Friday, September 09, 2011

ALO Foundation Roundtable: Oct. 11, Monterey Park, CA

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ALO Cultural Foundation presents
Cultural Diplomacy
Unraveling the publicity machine to understand the identity and integration
of Middle Eastern-Americans

Co-hosted by
Hon. LeRoy D. Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
ALO Magazine, America’s Top Middle Eastern Lifestyle Magazine

LeRoy D. Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wafa Kanan, Publisher of ALO Magazine and Founder, ALO Cultural Foundation
Moderated by Bill Overton, media consultant for WAO Communications, Inc.

Invited Panelists include:
1.     Senator Diana Feinstein, Suheil Bushrui, Professor at the University of Michigan; Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor of International Affairs at Harrisburg University; Octavia Nasr, CNN's Chief Middle East correspondent for 20 years; Farouk El-Baz, NASA Scientist and Professor at Boston University; Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010; Joseph Haiek, Publisher of the Arab-American Almanac; Monte E. Perez, Ph.D., President of Los Angeles Mission College; Sameh Alfonse, The League Arab States; Elizabeth A. Say, Professor at CSUN; and Anthony Alan Botto, US Department of State.

CULTURAL DIPLOMACY brings together corporations, media, government agencies, educational institutions, community leaders and social agencies to discuss the diversity of the Middle Eastern Culture, the mystery that wraps around it, the misconceptions, perspectives and perception of the heritage in the mainstream. At the conclusion, the framework will be established to map a social plan for tolerance.

Where and When:
Sheriff's Department Headquarters, Media Conference Room
4700 West Ramona Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Why: The unique roundtable will bring to light the positive economical and cultural impact the Middle Eastern community has delivered to the U.S. It seeks to illustrate our similarities and distinctions, facilitate diversity issues through healthy and cross cultural relationships and expand the perspectives of an emerging community.

How:  A panel of experts from the diverse landscape of the United States will be assembled for policy-shaping collaboration. Along with Sheriff Baca, Kanan—one of the foremost experts in cross-cultural tolerance and education—opens a frank and diverse discussion between an intimate gathering of cultural, media, business leaders, and educators that will ultimately lead to a greater understanding of Middle Easterners in America.

For Further Information: ALO Cultural Foundation 818/727-7785

About the ALO Cultural Foundation: The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonpolitical, nonpartisan, non-profit corporation. Its mission of building stronger, healthier communities through social investment focused on cultural exchange programs, women empowerment, voluntourism, philanthropy, and diversity through the power of community outreach will foster friendship, knowledge, and understanding between these diverse people throughout the United States.