Fulbright scholar visits Lone Star College–CyFair

Published on: April 02, 2007

Lone Star College–CyFair will host Fulbright Visiting Specialist Dr. Abdelrahman A. Abdrabou the week of April 16 through April 20 with his visit culminating in his participation as opening speaker for the Fourth Annual International Education Conference, “Global Changes: Political, Philosophical, Physical,”  Friday, April 20.

Dr. Abdrabou arrived last month at Lone Star College System as part of an initiative sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Dr. Abdrabou is a professor of English education and translation at Sana’a University in Sana’a, Yemen and one of teh world's top translators of Arabic to English.

Dr. Abdrabou is spending a week at each of the district’s five colleges to meet with students, faculty and community members. His efforts will focus on promoting mutual understanding by engaging in dialogue and educational opportunities. He will be presenting lectures  on the Muslim World, including Arabic literature and religion, to students and the community, as well as working with district faculty on program and curriculum development.

While at Lone Star College–CyFair, Dr. Abdrabou will be touring Lone Star College–Fairbanks Center and attending various campus events. There will also be an all campus reception at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, and Interfaith Dialogue at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, and a presentation and dialogue on the difference between Shias and Sunnis at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday April 18. For information on these and other planned activities during his Lone Star College–CyFair visit, call 281-290-5275.

The annual International Education Conference draws faculty, administrators, and students in the Texas Gulf Coast region together to discuss global issues and best practices in international education and includes a variety of presentations on international topics, many exhibitors, as well as a student poster contest. For conference registration and information, go to www.lonestar.edu/goto/ips.

Lone Star College System is one of 57 U.S. colleges and universities selected to host a Fulbright Visiting Specialist from the Muslim World during the 2006–2007 academic year. 

The Fulbright program, Direct Access to the Muslim World, helps U.S. higher education institutions and communities enrich their understanding of Islamic civilization and culture, and social, political and economic developments in the Muslim world.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since the establishment of the Program, 45,400 Fulbright Visiting Scholars have conducted research or taught in U.S. universities and more than 43,600 Fulbright U.S. Scholars have engaged in similar activities abroad.