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Humor and Tragedy Adventure and Romance Realism and Idealism Figure SALOM RIZK (SAM RISK) THE SYRIAN YANKEE, AN INTERPRETER OF AMERICAN LIFE REDPATH BUREAU SALOM RIZK (Sam Risk) Intense, Compelling, Real SALOM RIZK, popularly known as Sam Risk, the Syrian-Yankee, tells the fascinating story of his own life, which weaves itself into mankind's common struggle for world economic stability and international peace. He captivates his audience with his vivid portrayals and humorous sallies, and inspires thought by his penetrating views. Many have remarked that hearing Salom Rizk is like listening to a character out of Franz Werfel's great novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. Salom Rizk is truly a most unique platform personality, combining as he does a delightfully extemporaneous style, a rich vein of humor, a keen sense of the dramatic and a strong social passion. Salom Rizk will go far. Salom Rizk was born in the back-country of Syria. His mother was an American. Her death left him to the care of an illiterate grandmother, determined to conceal his American citizenship from him. The death of his grandmother tossed him into the maw of the World War. Informed of his American citizenship, but for five years denied the right of entrance, he finally arrived in America in 1927, a veritable Rip Van Winkle, rubbing his eyes in astonishment at the wonders of the modern world. Salom Rizk has had a strange life, through which many ancient and modern currents have coursed, and in which many valuable deposits of wisdom have been left. Having lived under tyranny, he is especially able to evaluate American democracy and its opportunities. Having craved nothing more than education, he has a body of sincere convictions about educational processes and purposes that are of genuine interest to students and educators. Lecture Subjects A Syrian-Yankee's Story An optimistic note in a pessimistic era and an interpretation of American life and education in terms of a personal adventure which inspires to better citizenship. Salom Rizk believes that citizenship is not living off your country; it is living for it. Motivating the Student A stimulating discussion of social motives as applied to the school. Democracy must educate, tyranny dares not, says Mr. Rizk. Tragedies of Imperialism A vivid portrayal from first-hand experience of the effects of foreign dominion upon the political, religious and educational life of backward nations. The Jews and Arabs in Palestine An unbiased account of the changes that are taking place in The Promised Land. Mr. Rizk spent his early life along the border of Palestine among the Arabs. In 1933 he returned to Palestine on an Italian boat with 800 Jews, emigres from Germany. He found a new Palestine. Enthusiastic Comments About Salom Rizk J. W. Studebaker, Federal Commissioner of Education, Washington, D. C.—His message is of tremendous value to groups of adults in general and to high school students. One's feeling of appreciation for the opportunities offered in the U. S. are increased tremendously. Agnes Samuelson, Supt. of Public Instruction, Iowa, and President, National Education Association—Thanks very much for the splendid talk you gave our county superintendents. I am sure that everyone who heard you will have greater appreciation of values of American citizenship. O. H. Lowe, Prin., H. S., Sheboygan, Wis.—On May 20, 1935, Sam Rizk spoke before a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of this city. On the following day he addressed some thousand students, all of which audiences pronounced Mr. Rizk's lecture as one of the most worthwhile and outstanding they had ever listened to. Hugo A. Carlson, Dir. of Speech, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S. D.—He has a message for college audiences that is fundamental to students regardless of their interests. He touches upon the vital problems of the day in such a way that no auditor can force himself to ignore the message. His talk is logic on fire. G. Harrison Durand, V. P., Yankton College, South Dakota.—Convincing and memorable beyond that of almost any speaker I can think of. Technically, as a platform performance, it is admirable. His message ought to have a hearing all over the country. John H. Hillman, President, Simpson College, Iowa—It is an address of thrilling human interest and it greatly impressed our students. Rena Jean Nelson, Mitchell County, Iowa Teachers Association—Rich in humor, forceful in expression, skilled in subject matter, he is an individual who will be long remembered. With all enthusiasm, I unhesitatingly recommend him to anyone interested in getting the cream of speakers.
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|Personal Name Subject||Risk, Sam (a.k.a. Rizk, Salom)|
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