04/07/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

via Skype with former U.S. Senator James Abourezk

FREE and Open to the Public

(with coffee and Middle Eastern pastries)

James Abourezk was a Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator and was the first Arab-American to serve in the Senate, representing South Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 1979. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and has degrees in engineering and law. Abourezk currently practices law in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


As a senator, Abourezk earned a reputation as a maverick who questioned the political status quo, especially the influence of the pro-Israel lobby.  In 1980, he founded the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, a civil rights organization committed to empowering Arab-Americans and encouraging a balanced U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. He recently served on the advisory board of the Free Gaza Movement and is currently vice-chairman of the Board of CNI (Council for the National Interest) Foundation.


Abourezk is the author of numerous articles and books, including Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate. His most recent interviews and articles include “The Suffering in Syria,” “The U.S. Should Leave the Middle East,” and a three-part series for CNI including "Firsthand Account: Israeli Plot to Murder Former US Senator." 

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