Cameron welcomes Fulbright Visiting Specialist Dr. Sawsan Al-Bitar

Cameron University is privileged to host Fulbright Visiting Specialist Dr. Sawsan Al-Bitar, a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Damascus in Syria. As a representative of the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, she will serve as a guest lecturer in CU classes and will also meet with civic and community groups throughout the Lawton/Fort Sill area. Dr. Al-Bitar will be at CU through March 15.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Al-Bitar to Cameron," says Dr. Marge Kingsley, chair, Department of English and Foreign Languages. "Her visit will help students and others in our community gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East, particularly Islamic history, culture and society."

Dr. Al-Bitar will be presenting lectures at locations throughout the Lawton/Fort Sill community. The public is invited to attend the following events at no charge:

  • Wednesday, February 25, 3 p.m., CU Campus, Shepler Ballroom
  • Friday, February 27, 7 p.m., Leslie Powell Gallery
  • Saturday, February 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Fort Sill, Truman Education Center
  • Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., CU Campus, Shepler Ballroom

She will also present "Islam and the West: Creating a Bridge," a two-day, for-credit workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on February 14 and March 7. For more information about this workshop, contact Lorie Garrison, 580-581-2282.

Dr. Al-Bitar has published on Islam, democracy and human rights; Islam and multiculturalism; and Islam and women's issues.  As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, she conducted research on Thomas Aquinas at the Catholic University of America during 2004.

The Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World offers a unique opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities to host specialists from countries with significant Muslim populations for short-term programs of intensive lecturing, public outreach, and consultation.   

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The main goal of the grants is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations.

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February 11, 2009
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