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Prominent speakers visit UCC March 12

  Posted on: March 2, 2004

KAMLOOPS-Two women of note will visit UCC on Friday, March 12th, to deliver free public presentations:

The UCC Social Sciences and Humanities Lecture Series presents Khadija Haffajee, representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada, who will speak on current concerns. Haffajee has a distinguished record of service to refugees and non-governmental organizations in education and development work.

She attended the United Nations Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China, as a member of the International Muslim Non-Governmental Organization and has been Assistant Secretary General of the International Muslim Women’s Union.

She was the first woman elected to the decision-making body of the Islamic Society of North America, and in 1999 she was invited to attend the World Conference on Religion and Peace held in Amaan, Jordan, as the Canadian Muslim Women’s representative. She recently received an award from the Canadian Islamic Congress for Excellence in Community Service.

The presentation will be in the Arts and Education building AE108 at noon. For more information, please contact Mervyn Nicholson at 828-5255.

The UCC EML Lecture Series presents poet, novelist and essayist Theresa Kishkan, author of six books of poetry, including Arranging the Gallery (1976), Premonitions and Gifts (1979), A Shadow of Antlers (1981), Morning Glory (1991) Ikons of the Hunt (1978) and Month of Wild Berries Picking (1998).

She is also the author of a short book, Inishbream, published early in her career, and Red Laredo Boots (1996), a collection of essays. Her first novel, Sisters of Grass, set in the Nicola Valley with references to many Interior locations, including Kamloops, was published in 2000. At her UCC presentation, she will read from that book, and from her recently completed novel, Man in a Distant Field.

Her reading will be hosted in the Arts and Education Building, AE304 at 1 p.m. A photo of Kishkan is available by contacting Bronwen Scott at For more information, please call Connie Brim at 828-5259.