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Iraq’s Past, Present and Future

Oct 27, 2009
Umar A. Sulayman, the ESL (English as a second language) instructor for Ohio Northern University's prison management certificate program, will speak in ONU's Dicke Forum on Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Phi Beta Delta International Forum, Sylayman's presentation is called "Baghdad and Iraq: Past, Present, and Future."

Sulayman will discuss his personal experiences in Iraq before and during the American invasion and occupation. He will also describe the Ba'ath Party, recent Iraqi history in terms of conflicts with Iran and American coalitions, and the Iraqi people's reactions to these events.

Sulayman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature and a Master of Arts in English and linguistics from the University of Baghdad. He also holds a Master of Arts in teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, Sulayman received a Fulbright Scholarship sponsored by the United States Department of State. In 2007, he was admitted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Ph.D. program in composition and TESOL.

Sulayman has taught at Mansour University College, the University of Baghdad, the Iraqi Center for Teaching Thinking, the International Institute for Languages and Translation, and Al Mustansiryah Institute for Languages, all in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also given several presentations in the United States on recent events in Iraq as well as Iraqi cultural and political patterns and trends.

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