PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: March 11, 2004
Lebanon's ambassador to UN will speak at UM-Dearborn March 19
DEARBORN---Sami Kronfol, Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations,
and Rep. John Conyers Jr. will speak and meet with students and faculty
at the University of Michigan-Dearborn during a visit to the Detroit area
on Friday, March 19.
The discussion, which will focus on U.S.-Arab relations at the UN, as
well as on U.S. relations with Lebanon and the Middle East, is free and
open to the public. It is sponsored by the campus's Center for Arab American
Studies and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1030, in the College of Arts,
Sciences, and Letters Building.
Kronfol's visit to the area is being hosted by Conyers, and will include
meetings with business and civic leaders and news media, in addition to
the visit to UM-Dearborn.
The visit is part of efforts of a New York-based non-profit international
relations organization called the Humpty-Dumpty
Institute (HDI), founded in 1998. "Our work focuses on improving
U.S.-UN relations and forging public-private partnerships to confront
complex international policy subjects," according to HDI president
Ralph L. Cwerman. Kronfol's visit to Detroit is part of their program
to bring UN diplomats to the home districts of members of Congress.
"The aim of this program is to strengthen U.S.-UN ties by sponsoring
exchanges among UN diplomats and members of Congress in America's heartland,"
Cwerman said. "District tours provide these UN officials a look at
American life and offer a unique opportunity for dialogue with local academic,
business, and civic leaders."
For information about the Humpty-Dumpty Institute or its programs contact:
John W. Garger
William J. Rigler