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This is a special event open to University of Richmond students, faculty, staff and alumni and presented as part of University of Richmond’s International Education Week. 

"Patriot Act is the manifestation of Hasan’s whip-smart commentary, charisma, and sincerity. It’s also a consistent reminder that Hasan is America. And America is Hasan.” – Trevor Noah, TIME 

Comedian, writer, producer, and actor Hasan Minhaj will join the UR community for a lively and interactive conversation hosted by journalism professor Shahan Mufti, along with questions from the UR community. Minhaj will discuss the role of comedy in his work related to culture, identity politics, and social justice. 

Pioneering, two-time Peabody Award-winning comedian Hasan Minhaj is the creator of Netflix's comedy show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which brought an inclusive and nuanced perspective to global news, politics and culture. A first generation American, Minhaj comes from a Muslim family originally from India. He draws on his personal history and the immigrant experience to explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity.  

Named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World," Minhaj originally rose to prominence as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show. He has gone on to host the White House Correspondents' Dinner and air his own critically acclaimed one-hour Netflix comedy special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.   

About Shahan Mufti 

Shahan Mufti has more than a decade of experience teaching journalism. Before joining the University of Richmond, Mufti taught graduate and undergraduate courses at New York University and Marymount Manhattan College. As a journalist, his work has been published by Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic and many others. Previously, Mufti worked as a daily news reporter for the Christian Science Monitor and later joined the team of journalists that launched, a multimedia platform for international news.

Mufti's first book, The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family and War is based on his time living and reporting in South Asia. His second book, about the 1977 Hanafi hostage taking in Washington, won the 2020 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress and is forthcoming.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from the Louis S. Booth Fund for the Arts. 


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