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January 2016
 
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Inspiring Cultural Understanding
THROUGH EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Essays Due April 15, 2016 
ABDELKADER GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PRIZE ESSAY CONTESTS
College and high school students will evaluate the significance of Emir Abdelkader's life and his struggles during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile in light of current events in America and the world. Upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “…The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world… He was one of the few great men of the century.” Enter today to explore models of ethical leadership, moral courage and humanitarian conduct. Learn more at Abdelkader Essay Contest.
 
"The Abdelkader Education Project provides opportunities for people across this globe to engage in the important and urgent work of building civility, enhancing cultural and religious literacy, and fostering mutual understanding among peoples. In a deeply divided world, the witness of Emir Abdelkader, who was a bridge-builder, is exemplary. All of us can learn from reflecting on the history of his life, and the ongoing relevance of his legacy. Therefore, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Inter-Religious Relations encourages students to participate in the essay contest."
Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop
Executive, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
“Beyond the inspirational nature of his actions, Abdelkader’s tenants should function as a blueprint for human interactions. He was a revolutionary. His transcendent and progressive views about religion, about human rights, and about where the two converge, still inspire.”
James Wendt - Naperville, IL
HARVARD PLURALISM PROJECT CASE STUDY: RUMORS IN DAMASCUS tells the story of Emir Abdelkader, a 19th-century Algerian statesman, scholar, and warrior, who is faced with a decision of whether or not to protect Christians under attack in Damascus. His actions as an ethical leader continue to inspire many around the globe. The case study is available on-line.

ISLAMIC NETWORKS GROUP (ING) is an educational outreach organization in San Jose that developed new online curriculum for high school and college students titled, "Emir Abdelkader: A Muslim Hero for Our Time."

AN ALGERIAN BUSINESS DELEGATION was introduced to Iowa by AEP board members with visits to Des Moines, Elkader, Northeast Iowa Community College at Calmar, and Iowa State University in Ames.
 
ALGERIAN AMBASSADOR MADJID BOUGUERRA welcomed AEP co-founders John Kiser and Kathy Garms to the Algerian Embassy in Washington DC to discuss mutual interests including telling the Emir Abdelkader story. AEP is grateful for the continued support from Ambassador Bouguerra and the embassy.
 
PYXERA GLOBAL PARTNER AEP co-founders attended the Citizen Diplomacy Network Lunch in Washington DC to discuss common causes with other partners.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR LED INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS During April, Jane Metcalf and Kathy Garms met weekly with 4th and 5th grade students in Elkader. They explored, "Who is Emir Abdelkader?" and "Why is his life story important?" Students were impressed to learn about Elkader's namesake and Emir Abdelkader's world.
 
MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY, QUANTICO Command and Staff College invited John Kiser to teach a course titled "France in Algeria, Lessons for the U.S. in the Muslim World" that introduced officers to Emir Abdelkader and the 132-year Long War that ensued after the sack of Algiers in 1830.
THE 6TH ANNUAL AEP FORUM in Elkader featured a variety of leaders from across the world in September that highlighted “Why Emir Abdelkader Matters in Today’s World.” Students and professionals came together for a unique blend of education, business and culture to explore how Emir Abdelkader’s life story serves as a model for reconciling differences while fostering cultural literacy and respectful engagement with and within cultures.

WINNING ESSAY STUDENTS HONORED at the AEP Forum include:
U.S. College Essay Winners
1st Place ($1,500) Fatima Tayebi, Wayne State University (Abdelkader Tayebi)
2nd Place ($1,000) Mandy Conrad, University of Iowa (William Liu)
U.S. High School Essay Winners
1st Place ($1,000) James Wendt, Naperville, IL (Tara Jewell)
2nd Place ($500) Jonathan Carrillo-Lopez, Phoenix, AZ (William Reimers)
Iowa High School Essay Winners
1st Place ($1,000) Connor Freeman, Decorah (Mark Rhodes)
2nd Place ($500) Hannah Gaffney, Manchester (Laura Gelwicks)   
THE 20-MEMBER ALGERIAN DELEGATION highlighted AEP Forum festivities. Led by Ambassador Madjid Bouguerra, the group included businessmen, professors, journalists and Bedouin musical ensemble from Mascara. Andalusian music was performed at the Forum and at the local school assembly for students and educators.
 
More information and pictures are available on our website www.abdelkaderproject.org and Facebook.
“The Emir’s struggle to exemplify Islamic principles not only impacted the lives of fellow Muslims, but also impacted global warfare tactics…His diplomacy was used as an instrument to reverse destruction and was also used as a blueprint for inter-religious negotiations.”
Mandy Conrad - University of Iowa
ABDELKADER EDUCATION PROJECT (AEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cultural literacy, civility, and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach drawing on Emir Abdelkader's life story and values – courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – that transcend culture and faith traditions.

AEP DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAM FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES are available. Becoming a sponsor demonstrates commitment to education in building cultural understanding and providing global perspectives for educators and students as well as business, social and political leaders of all faiths and cultures. To donate and learn more, please visit our website.  
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