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May 15, 1995

Lecture on Role of Arab Women at Library of Congress on June 8

Professor Leila Fawaz, chair of the Department of History at Tufts University, will lecture on "The Role of Arab Women in Social Change" on Thursday, June 8, in a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Library of Congress's Near East Section.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E.

Dr. Fawaz has written extensively about Middle Eastern affairs, particularly the history of Lebanon. Since 1983, she has been teaching at Tufts' Department of History, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She was the editor of The International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (1989-1994) and the series The History of Society of the Modern Middle East, published by Columbia University Press.

The program is the third of four planned by the Near East Section in its anniversary celebration aimed at creating greater awareness of the rich resources at the Library and a better understanding of the varied aspects of Middle Eastern cultures.

Program participants June 8 will include the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington; Representative Pat Danner of Missouri; and Dr. George N. Atiyeh, head of the Near East Section.

Parking will be available in the Madison Building garage, through its entrance on Second Street, between Independence Avenue and C Street, but parking reservations must be made with the Library's Special Events Office at (202) 707-5218 by June 2.

As for all Library public programs, interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided on request if placed six business days in advance of the lecture. Call (202) 707-6362, TTY and voice, to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, contact the Disability Employment office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 95-077
ISSN 0731-3527

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