What: Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Carmelite nun and superior of St. James the Mutilated monastery near Damascus, will speak about the Syrian crisis in the Saint Mary's College special presentation Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: Challenges and Prospects. Mother Agnes Mariam's discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7p.m. in the LeFevre Theatre at Saint Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94556

Mother Agnes Mariam, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Mother Agnes Mariam was recently 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 Syria. Mother Agnes Mariam was nominated by Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who won the prize in 1976 for her work to end the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

The 61-year-old Lebanese nun, who has been praised for brokering cease-fire agreements with Syrian rebels and government forces, and criticized for opposing the perspectives of foreign governments about the actions of Syrian troops, will offer her perspectives on the current situation in the troubled Middle East country.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Where: LeFevre Theatre at Saint Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94556

Cost: Free and open to the public

Background: Mother Agnes Mariam’s presentation is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Politics Department, the Office of the President and Provost, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action,  Mission and Ministry Center and departments of Theology and Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies. The free public program is offered in the spirit of Saint Mary's commitment to the “great conversations” in its hallmark academic program Collegiate Seminar, in which students read and discuss the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers. For more information about the Mother Agnes Mariam’s visit to the College, contact the Chair of the Politics Department, Professor Hisham Ahmed at (925) 631-8238 or hha1@stmarys-ca.edu or Politics Professor Mindy Thomas at (925) 631-4158 or mthomas@stmarys-ca.edu.

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