On Friday, October 28, 2011, St. Francis College is inviting you to attend “The Making of Barack Obama,” which will be held in Founders Hall from 2:30 until 5:00pm. Author Dinesh Sharma will speak about his recently published book “Barack Obama in Hawai’i & Indonesia: The Making of a Global President.”

Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, is also expected to attend via Skype.

Sharma is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International & Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College and also a columnist for Asia Times Online.

He will be discussing controversial parts of President Obama’s childhood, including the parental tension between his mother and stepfather.

This cultural biography of President Obama was compiled with interviews of many important people in Obama’s life. This includes individuals such as his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, mother Ann Duhman, grandmother Madelyn Duhman and wife Michelle Obama.

“His entire upbringing, from the make-up of his home life in Indonesia to Hawaii (the first majority-minority state in the union), gave Obama the cultural insights that propelled him to the presidency,” said Sharma. He added, “Obama’s story, and the cultural and political response, given the demographic changes at home and global challenges abroad, is a harbinger of the changes that will transform the United States in the 21st century.”

Sharma will also discuss the role early global education in Jakarta at the Catholic and Islamic public school played in terms of influencing the President. He will reveal if the President is Muslim or if the claim is false. Another topic that Sharma will touch upon is the circumstances surrounding the death of Obama’s father and the autobiography “Dream from my Father.”

“I think this lecture will give students a new perspective on President Obama, as well as another view besides his own autobiography…The past does influence you to a degree and perhaps we can get a better picture of the potential direction our country is going in, by learning about his childhood and what has molded him to be the person he is today,” said SFC student Rhea Galsim.

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