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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series

Frank Islam and Sanjay Rai Photo

Photo above features Frank Islam (left) and Dr. Sanjay Rai (right). The artwork behind Mr. Islam and Dr. Rai was created by David Carter, the chair of the Germantown Art Department, as a gift from the College to Mr. Islam.

The following is a list of speakers for the Spring 2016 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia.

Luis Branco Photo

Wednesday, February 3 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Luis Branco, co-founder of Zalgen Labs

Ebola and Other Pandemic Diseases: Their Economic, Social, and Political Impact on West African Nations.
Dr. Branco has extensive experience in research, clinical, and outreach logistics in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, where he has been working since 2008 on viral hemorrhagic fevers, including the recent 2014-2015 Ebolavirus outbreak.

Azar Nafisi Photo

Tuesday, February 16 - 7:00 p.m.

Azar Nafisi, author

Literature’s Place in a Free and Enlightened Society
Nafisi is a fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She is an Iranian writer, a professor of English Literature, has won numerous literary awards, and has taught at Oxford University and universities in Tehran. She has resided in the US since 1997 and became an American citizen in 2008.

Leonard Pitts Photo

Wednesday, March 2 - 7:00 p.m.

Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Race and Social Justice: Why Black Lives Matter
“To treat where it hurts, one must first acknowledge that it still hurts….[this acknowledgement] gives the lie to the self-congratulatory balloon juice about how this country has overcome its founding sin.” (Miami Herald, August 2015)

Dervish with Cathy Jordan Photo

Monday,March 21 - 7:00 p.m.

Dervish with Cathy Jordan

Traditional Irish Music - Straight from Ireland, featuring Dervish and Brilliant Soloist, Cathy Jordan
Cathy has been the front woman and bodhran player with Dervish and has led them through thousands of concerts: playing at the Great Wall of China, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and at Rock in Rio to 250 thousand people.

Jennifer Lawless Photo

Tuesday, April 5 -11:00 a.m.

Jennifer Lawless, author

Running from Office: Why Young People Are Turned Off to Politics (published 2015)
Lawless has authored other notable books, including It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (2010). Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Victoria Chang Photo

Monday,April 25 - 11:00 a.m.

Victoria Chang, poet

Searing Poems Ranging from Infidelity to Global Politics
Literary critic James Longenbach writes that Chang’s poetry is an “intersection where the personal, the global, the political, and domestic all collide in a shower of sparks. There is brutality, depravity, but there is great beauty as well - the kind that endures and has lasting power.”

Free to students and public
Location: Montgomery College, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876, Germantown Campus, High Tech Building, Globe Hall

No Reservations Required.
For questions, contact Joan Naake at 240-567-1951 or Email: .

For accommodations, please call 240-567-7767 or 240-567-6967

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