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PostRemembering Bill Ratliff; Saudi Youth Voices (Tamara Zuniga-Brown, USA, 04/17/14 5:24 am)
Firstly, I told my dad [WAISer Emeritus Tim Brown--JE] of the shocking news of Bill Ratliff's passing. He was deeply, deeply saddened. My dad had introduced us many years ago, and we enjoyed a lively conversation about international affairs over sushi in Palo Alto. From the recent posts, this great man will be sorely missed.
I did want to share an article that I wrote and was published yesterday. To my surprise, amazement and honor, I made the front page of the WorldTribune. To say my Saudi (and Chinese) students were thrilled would be an understatement.
This has been the most wonderful opportunity and incredible example of our democratic process and freedom of speech. I hope we have most definitely shown that positive steps forward in the process of building bridges between East and West, socially and culturally, can be done.
One more step forward for humanity...
JE comments: Tamara Zúñiga-Brown's article is accessible below:
Tamara is preaching to my choir, that nothing promotes cross-cultural understanding more than student exchanges. For every disaffected Saudi youth in the US, there must be a thousand or more like those fortunate enough to take Tamara's ESL classes. The problem is, only the angry ones tend to make the news.
My congratulations to Tamara for the WorldTribune piece. Well done! (I too shared sushi in Palo Alto with Bill Ratliff, two or three years ago, although our final lunch together was Indian. How many of us have joyful memories of breaking bread--or nan, or rice--with Bill! Among his many virtues, he was an exceptional gourmand, with a particular fondness for exotic food--the spicier the better.)