26 April 2011
Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam’s Executive Director, will be speaking at two high profile public events in New York later this week.  At both events, Maajid will speak about his own personal experience of Islamist radicalisation as a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and also about what can be done to prevent others from being radicalised.
1. On Thursday 28 April at 6.30pm, Maajid will speak at the ‘9/11, Today and Tomorrow,’ event taking place at the 9/11 Memorial Centre at Ground Zero. In a talk entitled ‘The Front Lines of Counter-Terrorism – Confronting Islamist Extremist propaganda,’ Maajid will share his personal experiences of being in the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and he will also explain the importance of combating harmful Islamist narratives, particularly the popular theory that the West is ‘at war’ with Islam.  He will also discuss recent events in Egypt, drawing on his time spent in prison there with many of the future leaders of the recent uprising.  The event is free and has been organised by the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation.  Further information is available here: http://www.national911memorial.org/site/PageServer?pagename=new_visit_events22.
2. On Friday 29 April at 5.30pm, Maajid will also speak at an event at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he will take part in a panel alongside five other former extremists to discuss ‘Youth Radicalisation Redefined.’  The discussion hopes to help students and parents recognise the signs of recruitment and radicalisation.  The event is free and open to all.  More information is available here: http://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide/youth_radicalization_redefined-film36885.html.

Maajid will be in New York from the 28-30 April.  Anybody interested in meeting him or arranging media interviews with him during this time should contact James Brandon at 020 7182 7286 or at [email protected].