The University of Southern Maine will host the discussion “Middle Eastern Women For Change: Three Voices, Three Religions, One Vision,” from 7-9 p.m., on Thursday, November 13 in Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonny Hall, Portland. The discussion brings to USM’s campus three Middle Eastern women representing the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths, who will shed light on their experiences and perspectives on war and how to build peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Also speaking at the event will be USM’s President Selma Botman, who is a scholar of modern Middle Eastern politics and society; Director of USM’s Academic Council for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies Abraham Peck; and Jonathan Reitman, Esq. The event is free and open to the public.
“Middle Eastern Women for Change: Three Voices, Three Religions, One Vision,” is part of the Fifteenth National Jerusalem Women Speak Tour, organized by Partners for Peace, based in Washington D.C. Its mission is to bring about a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Speakers include Enas Muthaffar, a Palestinian Muslim film maker from Jerusalem; Julia Chaitin, an Israeli Jewish educator from Kibbutz Urimin in the Negev, Israel; and Lucy Talgieh, a Palestinian Christian conflict resolution specialist from Bethlehem. They have been touring the U.S. this year speaking about the realities they live with amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each of the women are engaged in their own ways to resolve the conflict and bring a happier and more peaceful future to their region.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) offers its 10,000 plus students more than 115 areas of undergraduate and graduate study. USM’s location in southern Maine, a region cited as one of the most liveable in the country, offers a range of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.