Madame Jehan Sadat to speak at TMCC Tuesday

TMCC NEWS RELEASE:

Sadat_JehanFirst Lady of Egypt Brings Message of Peace and Civil Rights

Truckee Meadows Community College, supported by the Seeds for Peace and Understanding Endowment, will present Madame Jehan Sadat as part of the TMCC Distinguished Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at the college’s Dandini Campus. Tickets for this event are $10 each. For information, please call 775-674-4851 or go to www.tmcc.edu/dss.

Madame Jehan Sadat, the wife of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, will discuss her work as an educator and social activist for women’s rights and international peace. As Egypt’s First Lady, Mme. Sadat challenged the popularly held world-view of the Middle Eastern woman. Following the assassination of President Sadat in 1981, the deeply aggrieved Jehan Sadat retreated from public life, her beloved projects and her teaching position at Cairo University. After a period of grief and uncertainty, she resumed her role as an educator, lecturer and social activist for women’s rights and the cause of international peace.

Today, her mission is to maintain her husband’s legacy, keeping alive his memory so that future generations will know that Egypt’s President Sadat was a “man of peace.” Through her activities at home in Egypt and her participation in numerous international events, she has presented the face of the modern Arab woman to the Western World. She often states, “The most precious capital any country can have is an educated citizenry.” She promotes education and learning in all aspects and stages of life, particularly for women, as the major way for any nation to achieve lasting economic, social and political equality.

This event is sponsored by TMCC and the Seeds for Peace and Understanding Endowment, and supported by the TMCC Student Government Association, the Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC), the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and the Peppermill.

The TMCC Distinguished Speaker Series aims to bring a broad spectrum of speakers to the college to enrich the academic lives of students and community members. The opportunity to hear a variety of speakers and attend different events offers a greater understanding of different cultural perspectives to participants.

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