Brown Bag Biography: Maen Owda
October 17, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 410
“Refugee Stitches: The Weaving of a Nation.”
Maen Owda, creator of Refugee Stitches, cosponsored by UH-Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine
Maen Owda will talk about how he partnered with his mother Suheir—a women’s rights activist, a community leader, and a nutritionist by profession—to create Refugee Stitches. This project was inspired by a movement Suheir started fifteen years ago to highlight women’s roles in the Palestinian struggle and the importance of their art in protecting the nation's identity. He will
discuss how Refugee Stitches aims to bring their art to the wider community, with all that it carries in richness, meaning and truth about the reality of an existing nation, and help sustain refugee women
economically to support their families.
Maen Owda was born and raised in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. His background as a Palestinian refugee and his education at an Ivy League institution puts him in a unique position to provide critical links between refugee camps and the international community to represent a
reality that has yet to be exposed, and try to improve life in a small refugee camp—at least for now—hoping to one day break free of all our chains.
Free and Open to the Public
Center for Biographical Research and UH-Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine, Mānoa Campus
Janet Graham, (808) 956-3774, firstname.lastname@example.org