International Education Week 2004: November 12-21, 2004
Securing the Future Through Study and Exchange Monday, November 15, 2004
Women in Development Lecture: by Rachel Ben-Dor, co-founder “Four Mothers, Israel”, 4:30 pm, 120 Mershon Center.
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This
joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs
that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences the United States.
Sister Cities: Friends Across the Seas, Fall 2001
Two speakers rounded out the program. Rachel Ben-Dor was the founder of the Four Mothers grass roots movement in
Lebanon. The women were mothers with sons serving in the military. They were concerned that their children were dying, and
the leaders were not trying to resolve the conflicts by talking. The mothers began their movement by staging small street
protests and writing to lawmakers. The movement grew with increased media coverage. Military and political leaders began to
listen to theses women and support their idea that Israel should withdraw from Lebanon. Listening to Rachel tell her story was
quite an experience!
Dr. Sergei Khrushchev was the special guest speaker at Saturday’s luncheon. He is the son of Nikita Khrushchev, former
premier of the USSR from 1957-1964. He currently teaches at the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies at
Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Khrushchev spoke about the history of the cold war and his father’s
relationships with Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. He also addressed concerns of modern day Russia. He was available
to sign his latest book, Nikita Khrushchev: Creation of a Superpower.
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