Carnegie Mellon University

Spirituality Month Keynote
Wednesday, November 8

Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when his father, El-Sayyid Nosair, shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair was linked to the 1993 Trade Center bombing plot and received multiple life sentences during the New York City Landmark Bomb Trial.

After years of hiding his identity, Zak now speaks publicly about his path to peace. In 2014 he gave his first TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada. His book: The Terrorist’s Son: A story of Choice was released in 2014 and won a American Library Association award in 2015. Zak has been asked to share his story in a wide variety of venues such as: The World Economic Forum, the FBI, and the US State Department.

Zak will be at Carnegie Mellon on November 8 to tell his story and discuss empathy, peace, and mutual understanding as a part of Spirituality Development Month.

  • 12:00-1:30: Book Discussion on The Terrorist’s Son- Copies of the short TED book are available to interested in students, faculty and staff. To claim a book and sign up for the discussion, please fill out the following form:
  • 5:00pm- Spirituality Keynote (Porter Hall 100)