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31 October 2006

Fulbright Visiting Specialist from Morocco
to Deliver Campus-Wide Lecture

Dr. Said Mentak, Professor in the Department of English, University Mohamed I in Oujda, Morocco, will deliver a campus-wide lecture on Islamic Culture on Thursday, November 9, 2006, at 7 p.m., 1103A Houston Cole Library, Jacksonville State University. Dr. Mentak has been a member of the faculty of humanities in Oujda for 18 years.

He is a scholar of American literature and civilization, having written his doctoral dissertation on American postmodernism, with specific focus on Kurt Vonnegut. His first introduction to American culture was through the novel. Among his particular interests is the way American novelists deal with the basic concerns of human existence and how cultures view the world through fiction and reality.

The Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program on Direct Access to the Muslim World is designed to promote understanding of the Muslim World and civilization by providing opportunities for U.S. higher educational institutions to host specialists from the Muslim World for short-term programs of intensive lecturing and public outreach. The principal contacts at JSU for Dr. Mentak’s visit are Dr. Fred Kelley, Head, Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences and Dr. Joe Delap, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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