2:00 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting House
227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC
Presented by Larry Wilson
Join Larry Wilson for a wide-ranging conversation of such topics as the rise of the “Arab Spring,” rise of various extremist movements, the impact of the refugee crisis upon Arab/ Muslim societies and the rest of the world, and the fracturing of Arab alliances and social structures. Larry will present from an Arab viewpoint as understood by an American who has worked in the Heart of Arabia for nearly 20 years and lived there for more than a decade.
To provide context to the conversation, Larry will briefly discuss the rise of Islam, some of its fundamental principles, and discuss a few of its many sects or branches (Sunnis, Shi’as, and several offshoots such as Wahhabi and Sufi).
Larry Wilson was one of the founders of Zayed University, a university for women in the United Arab Emirates, and served as its Deputy Vice President/Provost from 2001-2013. Larry also designed and directed a project to reform the entire national public school system for the UAE and now serves as an advisor to the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development in the UAE. He has also worked with the educational systems in Qatar, Oman, and Egypt. Before being recruited to advance the educational systems in the UAE, Larry was the Vice Chancellor/ Provost and Interim Chancellor at UNC Asheville and former president of Marietta College in Ohio.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome.