Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Lebanese Women Celebrate a Lebanese Poet and Each Other

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Lebanese Women Celebrate a Lebanese Poet and Each Other

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Dima Osseiran hosted a Nov. 7 luncheon at her Potomac, MD home attended by more than 50 notable women of Lebanese heritage. They were celebrating the arrival of Dima's mother, Shahina Osseiran, en route to a ceremony in honor of her father, prominent Lebanese poet and scholar, Jawdat R. Haydar (1905-2006), at North Texas University in Denton. The English department unveiled a plaque and announced an annual prize in his name. Haydar (whose books are available from Middle East Books and More) wrote that his greatest wish was for "Humanity to one day learn to be at peace with its environment, for violence and pollution to come to an end."

The Osseiran luncheon also became an impromptu celebration of some extraordinary Lebanese women in attendance. Carla Jazzar, Lebanese chargé d'affaires in Washington, DC, has been an effective acting ambassador since the departure of Ambassador Antoine Chedid in January 2016. …

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