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Up Against the Wall: Can Gandhi's Principles Work in Palestine?
Monday, October 17th 2005 7:00 pm
Kansas City, Missouri

Born in Palestine in 1943, Dr. Mubarak E. Awad was educated in the United States and is a licensed child psychologist. His extensive interest in counseling youth with psychological and emotional problems led to his founding of the Palestinian Counseling Center, in East Jerusalem in 1983.

Soon thereafter, Awad opened the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, in East Jerusalem, to educate communities on nonviolent solutions to conflict in the Middle East. In June 1988, he was deported by the Israeli government, despite strong support from the U.S. Administration and Secretary of State, which advocated Dr. Awad's right to stay in Palestine and petitioned the Israeli government to reverse the deportation order. Despite their efforts, he was forcibly expelled.

He founded Nonviolence International (NI) in Washington, D.C., to continue his efforts on behalf of nonviolent transformation of conflict in the Middle East, as well as to promote the global educational process on nonviolent methods for the resolution of conflict. NI is a nonprofit organization' that has offices in Russia, Thailand, and Palestine.

Dr. Awad is Adjunct Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C. He is also Resident Researcher with the American University Center for Global Peace, in Washington.

For troubled U.S. children, Dr. Awad established the National Youth Advocate Program (NY AP) and serves as its President. With subsidiaries in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, and an international affiliate (Y API), NY AP is a private, nonprofit organization designed to support, guide and facilitate the development and operation of community-based residential and non-residential services for needy youth.

Dr. Awad has played a substantial role, at different levels, in bringing Palestinians and Israelis together to discuss peace and reconciliation and has recently been allowed to return to Palestine for short periods of time. Since the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993, Dr. Awad has actively supported the grass-roots organization of Palestinians for democracy and elections. Dr. Awad holds U. S. citizenship.

UMKC, Univ Ctr, Room 1006 5100 Rockhill Road Kansas City Missouri 64110 

Matt Quinn