Barry University’s Distinguished Speakers Series The Writers Project


Barry University’s Distinguished Speakers Series
Presented by Barry University’s Office of International and Multicultural Programs

Tolerance and Common Cultural Values through the Graphic Novel, a presentation by Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator and co-writer of The 99 

Thursday, April 12, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 pm
The Shepard and Ruth K. Broad Center for the Performing Arts
Barry University
Main Campus

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a clinical psychologist and the creator and co-writer of The 99:  Tolerance and Common Cultural Values through the Graphic Novel, which follows superheroes born of Middle East history and Islamic archetypes that possess values shared by the entire world.  Forbes has named it one of the “Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe.”

Dr. Al-Mutawa has earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University and a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Dr. Al-Mutawa is the recipient of The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “Marketplace of Ideas” Award; The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award, presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum on The Middle East; The Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media; and a UNESCO prize for literature in the service of tolerance.

Program presented by the Office of International and Multicultural Programs and the Division of Institutional Advancement.

For Information on the Distinguished Speaker Series contact Barry University’s Division of Institutional Advancement at 305.899.3170.

Barry University’s Distinguished Speakers Series
Conversations on Non-Violence

Film Presentation:  Blood in the Mobile
(Sponsored by the Psychology Club)

Presentation and Panel Discussion

Dr. Randall Amster and Dr. Naupess Kwabene Kibiswa

Thursday, April 12, 2012
1:30 - 4:00 pm
Andreas 111

Barry University
Main Campus

Blood in the Mobile is a 2010 documentary film by Danish film director Frank Piasecki Poulsen. The film addresses the responsibility of the manufacturers of mobile phones on the situation in war torn eastern Congo and raises awareness of the issue of illegal mining and alleged lack of corporate social responsibility from the mobile phone industry. 

Randall Amster, JD, PhD, teaches Peace Studies and is Chair of the Master's Program in Humanities at Prescott College, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association. His most recent books are the co-edited volumes Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) and Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy (Routledge, 2009), and the single-authored work Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB Scholarly 2008).

Naupess Kwabene Kibiswa A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire), Naupess is a PhD scholar in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.. Naupess earned his M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (USD) in California where he was as a Fulbright and Gandhi Fellow.

Program Presented by Barry University’s School of Social Work, The College of Arts and Sciences - The Departments of History and Political Science, The Department of Psychology, The Department of Sociology, The DePorres Center for Community Service and the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Carolyn Parkhurst
New York Times
Best-Selling Author
Thursday, February 16, 2012

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Andreas Building, Room 112
Barry University
Main Campus
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161

Critically acclaimed for her unique style of storytelling, Carolyn Parkhurst will explore the resolution of purpose andthe human psyche in the modern novel, discussing themes in her most recent work, The Nobodies Album.

Parkhurst is also the author of Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found, as well as the children’s book Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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