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Middle Eastern Heritage Speakers

Cultural Richness: Experts Exploring Middle Eastern Cultures & Traditions

List of Middle Eastern Heritage Speakers

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a geopolitical and transcontinental region that, throughout its modern history, has played a large and shifting role in regional and world politics. While many of these nations share a common cultural and linguistic heritage, the Middle East is home to a wide range of diverse religions, ethnicities, cultures, diasporas, and indigenous peoples. Whether they're celebrating their own heritage or are experts in Middle Eastern political and social issues, the journalists, political speakers, celebrities, and activists in this category spark important conversations about immigration, foreign affairs and national security, humanitarian aid, human rights, and cross-cultural communication. Whether you are planning an event for National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM), or otherwise looking to honor the contributions of generations of Middle Eastern Americans, these keynote speakers are a great addition to university and heritage events.

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Linda Sarsour
(7 ratings)

Award-Winning Racial Justice & Civil Rights Activist; Community Organizer

Alaa Murabit
(1 rating)

Architect of the Sustainable Development Goals, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Gates Foundation Director & UN High level Commissioner

Marty Makary, M.D.
(2 ratings)

Healthcare Futurist, Johns Hopkins Surgeon & Professor of Public Health

Fawzia Koofi

Former Member of the Afghan Parliament; International Advocate for Women's Rights

Trita Parsi
(1 rating)

President of the National Iranian American Council & Author of Several Award-Winning Books on US Foreign Policy

Richard Wolffe

Digital Executive, Best-Selling Author & Columnist at The Guardian

Aaron David Miller

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Maysoon Zayid
(4 ratings)

Palestinian-American Actress, Writer, Comedian, Disability & Anti-Cyber Bullying Advocate

Hoda Kotb

Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist, Television Personality, Author & Co-Anchor of NBC News' TODAY

Joshua Malina
(2 ratings)

Actor Known for his roles in "The West Wing" & "Scandal"

Gail Harris
(3 ratings)

Highest Ranking African American Woman in the US Navy

Dennis Prager

Host of the Dennis Prager Radio Show, Co-Founder of Prager University, NY Times Bestselling Author & Columnist

Jared Cohen

President, Jigsaw (previously Google Ideas) & Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman (former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt

Asra Nomani

Journalist & Author, Women's Rights Activist

Ronald W. Zweig

Israeli Historian Specializing in Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Nicholas Burns

Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy & International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

Sara Minkara
(1 rating)

Founder & CEO of Empowerment Through Integration

Shibley Telhami

Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

Matthew Olsen

Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; National Security Analyst for ABC News; Harvard Law School Lecturer