The Center for Public Leadership invites you a talk surrounding a compelling story of human rights and political activism, as we welcome Mr. Ramy Shaath and Ms. Céline Lebrun-Shaath. A prominent Palestinian-Egyptian political activist, Ramy Shaath has fought for decades in the Egyptian and Palestinian political scenes on human rights causes. He was at the front lines of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, leading both in demonstrations and in organized political activity. His wife, Céline Lebrun-Shaath, is a community organizer and political activist. After seeing huge success organizing for Palestinian solidarity in Cairo, the pair were targeted by the Egyptian regime; Céline was deported in the middle of the night, and Ramy was kidnapped, disappeared, and spent over two and a half years in prison without charge. From Paris, Céline organized a worldwide campaign for Ramy's freedom; the campaign reached President Emmanuel Macron, was supported by hundreds of lawmakers from around the world, and featured dozens of celebrities and public figures, ultimately culminating in Ramy’s release and deportation to France.
Moderating the conversation will be Marshall ganz, HKS Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society, and Faculty Director of the Practicing Democracy Project at HKS. This conversation is cosponsored by the Ash Center and is open to Harvard ID holders only.