Posted on October 07, 2010 in Arab American Institute

October 3-4, 2010

Capital Hilton | Washington, D.C.

Prejudice, Politics, & Policy: Assessing Our Priorities



Arab American Institute (AAI)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP)



Sunday, October 3

3:00 pm Registration opens

Capital Terrace

3:30-5:45 pm Foreign Policy Priorities — Iraq, Palestine & Lebanon: A Critical Need for Leadership

Congressional Room

Resource Leaders:

- Amjad Atallah, Co-Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

- Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute

- George Cody, Executive Director, American Task Force for Lebanon

- Amal Mudallali, International Relations Advisor to Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri

- James Zogby, Founder and President, Arab American Institute


6:00 pm Networking Roundtable & Reception: An Arab American Conversation on Public Service

Senate Room

Resource Leaders:

- Ismael Ahmed, Secretary of Health & Human Services, State of Michigan

- Randa Fahmy Hudome, President, Fahmy Hudome International

- Marwan Kreidie, Chairman, State of Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission & Arab American Community Development Corp

- Christopher Mansour, Director of Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

- Ridah Sabouni, Chairman, Network of Arab American Professionals-D.C.


7:00 pm Dinner – Strategy Session: Where We Are, How We Got Here, & What We Can do About It

South American Room 

- Steve Clemons, Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note and Director of the American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

- Stephen M. Walt, Professor of international affairs, Harvard University, member of the editorial board of Foreign Policy, and the coauthor of The Israel Lobby.


Monday, October 4

8:30 am Breakfast opens

Congressional Room


9:00-10:00 am Domestic Policy Priorities — Immigration Reform, Civil Liberties, Profiling & Post-9/11 National Origin Discrimination

Congressional Room

Resource Leaders, Immigration Reform:

- Matt Heinz, Arizona State Representative

- Joseph Zogby, Senate Judiciary Committee

Resource Leaders, Civil Liberties, Profiling and Post-9/11 Discrimination:

- Abed Ayoub, Legal Director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

- Jumana Musa, Deputy Director, Rights Working Group


10:00-10:30 am Presentation by Rebecca Cokley, Priority Placement Director, Office of Presidential Personnel, Executive Office of the President

Congressional Room

10:30-11:30 am Discussion with Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State

Congressional Room

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch - Forecast & Policy Implications of the November 2nd Elections

Senate Room

- Representative Brian Baird (D-WA)

- George Salem, Founder and Chairman, Arab American Institute

- James Zogby, Founder and President, Arab American Institute


2:00 – 3:00 pm Press Conference

South American Room


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