Dr. Hanan Ashrawi will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus.

Her talk is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Burr, (651) 962-5311.

Ashrawi also will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. (at Franklin Ave.). For further information, contact Rev. James Gertmenian, (612) 871-7400.

Ashrawi’s talks will deal with the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and possible resolutions.

With a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia, Ashrawi taught for more than 20 years at Birzeit University on the West Bank, near her hometown of Ramallah. She chaired the English Department there and served as dean of the Faculty of Arts.

In 1998 she founded the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), of which she is the secretary general. From 1991 to 1993, she was the official spokesperson of the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Process. She is also an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jerusalem District.

Ashrawi was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize last month in Australia.

In June 2002, The Christian Science Monitor published an article calling for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to appoint Ashrawi, described as a "prominent politician and human rights advocate," to the new post of Palestinian prime minister.

Ashrawi’s books include an autobiography – This Side of Peace: A Personal Account (1995) – in addition to poetry, fiction and literary criticism.