‘Women, Islam, and America:’ Third Discussion in Series

March 14, 2002

In honor of Women’s History Month, “Women, Islam, and America” will be the third panel in the series entitled “September 11, 2001 – Responses and Reflections” begun last fall. The in-depth conversation will be Wednesday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Nut House in the Student Activities Center (old SMA Mess Hall) on the Mary Baldwin University campus, Staunton.

Panelists will be Mary Baldwin 1999 graduate Ubah Ansari, an American woman of South Asian heritage and Muslim faith; Helena Cobban, a columnist on global issues for the Christian Science Monitor, a former journalist in the Middle East who grew up in Lebanon, and is author of The Moral Architecture of World Peace: Nobel Laureates Discuss our Global Future; and Mason Purcell, an American businesswoman and dealer in oriental rugs whose work has taken her into and around Afghanistan for more than two decades, and who has employed 2,500 Afghan women in refugee camps as rug weavers.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The Mary Baldwin University Status of Women Committee sponsors the event.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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