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MIFTAH Deputy Speaks on Middle East

Dr. Lily Feidy, deputy for program design and management for Jerusalem-based MIFTAH (The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy) delivered the annual Robbins Peace and Brotherhood Lecture at Berea College on October 21 at 3 pm in Phelp Stokes Chapel.

Lily Feidy

She will speak on "The Role of Women in Promoting Peace: Israel-Palestine". The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Dr. Feidy, whose daughter is a Berea College sophomore, visited Berea from Oct. 18-22. Her talk was one of several activities she took part in this past week. Other activities included: meetings with several classes and "Refugees' Journeys: From Camps to Campus," a United Nations Day Forum on Oct. 22 at which a group of Berea students from different countries talked about their experiences as former refugees.

MIFTAH is a non-governmental, non-partisan institution dedicated to fostering democracy and good governance within Palestinian society through promoting public accountability, transparency, the free flow of information and ideas, and the challenging of stereotyping at home and abroad. It's guiding principles are democracy, human rights, gender equity and participatory governance in Palestine. Founded in 1988, MIFTAH's education, information and international relations programs have given it an influential role in promoting dialogue and addressing key issues in the Middle East. In her position with MIFTAH, Feidy is responsible for strategic planning, program development, supervision of program officers and day to day management of the organization.

From 1996-2002, Feidy was Director General for International and Cultural Relations in the Ministry of Higher Education in Palestine. From 1978 - 1996, she was an administrator and member of the English and literature faculty of Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine, where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and was chair of the English and Literature Department.

Feidy is on the board of directors of AMPAL (Americans and Palestinians for Peace) and has taken part in conferences and committees related to Higher Education and Middle East Issues.

Born in Jerusalem, West Bank, Feidy earned her B.A. in English and Literature from Birzeit University, then studied in the United States where she earned a M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Delaware.

Feidy's lecture and other activities were sponsored by the Berea College Campus Christian Center, the International Center and the Earl and Sue Robbins Lecture Fund.

The Robbins Peace and Brotherhood Lectureship at Berea was established by the late Earl G. Robbins and his wife, Sue D. Robbins, of Lexington, along with members of their family. Mr. Robbins, a retired insurance executive, was an alumnus and former trustee of the College. Initiated in 1989, the Robbins Lectures have brought to central Kentucky speakers involved in many of the nation's and world's most pressing issues, and who have brought perspectives and insights that can assist those listening, in Mr. Robbins words, to "decide what is important in life."

For more information, contact Alison Garfinkle, international education coordinator, at (859) 985-3451.

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