Friday, November 4 - Saturday, November 5

Keynote: Bassam Tariq

November 5, 7 pm
132 Marano Campus Center
Bassam Tariq is a TED Fellow and director of the acclaimed film These Birds Walk. Through his work—as a filmmaker, blogger, and halal butcher shop owner—he shares intimate stories of Muslims from around the world. A captivating storyteller who recently received a standing ovation at TEDGlobal, Tariq talks about social entrepreneurship, overcoming stereotypes, and what it’s like to be a Muslim in America today.

About the conference

The Global Awareness Conference is a day and a half on campus conference that gives students, faculty, staff, and members of the community the opportunity to learn about other cultures and global issues as well as present on topics they are passionate about.

The theme for the conference this year is The Muslim Experience with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis. This year’s quote is: “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” by Dalai Lama.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to submit programs for this conference. These presentations can include a wide range of topics and formats. Presenters are welcome to create talks, posters, exhibits, panel discussions, multimedia, demonstrations, or other activities for the conference attendees. Your program does not have to fit the theme for the conference. All programs, however, do have to focus on cultures outside of the US and must have an educational component

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to

More on Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq’s Sundance-funded film These Birds Walk, about street children in Karachi, Pakistan, made the New YorkerIndieWire, and Sight & Sounds Magazine's best of the year lists. "Through Asad’s rounds and Omar’s story—his family awaits in desolate Taliban territory—the filmmakers record the flash of youth’s headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos," writes The New York Times. His viral 30 Mosques adventure blog, where he visited Muslim communities from around the country, made the front page of and twice. It was named as CNN’s most notable story of 2011. He also made Filmmaker Magazine's coveted “25 Directors to Watch” list. These days, he can be found working at his sustainable halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, in the East Village (featured in New York Magazine) or in Greenwich Village developing his next feature film at Radical Media. Learn more