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Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Syrian-born Guzide Kobati, adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages will kick off the Spring Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at SUNY Rockland Community College with a talk on a prominent Arabic writer on Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m


Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at SUNY Rockland Community College


Syrian-born faculty member discusses life in a conservative traditional society


Suffern, NY - Rockland Community College's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will kick off its Spring 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series with a talk on a prominent Arabic poet who rebelledagainst a conservative traditional society. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lecture – "Colette Khoury: A Prominent Arabic Poet and Writer Who Rebelled"

Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Admission: Free and open to the public

Guzide Kobati, adjunct faculty, Foreign Languages, will discuss the prominent Arabic writer and poet, Colette Khoury, who rebelled against the core moral values of a conservative traditional society.


Presenter Guzide Kobati, born in Damascus and raised in northern Syria, knows what it means to live in a socially conservative society where girls are judged by the way they conduct themselves outside and inside their immediate family. Education was the only respectable way to ease the suffocating social pressure.


Kobati learned English at school and by listening to the world broadcast, "Voice of America." She earned a B.A. in Business Management from Gazi University in Ankara-Turkey and worked as a freelance translator and taught Arabic as a second language for eight years in Turkey.  Kobati has lived in the U.S. since 1992. In 1998, she earned a B.A. in Economics from Hunter College. She resides in New Jersey, teaches Arabic at Rockland Community College, and works as a member of the "COLABA" team of Arabic scholars at Columbia University.


The Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series will also include:

Tuesday, March 16, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

"The Attack on Pearl Harbor: New Historical and Psychological Considerations"

Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Lecture by David R. Beisel, PhD, Professor of Social Sciences

This presentation by a noted psychohistorian seeks to break new ground by looking at several of the underlying background aspects of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its short- and long-term psychological consequences typically not addressed by historians.


Tuesday, April 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

"Conquering Math Anxiety"

Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Lecture by Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics

This presentation discusses the causes of math anxiety and strategies for success.


Tuesday, April 13, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

"Pilgrims on a Stony Path: Seeking Enhanced Literacy at the Community College"

Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Lecture by Nancy Leech, PhD, Professor of English

This presentation will study sources of motivation illustrated in case studies of exceptional clients of the RCC Writing Center.


Monday, May 3, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

"From Image to Meaning: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity through Mandarin Chinese"

Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Lecture by Liya Li, PhD, Professor of English

An illustrated discussion of the reflection of Chinese aesthetics and ideology in Chinese characters.  Li grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution.


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