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Scholar and Humanitarian Suheil Bushrui to Share Vision of Peace

Lecture to focus on intercultural understanding between the East and the West

Bethlehem, Pa.—Noted scholar and humanitarian Suheil Bushrui will present his vision for achieving a culture of peace for the world at Moravian College on Thursday, October 14. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, located in the Haupert Union Building. The talk is open to the public and admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Multi-Faith Council, the Arts & Lectures Committee, and the Newman Association.

Bushrui currently serves as the Kahlil Gibran professor, and director of the Center of International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He is a Yeats scholar and the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist.

Bushrui’s lecture will outline the concept and possible attainment of a “culture of peace” through a process described by Bushrui as, “[J]ustice fortified by unity resulting in peace and the guarantee of full human rights for every individual, who not only enjoys rights but equally honors obligations and responsibilities.”

Challenges to a culture of peace will be addressed, such as economic globalization, the current educational system, and particularist interpretations of sacred scriptures. Possible solutions to dilemmas of the modern world will also be suggested, especially solutions centering on celebration of the shared spiritual-ethical heritage of the human race.

Bushrui, who lays claim to the titles of poet, author, translator, critic, and media personality, has a fifty-year-long distinguished history of teaching at a number of leading universities, including Southampton and Oxford (U.K.), Calgary and York (Canada), Ibadan (Nigeria), Beirut (Lebanon), and Antwerp and Brussels (Belgium). He has held also a number of highly regarded positions and honors, such as president of the Association of University Teachers of English in the Arab World (AUTEAW), chairman of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL), and the distinction of being the first Arab national to be appointed to the chair of English at the American University of Beirut. Among a very impressive list of awards and meritorious distinctions honoring Bushrui as a superior educator, a lifetime achiever, and overall a humane, understanding, and compassionate person, is the Juliet Hollister Award, whose previous recipients include His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela. Granted to Bushrui in 2004 by the Temple of Understanding, a worldwide interfaith organization and an affiliate of the United Nations, the award honors exceptional service to interfaith understanding, which is a critical component of Bushrui’s deepest and most special concern: intercultural understanding between the East and the West.

For more information, call the College’s information desk at (610) 861-1491.