Pub Church: a Professional Muslim woman, a Filmmaker, and an NPR Reporter walk into the Pub to talk

Join us at Scholz Garten on April 7, 2019, 5:30-7pm for a special edition of the Front Porch’s Pub Church. We will focus on how we can be better neighbors. [NOTE: There will be NO pub churches until this April 7th event, i.e., no pub church on March 17, 24, and 31 (due to Scholz’ schedule during SxSW and spring break and New Story Festival).

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

Muna Hussaini is a Muslim woman, mother, techie, and community activist.  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, is President of the Board for Muslim Space, 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 a Sr Manager at PayPal with over 17 years of tech experience having worked at IBM, eBay,, and Magento.  Muna is married, has a 10 year old daughter, 3 year old son, and a very large Hyderabadi family. In her personal time she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and eating an entire bowl of Kerby Queso by herself. Muna was born in Pittsburgh and has lived all over the US, in Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Muna is also a proud Longhorn, hook ‘em!  

Muna Hussaini

Paul Raila has been a freelance Director/Cinematographer for over ten years. A former Chief Photographer for an ABC News affiliate, his background in journalism has helped craft his style as an efficient storyteller through his work in documentaries, commercials and TV shows. Pauls latest documentary, (Un)Divided, screened at the Vox showcase at this years SXSW Film Festival.

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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