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FMU to host forum with United Arab Emirates women, Nov. 13

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University’s Mass Communication and Gender Studies programs will play host to a forum titled “Middle East Meets West: Intercultural Dialogues with Women of the United Arab Emirates,” Monday, Nov. 13.

    The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

    FMU will host 10 female students from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The students will be on campus all day Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, during which time they will attend classes, dine with faculty and students, tour the campus, participate in interviews with FMU mass communications students and participate in the forum.

    All of the Zayed University students are mass communication majors and will be traveling with former FMU broadcast journalism professor Ed Freedman, who now lives in Abu Dhabi and teaches mass communication at Zayed University.

    Zayed University also hosts a bi-annual “Women as Global Leaders” conference, which last year attracted such distinguished speakers as Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Queen Rania of Jordan. FMU French professor Liz Zahnd presented a paper at the conference last year, and is organizing the Emirate women’s visit.

    “During my stay in the United Arab Emirates, I was impressed by the graciousness and hospitality of the Emirate people and I found the Zayed University students to be extremely well-read and articulate,” said Zahnd. “This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for cultural exchange between South Carolinians and Middle Eastern women.”

#59 / 10-23-06
Last Published: January 3, 2007 2:47 PM
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