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2012.09.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

History Dept. to Host Middle East Forum

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) History Department has announced the creation of a new Middle East forum for UNO students, faculty, staff and off-campus guests.

The inaugural meeting will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Room in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. The Middle East Project Fund, which is part of the UNO History Department, is sponsoring the forum.

Guests are encouraged to bring lunch, and questions, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Curtis Hutt moderates a panel of experts from UNO including Moshe Gershovich, professor of history and director of both the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies, as well as the Middle East Project Fund, and Ramazan Kilinc, assistant professor of political science.

These local experts will address current issues that relate to the region and place them in context and perspective. Topics for the first forum may include the recent attacks on the United States and U.S. embassies and consulates in Benghazi; Iranian nuclear ambitions and Israel’s response; and the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Future meetings are planned for Nov. 29 in 2012 and Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 14, and April 18 in 2013.

For questions, please contact Gershovich at 402.554.3175 or by email at mgershovich@unomaha.edu.

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