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Lecture on Turmoil in the Middle East Part of Shawnee State University’s International Week Activities


October 17


Dr. Amr Al-Azm will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Sodexo Ballroom.

“Middle East in Turmoil” is the topic of a lecture by Dr. Amr Al-Azm, assistant professor of history at Shawnee State University and leading expert on the Middle East, to be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 in the Sodexo Ballroom located in SSU’s University Center. The public lecture is part of SSU’s International Week activities.

Dr. Al-Azm’s expertise on the Middle East is sought nationally and internationally. He has appeared on PBS, his voice can be heard on NPR, and he has recently written a guest editorial for the New York Times. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, and he is a member of the Middle East Institute.

During the upcoming lecture, Dr. Al-Azm will discuss the current crisis in Iraq and Syria, including factors that have contributed to the destabilization of the Middle East, US foreign policy to the civil war in Syria, and the threat of ISIS to ancient archeological sites.

Dr. Al-Azm was born in Beirut, educated in England, and received his doctorate from the University of London in 1991. His distinguished academic career includes serving as Head of the Centre for Archaeological Research at the University of Damascus from 2003 to 2006, where he also taught from 1999 to 2006. He served as a Dean at the Arab European University from 2005 to 2006 and was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University until 2009.

His Oct. 20 presentation is one of several public lectures that will be offered during International Week at Shawnee State University, hosted by the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA).


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