Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students

Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students
July 11, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The community is invited to attend a forum featuring 18 student-leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who are visiting the United States through a special State Department program. The forum will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28 in the Krasa Presentation Room on the campus of Benedictine University. 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 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders seeks to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and help to develop future world leaders. Through the program, students explore the principles of democracy and fundamental American values such as individual rights, freedom of expression, tolerance and volunteerism. The students come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. They live on Benedictine’s campus through early 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, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.