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Middle Eastern students discuss human rights July 15 and 17 at Bozeman Public Library

July 10, 2014

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Nineteen college students visiting Montana State University from 14 Middle Eastern and Northern African countries will speak about human rights in their home countries in two roundtable discussions set for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 17, in the community room of the Bozeman Public Library.

The students hail from countries that include Syria, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Israel, Saudi Arabia and more.

They are studying at MSU in July as part of the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, a public diplomacy initiative between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

MSU is one of six campuses across the country selected for a MEPI Study of the United States Institute. The program focuses on the development of the participants’ leadership skills and expanding the students’ understanding of American democratic processes and culture. It includes an academic program conducted by scholars and other professionals with expertise in leadership, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, human rights and service learning.

Following their time at MSU, the students will tour Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National Park and Seattle before ending their program in New York City. Participants are also invited to attend an alumni conference in the Middle East or North Africa within one year of the conclusion of the program, and present ideas about projects they would like to implement in their home countries.

For more information on the roundtables, contact Janelle Rasmussen in MSU’s Office of International Programs, 994-7602.

                                                                                

Janelle Rasmussen (406) 994-7602, jrasmussen@montana.edu