Showing posts with label AMENDS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AMENDS. Show all posts

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Youth Leaders from the Middle East Coming to Stanford!! AMENDS April 13-17

Are you passionate about social, political, and economic change?

What's really going on in the Middle East?

36 youth leaders from Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, United States, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain, Israel, UAE, Afghanistan, Yemen, Kuwait, Iran, and Syria are coming to Stanford...

Hear what they have to say!

(TED™ Style Talks)

2nd Annual AMENDS Summit

April 15- 17, 2013

Stanford University

Free and open to the public

Monday, April 15th - 1:30-5pm: Impact Entrepreneurship - Koret-Taube Conference Center, GUNN-SIEPR Building

Tuesday, April 16th - 1:30-5pm: Education and the Environment - Koret-Taube Conference Center, GUNN-SIEPR Building

Wednesday, April 17th - 10am-2pm: Activism and the Art of Change - Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Apply Now: Stanford University-Middle East/US Youth Leaders Summit (AMENDS)

Passionate about social, political, and economic change?
Do you want to promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and the Middle East?
Are you currently working on an initiative addressing these issues...
... or have an innovative idea about how to do so?

Apply Now

2nd Annual AMENDS Summit
April 9 - 13, 2013
Stanford University

In the wake of recent events in the Middle East and United States, we have simultaneously witnessed the profound power of youth to drive positive local, regional, and global change; the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way; and the necessity of greater collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect between our respective regions.

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) is a student initiative at Stanford University that brings together some of the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. Together, they collaborate with each other, advance their work, and share, through TED-style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world.

As an AMENDS Delegate, you will also receive mentorship from and network with established leaders in your field; attend a five-day summit at Stanford University from April 9-13, 2013; and engage with 40 fellow youth leaders from over fifteen countries.

Join the AMENDS network of youth leaders by applying today.

Deadline for application: Friday, October 26, 2012 at midnight (Pacific Daylight Time)
For more information, visit

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

AMENDS Talks and Application Launch

I attended last year's AMENDS Summit at Stanford and was very impressed by the speakers and the way the whole event was conducted.  This year's summit promises to be as exciting as ever!
--Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer in Arabic, Stanford University

Happy Fall! On behalf of the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford University, we are honored to announce the launch of the AMENDS Talks from our 2012 Summit. These Talks are a truly unique opportunity to hear the voices of some of the leaders who at the forefront of the changes in the Middle East. We hope you will engage with the youth leaders' ideas, share the Talks with your family and friends, and seek ways to contribute to their movements and initiatives - or start projects of your own. Check out our promotional clip of the Talks. Your help spreading the AMENDS Talks will be invaluable in creating greater understanding between the United States and Middle East, and in ensuring that the voices of these innovative youth leaders are heard.

As we begin to embark on our second year, we hope you will continue to join us in our journey to enable some the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States to learn from each other, advance their work, and share, through TED style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world. To that end, the 2013 Delegate Application is now open. We are looking for youth leaders from all across the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States who are addressing social, political, or economic issues in innovative ways. The Summit will be held from April 9 - 13, 2013, at Stanford University and the deadline to apply is October 26, 2012.

We look forward to continue working with you as we move forward into a our second year. Thank you for all your support.



Saturday, May 5, 2012

Podcast from May 3 Episode of 'Arabology' (aired May 3) Available

Pictured above are the guests on the 4th episode of Season 2 of Arabology (aired May 3, 2012).
Khaled Alshawi, a Stanford student from Bahrain and Co-President and Co-Founder of AMENDS, Katherine Cromack (who sang Fairuz live on the show) and Elliot Stoller, the other Co-President and Co-Founder of AMENDS.  Last pic on right features Ahmad Qousi who made sure all went well for the broadcast (with Katherine Cromack).

