Pub Church: a professional Muslim Woman, a Filmmaker, and an NPR Reporter walk into the pub

Date and Time

Sunday, April 7th
5:30 PM


Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Ausin, TX 78701


This special edition of Pub Church focuses on how we can be better neighbors.

NPR’s John Burnett will moderate our conversation with local activist Muna Hussaini and filmmaker Paul Raila (following the 6 minute documentary, Muna).

Hateful language towards Muslims has very real and severe consequences for people who are often our most vulnerable. American citizens are becoming targets of violence. They fear for the safety of their children, their friends and themselves. The sad reality is that many of these citizens have their own personal account of anti-Muslim violence.
The short documentary “Muna” is about how Islamophobia manifests itself in real life. Muna is a mother, a wife, an American citizen. She became the victim of multiple hate crimes because of her religion, and struggles daily with anti-Muslim bias. How do we respond to this hatred that seems to be brewing all around us? How do hate crimes affect our friends and neighbors? How does Muna keep her family safe?

Muna Hussaini is a professional Muslim woman and mother. Wearing hijab post 9-11 made Muna a target of hate crimes. She suffered through many hate incidents and now uses these experiences to speak out against bigotry while redefining the Muslim American narrative. Currently, Muna serves on the City of Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Task force, regularly speaks on behalf of the Anti- Defamation League, and has been featured on KLRU’s Civic Summit on Creating a Community of Respect. She also serves on the Board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas. Currently, Muna is Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner at a Tech Company and has over 15 years of tech experience. Muna is married, has a daughter and a son. In her personal time she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and eating an entire bowl of queso by herself. Muna was born in Pittsburgh and has lived all over the US, in Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Muna attended the University of Texas at Austin.

As NPR’s Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat, and he was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.

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