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2013.10.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Palestine Liberation Organization Leader, Holocaust Scholar to Provide Conference Keynotes at UNO in October

Omaha - A key representative from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and a world-renowned Holocaust scholar will provide two keynote addresses for a pair of conferences being held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 5.

Global Studies Conference
UNO’s 36th Annual Global Studies Conference will feature an opening keynote address from Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of PLO’s delegation to the United States, who will speak on the topic of Israel and Palestine’s ongoing conflict and the possibilities for a resolution.

Areikat’s speech takes place at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and is preceded by a 6 p.m. dinner and 5 p.m. social hour. Areikat was born and raised in Jericho in the occupied West Bank.

In addition to his current role, he has served as a PLO ambassador and deputy head and coordinator general of the Negotiations Affairs Department within the PLO. Areikat is a regular contributor on Palestinian issues for the Huffington Post.

The cost to attend the dinner and speech is $42 and requires a reservation by Wednesday, Oct. 2. Those interested can reserve their spot by calling the UNO International Studies Office at 402.554.2376.

The general public is encouraged to attend all Friday and Saturday events for a one-time cost of $10.

Interested participants should contact the UNO International Studies Office at the number listed above. For a full list of events, please visit http://world.unomaha.edu/gsc/

European Studies Conference
UNO’s 38th Annual European Studies Conference will feature a keynote luncheon address by Sara Horowitz, professor of English and director of the Koschitzky Center for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto.

Horowitz’s address is titled “If He Knows to Make a Child: Engendering Testimonies” and will take place at noon in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Horowitz received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is the author of “Voicing the Void: Muteness and Memory in Holocaust Fiction,” which won the 2001 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book.

The conference will also feature 29 panels that draw participants from colleges and universities across the United States on topics including art, history, language, literature as well as current events.

Attendance to each of the conference’s 29 panels is free and open to the general public. Interested parties are asked to RSVP to Horowitz’s address by contacting Tatyana Novikov, professor of Russian, at 402.554.4840.

For a full list of events, please visit http://www.unomaha.edu/esc/ As a metropolitan university, UNO is commitment to global engagement both academically and in practice.

The annual Global Studies and European Studies conferences are both part of UNO’s commitment to international education, which is also bolstered through study abroad programs, participation in archeological discovery in Bethsaida and being home to one of the largest collections of documents on Afghanistan in the world.

For general inquiries or media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, and 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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