 6, CHICAGO: MALA’s Third Annual Gala was held at the Chicago History Museum and honored a dynamic collection of leaders and storytellers; read more here.

November 4-5, CHICAGO: MALA hosted its first all-city retreat for its Young Leaders program fellows in Chicago.

November 1, NEW YORK: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our New York-based Young Leaders program fellows!

October 26, CHICAGO: MALA’s quarterly Chicago Community Builders Luncheon was held at the StoryCorps space in the Chicago Cultural Center.

October 24, CHICAGO: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our Chicago-based Young Leaders program fellows!

October 23, CHICAGO, Chicago Muslim Project Listening Party: MALA teamed up with the Chicago History Museum to mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the Museum’s “Chicago Muslims” exhibit!

October 22, NEW YORK, Synagogues of Iran: This special lecture in partnership with the American Sephardi Federation focused on synagogue design in Iran in an Urban Context.

October 18, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA hosted a Happy Hour to welcome our DC-based Young Leaders program Fellows!

October 16, WASHINGTON, DC: MALA hosted a “democracy & governance” careers roundtable in partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

October 13, MONTREAL: Oral Historians Association Annual Conference: MALA joined representatives of the Chicago History Museum and the Brooklyn History Museum to present on “Oral Histories of Muslim Americans.”

October 5, NEW YORK: Conference for Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World: MALA staff participated in a discussion on “The Media’s Role in Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue.”

Sept 29, CHICAGO: MALA celebrated talent with an Open Mic Night MC’d by The Demiurist!

September 24, WASHINGTON, DC: DC Startup Week: MALA Chief of Staff Jean Schindler spoke on the panel, “Maximizing Mentorship Relationships.”

September 22, CHICAGO: Youth Arts Showcase: MALA took over the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s booth at the Mayor’s Youth Arts Showcase.

September 8, CHICAGO: this book launch for “The Day the Tea Party Traveled featured a “Monica + Andy” kids’ fashion show and raised funds for UNICEF and for MALA’s College Scholarship program.

September 8, WASHINGTON, DC: the first DC Community Builders luncheon discussed community building and MALA’s growth in our nation’s capitol.

August 27, CHICAGO: Eid al Adha Meet-up at Zizi’s!

August 13, NEW YORK: Maktuv*: this Evening of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy was led by experiential educator and artist Ruben Shimonov in partnership with the American Sephardi Federation.

August 12, CHICAGO: Ladies Yoga & Networking: this fun beginner yoga session especially for women was a great way to release anxiety and stress while creating harmony within the mind, body and spirit.

August 7, CHICAGO: Inclusion and Diversity in Tech: MALA joined forces with Envestnet | Yodlee to host a powerhouse panel of women for a frank conversation about being a successful woman in the tech industry.

July 31, CHICAGO: Muslims in Tech: MALA’s quarterly “Muslims in Tech” discussion series features Muslim American professionals sharing their career insights; this installment focused on the life of a software engineer.

July 20, CHICAGO: MALA Community Builders Council gathered at The Metropolitan Club overlooking Chicago. We had a wonderful conversation with Munzoor Shaikh of West Monroe Partners on community building; this turned into a discussion on vulnerability, and how it helps individuals connect, and left us with a lot to think about!

July 15, CHICAGO: An Afternoon of Islamic Art: MALA hosted an afternoon with artist Gabriel Rojkind, who walked us through the history of Islamic Art, stretching from Africa to Asia and focusing on tessellation art displayed in the beautiful interiors of the world’s most magnificent mosques. The discussion was followed by a demonstration and a fun hands-on activity to allow you to create your own masterpiece!

June 18, CHICAGO: Eid Celebration with Abeer Najjar! We came together for an evening of storytelling and Middle Eastern food with Chicago’s glamorous chef-blogger Abeer Najjar.

June 7, NEW YORK CITY: Muslim & Sephardi Friendship Iftar – we gathered at the Center for Jewish History for the Center’s first ever Iftar. This was a wonderful evening celebrating compassion, tolerance, and community building. Special thanks to our fellow community builders: the American Sephardi Federation and their Young Leaders program, Moroccan Americans in New York, the Greek Jewish and Sephardic Young Professionals Network, and Association Mimouna.

June 6, 6:00pm, CHICAGO: MALA Mompreneurs Chicago! We met at WeWork Grant Park for a fantastic conversation about the challenges of starting a business while raising a family.

June 4, 7:30pm, WASHINGTON, DC: Congressional Iftar.

May 29, WASHINGTON, DC: Iftar Dinner at WeWork Crystal City! We had a great time watching the sun set together from the beautiful WeWork eventspace before tearing into a family-style falafel feast. THANK YOU to everyone who donated to UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign in support of hungry children.

May 23, CHICAGO: Iftar Hangout at I Dream of Falafel! I Dream of Falafel is a wonderful fast-casual restaurant that donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds towards MALA scholarships. MALA also collected donations for UNICEF’s #BreakTheirFast campaign to alleviate child hunger during Ramadan. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

May 1, Chicago: Screening & Conversation: The Empowerment Project, a documentary film that honors the women in our lives, celebrates our true role models and challenges the next generation of leaders to ask themselves: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD SUCCEED? After the screening, a special panel of boss ladies shared their leadership insights: Jami Youmans, Founder and Managing Partner of VantEdge One Group; Ishani Patel, a board member for the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing; Dr. Sandya Nagubadi of Z-Medi; Sameena Mustafa, who serves on the Advisory Council for Chicago Women’s Health Center. Special THANK YOU to our talented moderator, Dr. Asad Zaman! Pictures at our Facebook page.

April 11, Washington, DC: Screening & Conversation: The Muslim Next Door, an episode in National Geographic’s docuseries with Katie Couric, AMERICA INSIDE OUT. A panel of MALA storytellers shared their own experiences as Muslim Americans after the screening.