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Award-Winning Writer Laila Lalami

As you wander through the bookstore, you come across a book “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits,” a beautiful cover with a book title that has you a little curious. As you turn the book over you learn that it’s a fictional tale about the journey a group of Moroccans take on a lifeboat across the Straits of Gibraltar in the pursuit of Hope. Are the risks behind pursuing hope ever to great? You can’t seem to put the book down so instead you decide to buy the book and run home to learn more about the Morocaan Author, Laila Lalami. Welcome to the Young Professional spotlight in The MidEastConnect. We’ve put the spotlight on Laila so you can learn more about how an accidental late application changed her career path, her drive to succeed and personal motivations, her advice to others and accomplishments along the way. Read more about Laila so we don’t keep you any longer from reading her book…

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In Need of a Muslim Gandhi

In Need of a Muslim Gandhi
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Nure Elatari of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
The often repeated story and belief about Muslims is that they preach intolerance, violence, and oppression. This is far from the truth, but it’s a prevalent idea in a country as advanced as America, unfortunately. Nure Elatari, 25, has made it her mission in life to combat the ignorance. As Communication Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Arizona, she and CAIR are proactive about engaging and educating the public on the beliefs of Muslims…

Confessions of a Slacker
You know you shouldn’t do it. But sometimes it’s a pain to go to work 5 days out of the week; and sometimes you need to be a little, let’s say, creative to get your boss to give you the day off. What was your best excuse to get out of work? We want to know. And don’t worry, we won’t tell on you. We’ll just use it on our next lazy day and be very appreciative of the tip. Submit your professional confessional here.

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November 20

SAMMY! The incredible journey of Mahatma Gandhi
when 7:58 pm (EST); 2 hours
where Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road , Palo Alto 94306 in Palo Alto, CA
price $100/$75/$50/$20
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Winner of 2006 Excellence in Theatre Awards for the Best Play, Best Actor, Best Original Script & Best Costume Design

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