Preet Bharara to Speak at 9/11 Memorial Museum

A headshot of Preet Bharara wearing a navy blue suit, standing in front of a wall of books.

On Thursday, December 12, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will host a public program featuring former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who will reflect on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on law enforcement practices and his role in bringing senior al-Qaeda officials to justice.

This program will be the third in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s public programming series, “New York Stories.” This series welcomes prominent New Yorkers to the Museum to share their experiences of the city.

Born in India and raised in New Jersey, Preet Bharara rose to national prominence during his tenure as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Nominated to the post by President Obama, Bharara was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 and served in the role until 2017. In that time, Bharara led an office that oversaw the investigation and litigation of cases involving terrorism, trafficking, fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, organized crime, and civil rights violations. Bharara was a noted advocate for trying terrorists in criminal courts rather than by military commissions. He established the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, which secured the convictions of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and the Times Square bomber.

Since 2017, Bharara has written a New York Times bestseller, “Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crim, Punishment, and the Rule of Law,” and gained fame as the host of CAFÉ’s extremely popular podcast, Stay Tuned with Preet, which explores topics in the news through the lenses of power, policy, and justice.

“New York Stories: Preet Bharara” is fully booked, but the full program will be livestreamed beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12.

By Harmony Barker, Assistant Manager of Public Programs

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