2018 Conference Schedule

IAAB ‘Banned Lives’ Conference
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
New York University
50 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Sunday 10am-12:30pm

The program is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

Saturday, September 22nd

9:30am – Breakfast/Registration

10:00am-10:15am – Opening Welcome

10:15am-12:00pm – Understanding the Iranian-American Experience: A Primer

12:00pm-12:45pm – Lunch

1:00pm-1:30pm – The Role of Sanctuary Cities 
What is the role of sanctuary cities and how can they help protect our community in the current climate?
Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

1:40pm-3:00pm – One Year Later: The Muslim Ban
The Muslim Ban was first enacted in January 2017 and was recently upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2018. Hear stories shared from affected families. Learn more about what’s next for the campaign to repeal the ban. Where do we go from here? What can we as a community and our allies do now?
Rama Issa-Ibrahim, Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
Nimra Azmi, Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates
Mohammad Khan, Campaign Director, MPower Change

3:00pm-4:15pm – How to Organize in Today’s Political Climate
This panel will be focused on movement building in this current historical moment. How can we use available tools to organize and be stronger allies?
Thenjiwe McHarris, Co-Founder, Blackbird

4:15pm – Closing

Sunday, September 23rd

10:00am – Breakfast

10:30am-12:00pm – IAAB Abridged
Do you want to understand more about the Iranian-American community? Join us as we delve into a discussion on identity, inclusivity within the community, and our vision for the future. This workshop is based on IAAB’s identity-based programming. Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders

12:00pm – Closing/Next Steps


The 2018 IAAB Conference is organized in partnership with Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.