Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 4, 2010


Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith will host a special “Generation Change” event prior to the Secretary’s Iftar dinner as part of the celebrations for the Holy Month of Ramadan on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., in the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Consistent with the Secretary’s commitment to engaging the “next generation” at the grassroots level, this year’s Iftar will feature many guests chosen because they represent some of the best and most innovative American Muslim leaders under the age of 30. These young American Muslim leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators will come together from all around the country for a special “Generation Change” event immediately prior to the Secretary’s Iftar, where they will have the opportunity to listen to special speakers and engage in breakout discussions. Discussions will focus on issues these young people have identified as important to their generation, as well as key ways to become a “change maker” for their generation.

Secretary Clinton will deliver a video address at approximately 5:05 p.m., and Special Representative Pandith will deliver brief remarks at approximately 5:00 p.m., followed by special guest speakers Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of “The 99, Ms. Hana Siddiqi and Ms. Kauthar Umar, co-producers of “New Muslim Cool”, and comedian Ahmed Ahmed.

The remarks are open for press coverage.

Pre set time for cameras is 4:15 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills is 4:45 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Billie Gross
Office of the Public Liaison
202-647-3806

Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).



PRN: 2010/1208