Listen to this episode at 
Read about it and/or Download at

Playlist for ArabologyThursday, 3 May 2012  3pm - 5pmDJ: Ramzi S.
Mike MassyYa ZamanAlbum ReviewYa Zaman
Falak Productions
DamNgh'ayer Bukra (Change Tomorrow)Album ReviewIhda' (Dedication
Redcircle Music
SabineBayni w BaynakSingle
Music K

Interview with Katherine CromackInterview Part 1Arabology
FairuzHabbaytak Bi assayfVery Best of Fairuz
EMI Arabia

Interview with Katherine CromackInterview Part 2Arabology
Claude CiariHabbeytak BessayfPlays Fairuz:Habbetak Bessayf
EMI Arabia

FairuzAl ThaniahFairuz Chillout Classics
Caroline World Service
JadalSalmaArabic Rocks
Forward Music

Interview with Elliott StollerInterviewArabology
Zahair, MidoIslahatAlbum ReviewBeirut Hotel (Soundtrack)
Lfp Les Films Pelléas

Interview with Khaled AlshawiInterviewArabology
Joubran TrioDawwâr El Shams (Circle Of The Sun)Album ReviewAsfar
Harmonia Mundi France

Saleh, TaniaAyya Shi (Version Ii)Album ReviewWehde
Forward Music
Hamze, DarineYa Zahratan Fi KhayaliAlbum ReviewBeirut Hotel (Soundtrack)
Lfp Les Films Pelléas
AdonisMa Kan MafroudAlbum ReviewDaw L Baladiyyi
Forward Music

Checkpoint 303Al Zaim (Thawra mix)Golden Beirut: New sounds from Lebanon
Out Here (Indigo)
Katibe 5MorrGolden Beirut: New sounds from Lebanon
Out Here (Indigo)

AswatSa'aluni Nas (People Have Asked Me)Live At Kzsu

Halo, Abdel HadiWin SaadiAlbum ReviewAbdel Hadi Halo & El Gusto Orchestra Of Algiers
Honest Jon's Records

Friday, April 13, 2012

AMENDS Summit at Stanford Features Variety of Dynamic Speakers

Flyer for AMENDS Summit 2012

AMENDS Team at Stanford (photo credit:

The AMENDS (American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford) Summit at Stanford University brought leaders from all over the Middle East and United States to the Stanford University campus for a five-day conversation on leadership and the future of the region in the wake of the Arab Spring.

AMENDS is a student-led initiative that seeks to connect and empower youth leaders from the Middle East, North Africa and the United States. Responding in part to the protests and revolutions sparked in 2011, two undergraduates were inspired to create a program that would foster increased dialogue and understanding between the United States and countries across the Middle East. Since then, AMENDS has grown into a diverse team of Stanford students who hail from all across the world. AMENDS is currently in its first year and it is sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford.

Day 1 of the AMENDS Summit began on Wednesday April 11, 2012 and was titled “Technology, Social Media, and Innovation” and featured an impressive array of speakers including Aymen Abderrahman, Selma Chirouf, Rawan Da’as, Elizabeth Harmon, Sonya Kassis, Heather Libbe, Ifrah Magan, Sam Adelsberg, Brian Pellot, George Somi.

Day 2 (Thursday April 12, 2012) addressed “Building Civil Society” and included AMENDS Talks Speakers Firyal Abdulaziz, Lubna Alzaroo, Hoor Al-Khaja, Ali Al-Murtadha, Jessica Anderson, Seif Elkhawanky, Micah Hendler, James Hurley, Ram Sachs and Rana Sharif.

Day 3 (Friday April 13, 2012) broached issues related to “Peace and Conflict Resolution” and included Sherihan Abdel-Rahman, Sherif Maktabi, Mohammad AlJishi, Abdulla Al-Misnad, Yahya Bensliman, Ilyes El-Ouarzadi, Sandie Hanna, Priya Knudson, Megan McConaughey and Gavin Schalliol. Also featured were Speakers/Panelists Sami Ben Gharbia (Tunisian political activist, Foreign Policy Top 100 Thinker), Professor Allen Weiner (Co-Director of Stanford Univeristy Center on International Conflict and Negotiation), Thomas T. Riley (Former Ambassador to Morocco) and Radwan Masmoudi (Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy).

