Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era: Challenges and Opportunities 10 Years After

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
8:30 am–2:30 pm
The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media & Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC  20052

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was a sharp increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, and South-Asians in America. While the intensity and character of this backlash has changed over time, increased hate crimes and discrimination remain a challenge for these communities 10 years later. This conference will look back on what happened and explore what civil rights challenges remain, what new obstacles have emerged, and how we as a nation can best meet them now and in the years ahead.

Event Registration
Send RSVP and GW affiliation to conference.registration@usdoj.gov (required to attend). GW students, faculty, and staff are required to bring GWorld ID to get into event.

8:30–9 am
Coffee and Registration

9–9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Dean Paul Schiff Berman, The George Washington University Law School

9:15–9:25 am
Remarks
The Honorable James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

9:30–11 am
Panel: "Looking Back: The Post-9/11 Backlash"

Panelists:
Ralph Boyd, Former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Stuart Ishimaru, Commissioner, EEOC
Farhana Khera, Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
Amardeep Singh, Director of Programs, Sikh Coalition
Dr. James Zogby, Founder and President, Arab American Institute

Moderator: Roy L. Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

11–11:15 am
Break

11:15–11:40 am
Presentation: "The Pew Survey on Muslim Americans"
Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center

11:45 am–1 pm
Panel:
"Looking Forward: Remaining Challenges, Emerging Opportunities"

Panelists:
Sahar Aziz, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan Law School
Dwight Holton, Former U.S. Attorney and current Senior Litigation Counsel, District of Oregon
Imam Mohamed Magid, President, Islamic Society of North America
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Moderator:
Mazen Basrawi, Counsel, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

1:05–1:10 pm
Remarks
Roger Fairfax, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

1:10–1:25 pm
Closing Remarks
The Honorable Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

1:25–2:30 pm
Reception
Lobby


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