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U.N. official to speak on Palestinian refugees

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 7:30 p.m. McCosh 10
Karen AbuZayd, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, will deliver a lecture titled "Palestine Refugees: Exile, Isolation and Prospects" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in McCosh 10.

AbuZayd joined the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in 2000 as deputy commissioner-general, concentrating on providing emergency and employment assistance to victims of the crisis in the West Bank and Gaza. She was appointed commissioner-general in 2005 and, from her base in Gaza, helps to oversee the education, health, social services and microenterprise programs for 4.4 million Palestinian refugees.

AbuZayd began her humanitarian career at the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she worked for 19 years in Sudan, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Bosnia.

AbuZayd's talk is the fifth annual Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture, in honor of the scholar and literary critic who died in 2003. Said, a Princeton alumnus and longtime faculty member at Columbia University, was a prominent advocate for Palestinian independence.

This event is sponsored by the Princeton Committee on Palestine; the University Center for Human Values; the Pace Center; the Davis International Center; the Department and Program in Near Eastern Studies; the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia; the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

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