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International Ctr. Focuses on Middle East

The Berea College International Center’s Regional Focus for 2004-05 will be on religions and cultures of the Middle East.

Events include lectures, art, and film.

“When considering current international events, we feel that it is essential to try to increase education and awareness of cultures and religions around the world,” says Alison Garfinkle, international educational coordinator for Berea’s International Center.

“We hope these events focused on the Middle East will promote appreciation and understanding of cultures within a particular region, as well as encourage education and dialogue towards social change, peaceful reconciliation and community building,”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Garfinkle at (859) 985-3451.

International Focus 2004-2005 Schedule

Middle East Peace Quilt Display
Oct. 4- Nov. 5, Hutchins Library

Created by Canadian Fabric Artist Elizabeth Shefrin. Shefrin will speak at Berea about the project on Nov. 3.

“Jewish Perspectives on the Middle East Conflict”
Oct. 5- Tuesday, 3 p.m., Seabury Center Trustees Room

Rabbi Marc Kline, Temple Adath Israel of Lexington

“The Role of Women in Peacemaking”
Oct. 21- Thursday, 3 p.m., Phelps Stokes Chapel
Dr. Lily Feidy, Deputy Secretary for Program Design and Management of MIFTAH, Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy based in East Jerusalem. The Annual Robbins Peace and Brotherhood Lecture.
(co-sponsored by the Campus Christian Center and Convocation Program)

UN Day Forum: “Refugees’ Journeys: From Camps to Campus”
Oct. 22- Friday, at 6 p.m. in Baird Lounge
(sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Club)

Elizabeth Shefrin Canadian Fabric Artist and creator of the Middle East Peace Quilt on display through Nov. 5, will speak as part of the “Peanut Butter and Gender”

“Stitching for Social Change: the Fabric Traditions which created the Middle East Peace Quilt”
Nov. 3- Wednesday, at noon in Phelps Stokes, room 204
Peanut Butter and Gender Series, sponsored by Women’s Studies Department

“Places of Hope; Israelis and Palestinians working together for peace”
Nov. 3- Wednesday, at 5pm in Baird Lounge, Alumni Building

Film: Al Missir (Destiny)
Dec. 1- Wednesday, at 7pm in Baird Lounge
Youssef Chahine is the director of this dramatic film about the life of the great 12th century Islamic philosopher Averroes
(sponsored by the Philosophy & Religion Department)

January – May events to be announced.

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