The recent visit of Syrian peace activist Mother Agnes Mariam to Saint Mary's was covered by the National Catholic Reporter. The article "Syrian nun helps broker agreements between rebels, government," reports on Mother Agnes' presentation at the College, which, despite some interruptions by several protestors, focused on her efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the war in Syria.
Mother Agnes Mariam has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts with the Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative (a Syrian community-based non-violent collective) to find a peaceful alternative process of government transition in the conflict. The 61-year-old Lebanese nun has been praised for brokering cease-fire agreements with rebels and government forces and criticized for opposing the perspectives of foreign governments about the actions of Syrian troops.
Her visit to the College was organized by the Politics Department Chair Professor Hisham Ahmed and Politics Professor Mindy Thomas. Read the National Catholic Reporter story.