• April 11, 2015

1st Annual Youm El Ilm Celebration and Fund Raising Event

Saturday May 9th, 2015,  MSKCC Rockefeller Auditorium 430 East 67ST, New York, NY

Come celebrate knowledge and excellence, and recognize our outstanding students with north African cuisine, authentic music, and fun prizes to win throughout the evening.
    • 4pm – 5pm : Registration and welcoming reception (Don’t miss out on traditional sweets) 
    • 5pm – 8pm: Keynote speakers, Traditional music and Award ceremony
                            Tickets for  event (5-8 pm) not including Gala dinner:      
      .                             $25 before May 1st online (hurry up!)
      .                             $30 After May 1st online
      .                             $35 At the door/on site
    • 8pm-10pm: Gala dinner and fundraising event
                            Tickets for Event (5-8 PM) and Gala dinner (8 – 10 PM):
      .                             $70 before May 1st online (hurry up!)
      .                             $80 After May 1st online
      .                             $90 At the door/on site




Authentic music event with North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music organized by  Brahim Fribgane featuring Jawad band
Enjoy and discover North African savory flavors and Mechoui roasted to perfection

Distinguished guests including an eminent representative from the Algerian Consulate General will be in attendance

 The event will feature a great panel of speakers which includes:




Nourredine Melikechi, Ph.D.

Dean of the DSU college of mathematics, natural sciences and technology; vice president for research, innovation and economic development; and the founder of the DSU Optics Research Program. He is a member of the NASA ChemCamTeam that is connected to the current Mars Mission taking place on the Red Planet. He will be talking about his recent role to serve on NASA’s MARS 2020 team.





Hakima Amri, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology at Georgetown University and cofounder and codirector of Georgetown’s complementary and alternative medicine graduate program. She will be presenting her book “Avicenna’s Medicine”, a New Translation of the 11th-Century Canon with Practical Applications for Integrative Health Care






Hannah Gerber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy, Sam Houston State University, and founding coeditor of “Gaming Ecologies and Pedagogies Series”. To date, her research has focused on the examination of ecologies and pedagogies afforded through videogaming practices among adolescents. She will be presenting some of her recent research focused on studying the impact that various media and technologies have on culture.



HK Hamid Kherief, Ed.D.

Director of CUNY Language Immersion Program and the ESL Institute at York College, and president of the Algerian American National Association.
He frequently participates in conferences on language acquisition, language planning, and political science, many of which he has organized and chaired. He has also been a frequent guest of CNN International and talk radio shows to comment on events in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. his speech titled “Education: The Great Equalizer” will focus on the importance of education for personal development and social prosperity.