• December 6, 2017
  • 7:00 pm
  • GLIDE Memorial Church
    Note: Use Taylor Street entrance
    330 Ellis Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
Add to Calendar 12/06/2017 7:00 pm 12/06/2017 America/Los_Angeles On Being American A Conversation with Khizr Khan and CIIS Professor May Elawar on being American. GLIDE Memorial Church
Note: Use Taylor Street entrance
330 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Section A (includes book) - $40
Section B - $20

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Last July, Khizr Khan captivated the nation with his speech at the Democratic National Convention in which he criticized Donald Trump for his stance against immigrants and Muslims. 

He spoke as the father of a Muslim US soldier killed in combat about what it means to dedicate your life to the promise of the American dream, inspiring a renewed patriotism and pride in the hearts of many Americans. His six-minute speech became a powerful cultural touchstone when he pulled a pocket-size copy of the Constitution out of his suit jacket and asked Donald Trump directly "Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy."

In his memoir, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, he tells the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism in which Khzir traces his remarkable journey from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan, to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School, and raising a family in America. He shows what it means to leave the limitations of one's country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of his middle child, US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which undying pride in their son and his sacrifice have helped him and his wife endure the deepest despair a parent can know.

CIIS Public Programs and GLIDE Center for Social Justice invite you to this important and inspiring discussion with Khizr Khan and May Elawar about what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live, rather than simply to pay lip service to, our ideals.

Khzir Khan

Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala in 1980. The couple became American citizens in 1986 and raised their three sons in Silver Lake, Maryland. His middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Khizr works as a legal consultant and is involved with the University of Virginia's ROTC program.

May Elawar Head Shot

May Elawar received her PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spirituality from CIIS. She holds an MA in International Relations and a BA in Political Science. May teaches in the Transformative Inquiry Department and the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS, and is interested in bridging spirituality/religion with social justice activism.

May is Lebanese, and came to the US as an international student. She is particularly interested in exploring alternative and non-western philosophical frameworks to address theories of knowledge, identity, gender, colonialism/postcolonialism, and globalization. May's research and activism has focused greatly on social justice in the Arab and Muslim world, particularly for women. Her activism and research interests also span transformative leadership, restorative justice and decolonizing narratives. She is active with a number of groups in the Bay Area who are involved in exploring transformative practices for healing gender-based violence and other social disparities.

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