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Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2007

Author to share experiences in Mideast

May 6, 2007

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Author Teresa McCown will give a presentation, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: It's People and Its Values," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

McCown moved to Saudi Arabia with her husband shortly after the Gulf War in 1991, beginning a 10-year stay that would provide her with a rare closeup view of the lives of Saudi women. Hired shortly after her arrival to tutor the children of one of the Saudi princesses, she traveled the world with the princess and her entourage, and later opened and ran an educational learning center for women funded by the princess.

McCown has written two books about her experiences: "Shifting Sands: Life in Arabia with a Saudi Princess," and "Creating Shamsiyah: Empowering the Saudi Feminist Movement." Copies of the books will be available for purchase.

McCown has a master's degree in communications from Auburn University. She lives with her two children in the Kansas City area, and she has spoken widely about her time in Saudi Arabia. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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