Amarillo College distinguished lecture Jehan Sadat inspires audience

March 3, 2012

By Brittney Richerson | Ranger Editor


“My message is one of peace,” said Dr. Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, professor, author, women’s rights activist and peace advocate, among a number of other credentials.

She shared her story and message with an audience at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts Thursday evening as part of Amarillo College’s Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by Student Government Association.

Sadat’s lecture covered the history of the conflicts in the Middle East, international humanitarianism issues and civil rights. She also shared the story of her husband’s fight for peace and his assassination in October 1981. After his death, Sadat said she took a year to herself and to be with her family before picking up where he left off with his work.

“Anwar Sadat was more than my husband,” she said. “He was my hero. What I loved and respected about him was how he always put others above himself. He fought for his country and for his people and he would always tell me he knew it would cost him his life.”

Heather Atchley, director of student life, said she felt Sadat was an appropriate speaker this year because AC’s institutional theme this academic year is “Reconstructing 9/11.” Sadat’s story, Atchley said, is relatable to the events of 9/11 because she pulled the pieces of her life back together after a tragedy and carried on, just as Americans have had to do.

“She is such an amazing, accomplished but down-to-earth woman,” Atchley said. “I just think it is so cool that our students have the opportunity to hear her speak.”

In a question and answer session with The Ranger after her lecture, Sadat said she began pursuing her college degree when she was 40 years old. She married Anwar Sadat at the age of 15 and raised four children before going back to school.

Sadat received her master’s and doctorate, with honors, from Cairo University after attending for about eight years.

“She was incredible to listen to,” said Bruce Moseley, paralegal studies coordinator. “What a wonderful story and message, especially for our students to hear.”

Jo Beth Hill, an administrative assistant, also said she was excited that the AC community was given the opportunity to hear such an influential woman speak.

“Madame Sadat is so elegant and well-spoken,” Hill said. “What an incredible story.”

Sadat said she hopes her story inspires college students and young adults to pursue their education and help establish peace.

“When I speak about peace, a lot of people think I mean only world peace,” she said. “But it all begins with making peace with our friends and neighbors. We also must understand and learn to forgive and love our enemies. That is how peace begins.”

Sadat’s advice to college students is to find something that they are passionate about.

“It is so important to find something to do that you love,” Sadat said. She said her motivation has been her respect and love for her husband and how strongly she feels about his cause – fighting for peace.


  1. Just wanted to write this comment to say how disappointed I am in this particular newspaper. I have been a student at Amarillo College for over a year, and find this college newspaper a joke compared to others across the region. Having worked in print media before, I am aware most of the problem lies within the editor. Although I acknowledge this is a college newspaper, and should be read at such with the understanding that it should by no means be compared to a New York Times, I find The Ranger and insult to Amarillo College Department of Media. My recommendation will be for the chairperson in charge of this department to get rid of the problem, THE EDITOR, and begin the search for a new person. The Ranger will never be recognized unless changes are made. To whoever the editor is, all I have to say is that YOU SUCK. This paper is not worth anything other than to wipe you know what. Stop making a joke of the paper, and STOP wasting tax payer money. There is already a shortage of funds at AC and wasting of precious school funding on such a wasteful cause is not necessary…Official Petition to stop print of this paper….any followers?

  2. Mr. Cane,

    I tried replying to you via email, but received notification that your email address was no longer active.
    I’m sorry to hear this is how you feel about The Ranger. My staff and I sincerely have put forth our best efforts to improve print media at Amarillo College.
    If it is any consolation to you at all, my term as editor will be up at the end of this semester.
    I do think you might find it interesting, however, that The Ranger has earned a significant amount of recognition since I stepped in as editor in the fall. In fact, we most recently were recognized by the national Society of Professional Journalists with regional awards in which college publication from the entire states of Texas and Oklahoma were considered. I am incredibly proud of The Ranger staff and their accomplishments.
    Your comment expresses you are immensely bothered, concerned and upset by the quality of AC’s student-run publication and its chief editor – myself. We always are open to criticism and suggestions. I would love to hear your thoughts on what could improve The Ranger and make it less of a humiliation to the AC community.
    After checking through The Ranger’s account at, I noticed you are not a current student, but I invite you to attend one of The Ranger staff’s public meetings. We meet Fridays at noon in our newsroom, Parcells Hall, room 214 on the Washington Street Campus. Because of the upcoming spring break holiday, our next meeting will not be until March 23.
    Also, my office is located in Parcells Hall, room 216, and I invite you to pay me a visit anytime during the week if you feel compelled to visit about what you feel would make our publication stronger.
    I also can be reached via email at this address or by phone at (806) 371-5209.

    Blue skies,

    Brittney Richerson
    The Ranger
    (806) 371.5209

  3. As far as I can tell, The Ranger’s paper and staff is a fully commendable crew. After having seen the paper at last year’s TIPA, there’s a definite improvement in their work and appearance. Sure, it isn’t the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Austin Statesman or the New York Times, but it’s definitely a high quality college paper–and considering the papers we’ve seen at the South Texan from around the state, it’s far from being a “joke.”
    Everyone deserves to have their own opinion, however, but considering the achievements Richerson mentioned, it seems the paper is performing quite well.
    Oh, and this is an awesome story.

    Chief Reporter
    South Texan

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