Middle East specialist to discuss Islamic and Christian interactions at BU

For immediate release: March 27, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A Columbia University professor who has shared his insights into Middle East affairs on “The Today Show,” “The CBS Morning News” and “Larry King Live” will discuss the relationship between Islam and Christianity at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Richard Bulliet will speak on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. The lecture, “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization,” is open to the public free of charge.

Bulliet’s lecture will focus on the need for a new perspective to understand the Muslim world and its civilizations as a complement to Western civilization. In his most recent book, “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization” published in 2004, Bulliet argues that European and Muslim history have much in common and cannot be understood in isolation from one another.

Specializing in Middle East Studies, Bulliet has made approximately 250 television appearances to comment on current Middle East affairs and served as the host and narrator for a film series titled “The Middle East.” He has edited, written and co-authored numerous books and articles, including “The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century” and “The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History.”
Bulliet received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and has been a faculty member at Columbia University since 1978.

The lecture is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Special Initiatives Fund and the BU Department of History. For more information, contact Safa Saracoglu, assistant professor of history, at (570) 389-4158

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.