Scholar, political adviser discusses Middle East

BLOOMSBURG — Rashid Khalidi, professor and scholar at Columbia University, will give a lecture on U.S. involvement in the Middle East at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom.

His talk is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the history department and is open to the public free of charge.

Khalidi’s discussion will focus on the Arab Spring, a new growth of revolutionary activity in the Middle East. Although much of the region is involved in the movement, the best-known examples include the Egyptian protests earlier this year and recent conflicts in Libya and Syria.

“We live in an age where it is impossible to conceive of domestic politics without an awareness of U.S. involvement in international politics,” said M. Safa Saraçoğlu, history professor at BU.

“I think Dr. Khalidi’s talk will contribute significantly to the existing environment of healthy discussion in this campus and will also be very informative for the community around us.”

In addition to being the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia, Khalidi is former president of the Middle East Studies Association and was adviser to the Palestinian delegation during the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations during October 1991 and June 1993.

He is a member on the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the national advisory committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. He has authored several books and dozens of articles about the Middle East and is currently the editor of the Journal of Palestinian Studies.

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