Wajahat Ali ’94, winner of the Harker Distinguished Alumna award in 2010-11, will sit on a panel for the Commonwealth Club program titled “Paranoid Politics: Islamaphobia, McCarthyism and the Yellow Peril” in Los Gatos tomorrow.
Panel members include Larry Gerston, political science professor at San Jose State University and Channel 11 political analyst, and Congressman Mike Honda. Ali is a playwright, attorney and co-author of “Fear Inc, The Roots of the Islamaphobia Network in America,” and has been interviewed on NPR. The event is Tues., April 3, at the Jewish Community Center auditorium, 14855 Oka Rd. in Los Gatos. The program starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. The panel will cover three periods in U.S. history: World War I, the era of McCarthyism and post 9-11, when groups faced persecution in politics and the media. Panel members will share their personal perspectives and reflect on the historic lessons learned. Contact the Commonwealth Club for tickets .415.597.6705.