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Conversation: “What Did Bin Laden Do to America? A Conversation on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Wajahat Ali (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Professor David Schanzer will welcome Wajahat Ali, an influential writer and one of the leading Muslim American public intellectuals, to discuss the impacts of 9/11 on the United States and the world. The discussion will cover social and cultural impacts of 9/11 on America and political discourse, as well as how 9/11 has been experienced by Muslims and other people of color. Ali is a keen observer of American politics and will provide insights into how 9/11 intersects with the current state of American democracy and the ongoing tensions relating to identity, race & ethnicity, and American nationalism.

WAJAHAT ALI is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a lawyer, a playwright, and a former TV host. Recently, he was creative director of Affinis Labs, working with Facebook and Google on social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Salon. He regularly appears on CNN to discuss politics and current affairs.

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Sponsored by American Grand Strategy (AGS), Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Focus Program, Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.


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September 9, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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