Presented by Dr. Merjjena B. Hemp
Dr. Merjjena B. Hemp’s recently published book is a memoir. The book recounts growing up in the Philippines during the Marcos Regime, a tumultuous childhood, and life on the streets of Manila as a runaway. Not until she sat down to begin writing did she realize that her life is the story of a woman who overcame poverty and homelessness, married the love of her life, and embraced the struggles of being a military wife.
Merjjena B. Hemp received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a minor in educational learning technologies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has a passion for helping women and children, advocacy organizations that are supporting the abused, homeless and runaways. As the spouse of a military veteran and an educator, she uses her background to engage different communities that include the military as well as the Arab Muslim communities in hard conversations about our lives in the post-9/11 era. She is currently completing her second book, "Beyond the Shadow of September: Exploring the Multiple Perspectives of Arab Muslim Women’s Experiences in the Post-9/11 Era." She plans to return to the academic setting where she can utilize her experiences, strengths, enthusiasm and commitment to educate and empower students, so they too can empower and advocate for others who are left and forgotten as she once was, living under the shadow of 3000 pairs of shoes.
The Noel P. Gist Seminars, brown-bag lunch meetings named for the distinguished sociologist who founded them, take place weekly during the school year at the University of Missouri. The seminars explore the world beyond the borders of the United States and consider the relations of the United States with other countries and regions of the world. Unless otherwise noted, the seminars meet every Thursday when MU classes are in session, noon-1 p.m. Tables are available for participants, who may bring their lunches to the programs.
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