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 2016

~ 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).


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~ 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.

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~ 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


Spring semester begins at Seton Hall University on January 12, 2016. Anisa’s documentary film class meets Monday evenings, exploring films and their makers from 1920 to the present. Journeying through time we’ll watch films on war, sports, society and the arts, appreciating the subtleties of production and points of view.

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.