SPME CONFERENCE ON:”The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of Its Theocracy, Nationalism, and Assertion of Power” – Final Program

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Conference


Marriott Downtown at Key Center Cleveland

The Conference is conducted in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is cosponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee through the generous support of Morris Abrams Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Bliss-Blusinsky-Dubal Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Ruth and Sam Sampliner Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

November 8-10, 2009

SUNDAY, November 8, 2009

12:30-2:00 – Lunch –

The Honorable Effie Eitam (Israeli MK)

Introductory remarks by Rabbi Eric Lankin, Jewish National Fund, and Lou Balcher, Israeli Consulate Academic Affairs Officer (Philadelphia). Chair: Peter Haas

2:10- 4:00 – Panel on Journalism and Iran – Edwin Black, Journalist and Author; Nikahang Kowsar,Iranian-Canadian journalist and cartoonist: the Islamic Republic; God’s gift to political cartoonists. Chair: Judith Jacobson

4:15 -5:30 – Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director for Research, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Chair: Ernest Sternberg

5:45-8:00 – Dinner – David Menashri, Director, Center for Iranian Studies Tel Aviv University: Revolutionary Iran: Radicalism versus Pragmatism — How can the world convince Iran to suspend its nuclear program? Barry Rubin, Director, GLORIA Center, Herzliya, Israel: Iranian Foreign Policy. Chair Ed Beck

8:15 – Panel on Iranian Anti-Semitism – Charles Small, Director, Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism; Kenneth Marcus, Ackerman Visiting Professor of Equality and Justice in America at Baruch College. Chair: Ruth Contreras

MONDAY, November 9, 2009

9:00-10:00 – Vernice Cain, Associate Professor of English, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Lifting the Veil in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Post Election Unrest, a Prelude to Iranian Reform and Human Rights Movements. Chair and respondent: Ernest Sternberg

10:15- 11:30 – Shiism and Holy War – Yitzhak Kerem, Researcher, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Aristotle University, Thessaloniki; Majid Mohammed, Iranian political sociologist, Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies: Shiite Islamism in Contemporary Iran: Shiite Political Ideologies in Construction and Transition. Chair: Judith Jacobson

11:45-1:45 – Lunch —Iranian Human Rights -Amir A. Fakhravar, President, Iranian Enterprise Institute, and Secretary General, Confederation of Iranian Students; Renee Redman, Executive Director, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Chair: Samuel Edelman

1:50-3:00 – Rhetoric of Genocide – Elihu Richter, Head of Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hebrew University; Andrew G. Bostom, Professor of Medicine, Brown University: Shi’ite Iran’s Genocidal Jew Hatred. Chair: Judith Jacobson

3:15-5:00 – Andrew Apostolou, Head of Iran Desk, Freedom House, Washington DC, Current Events in Iran; Farhad Sabetan, Lecturer in Economics, California State University, East Bay: Persecution of Baha’i in Iran. Chair: Ruth Contreras

5:00-5:45 – Wine and Cheese Reception

5:45-9:00 – dinner –

Edward S. Beck, Walden University and SPME President

The Honorable Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation, US Department of State: Iran and Nuclear Proliferation

The Honorable Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament, Canada

TUESDAY, Nov 10, 2009:

SPME board meeting with Chapter coordinators

SPME CONFERENCE ON:”The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of Its Theocracy, Nationalism, and Assertion of Power” – Final Program

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is not-for-profit [501 (C) (3)], grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.

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