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GILD Newsletter October 2011

GILD Newsletter October 2011

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“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding” -Albert EinsteinOctober 2011Volume 1, Issue 2
A Glance at the Conference
I wanted to attend Hickman’s GlobalIssues Club’s Conference, the FourthAnnual Goodwill Conference: CrossingBoarders and Connecting People, not onlyas the president-elect of GILD, but also asan educator. I saw an opportunity for mystudents to get outside of the classroom tomeet people and learn new things; I sawan opportunity for 
to get out of theclassroom to meet people and learn newthings. I believe it is important for teachers, and for us all, to have theseexperiences because they are whatchange us - and what opens us up to theworld.
I walked in that Saturday morning inApril to several Hickman students greetingme at the sign-up table. Theyenthusiastically asked me to choose threeworkshops to attend. The workshopscovered everything from Islamic art andMiddle East geography, to religion andstereotypes. I had to admit that I had ahard time choosing. There were so manyexperiences to take advantage of.
I received my passport, which servedas the record of my journey through theconference. I followed the crowd to theschool auditorium for my first stop on thejourney. The keynote speaker SaleemAlhabash, a doctoral candidate from theUniversity of Missouri, was alreadyprepared to address the conferenceparticipants. He spoke about stereotypesprevalent in the United States aboutMuslims, Arabs, and Arab Muslims. Hetalked about the media coverage of Muslims and Arabs, and about the newestepisode in the history of the Middle East -the Arab Spring – in which thousands of people are standing up to despoticregimes in the area. He answered greatquestions; he asked even greater ones.He ran out of time, but left the audienceinspired.
Then it was time for my next stop onthe journey: the workshops. At the firstone I attended, led by the MuslimSpeakers’ Bureau of Columbia, I wasgreeted with “Assalaamualaikum” (“Peace be upon you”), and Ilearned how to respondwith, “Wa alaikumassalaam” (“Peace alsobe with you”). I ate upthe information like itwas a piece of cake, andsaw that the studentswere engaged in thingsvery unfamiliar to manyof them.
Next, lunch wasprovided on the journey.There was delicioushummus and extra-largegyros. There wassambusa and falafel,and smooth passion fruitjuice to drink. For dessert, they served baklava that melted inmy mouth.
Unfortunately, every good journeyhas an end, and by the end of this one, Iwas satiated with new knowledge. It wasalso evident that the students had learnedthings that they probably would not havehad the chance to learn otherwise. Theymet new people and learned outside of the classroom. The conference was agreat success, and I cannot wait to seewhere the journey takes us next year!
By: Becky Aguayo
Table of Contents:
4th Annual Good Will Conference
Meet the Board Members
Upcoming Events
Thank you’s
Students signing-in for the conferenceHickman’s Global Issues Club: in front: Cayla, and back rowL to R: Meghan, Forrest, Myah, Emily, Laura, and GILDfounder, Nadege Uwase
Keynote Speaker: Saleem Alhabash
Saleem Alhabash is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri’s Schoolof Journalism. He researches the effects of new and social media on thechange of national/cultural attitudes and stereotypes. He also teaches coursesin Cross Cultural Journalism, International Journalism, Global StrategicCommunication, and Interactive Advertising. In fall 2011, Saleem will bejoining the faculty at Michigan State University, where he will be teachingPublic Relations and Social Media. Saleem was born and raised in Ramallah,Palestine. Prior to graduate school, he co-founded a national youth not-for-profit organization called PYALARA (Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership And Rights Activation), where he also managed a monthlynewspaper, The Youth Times, supervised a youth television show, and headeda number of community projects. He will talk about media in the Middle East,how it is changing with new and social media, and how it is assistingsociopolitical change and democracy.
Conference Program
Geography: From Maghrib to Muscat: a Tour of the Middle East
Offered by Phillip Klopfenstein
There is more to the Middle East than camels, caravans and crude oil.The region holds barren sand-seas and fertile crescents, snow-cappedmountains and the world's lowest dry land, nomadic dwellings and thetallest building on earth. In short The Middle East is a region of starkand striking contrasts. Come learn more about the geographiclandscapes that witnessed and contributed to the birth of civilization,agriculture and the world's two largest religions. And comeunderstand how geography is crucial to an understanding of theregion's conflicts today. We hope you can join our tour of the MiddleEast.
Phillip Klopfenstein is currently a senior in the University of Missouri’sgeography program.
His particular regions of interest are Sub-Saharan Africaand the Middle East. Phillip is able to
present both
an academic approach
tothe issues of the Middle East as well as his own experiences in the region andfrequent interaction with the Arab Diaspora. After graduating, he hopes tocontinue his studies in the geography of developing regions
and ultimately teach at the university level.
Religion: Women in Islam
Offered by the Muslim Speakers’ Bureau of Columbia
Muslim Women are seen with many labels, but what do you reallyknow about them? This presentation will get beyond just headscarvesto discuss the experiences of Women in Islam.
The Muslim Speakers Bureau is a non-for-profit independent organization inColumbia that serves as an educational resource for Columbia students,residents and groups to learn the basics about Islam from trained speakers.Presentations are designed to address specific topics. Please contact director@msbcolumbia.org to request a presentation or for more information.
