No man, and no nation, is an island," says Dorothy Drummond, former president of the National Council for Geographic Education, who addressed the weekly meeting of the West Chicago Rotary Club at Pal Joey's Restaurant on February 20. Drummond, who is the author of Holy Land, Whose Land? spoke at the invitation of Rotary Club President Melody E. Coleman, who is also the Administrative Librarian at the West Chicago Public Library District.
Drummond's book, now in its 2nd edition, is a scholarly yet genuinely personal account of the present conflict in the Middle East and an enlightening explanation of the complex history of the Holy Land over four millennia. Her solid research, as well as her personal reflections, underscores her position that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "can only be resolved through the arduous, step-by-step search for peace."
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In her presentation, Drummond discussed her latest visit to the region and the importance of the Holy Land to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. "Her unprejudiced viewpoint enlightened us as to mistakes made on all sides of the conflict," said Coleman. "I know my fellow Rotarians were equally impressed with her unbiased explanation of this troubled region of the world and its importance to us all."
Drummond, a Fulbright scholar, earned her masters degree in geography from Northwestern University and has taught World Geography for over 30 years as an adjunct on the faculties of Indiana State University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Now retired from teaching, she divides her time between writing, traveling, and guest lecturing. Her book is available at your local library.