Khizr Khan: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

MON, NOV 6, 2017 (00:00)

Khizr Khan is a Muslim American and a Gold Star father. He stepped into public view at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech on the sacrifice of his son and the love for the country he had immigrated to as a young man. Now Khan is out with a memoir, “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice” which outlines his experiences from arriving in the U.S. as a hopeful student, to his marriage and the family he raised with his wife, to losing his son while he served in the military, to ultimately deciding to publicly support Hillary Clinton’s bid for President of the United States in 2016. In this talk presented by the Harvard Book Store, Khan talks with his former Harvard Law School professor Martha Minow. This event was co-sponsored by the Cambridge Community Foundation. (Image: Voice of America [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

+ BIO: Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Dean of Harvard Law School. She is the daughter of former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow. Her stated research interests include inequality, human rights, transitional societies, the relationship between law and social change, and the relationship between religion and pluralism. A graduate of the University of Michigan (1975), where she majored in history, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1976), and Yale Law School (1979), where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, Minow has also received honorary degrees in education from Wheelock College and in law from the University of Toronto. After graduating law school and before joining the Harvard faculty, Minow clerked for Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. She is married to Joseph Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and assisted in launching Imagine Coexistence, a program of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She is also director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on committees of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the Institute for Global Ethics. She also serves on the board of directors of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Since 1997 she has been a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

+ BIO: Khizr Khan

Khizr Muazzam Khan is an international lawyer and author. He is also well known for his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that criticized President Donald Trump. He is also father to United States Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.

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