Critical Issues Symposium #HopeCIS



The Spring 2016 Critical Issues Symposium


understanding contemporary changes

February 24 & 25, 2016

Keynote Speaker - Shibley Telhami

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 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. He has served on the US Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, and has also co-drafted several Council on Foreign Relations reports on US public diplomacy, on the Arab-Israeli peace process, and on Persian Gulf security. Selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New York Times as one of the "Great Immigrants" for 2013, he is also a recipient of the University of Maryland's Honors College 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award.  

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Robin Wright

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Keynote Speaker - Robin Wright

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 9 AM, Dimnent Chapel

Robin Wright is is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. As an author, foreign policy analyst, and a journalist, she has reported from more than 140 countries for several newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic. With a long career covering topics regarding the Middle East, Wright has also been the recipient of several awards, including U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative." Her latest book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs.

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Department Sponsored Sessions

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

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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 Thursday, February 25th 2016. However, evening classes for that day will still be held as scheduled.