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Dr. Nyla Ali Khan speaking at Seminole Chamber forum on Thursday

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Dr. Nyla Ali Khan is speaking at the Seminole Chabmer of Commerce Forum on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
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SEMINOLE, Okla. – Edmond-based writer, lecturer and professor, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, will be the featured speaker this Thursday at The Seminole Chamber of Commerce Forum.

A native of India’s mountainous Kashmir region bordering Pakistan, Khan, who has authored the recent books Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s Reflections on Kashmir and Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan, has been a consistent and reliable voice for peace and justice here in Oklahoma and in her Himalayan homeland, where tensions are seemingly neverending. In January 2018, Khan held a standing-room-only lecture at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City, addressing the complexity of Kashmiri politics and the political legacy of her grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who was beloved and quite influential in his lifetime.

And here in Oklahoma, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan is always striving to inform folks here about her work here and in Kashmir. 

In a statement to Red Dirt Report (where she is also a contributor), Khan said: “Working and living in Oklahoma has taught me that community is the ability to organize and mobilize for social change, which requires the creation of awareness not just at the individual level but at the collective level as well. Community is the courage to bridge divides and to pave the way for the education of the younger generation, which is the only viable response to ignorance and bigotry. Community is the openness to dissent, and differences of opinion, which is true courage.

It is important to diligently work to engage young people in the United States and other parts of the world in the processes of democracy, to acquire skills and knowledge that would enable them to effectively participate in decision-making, to recognize the importance of standing up and being counted as well as the value of the vote.

In order to improve the election process and civic engagement for the people of the United States, particularly millennials, to engage and encourage them to be informed and to vote, it is imperative to identify issues that are important to voters, so they are inspired to make a significant difference by participating.”

Khan’s talk will be held on the campus of Seminole State College in the Utterback Ballroom of the Enoch Kelly Haney Center. Lunch is available for $8 and the public is welcome.

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