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May Rihani is a public speaker about, girls’ education, education reforms, Lebanon’s heritage, Lebanon’s literature, and poetry. She lectured at many universities such as Harvard, American University, Maryland University, Duke University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.

She was also a speaker at many international Conferences on Education, Girls’ Education, and Women’s Empowerment.

Among the international Conferences and Global Seminars she spoke at are: the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) Conferences.

May Rihani will be engaged in several speaking engagements for the launch of her 8thth book: Cultures Without Borders: From Beirut to Washington, D.C.

The launch of her memoir will take place in the greater Washington, D.C. area. A series of speaking engagements and book signings will take place starting on Friday October, 24th 2014.

In these events May Rihani will speak about her memoir and the issues it addresses such as girls’ education, women’s empowerment, and common grounds among diverse cultures. At these events the author will also sign her books.


Recent Speaking Engagements

 

Abdallah and May

Abdallah and May

 Guests included people from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, USA and trhe UK. The Palestinian ambassador and educator Manuel Hassassian was also present

Guests included people from
Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, USA
and the UK. The Palestine
ambassador-educator Manuel
Hassassian was also present

 Guests included people from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, USA and the UK. The Palestinian educator and ambassador, Manuel Hassassian, was also present

The gathering at the Nauphal
home allowed guests to share
experiences about development
and to discuss issues that
are close to their hearts

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Residence of Abdallah Nauphal & Mona Macksoud
Discussion and Reception
London, England, The UK


With conference organizer Sana Rouhani (R) and another participant in Chicago

With conference organizer Sana
Rouhani (R) and another participant
in Chicago

Sana Rouhani and May

Sana Rouhani and May

Standing with several participants of the Arab Women's Conference

Standing with several
participants of the
Arab-Amaerican Conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Speaking Engagement
Arab-American Conference
Doubletree Chicago North Shore Hotel
Skokie, Illinois


Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr

aud

More than 350 enthusiastic
people attended the celebration
on Monday, Jan 18

Monday, January 18th, 2016

24th Annual Dr Martin Luther King March and Celebration:
“The Strength to Love: Where do we go from here?”
Keynote Speaker, 1:00 pm
Douglass School
407 East Market Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20176


Members of the 'Min Ajl Lubnan' organization attended the lecture

Members of the Min Ajl Lubnan
task force attended the
lecture and reception
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Left to Right: May Rihani, Prof Freidenberg, Anthropology Chair Shackel, and BSOS Dean Ball

L to R: Author May Albert Rihani,
Prof Judith Freidenberg,
Anthropology Chair Paul Shackel,
and BSOS Dean Gregory Ball

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

University of Maryland
Speaking engagement
McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742


With several of Prof. Bushrui's friends and students

With several of Prof. Bushrui’s
friends and students

Signing a copy of the book for Paria Akhavan.

Signing a copy of the book for
Paria Akhavan.

Reading from my book with author Nadia Hashimi.

Reading from my book with
author Nadia Hashimi.

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Georgetown Public Library, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Speaking engagement and book signing
3260 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007


Fielding questions about her book while co-presenter Richard Hoffman listens

Fielding questions about
her book while co-presenter
Richard Hoffman listens

Participants asked many questions about May's experiences abroad

Participants asked many
questions about May’s
experiences abroad

Signing copies of book at the Writer's Center

Signing copies of book
at the Writer’s Center

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Writer’s Center
Speaking engagement and book signing
4508 Walsh St,
Bethesda, Maryland 20815


General view of panelists and head table. HE Amb Abdulla Bouhabib introduced May

General view of panelists at head
table. HE Amb. Abdulla Bouhabib
introduced May

Journalists May Mennasah, and Henri Zghaib described what they saw as May's contributions to humanity

Journalists May Mennasah and
Henri Zghaib described May’s
contributions to humanity

Guests lined the walls at the Issam Fares Center during May's talk

Guests lined the walls at the Issam
Fares Center during May’s talk
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Issam Fares Center for Lebanon
Speaking engagement
Sin-el-Fil, Metn
Lebanon


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Peace Corps held a discussion on 'Let Girls Learn', an initiative of the First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps

