Welcome to Anisa's Archive of Events!

"Current events reporting often confuses faith, culture, and politics. Anisa Mehdi helps sort them out." Society of Professional Journalists

Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and writer specializing in religion and the arts. She consults to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and is a Global Affairs columnist for Stratfor.com. Anisa was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University. Her documentaries have appeared on PBS, ABC and National Geographic Television.

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In 2017

~ "Holding Out Hope for Peace in the Middle East" - In March, Anisa reports on an exclusive interview with Nayef Hawatmeh, a long-time leader in the Palestine liberation movement. STRATFOR gets her first impressions. There are more to come.

~ "The Modern-Day Abolitionist Movement" - Anisa eyes the vicious nature of slavery in our times and how to intervene in her February STRATFOR column.

In 2016

~ "The Makings of a Caliphate" - Anisa's recent column on Stratfor.com unpacks the term "caliphate," refuting claims by ISIS.

~ Esalen Institute celebrates the opening of its new lodge October 14-16. Trustee Anisa Mehdi MC's the award ceremony honoring Ken and Maddy Dychtwald, pioneers in understanding the impact of aging on the market, the workplace, and our lives.

~ The Abraham Path Initiative plans a Mediterranean cooking and tasting event in Boulder, Colorado on October 13. To attend contact Jenna@abrahampath.org and tell her, "board vice chair Anisa sent you!"

~ Anisa witnessed the towers fall 15 years ago and reminisces on Huffington Post.

~ In "Of Murder, Men and God" Anisa Mehdi digs into textual sources prohibiting attacks on Christian clergy by anyone practicing Islam. Read her August 20 column on STRATFOR.

~ Anisa recently visited Amsterdam and wrote these reflections on the artwork at the extraordinary Rijksmuseum.

~ In June, Anisa regaled residents of Winchester Gardens with stories about Muslim women she’s interviewed around the world. The talk included a fashion show illuminating various interpretations of Quran regarding women’s attire.

~ Read Anisa’s comprehensive report on arts and Islamophobia in The Islamic Monthly magazine. She first delivered this as an academic paper at University of California’s Seventh Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia in April.

~ STRATFOR.com welcomes Anisa Mehdi as the newest member of the global intelligence and advisory firm's editorial board.


~ On Tuesday, April 5, Princeton University’s Bobst Center for Peace and Justice presents "Islam, Muslims, and our Phobic World": a look at media coverage of Islam and Muslims with ideas for broadening the conversation.
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, 4:30-6:00pm.
The lecture is free and open to the public.


~ The Scarsdale Teachers Institute offers "Muslim Women: An Insider’s View" to be taught by Anisa Mehdi, March 11 and 12. See full course description on page 28 of the 2015-2016 School Year STI catalogue.


~ March 5 - Read my latest column "Jordan Buckles Under the Weight of Refugees" at STRATFOR.com. LIKE it and let me know what you think about it.


~ March 1 a discussion of Islamophobia at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies).


CIIS pic

~ Monday Feb 29, it’s “Inside Mecca” at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

~ On February 23 Anisa Mehdi returns to alma mater for screening of “The Hajj" from “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” (PBS premiere December 23, 2014). Several of the Boston-based pilgrims will participate in the Q&A with the director following the screening at 5 pm in the Collins Cinema at Wellesley College.

Sacred Journeys pic

~ What do Anna Deavere Smith and Anisa Mehdi have in common?

We are both moderating panels at the January 2016 APAP/NYC Global performing arts conference and marketplace. Anisa leads the professional development conversation “Making Points of Entry: Models for Nurturing Participation in Arts and Culture,” on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9am-11am, in the Hilton, Trianon Ballroom.


Anisa Mehdi: Documenting Life

In 2015

~ Welcome to Abraham’s Table, December 9, at Seton Hall University.

Good food provided by Peace Islands Institute and short talks on peace by Rabbi Alan Brill, maestro Jason Tramm, and filmmaker Anisa Mehdi.

~ Rabbi Shira Stern and Anisa explore “How Far We Have Come"

at this year's Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Leadership Conference at Princeton University.

December 6, 2015, 8am - 5 pm.

~ "The Silvertones" flute ensemble performed at Prospect Presbyterian Church

Sunday November 1, 4 pm. Free.

Silvertones Pic

~ Colgate University presented Anisa’s National Geographic Special documentary, "Inside Mecca."

on October 27, 2015.

~ 89.3 KPCC AirTalk Crowd-control scientists, Muslims react to 700 dead at Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca

G. Keith Still, Professor of Crowd Science (Crowd Risk Analysis) at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England, and Anisa Mehdi revisit the tragedy at this year's Hajj pilgrimage on KPCC.

In 2014

~ Listen to Marco Werman interview Anisa Mehdi on Public Radio International's "The World".

~ Doug Doyle of Newark's Jazz Radio 88.9 goes behind-the-scenes with Anisa on the WBGO Journal.

~ Wellesley Magazine features alumna Anisa Mehdi.

~ Read "Five Americans in Mecca" in The Islamic Monthly.