Conference Schedule for November 10, 2017

Entering the post-decade mark, the Arab Conference at Harvard is at a critical time where it is both continuing its legacy of delivering nuanced and substantive discussion on the Arab World and reimagining its vision towards the future.

Time Event 1 Event 2
11:00 AM Registration begins Wasserstein Hall Lobby
12:00 PM Hack a Vision Workshop Room 101, Austin Hall
02:00 PM Syria: Looking Backward, Looking Forward Speakers: Ammar Abdulhamid, Raed Fares, Tamara Cofman Wittes Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, HLS Dismantling Oppressive Structures: LGBTQ rights in the MENA Region Speakers: Sa'ed Atshan, Dalia Al-Farghal, Senda Ben Jbara, Tarek Zeidan Austin North, Austin Hall, HLS
03:30 PM Keynote: James Zogby Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, HLS An Analysis of Gaza: Past, Present, and Future Speakers: Zena Agha, Dina Omar, Jehad Abusalim, Nour Joudah Austin North, Austin Hall, HLS
05:00 PM Keynote: Prince Turki al Faisal Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, HLS Arabs in Healthcare Innovation Speakers: Dr. Alawi Alsheikh Ali, Dr. Robert Grotz, Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, Dr. Abdulla Alkaabi, Ahmad Saleh Austin North, Austin Hall, HLS
06:00 PM Navigating the Gulf: Diplomatic Crises and Wars Speakers: Rami Khouri, Dr. Payam Mohseni, Dr. Michael Woldemariam, Dr. Jeffrey Karam Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, HLS 6:30 PM Ibn Sina Healthcare Reception Austin Lobby, Austin Hall, HLS
07:30 PM ACH Talks Speakers: Sara Mardini, Laura Albast, Saddam Sayyaleh, Ali Mohamad, Khadija Hamouchi Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design
09:30 PM Funoon: A night of Arab Culture Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Event Descriptions:

  Hack a Vision Workshop The HAAA, in coordination with student groups, has organized an interactive workshop to launch a digital platform which would allow users to post their visions of the Arab World and solutions to the most pressing issues. A prototype of this platform was developed during Hack A Vision Hackathon, organized last March at Harvard College.
Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to gather in teams to develop their visions for the Arab World, build discussions around these visions, and recommend features to enhance platform's user experience. Visions will feed into the platform which will be further developed to capture different recommendations.

Syria: Looking Backward, Looking Forward: This panel will provide historical context and explore future trajectories of the complicated dynamics in the Syrian uprising and war. The talk will feature Syrian and other expert voices that will help unpack difficult realities related to the internal, regional, and international dynamics that will shape the coming years in Syria.

Arabs in Healthcare Innovation: Healthcare is an integral part of society. Claiming tomorrow cannot be achieved without a healthy today. This panel will focus on ways to engage the Arab world in healthcare initiatives to help put Arabs on the international map of healthcare innovation. Discussion will involve pharmaceutical companies, investors, and academics in the healthcare sector.

ACH Talks: ACH Talks is a platform intended to showcase the work of young Arabs - anywhere in the world - who have working on ‘building bridges’ within their communities. Topics can include anything from increasing minorities' participation in the Arab workforce, to sharing Arab perspectives with Western audiences, to sparking a revolution. We are open to any and all ideas that you are passionate about.

Through the talks, we intend to tap into the power of storytelling as a means of changing attitudes and inspiring action. Storytellers will have the opportunity to relate their values to the audience as lived experience rather than abstract principles, and in doing so, impart the courage to act.