Appreciations

A Note From Dr, Joel Whitaker

A Note From Dr, Joel Whitaker

Hello Prof. Mahallati, I am on campus again for my 20th reunion and came across your wonderful exhibit of peace posters. It’s great to see a dialogue between students in Shiraz and students here. Well done! Joel Whitaker | SVP, Global Head of Research | Frontier Strategy Group

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With Former Graduate Students: I am Proud of All

With Former Graduate Students: I am Proud of All

The first photo is with Sohaib, Ahmad, Bilal, Sakinah and… They all have excellent jobs: Two in New York Banks, one in the World Bank, one a graduate student, U. of Chicago, one in Berkely…. Bellow is Evelyn Wagman, mother, grand ma, aunt and a family friend all wearing her T-Shirt. I am proud of(…)

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Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

DSCN2070 DSCN2069 DSCN2068 Meeko Israel is well know at Oberlin and beyond for his poetic and performative talents. He performed an amazing interactive friendship poem that he composed for the occasion. He engaged the whole audience of the festival with full enthusiasm. Thank you Meeko for being a permanent supporter of the festival since its(…)

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Our Growing Oberlin Friendship Circle

Our Growing Oberlin Friendship Circle

The Oberlin Friendship Circle that is a chartered student organization has done an excellent job this year both in arranging the weekly meetings and also in the management of our exceptional festival this year. I need to express farewell to the OFC president Grover Neville and Co-Treasurer Delaviz Efterkhar who graduate this year. I have(…)

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A Note of Appreciations to All Participants to Friendship Festival 2017

A Note of Appreciations to All Participants to Friendship Festival 2017

  Greetings! I am still struggling to find the right words to express my deep appreciations for your concerted and well-harmonized efforts to make our festival magnificent. It was the best of all these years. It was beautiful, sincere, with a strong and penetrating message across all hearts. It was an exemplary and manifest occasion(…)

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Proclamation: American National Friendship Day: Oberlin Mayor/President of City Council

Proclamation: American National Friendship Day: Oberlin Mayor/President of City Council

The 7th Annual Friendship Festival this year (April 8, 2017) attracted more than 150 participants including Oberlin Students, Faculty, Kendal Residents and Ambassadors of Friendship from the city, guests from Baltimore, Princeton and Baltimore, Oberlin Chamber of Commerce, Peace Church activists, Poets, artists and many more. Oberlin City Manager Mr. Robert Hillard, read the attached(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Mohammad the Honest

Ashley Belohlavek: Mohammad the Honest

Prophet Mohammad was known for being an honest man and an all-around role model to everyone in his community. Mohammad grew up an orphan and never learned to read or write, but he was a skilled mediator and a knowledgeable businessman. Mohammad was so successful as a religious and political leader for many reasons, one(…)

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Nancy Dye and Her Monumental Legacy

Nancy Dye and Her Monumental Legacy

 I received the very sad news about the passing away of the former president of our college Nancy Dye, a great friend, a visionary mentor and a world-class educator. May peace be upon her good soul. My friendship with her goes back to a decade before she invited me to Oberlin. She was a  courageous pioneer,(…)

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33 Years in Peacemaking

33 Years in Peacemaking

As I was browsing my old files from the time I was working with the United Nations, I found this picture of when in February 1982, I chaired the 40 member UN Committee on Disarmament. Years have passed so fast! Ambassador Jaipal from India was the Secretary of the Committee for more than a decade(…)

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The Ethics of Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making in Christianity and Islam: Spring 2015

The Ethics of Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making in Christianity and Islam: Spring 2015

This course was an intellectual journey with full participation of all students. Together we looked into how elements in Islamic and Christian traditions can help eradication or containment of war, peacemaking through political forgiveness and most importantly friendship making beyond cold peace.  

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Oberlin Students Did Spring Cleaning Service at the Cleveland Grand Mosque on April 12

Oberlin Students Did Spring Cleaning Service at the Cleveland Grand Mosque on April 12

Dear Br. Mohammad: Assalamu Alaikum.                                                                           April 14, 2015   On behalf of the governing bodies of the Islamic(…)

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Friendship Day Resolutions: Oberlin Mayor and City Council, Elyria Mayor

Friendship Day Resolutions: Oberlin Mayor and City Council, Elyria Mayor

Thanks to Sharon Soucy, the vice president of the Oberlin City Council, Mr. H. Scott Broadwell the president of the council and mayor of Oberlin issues the following proclamation to officiate the Oberlin Friendship Day Festival. This is the fifth year that the Oberlin City Council and our college together are making Oberlin the hub(…)

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Yanarilys Rodriguez: Nature in the Qur’an

Yanarilys Rodriguez: Nature in the Qur’an

The Qur’an comments on different aspects in nature, from The Cow (Suras 2) to The Bees (Suras 16) and The Ants (Suras 27). All of these animals are given an individual chapter alongside aspects of nature such as The Star (Suras 53) and The Moon (Suras 54). In these chapters, you can find signs of(…)

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Yanarilys Rodriguez: Mohammad as a Peacemaker

Yanarilys Rodriguez: Mohammad as a Peacemaker

The prophet Mohammad holds many admirable traits that make him an excellent role model. But I think that his admirable talent for brokering peace and resolving conflicts is a characteristic that is highly respected amongst many groups of people worldwide, even gaining praise from spiritual leaders around the world. An example of this is Muhatma(…)

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Gratitude                         شکرانه

Gratitude شکرانه

The development of this student dialogue website is owed to the professional and artistic expertise of Barbara Sawhill in the Oberlin Language Department. Barbara and her assistants spent many hours of their precious time to develop the site and to make sure its is easily and efficiently accessible to Oberlin and other students in US(…)

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