MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University's geography department is sponsoring a public presentation by Dr. Mohammad Hemassi, an expert on geography in the Middle East, at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 3) in West Science Room 2904 (Lecture Hall B).

Hemassi will present, "The Context of Islamic World Affairs," examining the concepts of

normative Islam" and "practiced Islam" as well as discussing geopolitical organizations of Islamic States such the Arab League and others.

Hemassi, chair of the department of geography at the University of North Dakota, has published more than 50 scholarly papers, presented across the U.S. and throughout the world, and has been awarded several national and international awards and grants for his work.

A reception preceding the presentation from 5-7 p.m. in New Science Room 3202 is also open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

"Dr. Hemassi is an Iranian-American who escaped from Iran following the takeover of that country by radical Islamic rule," said John Anderton, NMU geography professor. "In light of the Sept. 11 events, his visit to Northern comes at a fitting time as our country stands at a crossroads in regards to the government's policies in the Middle East and its relations with the world of Islam."

Joining the geography department in sponsoring the event are NMU's Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee and the Academic Affairs office as well as Gamma Theta Upsilon and the Superior Geography Club.

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Kristi Evans
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