THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
ADVOCACY DAY ON CAPITOL HILL
8:00am to 11:00am
REMARKS FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Congressman Jeff Denham
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congressman Brad Sherman
RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 2045 
45 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20515
12:00pm to 4:00pm
MEETINGS WITH CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES

ALL CONFERENCE SESSIONS TO TAKE PLACE IN SALON ROOM A/B UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
PANEL DISCUSSIONS
9:00am to 10:15am
The Future of Minorities in Iraq:
The Nineveh Plain and Other Territories
Alda Benjamen, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Smithsonian
Murad Ismael
Executive Director, YAZDA
Riva Gewarges
PhD Candidate, McMaster University
Reine Hanna
Director, Assyrian Policy Institute
Moderated by Dr. Fadi Dawood
10:30am to 11:45am
Securing the Nineveh Plain
Michael Youash
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Board of Directors, Nineveh Plain Defense Fund
Ret. Brigadier General Ismael Alsodani
Former Iraqi Defense Attache to the U.S.
Gregory John Kruczek
PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
Moderated by Waleeta Canon
11:45am to 12:30pm
Lunch
Provided by the AANF
12:30pm to 1:45pm
Rebuilding and Resettlement: 
The Nineveh Plain After IS
Mourad Wahba
Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States
Ashur Eskrya
President, Assyrian Aid Society 
Juliana Taimoorazy
President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council
Jon Koriel
Chairman, Assyrian Policy Institute
Savina Dawood 
Cofounder, Etuti
Moderated by Renya Benjamen
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Perspectives on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Post-Referendum
Abbas Kadhim, PhD
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute 
Mariam Georgis, PhD
University of Alberta 
Jomana Qaddour 
USCIRF 
Crispin Smith 
JD Candidate, Harvard Law School 
Max J. Joseph
Board of Directors, Assyrian Policy Institute
Diliman Abdulkader
Director, The Kurdistan Project
Moderated by Reine Hanna
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Under Siege from All Sides:
Assyrians in Syria and Turkey
The Honorable Alberto Fernandez
Retired U.S. Ambassador
Uzay Bulut
Journalist
Sargon Saadi
Director
Bedri Diril
Director
Rosemary Youhana
Assyrian Universal Alliance
Moderated by Dr. Nicholas Al-Jeloo
PHOTO EXHIBITION &
COCKTAIL RECEPTION 
7:00pm to 10:00pm
"Khabour in a Thousand Words"
by Sargon Saadi

SALON ROOM C

ALL CONFERENCE SESSIONS TO TAKE PLACE IN SALON ROOM A/B UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
PANEL DISCUSSIONS
9:00am to 10:15am
Preserving Assyrian Cultural Heritage 
Efrem Yildiz, PhD
Vice-Chancellor, University of Salamanca
Abdulamir Hamdani, PhD
Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage
Nicholas Al Jeloo, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Nadia Younan
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
10:30am to 11:45am
Archiving the Past to Build a Future:
Modern Assyrian Research Archive as a National Archive
Michael Youash
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Hannibal Travis
Professor of Law, Florida International University
Moderated by Dr. Fadi Dawood
11:45am to 12:30pm
Lunch
Provided by the AANF
LECTURE 
12:30pm to 1:45pm
The Murder of Mar Benyamin Shimun and
the Secularization of the Assyrian Question
Wilfred Bet-Alkhas
Lecturer, San Jose State University
PANEL DISCUSSION
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Legacies of the Assyrian Genocide
and the Simele Massacre
Hannibal Travis
Professor of Law, Florida International University
Fadi Dawood, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, NATO Institute of Canada
Anahit Khosroeva, PhD
Leading Researcher, Department of Armenian Genocide Studies, Institute of History, Republic of Armenia
Antoni Yalap
PhD Candidate, Catholic University of Paris
Sabri Atman
Director, Seyfo Center
THE ROMRAMA GALA
 
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Martin Youmaran, AANF President 
Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S.
His Excellency Dr. Fareed Yasseen
Keynote Address by 
Dr. Efrem Yildiz, Vice-Chancellor
University of Salamanca 
David B. Perley Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Simo Parpola
AANF Humanitarian Award 
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart
Live Entertainment by 
Walter Aziz
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