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Israeli poet to speak on "Poetry and Multiculturalism"

Reda Mansour, Israeli poet, author and diplomat, is scheduled to speak from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Honors Commons on the New Mexico State University campus.

is a Ph.D candidate at Haifa University's Middle Eastern History Department and a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The first non-Jewish poet in Israel to write exclusively in Hebrew, Mansour has published three books of Hebrew poetry and is at work on a book of short stories.

During his career in the Foreign Service, Mansour served as Israeli ambassador to Ecuador. Prior to that, he served in the Israeli Embassy in Portugal and the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco.

Mansour is a member of the Druze minority, an Arabic-speaking religious and ethnic community comprising roughly 1.8 percent of Israel's population and living in roughly 20 villages in northern Israel. The Druze religion is a monotheistic 10th century offshoot of Islam.

Mansour's talk is sponsored by various NMSU departments and NMSU Hillel. He will speak on "Poetry and Multiculturalism" and answer questions from the audience. His talk is free and open to the public.