Peace Corps held a discussion
on ‘Let Girls Learn’, an initiative
of the First Lady Michelle
Obama and the Peace Corps

With PC Volunteer Geri Critchley (L) and PC Gender Director Meghan Donohue

Former PCV Geri Critchley (L)
and PC Gender Director
Meghan Donohue

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Peace Corps, Shriver Center
Speaking engagement 12 Noon
1111 20th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


Panel

The MEI Panel was introduced
by Amb. Wendy Chamberlin

May explains how girls' education lifts families out of poverty

May explains how girls’ education
lifts families out of poverty

General view of audience

General view of audience

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

Middle East Institute
Speaking engagement 10:00 to 11:30 on
“Increasing Women’s Participation in Today’s Middle East”
1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


Co-VP Linda Kandel and WNDC President Anna Fierst (FDR's granddaughter) at the book signing

Co-VP Linda Kandel and WNDC
President Anna Fierst — who
is FDR’s granddaughter, at the
book signing

Speaking about girls' education at the Club luncheon

Addressing activists at the
Women’s Nat’l Democratic Club

Addressing activists at the Women's Nat'l Democratic Club headquarters

Speaking on “Reforming Tradi-
tional Education Systems to
Defeat Extremism”

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Woman’s National Democratic Club
Presentation and Book signing, 12:00 pm
1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


Conference Logo

Conference Logo

With students who participated in an exhibit of art, science, and the humanities

With students who presented
their project at an art, science,
and humanities exhibit

organizers

Two of the key conference
organizers with May are (L 2 R)
Aliyah Al-Bassti and Mona
Al-Kawari

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Qatar Education Conference 2015, “Partners in Excellence”
Keynote Speech
The Qatar National Convention Center
Doha, Qatar


May describes events in her work that inspired her

May describes events in her
work that inspired her

Addressing the MoverMoms luncheon in Potomac

Addressing the MoverMoms
luncheon in Potomac
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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

MoverMom’s Inspiration Day
Speaking engagement and book signing
River Falls Clubhouse
7915 Horseshoe Lane
Potomac, Maryland


Signing book alongside fellow awardee Ralph Nader

Signing books alongside fellow-
awardee Ralph Nader

Delivering the evening keynotespeech to more than 150guests

Delivering the evening keynote
speech to more than 150 guests

Receiving her award fromDr. Safa Rifka, ADC Board chair

Receiving her award from
Dr. Safa Rifka, ADC Board chair

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ADC Women’s Empowerment Forum
Keynote Speaker, Awardee, and book signing, 1:00
Annual Gala Dinner
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1150 22nd St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037


Three

Sarah Schmidt, Prof. Said and
May Rihani at the AU
presentation

Audience members included students, faculty and global peace advocates [/caption

Audience members included
students, faculty and global
peace advocates [/caption

Presenting at AU's School of Int'l Service

Presenting at AU’s School
of International Service

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

American University,
Speaking engagement and book signing
School of International Service
Mohammad Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace
Washington, D.C.


The audience was comprised of professional int'l development experts

The audience was comprised
of professional international
development practitioners

The talk was held at Creative's Training Center to mark International Women's Day

The talk was held at Creative’s
Training Center to mark
International Women’s Day

Creative Associates Founder Charito Kruvant and May shortly before her talk on "The Smartest Way to Defeat Extremism."

Creative Associates Founder
Charito Kruvant & May shortly
before her talk, “The Smartest
Way to Defeat Extremism.”

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Creative Associates International, Inc.
Speaking engagement and book signing
Washington, D.C.


The WJHS Feminist Club members were very engaged by the issues May raised during her talk

WJHS Feminist Club members
were very engaged by the issues
May raised during her talk

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Walter Johnson High School
Speaking engagement on careers in international development
Bethesda, Maryland


Group photo

Many of the guests posed
for a group photo
following the presentation

From left, Nadia Assaf, Eman Slim, Mrs Nicole Chedid, May, May Andary, Adelle Assaf, and Leila Assaf

From left, Nadia Assaf, Eman
Slim, Mrs Nicole Chedid, May,
May Andary, Adelle Assaf,
and Leila Assaf

May presented salient points about Lebanon and her work for girls around the world. The wife of Lebanon's ambassador to the US, Mrs. Chedid, listens

May presented salient points
about Lebanon and her work
for girls around the world. At
left is Mrs Nicole Chedid, the
wife of Lebanon’s ambassador

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Druze Ladies’ Auxiliary
Speaking engagement and book signing
Assaf Residence
Washington, D.C.


