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Degree Level /Concentration: Studied History of Islam in Egypt at Northwestern University; earned MA in Theology and Church History from McCormick Theological Seminary; and received a double major, BA in Art History and French Literature from University of Illinois at Chicago with Honors and Distinction. Olfat is fluent in French and Arabic.
Professional Background: Currently she is an Adjunct Faculty at College of DuPage in the Religious Studies Department. As an Adjunct Faculty at Benedictine University, she taught courses that she designed such as "Icons and Orthodoxy," "Women Artists," "Christianity in Islam". She was the Poet in Residence for the Sondra Gaer Show on NPR. Olfat wrote and produced a popular educational TV program to engage children and their parents: "Training Your Parents" for NCTV, in Naperville. At Encyclopedia Britannica she worked as Senior Research Editor. She was invited several times at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford England, where she presented papers that were published in the journal "Forum on Public Policy." She is a Free Lance Lecturer.
While in Egypt she held the position of the Executive assistant to the Danish Project attaché, at the Danish Embassy. She taught English as Second Language at the American University in Cairo; and showed her paintings in both The First Summer and The First Winter Salons, in the Art Museum of Alexandria. She also published poems and short stories in Watini, an Egyptian newspaper.
Olfat has written the manuscript for the textbook, for the course MSL 550 - The Endowment of Religions for Female Leadership."The Rightful Place of Women: Female Leadership Endowed in World Scriptures."
She also edited the book titled "Introduction to Islam" written by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni.