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What Will Be Different for Libyan Americans in a Changing America?


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Forum begins at 1:00 p.m.

Day 2 in the series “We Won’t Back Down: 7 Days of Citywide Public Forums with Communities Targeted by the Travel Ban”

Presented by Unbound Philanthropy + The Tate Group 

A program of “What Will Be Different: Conversations on a Changing America”

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has approved partial implementation of the travel ban, and the larger policy is the subject of fierce litigation and debate, what are the consequences for those Americans who are among its targets? What does it mean to be American when your ethnic identity has been branded with terrorism?

These seven forums will explore what the travel ban, and the narratives at its core, mean for Iranian Americans, Iraqi Americans, Libyan Americans, Somali Americans, Sudanese Americans, Syrian Americans, and Yemeni Americans. Each forum will relate the perspectives of a given community through conversation with its people—from the arts, law, academia, and more—to help put the question in personal and historical perspective, while also mapping a path forward.

Day 2 of the series features a screening of recent television and documentary clips on the experiences of Libyan Americans, followed by a discussion with Leila Abu-saada, associate producer, National Geographic; Danya Hajjaji, journalist; Leila Zubi, Esq., Zubi Rosner, LLP; and Jehad Nga, photographer; moderated by Sumeja Tulic, photographer/writer/journalist.

Hosted by Sara Guerrero, Deputy Director of Education and Community Engagement at Museum of the Moving Image. The program was organized by Brian Tate.

Free admission. RSVP on Facebook

“We Won’t Back Down” Full Schedule:  

Nov 11: What Will Be Different for Iranian Americans: Judson Memorial Church

Nov 12: What Will Be Different for Libyan Americans: Museum of the Moving Image

Nov 13: What Will Be Different for Somali Americans: Performance Project at University Settlement

Nov 14: What Will Be Different for Syrian Americans: Greenlight Bookstore-PLG

Nov 15: What Will Be Different for Sudanese Americans: Weeksville Heritage Center

Nov 16: What Will Be Different for Yemeni Americans: Brooklyn Historical Society

Nov 17: What Will Be Different for Iraqi Americans: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning