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Sept. 14: “A Peaceful Middle East: An Alternative to Imperial Fantasies, Failed States, and Violent Visionaries”


At Marian College a discussion on the Israel-Lebanon Crisis with Dr. Akram Khater

When: Thursday, September 14, 7:00 PM

Where: Marian College 3200 Cold Spring Road Indianapolis 46222

According to Pierre Atlas of Marian, "on September 14, the first FCGS Global Studies speaker for this year will be Dr. Akram Khater, a Middle East historian, director of the Middle East studies program at North Carolina State University, and a native of Lebanon. He was one of the American participants in the Tel Aviv University workshop. I grew to really admire and respect him, and when the conflict with Hizbollah broke out, I had to invite him to Marian to speak on the subject. It was a no-brainer."

That is probably the first and last time the phrase "no-brainer" will be applied to Prof. Akram Khater, one of the brightest young Middle East Scholars in the US. A native of Lebanon, Khater earned a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. We could consider him a Hoosier: before emigrating to Raleigh, he taught at Ball State University. Professor Khater has contributed much to the field of Middle East History. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender, and the Middle Class in Lebanon, 1870-1920 and Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East.

Professor Khater has also contributed the Middle East and North Africa section to The World and Its People, a high school textbook. In addition to publishing many articles and reviews, and in addition to making conference presentations throughout the United States and overseas,
Professor Khater has been particularly active in bringing his expertise to audiences in colleges, high schools, and churches. Balancing a commitment to civic education for the public with a productive academic career is admirable ... and all too rare. I can see why he gets on with Pierre Atlas.

If you like this event ... You will want to counter Khater's account of his recent trip to Israel with Pierre Atlas's version at Pierre's talk to the ICWA. Control Room, about al-Jazeera, is an essential documentary for understanding the Arab world's perception of the US ... it will be shown as part of the My Daily Constitution Film Festival at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. You should attend the MDC discussions of the the Constitution and American war-making, and the relation between the US and international law.

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