6:00 - 9:30pm

6:00pm Wine and Hors d'oeuvres

7:15pm Opening Remarks with Lara Setrakian, CEO News Deeply, Qutaiba Idlbi, Global Policy Institute and Nicholas Jaeger, Senior Program Manager International Rescue Committee

7:45pm Performance of Home Within, an audio-visual performance in which art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. Created and performed by members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Kevork Mourad (live visuals) and Kinan Azmeh (clarinet).

8:45pm Q&A with the artists


In collaboration with Il Buco Alimentari, Syria supper Club, Eat Offbeat & moustache


Doors Open 6:30 / Program 7:00 - 9:30pm

7:00pm Documentary Film Screening Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad and NY premiere of Aleppo Songs for piano by Emmy nominated composer Kareem Roustom performed by Tanya Bannister (piano).

Aleppo Songs is a fundraising effort whereby all profits from sheet music sales & royalties from qualifying concert performance will be donated to Doctors Without Borders for their heroic efforts in Syria & beyond. Read more here.

8:15pm Panel Discussion

Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor

Sara Afshar, Director of Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad

Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice

Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU/SPS Center for Global Affairs


In collaboration with the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) & nyu/sps Center for Global Affairs 


3:00 - 4:30pm

Opening Remarks by Dr. Irwin Redlener

Music by Zulal (Armenian-American a cappella trio)

Performance of Alertez! (Alert), a play by Stephanie Fribourg, performed by children, dramatizing the plight of refugees.

Guided Meditation by Kiley Holliday