Islamic Cultural Celebration

Islamic Cultural Celebration 2015

 March 30 to April 3, 2015

“Islam in America”

The Islamic Cultural Celebration is a week-long celebration of the Islamic faith sponsored by UMW’s Islamic Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Join us for a week packed with fun activities, engaging discussions, and good food! Come to the banquet at the end of the week to hear from our guest speaker, Noor Tagouri.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Kick-off

Monday, March 30 | 4 p.m.| Ball Circle

Rain location: Lee Hall, the Underground

Join ISA as they kick-off the celebration on Ball Circle featuring music, henna and Mediterranean food. Come and chat with the officers and learn about the events for the week!

Islamic Art/Calligraphy with Arjuman Rizvi

Tuesday, March 31 | 7:30 p.m.| Melchers Hall, room 102

Artist Arjumand Abbas, an abstract and contemporary artist, will present an introductory calligraphy workshop where participants will be able to create their own piece of Islamic art. Calligraphy is a classic form of artistic expression that requires skill and patience. Have fun and get creative! All art supplies will be provided.


Film and Discussion: “Allah Made Me Funny”

Wednesday, April 1 | 6 p.m. | room 346, Monroe Hall

The documentary “Allah Made Me Funny” features live stand-up performances by Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss, and Mohammed Amer.  They poke fun at Muslims and non-Muslims and their comedy plays with stereotypes and fixed cultural perceptions.  The landmark concert film follows the three comedians offstage as they reveal the humorous side of being American and Muslim.  Join ISA and UMW Professor Medhi Aminrazavi for a viewing and discussion of this intriguing documentary.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker: Noor Tagouri

Thursday, April 2 | 6 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall

Co-sponsored by the Islamic Student Association

Noor Headshot

Since her #letnoorshine campaign, launched in 2012, went viral, Noor Tagouri has become one of the most talked about young adults in America. The first generation Libyan-American aims to expose the cultural injustices and challenges experienced by women around the globe. Her efforts to quash stereotypes and encourage others to pursue their dreams in a multi-cultural society have garnered international attention and a social media following of more than 100,000. After graduating from a top journalism school at age 20, Tagouri already has gained coveted spots as an associate journalist for CBS radio in Washington, D.C., and as a local news reporter for CTV News in the D.C. metro area. A motivational speaker, she delivers weekly Ustream discussions, social media posts, and one-on-one mentoring. Tagouri’s success and developing reputation as an important cultural figure is proof of what is possible when we dare to ask the right questions.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044; Lee Hall 211; or via email at