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November 18, 2016  RSS feed

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American diplomat to speak at Florida Holocaust Museum on global anti-Semitism

Ira N. Forman Ira N. Forman The Florida Holocaust Museum will present a lecture by the U.S. diplomat charged with fighting global anti-Semitism on Tuesday evening, Dec. 13.

The talk by Ira N. Forman will be held in conjunction with the museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement (GHRAM) programming. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg. This program is free and open to the community.

Since 2013, Forman has served in the U.S. State Department as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. In this role, Forman advances U.S. Foreign Policy on anti-Semitism and he develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

The Special Envoy position was created in 2004 and each year the envoy provides input on anti-Semitism in the State Department’s annual report on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom.

Inspired by his parents’ values, he has accumulated 30 years of experience in Jewish communal work and public service.

Forman served as the Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama for America campaign and, for nearly 15 years was the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. He also spent four years with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he worked as political director and legislative liaison.

In the Clinton Administration, Forman was the director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. Earlier in his career he worked as professional staff on the Public Works and Transportation Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Throughout his career he has spoken and written extensively on Jewish history and public policy. He co-edited and wrote for the reference book, Jews In American Politics and has written articles on these topics for the Encyclopedia Judaica. In addition, he staffed and helped edit the volume, Democrats and the American Idea in his role as a Fellow in American Politics and the Economy at the Center for National Policy.

Forman received his B.A. from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Government. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford Universitys Graduate School of Business.

GHRAM is an annual initiative of the Florida Holocaust Museum. The goal of the movement is to build public awareness about current genocides such as in Darfur and past genocides, including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide as well as other human rights violations. Programming during GHRAM includes exhibitions, commemorative events and programs focused on public awareness.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S. in St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 820-0100.

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