March 2022

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess



Photo by Ingrid Skousgard

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess grew up in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After surviving ethnic cleansing and more than 1,100 days under the Serbs’ military siege, she emigrated to the United States in 1996. By December 1999, she earned a B.A. in Economics from Brown University. Later, she obtained two master's degrees and a Doctorate from Columbia University. Currently, she is a professor at Columbia working on understanding how and why societies fall apart and what role education can play in rebuilding decimated countries. She has published extensively on education-related issues and has lectured around the world to adult and adolescent audiences. She is the author of the memoir "The Cat I Never Named."

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Scheduled events:
Survival and Hope in an Unfair World
Three authors talk about writing young adult novels based on their experiences with gang life in Jamaica, their battles with depression in Ciudad Juarez and dealing with ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Their stories reflect the challenges of maintaining hope within a world that is often unfair.

Stocker Foundation Children/Teen Stage (Seats 1000)
Sat, Mar 6, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Children / Teens
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Panelists: Desmond Hall, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, Alessandra Narváez Varela
Moderator: Charlene Mendoza
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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