Three UCSC profs discuss post-9/11 world affairs on Sept. 26

The public is invited to attend a free post-9/11 discussion with three experts on the Middle East on Thursday, September 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Classroom Unit 2 on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

The forum, "The U.S., the Middle East, and the World Since 9/11: Critical Perspectives," will feature three UCSC professors with expertise on the Middle East and Islam:

  • Edmund "Terry" Burke, a professor of history, is an expert on Islam and the Middle East. He is the editor of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East and coeditor of Islam, Politics and Social Movements.

  • Paul Lubeck, a professor of sociology, specializes in the religious and social diversity within Islam. Lubeck is directing a research project examining the ways in which Islamic social movements are challenging existing states and economic globalization.

  • Alan Richards, a professor of environmental studies and an expert on the Middle East, has been a frequent consultant to the State Department and the Department of Defense on Middle Eastern affairs during the past 10 years. Richards is coauthor of the book, A Political Economy of the Middle East.

The forum is sponsored by the UCSC Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Current Events; the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community; Colleges Nine and Ten; the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies; the Center for Cultural Studies; and the Institute for Humanities Research.