Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee will address attendees at the 64th Annual Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, taking place in Houston this week. This event begins at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 30, in General Assembly Theater B at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Early arrival is strongly advised for reporters interested in covering this event. To obtain a media pass, check in at the on-site registration area in the convention center. A camera riser and multbox will be available with limited reserved seating for press.
To stand with Leymah Gbowee, NAFSA will be matching up to $10,000 in donations made to the Gbowee Peace Foundation during conference week. Conference attendees will be able to contribute on-site and via a texting campaign.
About the Speaker
Leymah Gbowee has emerged as an international leader in her efforts to promote peace, democracy, and women’s rights. She is one of three outstanding women leaders who were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” During Liberia’s second civil war, Gbowee worked tirelessly across religious and ethnic lines to organize a peace movement of thousands of women who held nonviolent demonstrations in Monrovia. Her efforts are documented in her memoir, “Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War” and in the award-winning 2008 film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” As founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, she now works to help girls and women realize their potential as full participants and leaders in building and sustaining peace and security. Read more at www.nafsa.org/ac12gbowee.
Book Signing: Gbowee will sign copies of her memoir, “Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War” following her address.
Film Screening: The award-winning documentary chronicling Gbowee’s efforts, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” will be screened at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 31 at the Hilton Americas Hotel, room 335 ABC.
NAFSA’s annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of professionals in international educational exchange. More than 8,000 participants from 100 countries are expected this year. The conference runs through Friday, June 1. See all 2012 plenary speakers.
Other conference highlights for Wednesday, May 30:
Sessions: Conference concurrent sessions will run from 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM. These sessions are open to the news media. No reserved seating will be available, and prompt arrival is advised. Houston will be in the spotlight at the “International Pillars of Houston” session at 2:45 PM. You can view a complete listing of NAFSA’s 2012 sessions online at www.nafsa.org/ac12sessions.
Expo: Over 400 organizations are exhibiting at the conference’s International Education Expo. The Expo, located at the convention center, will be open 8:30AM – 3:30 PM on Wednesday.
Media pass registration: Reporters may register on-site, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM.