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Nov. 09, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU hosts Syrian National Council member

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Afra Jalabi, a member of the Syrian National Council and the executive committee of the Day After Project and a former member of the Damascus Declaration, will offer a presentation about the ongoing military and political conflict in Syria when she visits Slippery Rock University Nov. 15.

The 6:30 p.m. lecture, followed by a question-and-answer period, will be in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

SRU's Middle East Studies Center, the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, the School of Business, the International Arts and Cultures Series, the Women's Studies Program and the University professional studies, history, philosophy and political science departments are sponsoring the event.

Jalabi's work with the Damascus Declaration resulted in her being placed on the Syrian security's "Most Wanted" list.

A number of international leaders have speculated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days are number. They have also called for his departure.

An Arab-Canadian journalist and peace advocate, Jalabi was born in Damascus and reared in Germany and Saudi Arabia. She earned her bachelor of arts in anthropology and political science at McGill University and her master's degree in journalism from Carleton University. She is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Concordia University.

Jalabi has said her primary interests are in the theory of nonviolence, conflict resolution and social change. Her lecture will examine the nature of activism and the principles of coexistence in the Middle East.

She has been a weekly columnist for the Saudi daily newspaper Al Yaum and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University. She has worked as a columnist for Al-Jadeedah magazine in London and wrote about cultural, social and literary topics.

Her work seeks to re-examine the nature of activism and underlying principles of coexistence through a Muslim lens. She has lectured about these themes in Canada and the U.S.

She is a member of the WISE (Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality) Shura Council.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.