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Lecture Fund Established to Educate
UW-Eau Claire Students about Arab World Issues

RELEASED: Jan. 24, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire community will have an opportunity to focus more specifically on Middle Eastern and Arab world issues thanks to a new fund created through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Cathy Sultan
Cathy Sultan

Cathy Sultan, a peace activist, author of "Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides" and a UW-Eau Claire honorary alumna, and Dr. Kate Lang, chair of the history department, have established the Arab World Lecture Fund. The first speaker for the lecture fund will give a presentation in spring 2009.

Many individuals from the Middle East who are living in Eau Claire have donated to the fund because they believe education about Arab world issues are essential given current world politics, said Sultan, who received the honorary alumna award this past December from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for her work on Middle East peace initiatives.

"More than at any other time in our nation's history, it is essential we educate ourselves about the Middle East." Sultan said. "This lecture series will go a long way toward filling in that gap of basic knowledge."

Lang said she is delighted that the Arab-American community in Eau Claire is so supportive of the university's effort to broaden students' education about the Middle East.

"This funding will allow us to bring scholars with national and international reputations to Eau Claire at a time when it is critical for our students to learn about Arab countries," Lang said.

For more information about the lecture fund, contact Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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