Palestinian-Israeli conflict focus of lecture

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 29, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Luke Peterson, Visiting Professor of Contemporary International Issues at the University of Pittsburgh, will lecture on “Palestine-Israel in the 21st Century: Ending Endless War” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s McCormick Center 1303. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Department of History, Peterson’s talk is free and open to the public.

Luke Peterson

Peterson will focus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the future of the peace process in the region. Recent events in the Gaza Strip postponed initiatives to continue negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Peterson will present his perspectives on the possibility and potential effectiveness of the implementation of the two-state versus the one-state solution. He will also entertain future political, civil and social scenarios in Israel and Palestine.

Peterson’s research focuses on investigating language, media and knowledge surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He has published articles in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, chapters in three anthologies and a monograph, “Palestine in the American Mind: The Discourse on Palestine in the Contemporary United States.” He is under contract with Routledge, UK, for the publication of his next book, “Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media: Contending Discourses” later this year. Peterson has lived and worked in the Palestinian West Bank and is fluent in Levantine Arabic.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.