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Zainab Salbi Spends a Day at Mason

September 30, 2013

Zainab Salbi

Author Zainab Salbi speaks to an audience at the Center For the Arts during the Fall for the Book festival at the Fairfax Campus. By Alexis Glenn

Alumna Zainab Salbi, BIS ’96, spent a day at George Mason University on September 27, inspiring students in New Century College’s Cornerstone program and wowing an audience at Fall for the Book.

Salbi, a former George Mason Alumna of the Year, is the world-renowned activist and author of If You Knew Me You Would Care, a book that blends interviews and photographs to tell the powerful stories of women who have survived wars, violence, and poverty. (Photographs by Salbi’s collaborator on the book, photographer Rennio Maifredi, were on display in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall Lobby during the festival.)

Salbi is also president and founder of Women for Women International, an organization that provides women in war-torn countries with the tools to become self-sufficient and create stable communities. She has appeared multiple times on Oprah and received commendations from President Clinton.

Her appearance at Fall for the Book was part of Mason’s Freedom and Learning Lecture Series,  and was sponsored by New Century College and African and African American Studies.

Salbi speaks to class

Mason President Ángel Cabrera and Salbi speak to a New Century College class at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Zainab Salbi signs her book

Students Destiny Parker, left, and Zhana Riley are excited to have Salbi sign her book following the presentation at the Fall for the Book festival. Photo by Evan Cantwell