March 1, 2004
Yahya, Israel’s former ambassador
to Finland and a relentless promoter of coexistence in the
Middle East, will
speak at the University of Calgary on Tuesday, March 2, on
Challenges of Multiculturalism: The Arab Minority in Israel.
The talk will take place at 5 pm in Room 110 of the Professional
Yahya, an Israeli-Arab who was born in Israel, has had an
extensive and impressive career. He
was the Director–General
of the language seminary, Ulpan Akiva, an international Hebrew
and language and cultural centre from 1972-1995. In 1984 he
became the first Israeli-Arab Ambassador and was posted to
Finland. He is currently the Israeli government coordinator
for special projects in Akaba-Eilat, an area between Jordan,
Israel and Egypt.
Yahya has received several awards of distinction that recognize
his accomplishments: in 1994 the United States Congress acknowledged
his work in promoting peace through culture and language. He
was also awarded the Knesset Speaker's Prize for Environmental
Affairs in 1983, the Israel Prize in 1986 and the Histadrut
Prize for Arab Jewish Co-existence in 1993.
His talk is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of International
Affairs and the Israel Studies Program in the Faculty of Social
Media interested in arranging an interview with Ambassador
Yahya can contact Hala Dehais in the Faculty of Social Sciences
at (403) 220-5288. Yahya will be available for interviews on
Tuesday between 10 am and 5 pm.