Critical Issues Symposium #HopeCIS



The 35th Critical Issues Symposium


understanding contemporary changes

September 22 & 23, 2015

Keynote Speaker - Shibley Telhami

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 PM, Dimnent Chapel

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before teaching at the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.

CIS Related Events

Wednesday, April 22nd, 3 PM

Islam, Democracy and the Rule of Law Lecture by Dr. Nirmala Pillay

Visiting Professor from Liverpool John Moores University (UK)

Fried-Hemenway Auditorium,

Martha Miller Center

Department Sponsored Sessions

We invite faculty members who are interested in hosting a department session to apply for funding from the CIS committee.

Application Form for Funding for Department Sessions


The staff at Van Wylen Library has provided an online guide for those who wish to explore further the topic of "Engaging the Middle East: Understanding Contemporary Changes" and the many issues related to it.

Online Resource Guide

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CIS events are free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in the topic being discussed is welcome to attend all or part of CIS.

Day classes are cancelled for Wednesday, September 23rd 2015. However, evening classes for that day will still be held as scheduled.