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


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Thursday, September 15, 7:00 PM

Thomas Frank, Author

Why has the middle class declined? Why do wages keep falling? Why does Wall Street get bailouts?—these are the questions Thomas Frank answers. In this critical election year, Frank calls the Demo-crats back to their historic goals—“the only way to reverse the rift between rich and poor in America.”

An American political analyst, Thomas Frank is the noted author of Pity the Millionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?

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Wednesday, September 28 - 12:00 PM

Nadia Hashimi, Author

Nadia Hashimi paints a poignant picture of two gen-erations of women in Afghanistan. The ancient cus-tom of bacha posh, allowing a young woman to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age, plays a role in the lives of both women.

Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician and a gifted writer. Her parents left Afghanistan in the 1970’s; she was raised in the U.S. and visited Afghanistan in 2002 for the first time. Surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins, the Afghan culture has been an integral part of her daily life.

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Wednesday, October 19 - 12:00 PM

Marianne Schnall, Author/Editor

Is 2016 the year in which a woman will be elected President of the U.S.? Find out from Maya Ange-lou, Gloria Steinem, Governor Mary Fallin, Sena-tor Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Congresswoman Nan-cy Pelosi, Nicholas Kristof, and Soledad O’Brien what it will take to make a woman President. Au-thor Schnall has collected over 40 interviews and essays in an attempt to discover what obstacles need to be overcome and what changes need to be made to elect a woman into the White House.

A graduate of Cornell University, Schnall is a wide-ly published writer and interviewer. She is a fea-tured contributor to NPR’s radio show 51%: The Women’s Perspective. She is also the author of Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness, and Finding Your Own Voice.

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Tuesday, November 1 - 7:00 PM

Ambassador Delano Lewis, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (1999-2001),

As a product of segregated schools in Kansas City, Ambassador Lewis has dealt with the challenges of a society that discriminates based on race and color. Having been CEO of C & P Telephone and CEO of NPR and having been the U. S. Ambassa-dor to South Africa during the Clinton administra-tion, he is uniquely poised to offer his ideas on advancing race relations in the United States.

A graduate of Washburn Law School, Ambassador Lewis worked as an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department and was country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda. He has authored the inspirational It All Begins with Self.

Henry Greenbaum Photo

Wednesday, November 16 - 7:00 PM

Henry Greenbaum, Holocaust Survivor

Henry was twelve when the Ger-mans occupied his hometown in Poland. Over the next six years, he was forced to live in a ghetto, to perform slave labor, and to live in concentration camps, and was sent on a death march. He was finally liberated by the American Army in 1945, but had lost his mother and five of his eight siblings. He emigrated from Poland to the United States and built a new life in Montgomery County, Maryland.



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