Immediate Release: October 12, 2007
Contact:Alicia Steger 516.572.9634
"An American Arab and an American Jew Dialogue on Attaining Peace in the Middle East" with Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame"
Garden City, NY - Nassau Community College is proud to present "An American Arab and an American Jew Dialogue on Attaining Peace in the Middle East" with Anisa Mehdi and Michael Lame on Monday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the College Center Building.Anisa Mehdi a journalist and filmmaker specializing in Islam Ð and Michael Lame Ð a management consultant who conducts leadership and communications programs in the U.S. and the Middle EastÐpresent, explore and discuss with the audience various perspectives that keep peace between Israelis and Palestinians at bay. Sharing the floor, they demonstrate the art of respectful dispute, "arguing" points of history and religion, justice and conflict resolution. Both Mehdi and Lame have served on the board of the Foundation for Middle East Communication
Mehdi produced award-winning coverage of the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that each able-bodied Muslim who can afford to must take at least once in their lifetime, for PBS's Religion and Ethnics News Weekly. For the ABC program Nightline, she produced and wrote a four part series on Muslim views about faith and non-Muslim cultures. Mehdi is the first American woman to report on the hajj from Mecca for U.S. television. A professor of communications at Seton Hall University, Mehdi was one of the first reporters to cover the blossoming American Muslim political movement and to focus on Muslim women's issues in this country.
Lame has spent considerable time in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, in addition to making several trips to Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan. He has met with Yasser Arafat, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin (the founder of Hamas), Ehud Olmert (the Prime Minister of Israel), Boutros Ghali (former U.N. Secretary General and Egypt's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs) and many other government officials, journalists and political activists from various countries in the region. A professor in the Executive MBA program at Columbia University, Lame has worked with many corporate clients, including American Express, AT&T and Halliburton. He is also a member of the California Bar Association.
Mehdi and Lame have been friends and collaborators for more than 20 years. They have co-led the Re-Thinking the Middle East Workshop for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim audiences around the United States.
For more information about this program, which is free and open to the public, call 516.572.7153.
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