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Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud to speak at Maxwell

November 01, 2010

Jill Leonhardt
(315) 443-5492

On Monday, Nov. 8, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, an international diplomat, will give an address on the history of Saudi Arabia, particularly the events that led to the creation of the modern state in 1932 and the climate surrounding its founding. The talk, which will be followed by a Q-and-A session, will be held in Maxwell Auditorium on the SU campus at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public; parking is available in Irving Garage for $4.

Prince Turki is known for his commitment to promoting greater understanding and better relations between the West and Saudi Arabia. He was the kingdom’s ambassador to the United States in 2005-07; he also served as ambassador to the United Kingdom. Before those postings, he served for 25 years as chief of Saudia Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate.

Prince Turki currently teaches at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is co-chair of the C100 Group, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, which promotes interfaith dialogue and greater understanding between the West and Islamic countries. He was a founder of the King Faisal Foundation, which is one of the world’s largest philanthropies, and serves as chairman of the board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. Prince Turki was educated at Georgetown, Princeton and Cambridge universities and at the University of London.

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