Center Hosts Lectures by Gopin and Saudi Poet Nawwab

Posted: February 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution hosts two events this week at the Arlington Campus. Tomorrow, Marc Gopin, director of CRDC, will talk on “Reconciliation in Abrahamic Perspective: Lessons from the Middle East,” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb.16, Saudi poet Nimah Ismail Nawwab will speak from 1 to 3 p.m. on “Women, the Arts, and Islam in Saudi Arabia.” Both events will be held in the Truland Building, Room 555. All are invited.

Gopin recently returned from several weeks in the Middle East, where he engaged in discussions and negotiations with religious and political figures on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. His talk is sponsored by the CRDC and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Council on Faith and International Affairs. RSVP to

Nawwab, who is descended from a long line of Makkan scholars, is an English writer, poet, and photographer. She is author of The Unfurling, the first collection of poems by a Saudi woman poet to be published in the United States. Her poems, also published online, address a variety of topics, including women, freedom, Arabian society, and the younger generation of Saudis, as well as more universal themes of love, loss, and joy. RSVP to

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to these events. Coffee and tea will be provided.

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