USAO to host Syrian activist for seventh annual Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture
Qutaiba Idlbi will discuss his experiences during the Syrian Civil War
CHICKASHA, Okla. (September 4, 2018) – Syrian social entrepreneur and refugee advocate Qutaiba Idlbi will keynote the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s seventh annual Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture. His moving talk, “Stories of Revolution, Religion and Pre-war Syria,” will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom.
Idlbi was forced to leave Syria after security officials detained and tortured him twice in 2011. In 2013, he co-founded People Demand Change, an organization that provides long-term aid and support to civil society activists. He is currently pursuing degrees in economics and political science at Columbia University and is a non-resident fellow at the Global Policy Institute.
The Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture is named in honor of USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member and U.S. Navy Captain, Bradford Edward Ableson, a visionary in religious reconciliation and an architect of modern military chaplaincy. After graduating magna cum laude from USAO in 1980, Ableson embarked on a 25-year career in the Navy. He provided combat ministry to the Marines during the first Gulf War; served as an executive to the chief of Navy chaplains, as a special advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command and as a chaplain to President Bill Clinton. He died in 2009 at the age of 50.
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