President Emeritus Dr. William Rezak Will Open New Horizons Forum Fall Series

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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 9:30am

Alfred State President Emeritus Bill Rezak will return to campus to open this semester’s New Horizons Forum Fall Series with "An Arab-American Looks at the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.”

A first generation American with Palestinian roots, Dr. Rezak was a featured speaker at the forum on the occasion of the publication of his book, The Arab and the Brit: The Last of the Welcome Immigrants published by Syracuse University Press. Forum director and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn noted “Bill’s book is an important contribution to current conversations surrounding immigration and foreign affairs in the Middle East. More than that, it is a deeply moving and personal family memoir at once richly historical and told in a compelling narrative style.” Rezak’s upcoming remarks will be drawn from family history as well as to his current research for a book in progress on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

William D. Rezak was president of Alfred State from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. Formerly dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, he spent 18 years as a mechanical engineer involved in the design and construction of power plants.

The forum will be held in the Small Events Room of the Student Leadership Center (SLC 310) on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. An open conversation will follow Rezak’s prepared remarks. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, administrators, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide advisory board of faculty, students, professional staff, and administrators working together to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.

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