Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 InjusticePatriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injusticehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/182391KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2011-09-14T16:15:002011-09-14T18:00:00
September 14, 4:15PM–6:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Join Alia Malek for a reading and talk about Patriot Acts.
Alia Malek is an author (A Country Called Amreeka, Free Press 2009) and a civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil RIghts Division. After 9/11, in addition to her regular duties at the Department of Justice, which focused on Americans' civil rights in educational contexts, Alia's responsibilities came to also include reaching out to and serving the needs of vulnerable groups targeted by backlash discrimination and hate crimes.
After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees with Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, and The Nation.
Alia will be discussing her new book, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Backlash. A groundbreaking collection of oral histories, Patriot Acts tells the stories of men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the War on Terror. In their own words, narrators recount personal experiences of the post-9/11 backlash that have deeply altered their lives and communities. The eighth book in the Voice of Witness series, Patriot Acts illuminates these experiences in a compelling collection of eighteen oral histories from men and women who have found themselves subject to a wide range of human and civil rights abuses—from rendition and torture, to workplace discrimination, bullying, FBI surveillance and harassment. Included in this collection are narratives from:
ADAMA, a sixteen-year-old Muslim American who was abruptly seized from her home by the FBI on suspicion of being a suicide bomber. Even after her release from detention, she was forced to wear a tracking bracelet for the next three years.
TALAT, the mother of 9/11 first responder Salman Hamdani, who went missing after the attacks. As Talat and her husband searched desperately for their son, they were hounded by the media, who portrayed Salman as a possible terrorist in hiding.
RANA, a Sikh man whose brother Balbir was gunned down outside the gas station where he worked. Balbir's death was the first reported hate murder after 9/11.
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