Invitation to hear Professor Elie Rekhess at the University Club of Chicago on March 26, 2012 @ 6P Sponsored by SPME Midwest Chapters

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Dear Colleague,

On the heels of the recent BDS Conference at the University of Pennsylvania at http://spme.net/articles/8493/4/19/BDS-and-Academia.html and “Israel Apartheid Week” on many campuses across the country, we thought it would be a good time to come together and talk about how to promote academic freedom and academic integrity and to respond to ethnic and religious hatred in our institutions.

SPME is always seeking to mobilize faculty who support civil discourse and honest debate on campus, especially with reference to the Middle East. We invite you to a gathering with speaker Professor Elie Rekhess. His topic will be Palestinian Islamism: Between Ideology and Pragmatism.

Professor Rekhess (Ph.D. Tel-Aviv University) is a leading historian of the contemporary Middle East. His fields of expertise include the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian politics, Islamic resurgence, the Arab Minority in Israel and Jewish-Arab relations.He has authored and edited more than a dozen books on those topics. His most recent book, entitled Muslim Minorities in Non-Muslim Majority States, was published in Hebrew in 2011.

He was born in Haifa (Mt. Carmel) and raised in Israel and Italy. He is presently the Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University and co-chair of its Middle East Forum. Concurrently, Professor Rekhess is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University.

He has served as a Strategic Advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak and as an Advisor to the Ministerial Committee on the Arabs in Israel. Rekhess is a regular public lecturer and television commentator on the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on the “Arab Spring” and the rise of the Islamic trend.

Monday, March 26, 2012

6:00 p.m.

University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Please let us know if you will attend. Email:  [email protected]

You are receiving this email because you are on the email list of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) with an email address indicating affiliation with the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, or other academic institutions in  the Chicago area. SPME leadership has forwarded this email to you on my behalf. I have not seen your name or email address. If you do not wish to receive further communications about local issues relevant to SPME, please notify [email protected].

However, we hope you will join us. Please also share this email with like-minded colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you at the Chicago Club on March 26.

Best regards,

Asaf Romirowsky

SPME Acting Executive Director

Invitation to hear Professor Elie Rekhess at the University Club of Chicago on March 26, 2012 @ 6P Sponsored by SPME Midwest Chapters

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