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Release: Oct. 14, 2002
Leading Middle East scholar to speak at UI Oct. 31
of the worlds leading scholars of the modern Middle East will visit
the University of Oct. 29-Nov. 1 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Lecturer,
sponsored and hosted by the UI Center for Human Rights.
Rashid I. Khalidi, professor of history and of Near Eastern languages and
civilizations and director of the Center for International Studies at the
University of Chicago, will give a free public lecture, meet with students
and faculty members, speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and
appear as a guest on Iowa Talks (WSUI-AM 910) during his UI visit.
His Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Lecture, The United States and
the Muslim World: Clash of Cultures or Mutual Misperception, begins
at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in Buchanan Auditorium (Room W10) Pappajohn Business
Building. Following the lecture, Khalidi will take questions from the audience.
In a preview to his lecture, Khalidi will be a guest on Iowa Talks (WSUI-AM
910) at 10 a.m. Oct. 31.
Khalidi's research and teaching encompass the history of the modern Middle
East with an emphasis on national identity and the involvement of external
powers in the region. He focuses in particular on the role of the press in
the formation of new publics and new senses of community, the place of education
in the construction of identity, and the way narratives of self and other
have interacted over the past two centuries in this conflicted region.
He is a prodigious scholar and author with five books and more than 70 articles
and book chapters to his name. In addition, he has been honored with numerous
scholarships, fellowships, grants, and prizes, including awards from The Ford
Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
In 1997, he was a co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association Albert
Hourani Book Award for his book Palestinian Identity: The Construction
of Modern National Consciousness.
Professor Khalidi will bring to the University of Iowa campus not only
the fruits of his penetrating Middle East scholarship but, as well, his extensive
experience as a lecturer and consultant on Middle East affairs, said
Burns Weston, director of the UI Center for Human Rights and emeritus professor
of law. He has earned a widespread reputation as an engaging, incisive,
and eloquent speaker who, among a regrettable few, can bring to the discussion
of contentious Middle East issues a measure of objectivity and reason that
is, quite simply, disarming and persuasive.
In addition to his Oct. 31 lecture, Khalidi will speak to the Iowa City Foreign
Relations Council about The United States, the Palestinian Question,
and the Arab World, on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from noon-1:30 p.m. The lecture
is open to the public in the fellowship hall of the Congregational Church,
30 N. Clinton St. Those wishing to join the luncheon must register in advance.
Call 335-0351 for more information.
Khalidi will also speak to several classes while at the UI. Visitors are
welcome to join the following discussions, but in some cases seating may be
* Oct. 29, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.Discussion with undergraduates in
UI political science professor Vicki Heslis class, The Politics
of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict, in room 345 Schaeffer Hall
* Oct. 30, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.Discussion with undergraduate students
about the U.S. media coverage of the Middle East and international affairs
in general, hosted by UI journalism professor Judy Polumbaum in room 1505
Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
* Oct. 30, 8 to 10 p.m.Discussion with students in UI geography
and global studies professor Rex Honeys class, Understanding the
Middle East, in room 1505 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and
* Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m.Teaching about Human Rights in the
Middle East, with students and professors in the UI College of Education,
hosted by UI curriculum and instruction professor Gregory Hamot in room 301
Lindquist Center North.
Khalidis visit to the UI is co-sponsored by International Programs,
the College of Education, the College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication, the African-American World Studies Program, the Global
Studies Program, and the departments of anthropology, geography, history,
political science, religious studies, and sociology,. Additional co-sponsors
include the General Union of Palestine Students, the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council, and Iowans for Peace with Iraq.
His activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished
Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the
UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year.
A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds
from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships
program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists
have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students