Dr Bloom and I had a special opportunity a few days ago, a guided tour of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History by the founder, Mazen Qumsiyeh. Dr. Quimsiyeh is both the museum’s founder and also its director. Mazen is one of those rare people who are so multi-dimensional that you want to keep talking and listening to them; he has so many interesting ideas and viewpoints to share that one wonders if they could ever get boring.
As a professor he teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Berzeit Universities.
He has served on the faculties of Yale, Duke and the Univeristy of Tennessee. He has written a diverse collection of books from “The Mammals of the Holy Land” to “Sharing the Land of Canaan: a history of Hope and Empowerment”. Probably his role as a political activist is the most prominent activity on his resume. Yet I would prefer to describe him as a social optimist as he has a way of looking at social and environmental problems and immediately strategizing as to how a situation might be improved.
It was only over a final conversation over yet another cup of fresh mint tea, that it came out that Mazen will, by coincidence, be in Denver this coming weekend and be giving a public presentation.
You are invited to join us there:
Saturday, June 18, 2017
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E. Alameda Street (corner of Fairfax and Alameda)
Our daughter Sophie wrote about Mazin and his museum in her blog a year or so back: http://www.sophieschor.com/jaffa/2016/7/27/palestine-museum-of-natural-history
For more information about the museum:
A picture of Dr. Qumsiyeh watering his roses at the museum: