On Being American: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

Wed Dec 6
GLIDE Memorial
07:00 PM
Claim this listing


Meet Khizr Khan! All tickets include a post-conversation book signing with Khizr Khan.
NOTE: When arriving at GLIDE Memorial Church, please use the Taylor Street entrance.
Last November, Khizr Khan captivated the nation with his speech at the Democratic National Convention in which he criticized Donald Trump for his stance against immigrants and Muslims. He spoke as the father of a Muslim US soldier killed in combat about what it means to dedicate your life to the promise of the American dream.
He inspired a renewed patriotism and pride in the hearts of many Americans by reminding us all “that with hard work and goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.” His six minute speech became a powerful cultural touchstone when he pulled a pocket-size copy of the Constitution out of his suit jacket and asked Donald Trump directly “Let me ask you: have you even read the United States constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.”
In his memoir, The American: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, he tells the story of his family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. The American is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism in which Khzir traces his remarkable journey from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan, to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School, and raising a family in America. He shows what it means to leave the limitations of one’s country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of his middle child, US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which undying pride in their son and his sacrifice have helped him and his wife endure the deepest despair a parent can know. CIIS Public Programs and Performances and GLIDE Center for Social Justice invite you to this important and inspiring discussion with Khizr Khan about what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live—rather than simply to pay lip service to—our ideals.
Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala in 1980. The couple became American citizens in 1986, and raised their three sons in Silver Lake, Maryland. His middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  Khizr works as a legal consultant, and is involved with the University of Virginia's ROTC program.


  1. GLIDE Memorial 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA