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Summer Lecture Series

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2014 Summer Lecture Series

Summer Lecture

Wednesdays, July and August
(2015 dates to come)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spaulding Auditorium,
Hopkins Center for the Arts

The Middle East: Cauldron of Crisis and Change

Our 2014 series was filled with exciting speakers and topics, including those featured in the videos below. Check back on this page as we approach our next summer - the topic will appear here first!

Summer Series 2014

July 30: Professor Ilan Troen
"Dilemmas of a Jewish and Democratic Israel"

Prof. Ilan Troen - Brandeis Professor, Helping Establish Centers of Israel Studies in the U.S. and Foreign Countries
On a topic that evokes strong feelings on a multitude of issues, Ilan Troen has been in the forefront of developing the field of Israel Studies as an academic subject in Israel and the United States. He will examine core issues in the challenge of reconciling a national movement with democratic principles in an often hostile environment of competing nationalisms both internal and external to the Jewish state.

Click on the video below to view a clip from Prof. Troen's lecture.

July 30: Michele Flournoy
"Nuclear Proliferation: Causes, Consequences and Courses of Action"

Ronald Kiener
"America's Middle East Century. How Did We Do?"

Michele Flournoy - Three Time Winner of the D.O.D. Medal for Distinguished Service
Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy, with uniquely impressive knowledge of the subject, provides an overview of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the drivers behind it. She will also frame the strategic consequences of further proliferation should Iran acquire the bomb and others follow suit, and the options available to the United States and the international community.

Ronald Kiener - Trinity Professor, Visiting Lecturer at Universities in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
What are the main themes of the United States’ century-long involvement in Middle Eastern affairs? Professor Ronald Kiener suggests some discernible patterns. His presentation explores key developments which changed the way the United States relates to the region, and how the region relates to the United States, with special emphasis on the radically new military and diplomatic engagement of the last two decades.

Click on the video below to view footage from the presentations by Ms. Flournoy and Prof. Kiener.

July 23: Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana
"Building Peace By Resolving Conflict"

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana - Author, Teacher, and Lecturer on Conflict Resolution
Doctor Kadayifci-Orellana has found that religious conflicts involving Muslim societies can be effectively resolved using distinct peacebuilding approaches, and has demonstrated success on the ground in Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Darfur, Chad, Iran and beyond. Solutions are rooted in religious and cultural practices, but can they also work in the more diverse Middle Eastern community at large?

Click on the video below to view a clip from Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana's lecture.

July 16: James Gelvin
"The Modern Middle East in Two Acts"

James Gelvin - UCLA Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History
UCLA Professor Gelvin has written extensively on the making of the Modern Middle East, and here focuses on two key events in its history. The first was the construction of actual states and the Middle East state system in the aftermath of World War I. The second was the transformation of the Arab world itself, from the period following World War II up to the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011.

Click on the video below to view a clip from Prof. Gelvin's lecture.

July 9: Robin Wright
"From Egypt to Iran: Arc of Thundering Change"

Robin Wright - Journalist, Correspondent, Author, Lecturer
Drawing on 40 years of covering Middle East wars, revolutions and political crises, Robin Wright explores trends that will reshape the world's most volatile region over the next decade. She'll put the headlines of events from North Africa to the Persian Gulf - pivotal turning points in the early 21st Century - into perspective and explain their impact on the wider world.

Click on the video below to view a clip from Ms. Wright's lecture.

Order DVDs From CATV

It's easy to obtain copies of the filmed sessions of our lecture series. CATV, based in White River Junction, films the majority of our lecture series, and sells copies via DVD through their main office. Visit their table just outside of Spaulding Auditorium on Wednesday mornings, or click here to view a copy of their order form. You must place your order through CATV; the OSHER@Dartmouth office does not handle DVD sales.

Parking Information

Our Summer Lecture Series takes place in Spaulding Auditorium, which is located at the rear of Hanover, NH's Hopkins Center. Attendees can access Spaulding from any Hopkins Center entrance, but the closest entrance is at the rear of the Hop, just off Lebanon St. There are many options for parking: Click here to view a map of SLS parking sites.

Last Updated: 10/27/14