Event Date

November 8, 2007

Afghan Woman to Discuss Her Riveting Story

Farooka Gauhari, a voice for women in Islamic society, will share harrowing encounters faced by countless Afghan families, including her own, as part of Western Nevada College's 2007-2008 Cultural Series, "Faces, Voices & Stories." The free event is Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at WNC's Marlette Hall, 2201 West College Parkway.

Gauhari will talk about her search for her missing husband, the violent fall of her country, and the decision to take her family and leave a country where she had been accused of being an American agent. She will discuss what it's like to be a woman in Islamic society, what the future holds for the new Afghan government, and her new life in the United States, where she fears retaliation because of her Afghan and Muslim background.

Gauhari's "Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman's Odyssey" was the first English memoir that an Afghan woman had published in book form. Her personal experiences teach valuable lessons on how to be strong and persevere.

In the coming months, a community festival and three additional free lectures will round out the WNC cultural series that is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Associated Students of Western Nevada:

Mars...The Planet of Intrigue and Enchantment
Thursday, Nov. 29 - WNC Carson City, Marlette Hall, 7 p.m.
WNC Physics Professor Robert Collier will discuss one of science's greatest quests in the new century: the search for life on Mars and beyond.

A Changing Society - Latinos in Nevada
Thursday, Feb. 7 - WNC Carson City, Marlette Hall, 7 p.m.
University of Nevada, Reno Professor Daniel Enrique Perez will predict what the future may hold for the fastest growing segment of the Silver State's population and how Latinos are shaping the cultural landscape.

Lost in Poverty - The Plight of Children in Africa
Thursday, March 6 - WNC Carson City, Marlette Hall, 7 p.m.
Missionaries Laura Whitelaw and Liz Ryder will share their personal experiences working with youth in sub-Saharan Africa and how war, disease, pollution, land mines, and other tragedies are affecting their lives.

"Embrace Diversity - 13th Annual Multicultural Festival"
Saturday, May 10 - WNC Carson City, Outdoor Plazas, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Local Nevadans will present food, music and dancing celebrating the community's culture and diversity. Youngsters will enjoy the Children's Cultural Corner.

Press Release: September 19, 2007

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