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09/22/2015

Syrian Scholar Addresses Her Country's Civil War During Sept. 23 Lecture

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 Syrian native and scholar Mary Mikhael will speak at Winthrop University on Wednesday, Sept. 23, on the civil war going on since 2011 and its resulting refugee crisis.
 Her 7 p.m. lecture in 215 Sims Science Building is free and open to the public.

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Mary Mikhael
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – The four-year Syrian civil war has created a huge migration of immigrants into neighboring countries and as far away as Europe.

Syrian native and scholar Mary Mikhael will speak at Winthrop University on Wednesday, Sept. 23, on the civil war and its resulting refugee crisis in a speech titled “The Syrian Struggle Today: Refugees, Displacement, and Destruction.” Her 7 p.m. lecture in 215 Sims Science Building is free and open to the public.

This will be Mikhael’s fourth visit to Rock Hill and her third visit to Winthrop. With the International Day of Peace celebrated this week on Sept. 21, there will be a small ceremony following the talk. Those in attendance will gather around the Winthrop University Peace Pole in Hardin Gardens for singing and fellowship with Hershel Lee Brown and faculty member Don Rakestraw.

Mikhael has worked with Syrian refugees for many years. As the first woman president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon, she held that job until her recent retirement which coincided with the tragic events that began in Syria. She was appointed by the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to become its designated communicator with their partners in the United States and Europe. She is the interpreter of the church’s ministry among refugees and internally displaced Syrians. Mikhael also is fund raiser for the relief program in which the church reaches out to thousands of families every month.

She is a graduate of Haigazian University and the Near East School of Theology. After completing graduate studies in the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, she returned to the seminary as a professor of Christian education. Later she earned her Doctor of Education degree from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York City.

The Sept. 23 lecture is sponsored by the Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution Studies Program, the Providence Presbytery and Rock Hill for Peace. Co-sponsors are the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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