Day 4 (Saturday April 14,2012) was billed as “The New Middle East” and showcased speakers Firas Al-Dabagh, Abdullah Al-Fakharany, Marwan Alabed, Cole Bockenfeld, Nadir Ijaz, Selma Maarouf, Matthew Morantz, Alaa Mufleh, Fadi Quran, and Nada Ramadan. Speakers/Panelists were Rami Khouri (Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut), Huda Abu Arqoub (Co-Executive Director of Abraham’s Vision), Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper (Co-Executive Director of Abraham’s Vision), Nasser Weddady (Civil Rights Outreach Director, American Islamic Congress) and Ahmed Benchemsi (Moroccan journalist and pro-democracy activist whom I interviewed earlier last year on my radio show Arabology--click here to listen).

The success of AMENDS is primarily due to its Executive Team which is comprised of Elliot Stoller (Co-Founder, Co-President,Chicago, IL), Khaled Alshawi (Co-Founder, Co-President,Saar, Bahrain), Meredith Wheeler (Co-President,Fort Collins, CO), Matthew Colford (Director of American Outreach,Palo Alto, California), Misha Nasrollahzadeh (Director of Conference Management and Programming,Bloomfield Hills, MI), Marwa Farag (Deputy Director of Conference Management and Programming, Abu Dhabi, UAE/Cairo, Egypt), AJ Sugarman (Director of Mentorship Program, Beverly Hills, CA), Imani Franklin (Director of Recruitment and Delegate Relations, Atlanta, GA), Otis Reid (Advisor, Stanford in Government Chair,Chapel Hill, NC), Sahar Khan (Advisor, Co-founder of Avicenna, Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs, Muscat, Oman), Mariah Halperin (Director of Social Media and External Relations ,San Francisco, CA), Yassamin Ansari (Director of Marketing, Scottsdale, AZ), Izzah Farzanah (Bander Seri Begawan, Brunei), Ariella Axler (Atlanta, GA), Shannon Schweitzer (New Orleans, LA), Adnan Razzaque (Oak Lawn, IL), and Perth Chaternwattangaul (Bangkok, Thailand). To read more about the AMENDS leadership, click here.

The AMENDS Board of Advisors is equally impressive, featuring Professor Coit Blacker, Professor Larry Diamond, Prince Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah, Dr. Lina Khatib, Professor Abbas Milani and Judge Abraham Sofaer. To read more about AMENDS’ board of advisors, click here.

AMENDS believes in the power of youth leaders to create positive social, political, and economic change, the necessity of sharing their ideas and experiences with the world, and the profound potential of collaboration and understanding between the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. For more info, see

Here are some of my pictures from the 2012 AMENDS Summit:

Dr. Ramzi Salti (yours truly) at AMENDS (Day 1)

Ahmed Benchemsi during Day 4 

Ramzi Salti and Ahmed Benchemsi

Dr. Rami Khouri (American University of Beirut)

Ramzi Salti with Rami Khouri

Marwa Farag, Deputy Director of Conference Management and Programming

AMENDS attendee Ahmad Qousi with Fadi Quran (speaker) and Dr. Ramzi Salti

Ahmad Qousi and Ramzi Salti with Dr. Lina Khatib

With Imani Franklin, Director of Recruitment and Delegate Relations

Ramzi Salti, Elizabeth Harmon, Ahmad Qousi
Elizabeth Harmon who unveiled her site on Day 1 of Summit
Elizabeth Harmon, RIfrah Magan, Meredith Wheeler, Sam Edelsberg

Ahmad Qousi, Ram Sachs (Speaker), Ramzi Salti, Elliot Stoller (AMENDS Co-Founder, Co-President)

For more on AMENDS, see

To read more about the AMENDS leadership, click here.

To read more about AMENDS’ board of advisors, click here.

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