By Julia Mericle, ’17
The women’s studies program at St. Bonaventure University will host Dr. Reema R. Safadi on April 6 and 7 as the keynote speaker for the annual Mary Devereux Lecture.
Safadi’s research interests include women’s health and gender issues, violence against women, and nursing education.
Dr. Alva Cellini, director of the women’s studies program, said the lecture is a way to celebrate Women’s History Month and honor Mary Devereux, the wife of Nicholas Devereux, one of the university’s founders.
“It is always nice to extend the celebration of Women’s History Month by having someone from outside the university, especially internationally, to come and be our guest speaker for this special event,” Cellini said.
The Mary Devereux Lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Walsh Auditorum. Safadi’s keynote is titled “Social and legal factors impacting violence against women: A comparison between Jordanian and Arab-American women,” and will focus on the experience of violence for these two groups of women in the context of acculturation.
Her presentation will highlight social and legal factors that condone violence or protect women from violence in an Arab society (Jordan as an example) and compare these factors to violence against women of Arab origin living in the United States.
The program is free and open to the public.
Safadi is an associate professor of maternal and child health nursing at the University of Jordan. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Jordan. She also received a Ph.D. from the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. A recipient of a Fulbright Award for Research Scholars, Safadi is pursuing her research at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2015-16 academic year.
Considering Safadi’s nursing background, Cellini encourages students going into medical fields to attend the Mary Devereux Lecture.
Safadi will present a second session, titled “A Fulbright journey facilitating intercultural collaboration,” for St. Bonaventure faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, in the University Club. During the program, Safadi will share how the Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. government, aims to increase mutual understanding between countries by offering international educational exchange.
“The support of the Fulbright scholarship made me realizable the possibility of reaching out to the Arab-American community in the U.S., and thus conducting this study to understand Arab-American women and their marital experiences and adjustments during acculturation,” said Safadi.
Safadi wrote her dissertation on “Action Research: The Childbearing Experience among First-Time Jordanian Mothers.” She has held positions as dean at Al-Zaytoonah University, dean at Philadelphia University, and department chair at University of Jordan, all in Jordan.
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