Emory Report
October 22, 2007
Volume 60, Number 8

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October 22, 2007
Prospects for peace focus of Palestinian scholar’s lecture

By beverly clark

Emory’s Office of the Provost will present a talk by Hanan Ashrawi, founder and first secretary general of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, on Monday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. The free, public lecture is part of Emory’s series of ongoing events related to inquiry, conflict and peacebuilding in the Middle East.

A distinguished Palestinian scholar and former minister of higher education and research in the Palestinian Authority, Ashrawi is well known throughout the world for her strong advocacy of human rights and peace making. Her talk will focus on the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Questions may be submitted prior to the event via e-mail at pel@emory.edu, or in person immediately following the lecture. “Soapboxes” will be placed outside of Glenn Auditorium to permit individuals to voice their own views at the conclusion of the lecture.

“As a university committed to producing knowledge, we are confronting the most difficult questions of our time,” said Provost Earl Lewis. “These events are designed to provide a public forum for the expression of a wide variety of views, to facilitate scholarly analysis and to shed new light on this critical issue.”

Ashrawi is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the founder and a board member of the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. Ashrawi also is founder and commissioner of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights and served as its first commissioner general. She was actively engaged in the planning and implementation of reform programs as head of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Reform. From 1996–1998, she served as the Minister of Higher Education and Research.