Melibee Global:  A Day of International Inspiration!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011
9:30 am – 4 pm – Purchase College, SUNY (New York)

Registration ends ON JUNE 3rd (at 11:45 PM.)  GROUP RATES are available!

* New addition to the schedule:  Screening of the award winning documentary, “BUDRUS” – described by Nicolas Kristof of the NY Times as: “The must-see documentary of the year.” See trailer below!

This event is designed for faculty, teachers, students, administrators, the interfaith community, and anyone who cares about the world we live in. We will hear from inspiring speakers: Aman Ali (Co-founder of the 30 Mosques Project), Carrie Wagner (Author of “Village Wisdom”) and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (Author of “Green Deen”)  and then screen the award winning documentary, “BUDRUS” (with Q&A).

Aman Ali

Aman Ali:  30 Mosques Project

During Ramadan 2010,  Islam’s holy month of fasting and reflection, New Yorkers Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq took a road trip across America,  stopping each evening to break their fasts at a different mosque in a  different state. The two drove over  13,000 miles during the trip and blogged about it daily on their web site. During the trip they prayed  inside the infamous “Ground Zero Mosque” in Manhattan, got pulled over  by a cop in Mississippi, and visited the  first mosque ever  built in the U.S. in Ross, North Dakota – a town with only 48 people in it.  Along the way they met the protagonists of Dave Eggers’ bestselling Zeitoun, Cambodian Muslim victims of  the Khmer Rouge, a Pakistani-Mormon couple, and many others, all of whom are part of the diverse Muslim-American community. Their journey explores what it means to be Muslim in America today, and serves as a powerful counter-narrative to the media’s image of a monolithic Islam, receiving coverage on ABC News, CNN, Time, NPR, Fox News, Huffington Post and Al-Jazeera English. Aman and Bassam will be visiting the other 20 states during Ramadan  2011.

“It was one of the best events I have ever been to at my university (and I go to almost one a day).”  (Student, DePauw University)

“Loved your presentation! Thank you for sharing your amazing story. Your perceptions were very inspirational and opened my mind as a result.” (Student, Central Piedmont Community College)

Carrie Wagner

Carrie Wagner, Author of “Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life”

Carrie uses her 20 years of international experience to inform and inspire audiences to seek global citizenship. She is a native of North Carolina and worked with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) for 11 years, serving in Uganda for 3 years, in South Africa for 3 years and as International Training Director. Her experience covers the spectrum of grassroots community development to international development and coordination of training programs in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

“Wagner is a dynamic speaker who not only engages the audience to think about what has transformed or shaped their lives, but inspires us to consider opportunities to take action in being a good citizen, whether locally or globally.”  (Laura Branan, Youth Coordinator, St. Matthew’s Episcopal)

“This morning, it is raining. I sat at my granite counter with cup of coffee and muffin and opened the book to scan it again. Can’t stop reading. Can’t move except to warm my coffee. Oh man. Feel very privileged. Tom says: Are we having lunch? No. I am reading Carrie’s book. Hope I finish it before dinner or you won’t get that either.”  (Review of Village Wisdom)

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Author of “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches Us About Protecting the Planet”
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin’s timely book blends spirituality with environmental responsibility, teaching each of us how truly necessary it is to care for our planet. His enthusiasm about the subject is infectious! Ibrahim does a marvelous job of explaining how Islam requires its followers to care for our planet AND teaches us easy steps to be more conscientious in our daily living. His presentation is perfect for anyone who cares about the state of our planet. He   skillfully addresses global issues like waste, water, energy and food – tying our responsibility to care about these back to Islam and other faiths. You do not need to be Muslim or to know anything about Islam to appreciate the lessons that he shares – you simply have to have an  interest in the world around us.

“Ibrahim breaks down the connection between Islam and the environment so that my 8-year-old cousin and my 80 year old grandma can understand  and contemplate. Having him on campus was a breath of fresh air!”  (Doctoral Student, Univeristy of Florida – Jacksonville)

“We are so grateful Ibrahim was so generous  with his time. He made quite an impression on our students. He planted  “green deen” seeds and now our students see faith and environment differently.”  (Faculty, New Horizons School, Pasadena, California)

Just added:

Screening of the award winning documentary “Budrus”, with Q&A:

Budrus trailer

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.


Please arrive at 9:30 AM for registration and a continental breakfast (included). We will wrap at 4 pm. Lunch will be available for a small fee in the campus cafeteria, or feel free to bring your own. Plan to network, smile a lot, and to feel seriously inspired!

Casual dress is encouraged.

To be sensitive to others with allergies, we ask that you refrain from wearing any perfume or cologne at this event.

Note: If you are a recently laid off educator, you are eligible for a discounted rate. Group rates are also available (3 or more people at a rate of  ONLY $25 per person!) Please email Missy Gluckmann, Founder of Melibee Global at for more information on this rate.  Don’t delay – registration ends on June 3rd!


Hosted by Purchase College, SUNY

Note: Speakers are subject to change!