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An Egyptian immigrant discusses religious tolerance in the Middle East

For Immediate Release: August 31

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Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 31, 2010 — Lucette Lagnado will present a talk focused on her life as an Egyptian immigrant to the United States on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Lagnado was born in Cairo to an Egyptian-Jewish family. Forced to flee as refugees in the 1960s, her experiences shaped her memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. She hearkens back to the Old Cairo that was wonderfully tolerant and multicultural, where Jews, Christians and Muslims co-existed in ways most Americans might find hard to imagine.

Lagnado will address this and other themes that guided her as she worked on her memoir, in which she challenges prevailing notions about immigrants coming to America and reaching for the American Dream.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.


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