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Quest for Democracy    Monday, April 18, 2011
    CFO 202
    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Mohamed Aboul-Ela, Ph.D., (Egyptian)
     Texas Woman’s University, retired

Dr. Aboul-Ela was born at a country site south of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1918, but lived in Alexandria throughout his school years.  He graduated from University in 1940.  He first taught in a vocational school and then was appointed as instructor at the University of Alexandria when it was first established about 1942.  He received an Egyptian Government scholarship to come to the U.S. where he obtained his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in 1950, majoring in plant physiology-biochemistry.  He met and married his American wife there in Iowa and they returned to Egypt to the University of Alexandria where he taught until 1962.  He brought his family of six children back to U.S. in 1962 where he started teaching at Texas A&M University.  He came to the Biology Department at TWU in 1965 and retired in 1983. 

Mohamed Sabbahi,  Ph.D., (Egyptian)
     Texas Woman’s University-Houston

Dr. Sabbahi graduated from Cairo University- School of Physical Therapy in the first class of Physical Therapy in the Middle East. He was invited to the last Science Day ceremony organized during the time of President Nasser. President Nasser honored him in that Science Day as super cum laude graduate of Egyptian universities. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southampton –UK in 1977; came as a post-doc to Boston University in 1978; worked as a research scientist at the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering group till 1984; and joined TWU in January 1985. He is academician, researcher and clinician in Neuroscience & Physical Therapy at TWU’s Houston campus.

Mahmoud Sadri, Ph.D.,(Iranian)
     Texas Woman’s University

Dr. Sadri is a professor of sociology at Texas Woman’s University and the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.  He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. from the New School University in New York City in 1988.  His major expertise includes Comparative Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Culture, and Theoretical Sociology.  His area interests are: Middle Eastern and Iranian studies, and Islamic Reformation.  His most recent books include: Migration, Globalization, and Ethnic Relations, Prentice Hall, 2003, with Mohsen Mobasher; and Reason, Freedom, and Democracy In Islam: The Essential Writings of  Abdolkarim Soroush, Oxford University Press, 2000, with Ahmad Sadri.  In addition to his English publications, Mahmoud Sadri frequently speaks in public forums, writes for Iranian reform newspapers and journals, and is interviewed by international news organizations such as NPR, BBC, Radio France, Voice of America, and Radio Australia concerning developments in Iran, Islam, and the Middle East.

Emile Sahliyeh, Ph.D., (Palestinian)
     University of North Texas

Dr. Sahliyeh received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in international relations and political science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.  He received his doctorate in political science from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  He has been a member of the Political Science Department at UNT since 1987, where he is the Director of the International Studies major.  Dr. Sahliyeh has authored many books and chapters in books, presented invited papers, lectures and workshops.  He is a member of the Middle East Studies Association and the National Advisory Council Foundation for Mideast Communication.

Khairiya Tekbali, (Libyan)
     University of North Texas

Ms. Kyrria Tekbali is a 20-year old junior at the University of North Texas.  She is an honors student majoring in International Studies.  She serves as the Resident Assistant for the Global Learning Community at UNT.    She was born in Sacramento, CA to a Libyan father and an American mother.  She speaks Arabic and grew up with a strong connection to Libya.  She has a large, extended family still in Libya and was able to visit the country in 2007.  She and her family play an active role as Libyan Americans in Libya’s struggle for freedom, and work with the Libyan American Association of North Texas.  Ms. Tekbali will graduate in May 2012, and plans to pursue her masters and doctorate in International Development.

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