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Volume 72, Issue 28, Thursday, September 28, 2006


Noor to impart wisdom in Houston

Queen of Jordan will discuss life of working toward peace and cultural understanding

The Daily Cougar

Queen Noor of Jordan will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Queen Noor's speech is the first in "The Brilliant Lecture Series -- Conversations With Brilliance," directed by Scott Brogan.

Brogan said he hopes the series will offer the opportunity for people, especially the student community and faculty, to hear speeches from extraordinary people.

"(Noor) will talk about her journey, her life and the things that have impacted her," Brogan said. "It is a very important voice, especially in today's political climate and our cultural issues that we deal with. Her insight and perspective will be very helpful."

Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby to an Arab-American family distinguished for its public service, Noor received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and urban planning from Princeton in 1974 and married King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein in 1978.

Noor has worked on international urban planning and design projects in the United States, Australia, Iran and Jordan and is actively involved in various international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery.

Noor also founded and is the chair of the King Hussein Foundation International, which promotes and builds on King Hussein's humanitarian vision and legacy through programs that promote social, economic and political opportunity and cross-cultural understanding in the Muslim and Arab world.

Following the lecture, the queen will answer six to 10 questions from the audience. 

Brogan urges students and faculty to send questions for Noor to him at

Copies of Noor's best-selling autobiography, Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, will be available for purchase after the lecture in the lobby for a discounted price.

Ticket prices start at $15, and students will receive a 10 percent discount with a valid student ID.

Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling (713) 315-2525.

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