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Palestinian scholar to present first lecture in Bethel College Peace Lecture Series

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN.- Palestinian scholar and conflict resolution expert Mohammed Abu-Nimer will present the first lecture in the 2002-03 Bethel College Peace Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. He will present "The Middle East Conflict: Its Impact on the Images and Reality of Christian/Muslim Relations." Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture is the first in a series of events focusing on Muslim-Christian relations.

A teacher at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., Abu-Nimer is an expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace among Palestinians and Jews. Abu-Nimer has graduate degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

An active practitioner and trainer, Abu-Nimer has conducted nearly 100 workshops in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, multiculturalism, and religion and peacebuilding in conflict areas such as Gaza, West Bank, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Mindanao (Philippines) and Guatemala.

He is the author of two books, "Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Change: The Case of Arabs and Jews in Israel" (1999) and "Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Justice in Interethnic Conflicts" (2001). He has authored numerous articles, chapters in edited books and book reviews.

The lectures are made possible in part by the Peace with Justice Task Force, Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church and the J. Winfield Fretz lecture fund.

For information on additional events in this year’s Peace Lecture series, contact Gary Flory or Jean Isaac at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, (316) 284-5217.

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