Mazin Qumsiyeh; he is a medical geneticist who trained in the U.S. and taught at Duke and Yale. He is a Palestinian Christian who teaches at Bethlehem University in Bethlehem in the West Bank and has co-founded a museum of natural history which just opened recently. He is interested in promoting awareness of the museum and its important work in educating children and young people about recycling, sustainability, and nature conservation. The museum is a very exciting endeavor that has already reached many children and youth there and draws a steady stream of visitors and volunteers.
The topics Dr. Qumsiyeh covers include Palestinian Christian perspective on Islam and on teaching conflict resolution in the Peace Studies MA program at Bethlehem Bible College as well as presenting information about the flora and fauna of the Holy Land. He received the 2011 Social Courage Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association and has written several books, including one titled Sharing the Land of Canaan. He is interested in reaching beyond the usual political audiences for a Palestinian speaker and educating people here about the work of his museum and also topics related to religion and peace/conflict resolution studies.