The world's foremost trouble spots will be discussed by international political experts. The speakers will interpret up-to the minute information and present differing viewpoints. There will be time for questions at each session.
NOVEMBER 3 - DR. JAMES BILL: THE POLITICS OF INCOHERENCE: UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST
James Bill, professor of government and director emeritus of the Reves Center for International Studies, College of William and Mary, will focus on challenges and changes in Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf. He is the author of Politics in the Middle East and The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations.
NOVEMBER 10 - DR. USSAMA MAKDISI AND DR. MELVIN J. HINICH: CONVERSATION ON THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN ISSUE
Melvin J. Hinich, Mike Hogg Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, and Ussama Makdisi, professor of history, Rice University, will converse on problems and possible solutions in the troubled area. Hinich is author of Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics, and Analytical Politics. Makdisi is author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon.
NOVEMBER 20, 7 P.M. - TARIQ ALI: ONE VIEW: WAR, EMPIRE, RESISTANCE
Historian, novelist, journalist, and filmmaker, Tariq Ali, who lives in London, England, will give us his perspectives on the perils in our complex world. A leader in the anti-war movement for 40 years, he has written over a dozen books on international topics. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali was educated in Pakistan and at Oxford. He writes for The Guardian and London Review of Books. A recent best-selling book is The Clash of Fundamentalism: Crusades, Jihad, and Modernity. The Lannan Foundation provided additional support for this lecture.
NOVEMBER 24 - DR. PETER TRUBOWITZ: AMERICAN PRIMACY AND ANTI-AMERICANISM
An expert on foreign policy, Dr. Trubowitz, associate professor of government at The University of Texas, wrote Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy. This book received the 1998 Greenstone Award from the American Political Science Association as the best book on politics and history. He spent the past year as distinguished lecturer on U.S. foreign policy at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
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