Speaking at the Population Institute's Gala Global Media Awards dinner

Speaking at the Population
Institute’s Gala Global
Media Awards dinner

MM and May

Former USAID Senior Officer,
Marilyn Merritt with May
following the presentation

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Population Institute, Annual Global Media Awards Dinner
Keynote Speaker and book signing
St. Regis Hotel
Washington, D.C.


About 100 people attended the presentation, including state gender equity and administrative officials, professors, and the consul of Lebanon

About 100 people attended,
including state gender equity
officials, professors, and
Lebanon’s consul

Adriana

Adriana Rihani outlines the
evening to guests at the
Grand Mayan Museum in
Merida, Mexico

Steering committee members before the lecture and book signing

Steering committee members
before the lecture and book
signing (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Speaking engagement and book signing
Merida, Yucatan
Mexico


LOC staff and guests enjoy a light moment. Seated beside May is USAID Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk

LOC staff and guests enjoy a
light moment. Seated by May
is USAID Zimbabwe Mission
Director Stephanie Funk

Signing a book for Robert Farah. At R, Siham Wehbe of State Dept

Signing a book for Robert Farah.
At R, Siham Wehbe and
colleagues from the State
Department were also present

May replying to questions from enthusiastic audience members at the LOC

May replying to questions
from enthusiastic audience
members at the Library of
Congress

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Library of Congress
Lecture and book signing
The African Middle East Division Reading Room
220 Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540


Members of the audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center asked numerous questions

Members of the audience at
the Woodrow Wilson Center
came from different
international organizations

Wilson Center, Washington DC

Dr. Michael Van Dusen, former
Executive VP and current
Senior Advisor at the Center,
introduced May Rihani

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson Center
Lecture and book signing
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004


More than 30 people attended the talk, including three former ambassadors of Lebanon

Members of the audience
included three former
ambassadors of Lebanon

May with Amb. Clovis Maksoud who introduced her talk at the Al-Hewar Center in Vienna, VA

May with Amb. Clovis Maksoud
who introduced her at the
Al-Hewar Center

Al-Hewar

May addressing an Arabic-
speaking audience at Al-Hewar

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Al-Hewar Center
Speaking engagement in Arabic and book signing
Vienna Community Center
Vienna, Virginia


May describes her meetings with hardboiled Mujahiddin  fighters to the ladies of the Potomac Club.

May describes meetings with
hardboiled Mujahiddin fighters
in Peshawar

Ladies to May's presentation

Ladies of the Potomac Club
listening to May’s presenta-
tion, books in foreground

PANC

Barbara Gargano, Potomac
women’s club president,
with May

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Potomac Area Newcomer’s Club
Lunch, speaking engagement, and book signing
Avenel Country Club
Potomac, Maryland


with Christine Haddad

Christine Haddad and May at
the book signing in McLean, VA

With Joe Shehadeh

Flanking the author are her
husband Zuheir (L) and StarNut
proprietor Joe Shehadeh

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

StarNut Gourmet
Book Signing
1445 Laughlin Avenue
McLean, Virginia


RR book signing

From L, Ramzi and Ghada
Rihani, May, Carolyn Long,
and Zuheir Al-Faqih

The author signing her books

The author signing her books

From L to R Ramzi Rihani, Ambassador Antoine Chedid, the author, Ambassador Massoud Maalouf

From L to R Ramzi Rihani,
Ambassador Antoine Chedid,
May Rihani, and Ambassador
Massoud Maalouf

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Ramzi and Ghada Rihani residence
Reception, speaking, engagement, and book signing
Potomac, Maryland


Book lovers among the crowd at the first book signing

May with colleagues at the
November 1st book signing

Critchley

May presenting her book
at the Critchley residence

May with colleagues at the November 1st book signing

Book lovers among the crowd
at the first book signing

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Ms. Geri Critchley residence
Reception, speaking engagement, and book signing
Washington, DC

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