Khizr Khan

presents

An American Family:
A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

in conversation with MARTHA MINOW

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This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
6
Monday
November 6, 2017
7:00 PM
(Doors at 6:00)

Location

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$27.00 (online only, book included) - On Sale Now $5.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes KHIZR KHAN—the Muslim American Gold Star father well known for his 2016 Democratic National Convention speech—for a discussion of his debut memoir An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice. He will be joined in conversation by writer, Harvard Law School professor, and human rights expert MARTHA MINOW. This event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Community Foundation.

Please Note

There will be a bag inspection at the door of this event. Attendees are encouraged to leave large bags at home and to allow extra time if bringing a bag. Doors will open at 6pm.

About An American Family

In fewer than three hundred words, Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions. But who was that man, standing beside his wife, extolling the promises and virtues of the U.S. Constitution?

In this urgent and timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khizr Khan has been many things. He was the oldest of ten children born to farmers in Pakistan and a curious and thoughtful boy who listened raptly as his grandfather recited Rumi beneath the moonlight. He was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a hopeful suitor, awkwardly but earnestly trying to win the heart of a woman far out of his league. He was a brilliant and diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America—the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility—tragically lost his son, an Army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He was and is a patriot, and a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system.

An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

Praise

"Khan’s book is also a story about family and faith, told with a poet’s sensibility. . . [it] can teach all of us what real American patriotism looks like." —Linda Chavez for The New York Times

“Self-effacing, the author writes movingly . . . [Khizr] Khan’s aspirational memoir reminds us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.” —Kirkus Reviews

Khizr Khan
Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife, Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. Army captain Humayun Khan, a graduate of the University of Virginia and its Army ROTC program, was killed in 2004 while stopping a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Khizr Khan holds a B.A. degree from the University of the Punjab, an LL.B. from Punjab University Law College, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar, and the American Bar Association. Khan’s law practice includes complex civil litigation, electronic discovery, health privacy compliance law, and civil rights and veterans’ rights advocacy. He and Ghazala live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Photo credit: Edwin Tse

Martha Minow
Martha Minow

Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 1981, and served as dean between 2009 and 2017.  An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, her recent books include The First Global Prosecutor (co-edited 2015) and In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010). 

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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Co-Sponsored by The Cambridge Community Foundation

Established in 1916, the Cambridge Community Foundation’s vision is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Cambridge with a culture of giving and opportunity for all. The foundation is uniquely focused on Cambridge, and it is a connector, convener, and catalyst for change—a collaborative partner to the entire community: residents/nonprofits, institutions, government, the business community, and philanthropists. Learn more at http://www.Cambridgecf.org

 

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