In the Fall of 2010, the Middle Eastern Studies Program hosted many excellent events, with speakers of different backgrounds presenting interesting ideas and providing the community with new perspectives.

October 5th: 

Todd Fine (Director of Project Khalid) “The 100th Anniversary of the First Arab-American Novel: Ameen Rihani’s Uncanny Message in The Book of Khalid”

October 7th:

Bashir Bashir (Research Fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) “Alternatives to Partition: New Visions for Israel/Palestine”

October 14th: 

“Screening of Little Town of Bethlehem (2010) and Panel Discussion” Panelists: Bashir Bashir (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Miriam Elman (Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School and PARCC), Louis Kriesberg (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Maxwell School, and Founding Director of PARCC)

November 4th:

Khalil Shikaki (Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research - Ramallah) “Palestinian-Israeli Relations: Is Peace Viable?”

November 8th:

HRH Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud (Former Saudi Ambassador to the UK and US) “Saudi Arabia: A Brief History”

November 12th:

Roger Hardy (Former Middle East and Islamic affairs analyst at BBC World Service, Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) “Islam and the West: The Challenge for Barack Obama”

December 1st:

“Panel Discussion on Religion, Democracy, and Conflict in International Relations” Panelists: Miriam F. Elman (Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School), Sarah Marusek (Social Science Doctoral Candidate, Maxwell School), Fady Syriani (Civic Education and Leadership Fellow, Maxwell School)