AU to host Haider Newmani for PACT Lecture Series

Anderson, Ind. — At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) program will host Haider Newmani for the third installment in their four-part lecture series in Reardon Auditorium. The PACT lecture series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, as well as those who educate us on injustice and oppression throughout the world.

Newmani was born under the rule of Saddam Hussein– since then, he lived through four major wars, including the Iran/Iraq war, the Gulf war, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In 2003, he joined the mainstream media as a war journalist. During his coverage of the US “War on Terror,” Newmani spent two years embedded with U.S. military units covering combat operations. As a freelance journalist, he also spent time covering the perspective of armed resistance in the Middle East to learn more about their mindsets, goals and the reality of who they are. In subsequent years, Newmani covered many headline-making news and events from the Middle East and North Africa.

Today, Newmani splits his time between the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa region as he has become strongly committed to raising awareness among young people about the long-term effects of war, the universality of humanity, and sending messages of peace and reconciliation. Newmani works with an international foundation helping Arab youth to become active members of political discourse through non-violent communication, advocacy and debate.

The PACT program seeks to build bridges of understanding and compassion. It seeks to teach us to bring reconciliation to our lives and communities. An 18-hour PACT minor is available to AU students of any major.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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