TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH, FROM 7PM – 8:30PM AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
1 Washington Place, New York, NY, Gallatin Theater (Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts)
POWERFUL ORAL HISTORIES DOCUMENTING EXPERIENCES OF POST-9/11 BACKLASH
Presented by NYU Gallatin & Project Palestine*
ABOUT THE BOOK
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. Click here for an excerpt of Adama’s story.
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.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Alia Malek is an author and a civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, her reportage has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The Columbia Journalism Review, and WashingtonPost.com. Her first book was A Country Called Amreeka.
Click HERE to purchase the book from McSweeney’s.