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Fulbright Scholar Who Worked to Implement Iraqi Constitution to Spend Three Weeks at Doane

Mohamed El Ghannam spent 16 months in Baghdad on a United Nations mission to review and implement the Iraqi Constitution.

Southeast Nebraska residents will have the opportunity to learn about the politics, religion and daily life of Iraq when Doane welcomes El Ghannam -- now a visiting Fulbright Scholar -- to campus Oct. 19-Nov. 8, 2007.

He plans to share "a non-biased opinion about what is happening in Iraq," as well as insight into:

  • The Muslim perspective on the happenings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
  • The Muslim and/or Arab perspective about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East
  • The practice of "Jihad" and suicide bombings and whether they are accepted by the Arab world

El Ghannam is a legal affairs officer for the United Nations Office of Constitutional Support in Iraq and in that role develops programs to implement Iraq's new constitution.

His visit is part of the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program, which promotes understanding of the Muslim civilization through U.S. higher educational institutions that host specialists from the Muslim world for short-term programs of intensive lecturing and public outreach.

El Ghannam will live on Doane's Crete campus and keep office hours in Gaylord Hall. But his visit includes numerous off-campus presentations in Crete, Lincoln, Beatrice and Grand Island.

During his stay, El Ghannam will meet with groups ranging from the Nebraska Bar Association to high school students and church congregations.

"This is a huge opportunity for rural Nebraska to establish a deeper understanding of Islam and the Muslim people. We worked hard to make sure Mr. El Ghannam could reach out to a cross section of American culture," said Jan Willems, director of International Programs at Doane.

Doane students will have ready access to El Ghannam, who is scheduled to interact with classes including world geography, race and nationality, contemporary political issues and history of the Middle East.

El Ghannam is a native of Cairo, Egypt. There, he served as head of court in the Ministry of Justice of Cairo Primary Court. He also worked as an officer, prosecutor and judge earlier in his career.

El Ghannam earned an LL.M. in international legal studies -- concentrating in international protection of human rights -- from American University, Washington College of Law in 2005. He earned a master of arts in international human rights law from American University in Cairo, Egypt. He also has a bachelor of arts in laws degree in police studies from Cairo's police academy.

He was chosen for the United Nations role in mid-2006.

Doane College and First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln sponsor his visit to Nebraska. His major presentations include:

  • Oct. 30 - Grand Island high school, lunch with Rotary Club, presentation to class at Doane's Grand Island campus
  • Nov. 1 - Formal presentation on Doane's Crete campus, 7 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium
  • Nov. 2-3 Lincoln Community visit
  • Nov. 4 -- First Plymouth dinner and informal program
  • Nov. 6-- Presentation at Beatrice Library
  • Nov. 7 --Presentation at Doane's Lincoln campus
  • Nov. 8 -- Morning and afternoon presentations to Crete High School

For more information, contact Willems at 402.826.8215.