Homeland Security policy advisor to discuss civil liberties, Oct. 19

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Talk is part of URI’s fall Honors Colloquium

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 8, 2010 – Kareem Shora, a senior policy advisor in the Department of Homeland Security and former national executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. His lecture, “A Civil Society: Can We Protect The Right and Liberties of All Communities,” will be delivered in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston. The talk, free and open to the public, is part of URI’s ongoing Honors Colloquium on RACE. Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live by going to www.uri.edu.

“Shora was chosen to speak by the colloquium coordinators because of his leadership and work at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, which tries to educate and prevent unfair discrimination and stereotyping of Arabs and Arab-Americans,” said Gail Faris, assistant director of student life and the Women’s Center and one of the colloquium coordinators. “It was important to the committee to include a speaker of Arab decent because of misunderstandings, prejudice, and profiling that have historically existed, but have increased since 9/11.

For a complete, up-to-date schedule of the colloquium, visit www.uri.edu/hc. For further information, contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2303 or deg@uri.edu. For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401.874.2853 or zman@foundation.uri.edu.

Major Sponsors:

Honors program, Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, Richard and Jean Harrington and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services, Office of the President.

Sustaining Sponsors:

The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, the Thomas Silva and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.


Division of University Advancement, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Department of Communication Studies, Center for Students Leadership Development, Office of the Dean of Students, Women’s Studies Program, Athletics, Multicultural Center, Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, University College – Phi Eta Sigma, Department of Kinesiology.