Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pitt-Bradford alumna to speak about experience as volunteer teacher in Turkey

BRADFORD, Pa. – Dale Fox, a 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will speak next week about experiences as a volunteer English teacher in Turkey.
            Fox will speak at 7 p.m. April 17 in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of Hanley Library.
            After graduation, Fox, who was a nontraditional student from Ridgway, became a volunteer English teacher near the city of Izmir, which is on the Aegean coast, and in Istanbul. Living with two different families gave her the opportunity to experience a wide diversity of religious and cultural attitudes and beliefs in a country where 99 percent of its citizens are Muslim.
            Fox will share her insights, experiences and perceptions about life in Turkey through her stories and pictures. She is now involved with interfaith initiatives that focus on dispelling stereotypes about Muslims and speaks frequently in public.
            She has written a book about her experience, “Turkey Uncovered,” a series of short stories documenting everyday life in Turkish homes and her travel excursions. Copies will be available for purchase. Samples of hand-loomed Turkish rugs will also be on display.
            Fox is currently the executive director of the Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council, an eight-county nonprofit dedicated to the protection and wise use of the region’s assets in Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

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