Nahid Khan & Marya Morstad | Members of Mizna

[603] – Arab American Art, Literature, and Movie Festival

Nahid Khan has been a board member of Mizna, the Twin Cities-based Arab-American arts organization, since 1999. She is a trained guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in the Collection in Focus guide program of the Museum Guide Programs department where she completed an internship as part of a Museum Studies graduate minor at the University of Minnesota.

She is a Ph.D candidate majoring in Mass Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, where she also received her M.A., and also is taking a Religious Studies graduate minor. Her research focuses on American news coverage of American Muslims within the context of citizenship and democracy in the United States.

She has served as a teaching assistant for numerous courses in Journalism and also in Religious Studies. She was the graduate assistant and member of the steering committee for Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also is a member of the Collections Council and the Faculty and Graduate Student Council of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. She also is a certified head election judge for her precinct in Brooklyn Center, MN.

Before coming to Minnesota, she was a staff writer for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho and Washington). She received her B.A. from Purdue University, majoring in Mass Communication-Journalism and minoring in Library-Information Science.

Marya Morstad is Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival Director and Office Manager. She coordinated the last Arab Film Festival which took place in March 2010. She has also done PR and grassroots marketing for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival for the past two years. She is an award-winning audio producer and the long-time host of “Art Matters” on KFAI-FM Community Radio.