Washington, DC | www.adc.org | Every year, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosts a series of events under the title “Arabesque Lecture Series”. The Arabesque Lecture Series offers a lecture or panel discussion each month featuring a rich and diverse selection of topics ranging from current politics to culture of the Arab American community and the Arab World. This year, ADC is proud to announce its 2016 lecture on July 13th: The Politics of Hate and Exclusion in the Presidential Race. This panel is being hosted by ADC and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF).
As you know this panel discussion is timely with the ongoing race to capture the democrat and republic nominations and ultimately the primary election. Both the Arab and Hindu community have experienced backlash with the political rhetoric, but also have turned out in record number to voting at the polls.
During the campaign season, xenophobia has grown significantly more vocal – and sometimes violent. As communities impacted by the hate, how do we address the hate and political rhetoric? Speakers will also discuss the way social justice movements and members of South Asian and Arab American communities can work together to combat the intolerance and xenophobia.
Edward Ayoob has 20 years of experience in politics and elections. Mr. Ayoob is currently a partner at Barnes and Thornburg, LLP in their Federal Relations Group. He is the former legislative counsel, and foreign affairs advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV).
Nazir Harb holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Master’s in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Georgetown University’s Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies. Nazir initiated, organized and led the ‘Islamic Literacy at the Woodrow Wilson School Lecture Series’, which trained future policy makers and analysts to detect and counteract Islamophobia in legislation
Lakshmi Sridaran is the Director of National Policy and Advocacy at SAALT. She previously served as the Policy Director for The Praxis Project, where she provided policy, research, training, and campaign development support for grassroots organizations in communities of color working to advance health justice legislation at the state and local level.
Samer Khalaf, Esq., National President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will be moderating the panel discussion.
We look forward to seeing you at this timely event during the ongoing race for national presidency. Please RSVP as there are a limited number of seats.