Fulbright Specialist Arrives at Genesee Community College

In an effort to expand the understanding and appreciation of Islamic societies and culture, Genesee Community College is hosting a Fulbright Visiting Specialist from a Muslim country during the fall 2007 semester. Dr. Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail al-Qudsy arrived on campus on Thursday, October 25 and will visit classes and conduct lectures to students, faculty and staff within the college community, and also engage in numerous other exchanges with the general public throughout the region during her two-week visit.

Dr. al-Qudsy comes to Genesee Community College through the “Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World,” an initiative sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported through Genesee Community College’s President’s Innovation Award, Global Education Committee, and the Student Government Association. Genesee is one of only a dozen colleges and universities across the nation to host a Fulbright Specialist this semester. The other institutions include:

• Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
• Central College, Pella, IA
• Clark University, Worcester, MA
• Doane College, Crete, NE
• East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
• Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
• Savannah State University, Savannah, GA
• Simmons College, Boston, MA
• University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
• University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
• Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Dr. al-Qudsy has a full schedule of events during her stay in Western New York. She will teach a select group of classes at Genesee Community College including sociology, focusing on issues of gender in Malaysian culture; history, discussing Islam and its function in Malaysian society; and criminal justice, focusing on Islamic law and the concept of due process.

Many other activities have been planned to share American culture and customs with Dr. al-Qudsy, including participating in a chili cook-off celebration recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month on October 26; a tour of Western New York with notable stops at Niagara Falls and the Albright Knox Art Gallery on October 27; and observation of Halloween festivities through the College’s Child Care Center on October 31.

In addition to her teaching schedule, Dr. al-Qudsy will hold several lectures that are open to the public and she will make numerous visits to area civic clubs and social outings. The activities on her busy two-week schedule include:

Sunday, 10/28
1:00 PM The Reiner residence, Oakfield, NY Zonta Club of Batavia Luncheon
Sunday 10/28
4:00 PM Steiner
Theatre Genesee Symphony Orchestra
Monday, 10/29
Dansville Meet Dansville Campus Center colleagues, staff, students, and members of the community
Tuesday, 10/30
12:30 – 2:00 PM T119 A/B College-wide Welcome
Tuesday, 10/30
4:00 – 5:30 PM College Village College Village “Home Coming” – the celebration of the Expansion Project Completion
Thursday, 11/1
12:30 – 2:00 PM T102, GCC “Introduction to Malaysian Culture” for the community at large highlighting job market, role of Islam, working conditions, etc.
Friday, 11/2
Waterport Visit the Medina Campus Center
Visit World Life Center
Monday, 11/5
1:00 – 3:00 PM T102, GCC “The Educational System in an Islamic Culture - Malaysia” presentation to area high school teachers with Q/A opportunity
Monday, 11/5
7:00 - 9:00 pm YWCA
301 North St. “Islam and Women’s Rights”
Presentation to the community. Open to the public.
Oakfield Alabama High School Visit to Oakfield-Alabama High School dialogue with 9th and 10th grade students
Wednesday, 11/7
6:00 – 8:00 PM T102, GCC “Islamic Law” presentation to GCC faculty, staff, and area high school teachers, as well as faculty, scholars from regional colleges and universities
Thursday, 11/8
4:00 – 5:30 PM Arcade Meet Arcade Campus Center community
Friday, 11/9
12:00 – 2:00 PM T119 A/B Closing Reception
Farewell and thank you to Professor Sharifah

Dr. Sharifah Hayaati Syed Ismail al-Qudsy a native of Malaysia, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Islamic Political Science, Academy of Islamic Studies at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She is the executive facilitator on Islam and Integrity, appointed by Jakim, Malaysia. She has conducted research on comparative administration, comparative political science, and women and leadership in Islam. Dr. al-Qudsy holds a first class honors degree in Syariah (Islamic Law) from the Universiti Malaya; a Masters of Comparative Laws from the International Islamic University in Malaysia; and a Ph.D in Administration and Policy Studies from Bristol University in England.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“Genesee Community College is very excited to welcome Dr. Sharifah this fall,” said Dr. Karin Kovach-Allen, Dean of Human Communications and Behavior. “This is a wonderful chance to promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.”

For more information contact Dr. Karin Kovach-Allen, Dean of Human Communications and Behavior, at 585-343-0055 x6298 or kekovachallen@genesee.edu.

For further information on the “Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World” go to the Council of International Exchange for Scholars website at: www.cies.org.