Political analyst, Greenpeace founder to speak this week

From two blood drives to religious dialogue and discussions about the Middle East, this last week of March brings several opportunities for international awareness and community service to campus.

Tonight in McConomy Auditorium, the Muslim Students Association presents a discussion on the Prophet Muhammad from 6:30 to 9 pm. Imam Shaker Elsayed, the head of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Virginia, will answer questions about Muhammad, regarding such topics as his personality, character, and what his response would have been to the recent cartoon controversy.

Clips from the PBS documentary “Legacy of a Prophet” will be shown during the presentation, and an open question-and-answer forum will follow Elsayed’s talk. Born in Cairo, Elsayed has served as secretary-general of the Muslim American Society.

On Tuesday, the Asian Student Association is sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross. The drive will be in Rangos, and students interested in donating blood can sign up for time slots beforehand either at first-floor tables in the University Center or online at

Tartans for Israel is presenting “The Peoples Have Spoken: The Aftermath of the Palestinian and Israeli Elections” this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in Porter Hall 100. Political and military analyst Elliot Chodoff will speak about current events in the Middle East. After he moved to Israel in 1983, Chodoff was inducted
into the Israeli Defense Force and is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Haifa in Israel.

The event is co-sponsored by Student Senate, Hillel JUC, and Panthers for Israel.

AB Lectures will present environmental activist and Greenpeace founder Paul Watson this Thursday at 7 pm in the University Center’s McConomy Auditorium. Having a presence in 40 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, Greenpeace is a non-profit organization campaigning to protect the earth’s biodiversity and environment.

In addition to being co-founder of Greenpeace and Greenpeace International, Watson has also founded Sea Shepherd, a conservation society dedicated to protecting marine life.

Finally, Carnegie Mellon Residence Life is hosting the week’s second blood drive on Friday from 11 am to 5 pm on the first floor of New House. Residence Life is holding the drive in conjunction with the Central Blood Bank.

Those looking to schedule an appointment can contact Danielle Ranick at 412-209-7076 or visit