UMD’s Sadat Forum has Elected Sen. Chris Van Hollen as its Guest Speaker

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development will host Senator Chris Van Hollen for the Sadat Forum entitled, “The American Partisan Divide: From the Travel Ban to Charlottesville” on Sept. 28 in the Stamp Student Union at Hoff Theater at 4 p.m.

In November, Senator Chris Van Hollen was elected into the United States Senate. First serving in the House of Representatives for seven terms, his advocacy and passion for the people of Maryland led him to becoming a member of the Democratic Leadership and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee.

Senator Van Hollen pays close attention to issues surrounding better jobs and quality education for all.

According to his website, “Chris Van Hollen has always understood that there’s nothing more essential for our future success — as individuals, as families, and as a nation — than investing in a quality education for every child. For Chris, that’s the foundation of ensuring more and better economic opportunities, and it’s why he fights to expand educational opportunities from pre-Kindergarten through affordable college and job training.”

The Anwar Sadat Chair focuses on world peace, research and bridging the gap between academics and policy. In his forum, Senator Chris Van Hollen will address the partisan divide and why it perpetuates racist ideologies both in our government and in our communities.

To align with the goals of the Anwar Sadat Chair, Senator Van Hollen was selected because of his renowned experience in foreign and domestic policy, said Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development.

Telhami initiated the event at the University of Maryland 20 years ago and hosted the likes of former President Jimmy Carter (1998), former South African President Nelson Mandela (2001) and the Dalai Lama (2013).  

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