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March 2017 News & Notes
AramcoWorld - The Washington Institute FIKRA Forum - Seattle Times
Reminder: Essays Due April 15
Reflecting on 2016
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IN THE NEWS
ARAMCOWORLD MAGAZINE by Brian Clark - Changing Hearts and Minds
Until last year, Iowa essay winner 17-year-old Victoria Miller admits she would have had to learn where Algeria is, let alone describe the exploits of one of its most famous heroes. “I was taken by Abdelkader’s character and how he handled the multiple challenges he faced...” READ MORE

THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE - FIKRA FORUM by John Kiser - A Muslim Healer for Our Times 

The emir’s behavior followed the now forgotten foreign policy philosophy enunciated in 1797 by President George Washington during his farewell address “…Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all…. Religion and morality require it. READ MORE

SEATTLE TIMES by Ann Scott Taylor with Jim Gant - Security Through Understanding
Like many new American veterans, I owe my life to Muslims — the Iraqi and Afghan comrades who fought alongside me during my multiple combat tours as a Green Beret. 
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REMINDER  -  ESSAYS DUE: APRIL 15  -  You can make a Difference!
ATTN:  High School & College Students - Scholarship Awards
Contest Details
: http://www.abdelkaderproject.org/essay-contest/

Students discover a humanitarian, forerunner of the Geneva Convention, and namesake of Elkader, Iowa. They become familiar with the Middle East and Islamic culture through an Arab Muslim hero admired from Missouri to Moscow to Mecca by world leaders such as President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Pope Pius IX. 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.”
 

REFLECTING ON 2016

184TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALLEGIANCE TO EMIR ABDELKADER - IN ALGERIA 
AEP and Elkader were showcased at the celebratory events on Saturday, November 26, in the Plain of Dhriss at which Salah Al Affani, Abdelmalek Sahraoui, Kathy Garms, Josh Pope, and John Kiser addressed a “cast of thousands” where the Algerian Minister of Culture was the featured speaker. Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) and On the Footsteps of the Emir (OFE) are committed to advancing Emir Abdelkader as a world model of moral leadership and humanistic values rooted in his Islamic faith through education and outreach. They are encouraging revival of the twin cities relationship between Mascara City and Elkader. The entourage toured Abdelkader historic sites in the Mascara area and were honored at the unveiling of “Elkader Park” dedicated to the relationship between Algeria and the United States of America. Thank you to our OFE colleagues and friends in Mascara!
Kathy Garms (AEP) and Abdelmalek Sahraoui (OFE) sign documents of collaboration. The Wali of Mascara and Mr. Sahraoui presented Kathy Garms with a traditional costume of the Mascara region as a thank you for her dedication to building bridges of cultural understanding between the United States and Algeria beginning with Elkader and Mascara. Below is the plaque in Mascara's new "Elkader Park."
BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS IN ALGERIA
John Kiser and Kathy Garms were invited to speak at the University of Mascara and University of Oran. Their presentations about the Abdelkader Story (AEP, Elkader, Abdelkader) inspired lively discussions. The Khalifa School in Mascara greeted them with a grand celebration that included students and adults eager to learn. The team met with Algerian Secretary General of Culture and Secretary General of Communication. Ambassador Joan Polaschik provided a warm welcome to the US Embassy where discussions turned to collaborative efforts that continue today.


Abdelmalek Sahraoui displays the English language version of Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader by John Kiser that will be available soon in Algeria.
Professor Ghomari Taibi hosted John Kiser and Kathy Garms as presenters at the University of Mascara.
The impressive new Khalifa School in Mascara welcomed the AEP Team with a grand celebration.
Nassima Chabaane featured John Kiser on her TV show in Algiers.
Enjoying the new Opera House in Algiers at the invitation of the Algerian Minister of Culture:
Abdelmalek Sahraoui, Keith & Kathy Garms, Algerian Minister of Culture, and John Kiser.
ONLINE CURRICULUM LAUNCHED
ISLAMIC NETWORKS GROUP (ING) in California released a new online curriculum titled Emir Abd el-Kader: A Muslim Hero for our Time based on John W. Kiser’s biography, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader.
ALGERIAN COLLEAGUES TO IOWA
Mr. Abdelmalek Sahraoui and the Algerian delegation met with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey in Des Moines during December along with the Iowa delegation: Kathy Hill of Des Moines; Mark Reinig of Elkader, and Keith & Kathy Garms of Elkader.
AEP OUTREACH EXPANDS WEST
A SERIES OF AEP INTRODUCTORY MEETINGS were launched during May 2016 in California with stops in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Thank you to our new friends for their welcoming hospitality at the Algerian American Association-Northern California; Islamic Center of Southern California; and the Islamic Center of San Diego. We look forward to continuing the conversations.
BUILDING COMMUNITY 
AEP PARTICIPATED IN THE INSPIRING RURAL VIRGINIA RETREAT that gathered people from eleven organizations across the U.S. Leaders discussed the struggle with Islamophobia, civility, and extremism where challenges are multifaceted and approaches are complementary.
STUDENTS HONORED AT 7TH ANNUAL AEP FORUM
The 2016 AEP Forum “A Beacon of Hope: Emir Abdelkader – Yesterday’s Muslim Hero Matters Today” was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 24. Diverse voices explored how Emir Abdelkader’s “lived faith" can serve as a model for confronting challenges, reconciling differences, creating healthy diversity and fostering respectful engagement with and between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Winning students shared insightful and impassioned thoughts that clearly reflected the impact of their study about Emir Abdelkader with relevance for their own lives and our global society. Learn more.
2016 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize Essay Winners
SEMINAR #1 GLOBAL EDUCATION: TEACHING TOLERANCE, CIVILITY AND UNDERSTANDING 
SEMINAR #2 OUTREACH: THE HUMAN FACE OF ISLAM: EMIR ABDELKADER 
MOTHER MOSQUE TOUR The AEP Forum concluded with a tour of The Mother Mosque and Cedar Rapids Islamic Center, led by Salma Igram, CFO of CedarGraphics.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Algerian Embassy-DC, GGI-FILAHA, Shuttleworth and Ingersoll Law Firm, William and Mary Greve Foundation, CedarGraphics, Go Cedar Rapids Visitor Bureau, Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, and Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.
SEE YOU AT THE 8TH ANNUAL AEP FORUM
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017!
Enter Now...
2017 Abdelkader Global Leeadership Prize "Essay Contest" 

GLOBAL EDUCATION - SCHOLARSHIPS - HISTORY FOR TODAY
Explore models of ethical leadership, moral courage, humanitarian conduct
ATTN: High School and College students across the United States
Visit
 Abdelkader Education Project for contest details.
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 or contact kathy@abdelkaderproject.org.   
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