WASHINGTON, September 12, 2012 – On Saturday, Sept. 15, AIC’s Executive Director Zainab Al-Suwaij will speak as part of a panel on the Arab Spring held at The Gathering, a Christian charity conference.

The panel will be held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It will examine the current state of the “Arab Spring” as the future remains uncertain and the aspirations of many seem to be suspended. Panelists will speak on how the ideals of the movement – human rights, religious freedom and economic development – can be reignited and improved and how philanthropy can be utilized to achieve these ends.

The four-day conference is an annual event hosted by The Gathering, a Christian organization that seeks to connect and inform philanthropists. Various panels and seminars featuring a wide variety of speakers are offered to educate givers on the potential efficacy of their contributions.

The panel titled: “Re-examining the Arab Spring: Can the Ideals that Sparked Revolution Make a Comeback?”

Panel speakers are:

  • Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.;
  • Hala Saad, President of Visions Communication International; and
  • Zainab Al-Suwaij, Co-Founder and Executive Director, American Islamic Congress, Washington, D.C.

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