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ADC National Convention Schedule

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

9:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. – One State or Two State Solution – What’s Best for the Palestinians? 

  • Nizar Farsakh – Consultant, trainer focusing on leadership, advocacy and negotiations
  • Noura Erikat – Assistant Professor, George Mason University
  • Amer Zahr – Comedian, Speaker, Writer, Adjunct Professor Univ. of Detroit Mercy – Law
  • Christopher Hazou – Director Opinion and Analysis, Institute for Middle East Understanding (Moderator)
11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. – Census 2020: The MENA Category and Looking Ahead 
  • Roberto Ramirez – Branch Chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Statistic Branch, US Census
  • Terry Ao Minnis – Director of Census and Voting Programs – Asian Americans Adv Justice
  • Erin Hastings – Legislative Counsel, NAELO Educational Fund
  • Samer Khalaf – National President, ADC (moderator)
12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. – Community Empowerment Luncheon with Arab American Congressional Candidates
  • Sam Jammal – Democratic Candidate 39th District – California
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar – Democratic Candidate 50th District – California
  • Fayrouz Saad – Democratic Candidate 11th District – Michigan
  • Edward Ayoob – Barnes & Thornburg LLP (moderator)

3:15 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. –  ReThink Media Training Session

4:15 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. – Charlottesville, Reemergence of White Supremacy

  • Ibby Han – Activist and Community organizer, Charlottesville, VA
  • Kim Rolla – Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Tanesha Hudson – Activist and Community organizer, Charlottesville, VA
  • Nqobile Nthetha – Activist and Community organizer, Charlottesville, VA
  • Jeffery Fogel – Attorney, Charlottesville, VA (moderator)

5:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. – Shakir Al Alousi Art Exhibition

7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – Friday Evening Reception:  Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center


Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

9:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M. – Little Syria Through the Eyes of Arab Americans: Lessons from the Past for Today 

10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. – Criminalization of Race and Color
  • Khaled Beydoun – Professor, University of Detroit Mercy – School of Law
  • Deepa Iyer – South Asian American activist, writer and lawyer*
  • Soffiyah Elijah – Executive Director of Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ)
  • Arjun Sethi – Professor, Georgetown Law and Vanderbilt Law

*Session followed by a book signing by Deepa Iyer – “We too Sing America.”

12:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. – ADC Annual Civil Rights Luncheon 
  • Ralph Johns Awardee – Jamil Dakwar, ACLU
  • Excellence in Legal Advocacy – Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law School
  • Advocate of the Year – Khaled Beydoun, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Abed Ayoub – ADC National Legal Director (Moderator)
  • Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
2:30 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. – No Ban, No Wall, No Raids  
  • Colleen Melody –  Chief of Civil Rights Unit – Washington State Office of the Solicitor General
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia – Penn State Law School
  • Avideh Moussavian – National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • Abed Ayoub – ADC National Legal Director (Moderator)

4:00 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. – Muslim Ban: The Impacted Communities

  • Zaid Nagi – Yemeni American Merchants Association
  • Mosadek Hobrara – Founder, Division Center for Conflict Resolution and Research
  • Azaz ElShami – Independant Consultant
  • Yolanda Rondon – ADC Staff Attorney (moderator)

6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. – Pre-Gala Reception 

7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – ADC Annual Gala Dinne

  • Dr. Jack Shaheen Scholarship Ceremony and Memorial
  • Rose Nader Awardee – Dena Takruri, Al Jazeera
  • Alex Odeh Awardee:  The Aburish Family
  • Jallow Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Shihab Kuran
  • Keynote Speaker: Vince Warren – Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

 Sunday, September 24th, 2017

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – Membership General Assembly

10:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – Palestine and the UN: A talk with Palestine’s Ambassador to the UN 

  • Dr. Riad H. Mansour – State of Palestine Ambassador to the UN
  • Said Arikat – Washington Correspondent for the Palestine newspaper Al Quds
12:15 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. – Palestine Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
  • Rahcel Corrie Awardee: Phyllis Bennis – Director, New International Project – Institute for Policy
  • Studies
  • Dr. Hussam Zumlot – PLO Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Tibi – Deputy Speaker of the Knesset