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ADL Breaking Barriers featuring Khizr Khan
Wed, March 29, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
What to Expect at Breaking Barriers?
The event will begin with a brief 30 minute networking reception. Khizr Khan will be introduced by members of ADL's Associate Board. He will be joined by ADL Regional Director Robert Trestan for a fireside chat moderated by Juliette Kayyem. Time will be reserved at the end to take questions from the audience. Complimentary light appetizers and soft drinks will be served. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
About Khizr Khan
Khizr Khan was born in Pakistan and attended Punjab University and University Law School. He was licensed to practice law in 1974. He moved to the United Arab Emirates and later to the United States, where he attended Harvard Law School for an LL.M. degree. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and New York and Federal District Courts, Southern and Western Districts of New York. He specializes in Commercial Civil Litigation, Electronic Discovery, and HIPAA Compliance. With Ghazala Khan, he is the proud parent of three including late US Army CPT Humayun Khan, and proud grandparent of four grandchildren.
About Juliette Kayyem
Juliette Kayyem currently serves as the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she is Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project. She is also an on-air national security analyst for CNN and the founder of Kayyem Solutions, LLC, a security business that provides strategic consulting. Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. Kayyem hosts a regular podcast for WGBH, Boston’s local NPR station, and recently published her newest book, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women, a policy that was changed that year.
About Breaking Barriers
Breaking Barriers is ADL New England's young leadership speaker series. ADL invites movers and shakers to discuss topics that are relevant to our mission of "stopping the defamation of the Jewish people and securing justice and fair treatment to all." Past speakers include Willie O'Ree - the first black player in the NHL, Kathrine Switzer - the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, and Megan Phelps-Roper - former member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Our winter Breaking Barriers event usually takes place the night before ADL's Youth Congress, an inspirational day of anti-bias education for over 1,400 high school and middle school students from the New England Region.
About Youth Congress
On March 30th over 1,400 students from the New England Region will participate in New England ADL's Youth Congress. Middle and high school students and teachers from across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will come together to explore what it is like for people of different national origins, ethnicities, races and religions to live in the United States. Participants will develop action steps to foster inclusive and respectful schools and communities in which there is no “them,” only us. Khizr Khan will deliver the keynote address.