U.S. Institute of Peace Speaker Addresses Conference Participants

  • Monday, February 25, 2008

    Bishai, LindaPRINCESS ANNE, MD - Dr. Linda Bishai a senior program officer in the International Education and Training Center of the U.S. Institute of Peace will speak during UMES' Humanities Series event on Tuesday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Henson Center, Room1112.  The event is part of a three day conference on Sudanese politics and language.

    Bishai's topic, "Sudan in Transition," will address the various political stages of the peace agreements in the South, East and Darfur, as well as preparations for the upcoming elections in 2009.  As senior program officer with the U.S. Institute of Peace, Bishai's focus is on secondary and university education in international relations, conflict resolution, human rights and peace studies. 

    Bishai served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked on an introduction to international human rights law for the federal judiciary.  She has taught political science at Towson University, Brunel University, the London School of Economics and the University of Stockholm.  She holds a bachelor's from Harvard, a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.

    SulaimanJeddo, chairman of Darfur Peace and Development, located in Alexandria, Va., will address the language issues and their evolution of the Darfur, Sudan conflict at 2:30 p.m..  The historical social mobility and tribal migration impacting the Darfur Region will be explored. 

    UMES instructor SiddigIsmail, will give an overview of the new conversational Arabic course being offered at UMES.  The course focuses on speaking the language used in over 22 countries and by over 220 million people.  "The new conversational Arabic course is a proud addition to the UMES foreign language offerings," said Dr. Chester Hedgepeth, director of the African languages research project, interim chair of the Department of English and Modern Language.  "We are one of a few regional universities able to present this critical language class."

    The conference is sponsored by the African Languages Research Project in the School of Arts and Professions, Department of English and Modern Languages.  For more information, call 410-651-6553.           

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu. 

    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.