The Kennedy Lecture Series Brings Middle East Peace Advocate to Ohio University


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The Kennedy Lecture Series at Ohio University is bringing peace advocate Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish to campus, Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 in the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium to talk about possibility of peace in the Middle East.

Dr. Abuelaish is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, an author, and a Palestinian physician. In 2010, he wrote an autobiography I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey.  In the book, he talks about his loss and his transformation.

 Dr. Abuelaish had three daughters killed in January 2009 by Israeli shelling.

In the book, he talks about forgiveness as the solution to conflict and as a catalyst for peace.

Both Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko, chair of the Kennedy Lecture Series Committee, and Dr. Abuelaish talk with WOUB’s Tom Hodson about Dr. Abuelaish’s visit to Ohio University. He comes as part of a partnership between the Kennedy Lecture Series and the Center for International Studies.

Dr. Dabelko also gives an overview of the upcoming Kennedy Lecture season and talks about the process from brining notable speakers to the Ohio University campus.  The Kennedy Lecture series has been part of campus life for over 50 years.