Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students
July 12, 2007
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
The community is invited to attend two forums featuring 22 student-leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who are visiting the United States through a special State Department program.
The first forum, “The Role of University Students on the Middle Eastern Campus and in Society,” which will contrast Middle Eastern students with their American counterparts, will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30 in the Krasa Presentation Room on the campus of Benedictine University. A reception with coffee and dessert will follow.
The second forum, “Images of the United States in the Middle East,” which will explore how the United States is perceived in the home countries of the Middle East students, will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9 in the Krasa Presentation Room. A reception with coffee and dessert will follow.
Benedictine University is hosting the students as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders program. Benedictine is one of only five U.S. universities hosting students from this program.
The students come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and Palestine. They live on Benedictine’s campus through mid-August and participate in academic seminars, community service projects and cultural tours.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.