Amar is an artist, former diplomat and a journalist. He is currently a student at Yale Law School, working on how to enhance democratic discourse within the U.S. and interpersonal understanding across borders through public art interventions.
Amar graduated from Harvard University in 2006 as the first joint major in Social Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies. For his thesis, he created a text and video piece on the workings of Zimbabwe’s Information Ministry during land reform. He also founded Aina Arts, integrating local artisans into under-resourced schools in Mussoorie, India.
In 2006, Amar joined the Washington Post, editing an international affairs blog moderated by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria connecting seventy-five eminent international journalists in daily discussion. In this role, he pitched a novel text and video idea to travel the world for a year capturing the unique stories of individuals from all walks of life – from farmers and rappers to imams and entrepreneurs – on how they see America. He received funding and in 2007 set out around the world with just a backpack and a video camera. He visited twelve countries over the coming year creating text and video vignettes on How the World Sees America.
When Barack Obama won the presidency, Amar was inspired to enter government and began working for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on development policy, Muslim outreach and integrating new media into diplomatic efforts. In the corridors of Washington, however, he felt removed from the people affected by policy decisions and realized that the ideal role for him was somewhere between power and the periphery, sharing individual stories and connecting disparate groups through media and art.
He went back to media to work with Fareed Zakaria, this time at CNN.com. In this role he built the organizations flagship international analysis site and launched his own live online show connecting people around the world in conversation. The online show was his first attempt at bringing people from all walks of life into direct dialogue – putting individuals like those he met on the road in touch from Seoul to Caracas. Facing Humanity is the next iteration of this attempt, though now in the world of art and with more advanced technologies than ever.
In addition to undergrad and law school, Amar received a Masters in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2014. He is a Truman Scholar and Soros Fellow and has given numerous lectures from the University of Chicago to UCLA. He has also appeared on media outlets including NPR, BBC and CNN.