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Olivet College Women's Resource Center to host events for Women's History Month
Mar 01, 2010

Olivet Colleges Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center is hosting a series of events focusing on women of the Middle East during Womens History Month. All activities are free and open to the public.

Arab American and Chaldean Council Panel Discussion – Wednesday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. Laura Maalouf and Amy Rahhal, members of the Arab American and Chaldean Council of Detroit, will discuss awareness and understanding of Middle Eastern culture. Rahhal facilitates bilingual womens support groups in Arabic and English. She conducts studies on Arab American young womens culture and beliefs. Maalouf has been a clinical therapist with the council for 12 years. She was born in Jerusalem and came to the U.S. when she was one year old. She has always maintained strong ties to her culture and speaks fluent Arabic.

Book Discussion: Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas – Tuesday, March 16 at noon and Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 a.m. in the Upton Conservatory room 134. Laura Barlond-Maas, associate professor of English and director of writing programs, will facilitate the discussions.

The Struggle of Muslim Women in Secular Society – Monday, March 22 at noon in the Burrage Library lecture room. Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities, will present a lecture on the subject.

Lecture and Symposium featuring Firoozeh Dumas – Wednesday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent, will speak as part of the colleges Lecture and Symposium Series. Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and spent her childhood moving back and forth from Iran and California. She grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift to her children. She now travels the country, reminding audiences that our commonalities far outweigh our differences – and doing so with humor. She has spoken at conferences, universities, religious organizations and more.

For more information, contact Dianne Thomas, director of the Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center, at (269) 749-6626.


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