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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host "A Conversation on Building a Better Future for Syrian Refugee Youth" with Lina Sergie Attar, Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, October 24, in Washington, DC

"A Conversation on Building a Better Future for Syrian Refugee Youth" with Lina Sergie Attar, Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Dean's Forum and the Foreign Policy Institute.
In this talk, Syrian American writer and founder of Karam Foundation, Lina Sergie Attar, will map out an alternative vision for Syrian refugee youth that is a world away from war and despair. At her team's Karam Houses in Turkey, hundreds of Syrian teens are building their ideas while gaining world-class critical and creative thinking skills. They are on pathways of future success and leadership for their communities and beyond. Within their inspiring stories of resilience and determination, another Syrian narrative emerges about the limitless potential and possibilities for a better future we can create together.
The discussion will be followed by an exhibition and viewing of a photography exhibit featuring of Syrian refugee youth at Karam House in Reyhanli, Turkey.
Lina Sergie Attar
Founder and CEO of Karam Foundation 
Shamila N. Chaudhary
Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
Time and Date
Lecture & Discussion
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
October 24, 2018
Photography Exhibit & Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 24, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by emailing [email protected]. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Media Contact
Nate Thompson
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
Lina Sergie Attar is founder and CEO of Karam Foundation. She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. Her articles and essays have been published in the NYT, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, and BBC and has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions across the United States. She is a co-founder of the How Many More? project, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-resident fellow at New America. See Lina's TEDx talk here. Twitter @amalhanano

About the Moderator
Shamila N. Chaudhary (moderator) is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr. Her work on U.S. foreign policy is regularly cited and published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, and the New York Times and she has frequently appeared on CNN, BBC News America, NPR and other outlets. She served in the Obama Administration White House National Security Council and on the staff of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is co-editor of documentary photography book UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People's Response. @ShamilaCh
About the Karam Foundation
Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization on a mission to build a better future for Syria by developing innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributing aid to Syrian families, and funding sustainable development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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