“Transcending Boundaries…Pursuing Knowledge and Virtue”

A celebration to honor an extraordinary world hero and students who have been touched by his life story

Saturday ~ May 14, 2011 ~ Elkader, Iowa

Elkader Public Library 10:00-11:00 a.m. “Meet the Authors” Elsa Marston (Indiana) & John Kiser (Virginia)

Historic Elkader Opera House 2:00-4:00 p.m. Informal Discussions with Program Presenters & Special Guests 6:30 p.m. doors open — “Meet & Greet” with live music from the Dixie Guys 7:00 p.m. program begins — unique, educational, inspiring presentations

Program Features…

Abd el-Kader Essay Contest Awards (Essay Students & Educators) Burning Bright (Decorah community choral group co-directed by Otter Dreaming and Kathy Reed) Janice Gross (Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages, Grinnell College) John Kiser (The Monks of Tibhirine, Commander of the Faithful and more) Elsa Marston (Santa Claus in Baghdad and more) Barbara Petzen (Education Director for Middle East Policy Council, Washington DC) Christopher Rossi (Executive Director of Humanities Iowa, Iowa City) Robert F. Shedinger (Head of Religion Department, Luther College)

~ Reception and Conversations following Program ~