Distinguished Lecture and Academic Sherry Hour on March 10, 2017

The Emeriti Center and the Retired Faculty Association invite you to “Spotlight on the Middle East: Challenges to and Approaches of the New Administration”, a Distinguished Lecture and Academic Sherry Hour, on March 10, 2017. Our guest speaker is Professor Laurie Brand, the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The Sherry Hour will held from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2017, in the Polymathic Academy Room (241) of Doheny Memorial Library. The Academy Room is located in the northeast corner of the second floor. There is no charge for this event. Three kinds of sherry, sparkling cider, Perrier, water, and home-baked cookies and assorted nuts will be served. Should you need additional information, please contact Jerry Walker

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Among the foreign policy challenges discussed during the 2016 campaign, countries and issues from the Middle East region had a particularly high profile. Since the elections, cabinet and advisor nominees, and since the inauguration, further statements and executive orders have continued to keep the Middle East in the news. In this talk, Prof. Brand will focus on continuities and departures in the administration’s pronouncements and evolving policies toward the region–from refugees and ISIS to approaches to peace in Israel/Palestine–as well as regional actors’ reactions to the changes in Washington.

Professor Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California, where she directed the Center for International Studies from 1997-2000, served as Director of the School of International Relations from 2006-2009, and currently directs the Middle East Studies Program. She served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America(MESA) (2004) and since 2006 has chaired its Committee on Academic Freedom. A former Carnegie Corporation Scholar and a four-time Fulbright scholar to the Middle East and North Africa, she is author of Palestinians in the Arab World (1988), Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations (1994), Women, the State and Political Liberalization (1998), Citizens Abroad: States and Emigration in the Middle East and North Africa (2006) and most recently Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria. Brand has conducted field research in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Her current research interests concern migration, citizenship and diaspora in international politics, national narrative construction and the politics of academic freedom in the Middle East North Africa region.

Parking: It is recommended that you park in Structure D (with elevator) or Structure X (without elevator). For Structure D, enter campus at Gate 4, Jefferson Blvd. at Royal St. (across from the Shrine). For Structure X, enter at Gate 3, Figueroa at McCarthy Way. Structure X is closest to Doheny Library. Courtesy parking is available for retirees with a Gold Card; all others, $12.00.