Larry Wilson in front of a poster of Zayed University
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Fab Friday Lunch & Learn - American Meets Arabia with Larry Wilson

  • 02/16
  • 11:30 am-1:15 pm
  • Reuter Center - Manheimer Room

Fab Friday lunch & learn lectures at OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville - are free and open to everyone. Socialize and enjoy stimulating presentations and dynamic questions/answer sessions. Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. 

American Meets Arabia with Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson will share his experience of the United Arab Emirates, where he worked for nearly 20 years while living there for more than a decade.

In 1998, Wilson was invited by His Excellency, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak al Nahyan, the Minister of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates, to be a part of a three person team to design and launch Zayed University, a new government university for Emirati female students. He served as its deputy vice president and provost for 12 years, and also spent a year designing, launching and directing reform of public schools in the UAE. 

Wilson also is former provost and interim chancellor at UNC Asheville. He will discuss Arab culture and traditions, the education system, the status of women in the Arab world, impact of extremism and lower oil prices on the social and political system, some features of Islam, how views of the West are changing, and assess the accuracy of American views of the Arab world.

Contact for this event:

  • OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville
  • olli@unca.edu
  • 828.251.6140

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