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"Voices" Lecture Series to Feature Islamic Awareness Expert

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: March 6, 2002

Author and intercultural relations expert Lobna "Luby" Ismail will present information about the Islamic culture in the next program of the "Voices" Library Lecture Series at Hudson Valley Community College. The public is invited to attend the free program at noon on Wednesday, March 13 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Of more than 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, more than six million live in the United States and many have roots here spreading through multiple generations. Ismail will answer questions and correct misconceptions and stereotypes in this presentation in an effort to provide an accurate understanding of Islam and its adherents.

Founder and executive director of Connecting Cultures Inc. in Washington D.C., Ismail is a training specialist with expertise in cross-cultural communication, international cultural competency, Islamic awareness and religious diversity. She is the author of "Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa" and the editor of "Directory of Diversity Recruitment."

Selected as a Malone Fellow in Middle East and Islamic Studies by the National Council for U.S. and Arab Relations, Ismail participated in a study visit to Saudi Arabia. She was a recent presenter at the Society for Human Resource Management's Workplace Diversity conference.

The Voices Library Lecture Series continues with a program at noon on March 27: "Paths of Professional Women," featuring a diverse panel sharing personal experiences that led them into their careers.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.