Public Speaking Testimonials

Kristi Murry

Nadine is a captivating and welcoming presenter. There is so much I do not know with depth or clarity about the Middle East. By listening to Nadine’s storytelling style lecture, she took huge ideas of feminism, the treatment of women and the significant roles women have played in history (in one hour) and broke them down so I could better understand how events, wars, and politics are reflected in present day culture.

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Faculty Member

Dr. Nadine Naber came to the University of Washington, Seattle in May 2015 through a competitive nomination and selection process where a social justice scholar is invited for a multi-day residential visit to engage with the UW campus and wider city communities.  Dr. Naber has a unique ability to engage with diverse audiences regardless of their familiarity with her research and teaching agenda. She is humble despite her brilliance. She offers her audiences vigorous ideas and questions to grapple with, while also presenting them with everyday tools for the audience to utilize in order to influence positive social change. Regardless of the size of her audience Dr. Naber is addressing (7, 120, or 200+), she has a unique ability to engage the audience on intellectual, emotional, collective, and personal levels. Her visit to the University of Washington was transformative for students, faculty, and community members alike. I had a number of peers and students come tell me she made them feel heard, that their ideas mattered, and that they were energized to learn more! Dr. Naber kept us talking about her visit for many weeks following her visit. During her visit, Dr. Naber visited undergraduate classrooms, met with women graduate students of color, and had a public lecture to audiences from inside and outside the UW campus community. Dr. Naber was generous with her time and ideas, and thoughtful and empowering with her insights and responses to students’ questions about navigating life’s difficult situations as women of color and minoritized individuals. Regardless who the audiences are and what questions and comments they may have, Dr. Naber responded to each seriously and thoughtfully.

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Parent

Nadine Naber was an excellent public speaker on the topic of Islamophobia. Her explanations were easy to understand. She answered difficult and emotional questions from the audience well and gave helpful next steps that audience members could take. This was a powerful presentation. I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking and reading about these issues. Nadine still put feelings to words in a way I have not heard before. The examples she used were painfully real and easy to understand. I feel like I have a clearer framework to have these conversations with friends and co-workers. I now feel better able to serve Arab students and families in my job.

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Omar Baz Radwan, PhD

I got introduced to Dr. Nadine Naber through a colleague in the field and I worked with her on key manuscripts for my academic career and revised scholarly works and proposals. I am still working with Dr. Naber and I feel lucky to have had this opportunity for so many reasons. Dr. Naber has a very special way of helping others organize and claim their methodology and argument. She listens intently and understands one’s career goals and needs. She showed me how to present my work in a more distinctive and revealing way, how to name and claim my argument, methodology and theoretical approach. She organized and strengthened the content and structure of my book proposal, revised and meticulously edited major scholarly documents, and, most significantly, grounded my work more solidly in its proper location, both theoretically and pedagogically. She also helped me bring out my argument and its importance in the relevant academic field of study for my book publication. Dr. Naber fully understood my career goals and objectives and she helped me organize and channel my thoughts and vision in a very collaborative and professional manner. She is truly an academic life changer, and I am one of the lucky ones to have her as my academic consultant.

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George Karam

About half a year has passed since I came out, and the access to works like yours have never made me feel more powerful standing in my truth. And for that, I thank you. Please continue to do what you do in representing the Arab-American community, your reach is further than you think.

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Nora Heide

Nadine led workshops on social justice for my 4th and 5th grade classrooms covering topics like racism and sexism, fair trade, how to challenge stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, and how to envision the future of yourself and your community. Students loved her visits because the topics and delivery were engaging and relevant. I found her workshops to be incredibly inspiring for my students! Any teacher or school interested in empowering their students should invite Nadine to lead a workshop.

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Stan West

I attended Nadine Naber’s lecture on racial inclusion at Oak Park’s Irving School. It was awesome to hear such a comprehensive and nuanced perspective on Muslims, non-Muslims, Arabs, non-Arabs and Africans in the Americas. I didn’t want to leave but I was already 45 minutes late for my French class. Witnessing such a sterling/stellar presentation was well worth the wait.

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Donna Rolf

I’ve heard Nadine speak on 2 different panels. She stood out as exceptional. She captivated the audience with her content and delivery. Nadine would be a great speaker for teacher institutes, social justice advocates, mental or medical health professionals, educational events, and religious institutions.

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Parent

I attended this event with two white friends. Both felt the need to bring this issue back to their schools. One friend wanted to put Arab/Muslim issues more explicitly in her PTO’s equity statement. The other friend worked with her school to bring in a speaker on Arab culture to present to the students at her children’s school. The talk helped these women think about this issue related to Islamophobia and Anti Arab racism and take action. Nadine was able to connect with audience members parent to parent and had a good grasp of how to speak to educators. She would be great speaking at functions targeting parents. She would also do well presenting  as a part of anti-bias training for teachers.

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Dr. Lara Deeb, PhD

Dr. Naber is a dynamic speaker who kept the audience interested and engaged. Our students and audience members learned so much from Dr. Naber’s thought-provoking perspectives on Arab and Muslim women.

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Chris Lymbertos

Dr. Naber’s was a key speaker at our 10 year anniversary event. I’ve also seen her speak at smaller educational and community events. She has a wealth of knowledge and a great presence. She breaks down information and makes it relevant so that it speaks directly to the audience she’s presenting to. It’s very visible folks are engaged and interested.

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David Stovall, PhD

I’ve had the opportunity to hear Dr. Nadine Naber on numerous occasions.  In every instance I am impressed with her intentionality in drawing connections between political struggle and scholarly inquiry for the purpose of coalition building.  Anyone interested in intersectional praxis and racial justice in the form of authentic community engagement would definitely benefit from hearing her speak.

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Ill Weaver/Invincible

Nadine Naber is an electrifying educator, speaker, and activist who galvanizes critical thought into collective action. Since I first encountered her powerful pedagogical work as a young artist and organizer I have been transformed by her unique approach to addressing social justice issues and movements. She illuminates complex frameworks and makes them viscerally relatable through stories and thorough research. Nadine challenges us to honestly face the many injustices of this world, while deeply believing in each of our capacity to envision and embody more liberated futures.

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