Art: Polygons to Pollywogs: Tessellations in Islamic Art and M. C. Escher
Offered by Professor James Terry 
This workshop will introduce participants to geometric tessellations, amathematical concept used for centuries in Islamic art. Tessellated tilemosaics in Spain's Alhambra Palace inspired Dutch artist M. C.Escher's tessellated creatures. Participants will receive instructions for creating dazzling tessellations at home.
Dr. James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He has donearchaeological fieldwork in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan and Tunisia. He currently teaches art history at Stephens College.
Religion: Workshop: Islam 101
Offered by the Muslim Speakers’ Bureau of Columbia
Islam is the largest religion in the Middle East, but is diverse in theway it’s practiced. Learn about the basics, the differences and the wayculture and Islam intertwine.
The Muslim Speakers Bureau is a non for profit independent organization inColumbia. See above description for more information.
Art & Literature: Cultural Life in the Arab World: A Context of Diversity
Offered by Zaid Mahir 
This workshop will emphasize cultural diversity, or the multiculturalworld of Arabs. It will also draw attention to some of themisconceptions about the Middle East, both as political term andregion. During the presentation, Mr. Mahir will make a comparisonbetween the Arab world and America, and use music, art, andliterature to make connections to the Arab world.
Zaid Numan Mahir is a former faculty at the University of Baghdad (College of Languages), a professional translator, and a writer. He is currently an English/ Arabic Instructor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His translations andwritings have been published in Iraq, other Arab countries, and the UnitedStates. He reviewed and annotated (in English) Arabic books on folklore,popular literature, and oral tradition for the Center for Studies in Oral Traditionat the University of Missouri. His upcoming war memoir, The Way to Baghdad:Day 18 of the War, will be published June 7 
. Among Mahir's research andwriting interests are cultural politics, modernization and modernity, and cross-cultural influences on the literary text.
Our menu items were provided by the following local businesses:Olive Cafe
chicken kabab sandwich, gyro sandwich, sambusa, falafel
World Harvest
passion fruit juice, tabul, bakalava, babaganush, hummus,pita bread
Meet our Board2010-2011:
President:Tessy Rusera
Tessy Rusera is a young Rwandesewoman devoted to making achange in the world. Shegraduated from Brenau Universitywith a B.A in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies,and a minor in International Studies. She iscurrently pursuing her MBA degree with aconcentration Project Management while workingas a Graduate Adviser at her Alma mater. Her experience in prestigious organizations such asAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and Sigma AlphaPi Leadership Honor Society and her professionalexperience working for the UNIFEM CARO haveinstilled in her strong leadership skills andchallenged her to be proactive towards positivechange.
President-Elect:Becky Aguayo
Becky Aguayo is a high schoolteacher and coach in Mid-Missouri. She has a teachingcertificate in both secondarySocial Studies and Spanish, and she is currentlyworking towards her masters in Social StudiesEducation at the University of Missouri, Columbia.Becky's teaching passion is found mainly in worldhistory and global issues, particularly in advocatingfor social justice and combating human rightsabuses around the world. She also believes verystrongly that adolescents should be educated onthese global and domestic issues and beencouraged to take an active role in their world.
Secretary: AlineMukashyaka
Aline Mukashyaka is a graduate of the the Ohio State University witha degree in Family ResourceManagement and currentlyworking on her MBA. She supports organizationssuch as the One Dollar Campaign for the orphansof the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. She believes theyouth have the power and the will to influence thefuture now more than ever, the use of technologyhas allowed the empowerment of our youth in anunprecedented way, and I am excited that GILD istaking part in shaping the future.
Treasurer: AzeemaAkram
Azeema Akram is a law student atDePaul University in Chicago, IL.She graduated from the Universityof Missouri with a Bachelor of Artsin International Studies and a MulticulturalCertificate. While in college, she worked with theOffice of Disability Services, which spurred her interest in health law. Recently, she was an activesupporter of several members of the MissouriDemocratic Party-Asian American Caucus officerswho ran for local and state legislature. She hasdone work in Kansas City providing food, clothingand toys for refugee families, and raised funds for breast cancer research in Columbia, Missourithrough Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority,Inc.
Conference Pictures
Rock Bridge High School
Belize Water Project
In concert with Rotary Districts (6110,4250,5340, 6150,6080), Rock Bridge High School is raising money to purchaseSawyer Point One water filters for schools and homes inBelize.
Look out for out next Newsletter. We will discuss our effortsand the lack of access to clean water.
For more information and ways to contribute to the project,please visit
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Comments from the Conference
All responses collected in exit surveys
"Well done! Very interesting, I learned a lot." "The conference was very interesting and educational." "I like that the speakers took time to teach us these things." "I thought it was very informative and probably the most awesome thing I've ever beento." 

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