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Sept. 10, 2012

Fulbright Fellow from Egypt is first Debate for a Cause lecture series speaker at BSC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The inaugural Debate for a Cause lecture series at Birmingham-Southern College will begin with a discussion about the Jan. 25 revolution by the people of Egypt. The series, designed to create a forum for the campus community to dialogue about important international topics of the day, will feature Fulbright Fellow and BSC Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Amina El Halawani as the first speaker. Fulbright Fellow and BSC Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Amina El Halawani

Halawani, who is teaching Arabic on campus this semester, will talk on the topic "Is the Arab Spring Over in Egypt?" on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Campus Center's Bruno Great Hall at a lecture that is free and open to the public.

Debate for a Cause is being sponsored by Ana Lejava, BSC's 2012-13 Southern Diversity Delegate, in cooperation with the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Sklenar Center for International Programs. The debate program is designed to be an interactive series of discussions led by Fulbright scholars from around the world. After each presentation, there will be a time for students, faculty, or staff to share their thoughts and ideas. In addition, each presentation will be videotaped and made available on the Southern Diversity Delegate's Facebook page offering more opportunities for members of the campus community to talk about what they've heard.

Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, Halawani studied English language and literature in college. She graduated from Alexandria University in 2008, where she later worked as a teaching assistant and pursued her graduate studies. She earned a master's in English language and literature this past July after the discussion of her dissertation, which was entitled "Prospero's Revels: A Study of the Folktale Elements in a Selection of Shakespeare's Comedies."

Halawani also is interested in peace studies and conflict resolution methods, and she has taken several independent study courses in this field provided by the Center for Democracy and Social Peace Studies, formerly known as the Institute for Peace Studies, at the Library of Alexandria in collaboration with the University for Peace (UPeace) in Costa Rica. She witnessed the events of the revolution in Egypt and its aftermath up until the time she arrived in the U.S. in August.

This event counts towards a CEIS credit.

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