Saturday ~ May 5, 2012 ~ Elkader, Iowa Free Public Event ~ Everyone Welcome The fourth annual AEP Forum will honor the statewide 2012 winning Abdelkader essay students (high school and college) by presenting awards and featuring international speakers, cultural entertainment, live music, and time for networking and discussions. Historic Elkader Opera House

1:30 p.m. Doors Open — “meet & greet” with live music – River Connections Jazz Band

2:00 p.m. Program Begins — Abdelkader Essay Contest awards & guest speakers

Special Guest performance by Nassima Chabane (Andalusian music by well-known Algerian singer and musician)

Reception and Discussions Follow Program — refreshments on stage

Program Features Inspiring Voices

Bonnie Bickel James (International Education Consultant, Maryland)

Jerene Mortenson (International speaker, former administrator and teacher, Alaska)

John Kiser (author, Commander of the Faithful and The Monks of Tibhirine, Virginia)

Sarah Sayeed (President and Co-Founder of, Washington DC)

Kathy Vaillancourt (Merrimack College, Massachusetts)

Salem Brahimi (Documentary film maker, France)

Bill Witt (freelance photojournalist, former Peace Corps and state legislator, Iowa)

For more information, please contact: Kathy Garms, Project Director