The Arab Conference at Harvard will host its annual 3-day conference celebrating Arab culture around the globe with select speakers exploring how Arabs can create a world of prosperity and dignity for all. The conference will double as a fundraiser for Syrian and Turkish earthquake victims.
The conference, with the theme “Leaps of Faith: Reimagining Change,” runs March 3 to 5 on Harvard University’s campus. Each year there are 20,000 virtual attendees, 1,300 on-site students and professionals, 22 panels and sessions, 160 conference organizers and volunteers, and over 80 speakers and moderators!
This year’s keynotes speakers include:
- Emtithal Mahmoud– a 2-time world champion poet, UNHCR ambassador, and sickle cell research proprietor
- Amr Waked-Egyptian film and TV actor known for Syriana with George Clooney and the hit Hulu show, Ramy
- Tamim Al-Barghouti-globally acclaimed Palestinian poet
- Ricardo Karam– Founder and CEO of TAKREEM, the media force behind some of Arab television’s most succsessful talk shows
In addition to the keynotes, the conference welcomes an additional 40 speakers from a variety of industries including media, finance, politics, medicine, and more. Moderators for the panels will include a mix of long-standing Arab Journalists such as Amel Arab in addition to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students such as Leen Ezzedine, Harvard MD Candidate, and Said El Kadi.
Schedule of events for the ACH
The Arab Conference at Harvard is North America’s largest pan-Arab conference, uniting thousands from across the contitnent and globe for three days of learning, networking, and spreading awareness. Tickets start at $80 and go up to $160 and are available via the ACH website. Every ticket includes breakfast, lunch and coffee. The schedule of events for the conference include:
Friday, March 3
- 5:30-8:15 PM opening ceremony, Ricardo Karam, Amr Waked, Boston Arabic Middle East Ensemble, Amal Arab
- 8:15-10 PM Networking at Clover
Saturday, March 4
Events from 8:30 AM to 10:15 PM
Saturday will run a full day of events with breakfast starting at 8:30 AM at Clover, a Souk Fair and refugee fundraiser, Premed/Medical speed rotations, a science and healthcare reception, sessions on mental health and trauma, emerging digital trends in the Arab world, lunch, more ACH talks and panels, and the night will close with a gala held at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Sunday, March 5
Events from 8:30 AM to 6 PM
Sunday will follow a similar schedule to the prior day with breakfast, a series of panels on new topics such as female Arab leaders in business (perfect for women’s history month!), democracy in the Arab world, goals to create a MENA category on the 2030 census, breakfast, lunch, and closing remarks at 6 PM.
The events will take place at different parts of the Harvard university campus and Harvard Square and are open to non-students as well
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