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Community Conversations: Reflections on Activism

Tuesday, February 25

Inspired by the Museum’s newest exhibition, American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago, this series gathers local experts to discuss topics rooted in history, politics, and civic life of Chicago Muslims. Each dynamic panel conversation is shaped by lived experiences and moderated by Tariq El-Amin, director of Civic Engagement & Interfaith Services for The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Join us as we dive into life, politics, and perceptions in the American Medina. $15, $10 members

During the inaugural discussion, join El-Amin as he engages leaders from Chicago-area Muslim community organizations in a conversation centered on Muslim civic engagement, activism, and calls to action from the Civil Rights Era to the present day. Round out the evening with a self-guided tour of American Medina.

Schedule of Events

6:00 p.m.
Reception, 1st floor, Guild Room
Exhibition exploration, 2nd floor, American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

6:30 p.m.
Panel discussion and audience Q&A, 1st floor, Guild Room

7:45 p.m.
Community engagement tables, 1st floor, West Lobby


Imam Tariq I. El-Amin is a representative of the community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed and serves as Masjid Al-Taqwa’s resident imam. His faith bedrocks his social justice activism, interfaith coalition building, and championing of human rights. In 2019, he was elected to Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago’s board as a member at large. El-Amin is the host and producer of the nation’s only daily Muslim-English language talk radio program, Radio Islam, on WCEV 1450AM.


Dr. Rami Nashashibi is the executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Nashashibi is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow (2017) and a Opus Prize laureate (2018). He received a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago and has taught at multiple universities, including the Chicago Theological Seminary.


Dr. Dilara Sayeed has been an educator and community leader for 20+ years. She served as the chief education officer at the Golden Apple Foundation, where she worked to connect high-quality educators with schools of need. Sayeed is also board president and cofounder of the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition.



Ahmed Rehab is executive director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as its national strategic communications director. A prolific writer and lecturer on contemporary social issues, including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations, Rehab lectures at local and national universities and his op-eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country. He has been interviewed by publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Boston Globe, and Die Zeit.


Gregory Abdullah Mitchell is the executive director of Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. He is an attorney, chairperson for Leadership Development Institute, and a board member of Masjid Al-Taqwa of Chicago, American Islamic College, and Southland Ministerial Health Network. Mitchell has served as a board member and secretary for both the Association for Quranic Understanding and Universal School. He has worked with various Chicago-area Muslim communities, serving on their boards and providing legal assistance over the past 25 years.



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25 th

6:00–8:00 p.m



$ 15

$10 Members

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