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Lectures and educational events held at FICR include:

May 27, 2006, Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether gave a lecture: American Empire and the War Against Evil.

Currently Dr. Ruether lectures at the Graduate University at Claremont, CA. For many years she taught at Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL, and more recently at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA. She has been invited to give keynote addresses at numerous conferences around the world, teach courses in universities in the U.S. and outside the U.S., and speak to audiences on all five continents. In 1990, after spending a semester at Tantur, she was instrumental in organizing the first liberation theology conference in Palestine that brought together for dialogue Palestinian Christians and Liberation Theologians from around the world. Dr. Ruether has brought many student groups to the Middle East and is active on Middle East issues in the US. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Friends of Sabeel/North America. Dr. Ruether is the author of more than 40 books. She has had numerous chapters published in books, and has written hundreds of articles for academic journals and church papers. She and her husband, Herman Ruether, co-authored the book The Wrath of Jonah, a history and analysis of the religious roots of the Middle East conflict.

Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether giving a lecture at FICR

June 7, 2006, Rev. Dr. Don Wagner gave a lecture: Christian Zionism and Its Impact on US Policy in the Middle East. He also spoke about the development of the divestment movement in the US, using the experience of his own church, the Presbyterian Church USA, as an example.
Currently Dr. Wagner is professor of Middle East studies at North Park University. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has been active on Middle East issues since the late 1970's, including the divestment issue during the past two years. For more than a decade he was the director of the Human Rights Campaign in Chicago. Don has written extensively on Middle East issues, including the book Anxious for Armageddon. He is an expert on Christian Zionism and Middle Eastern Christianity and has lectured extensively on these subjects and other Middle East topics. He is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Friends of Sabeel/North America.

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December 6, 2006 Maxim Sansour, co-founder and board member of Open Bethlehem gave a presentation about the situation in Bethlehem – expanding of the surrounding settlements, continued land confiscation, destruction of fruit trees, lack of funds to build and improve infrastructure, and now the Wall – all of which are strangling the economy of Bethlehem and cutting it off from the rest of the West Bank and from the rest of the world. For more information about Open Bethlehem go to www.openbethlehem.org. Four persons responded to the presentation and a discussion followed: Sam Bahour, a Palestinian American businessperson living in Ramallah talked about the most pressing issues facing Palestinians in Palestine today. Amal Jadou, Director General for International Relations in the President's office talked about what is being done by the PA in this situation. Greg Khalil, a member of the Negotiations Support Unit, gave an analysis of the situation. Tim Seidel, MCC Peace Development worker talked about what internationals are doing and can be doing in Palestine and outside of Palestine.

His presentation can be found at:

At Sam Bahour's suggestion, persons present and others took on the task of purchasing a CD by Open Bethlehem and sending it to their pastor at home. More than 50 CDs were Fed-Exed to the US by Sam the following week.

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February 14, 2007 Dr. Adel Yahya gave a lecture and power-point presentation on The Effects of the Apartheid Wall on Palestinian Cultural Heritage.
Dr. Yahya is currently the director of PACE (the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange. He has a PhD in archaeology from Germany and has authored several books on topics varying from Palestinian history and archaeology as well as oral history and refugees. He is often invited to speak at international conferences and give lecture tours about Palestinian archeology. PACE staff organized an exhibit of traditional Palestinian crafts and handicrafts including: embroidery, rugs, basket weave, ceramics, olive wood, olive soap, tour guide books and booklets, posters, postcards, pictures, and other items from Palestine. The Items were for viewing and for sale.

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