Upcoming Lectures

US and the Arab World: The Significance of a Broken Relationship  makdisi-image

Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
February 26, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center

Recent American involvement in the Arab world has been vexed, controversial and violent. It has led to both rampant anti-Arab sentiment and Islamophobia in the United States and to anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Yet an older cultural engagement between Americans and Arabs goes back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Professor Makdisi will cover the history and consequences of a changing American engagement with the Middle East. +More Info

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The Roots of Harlem’s Second Renaissance   

Dr. Brian D. Goldstein, University of New Mexico
March 12, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History

In the last four decades of the twentieth century, Harlem, New York—one of America’s most famous neighborhoods—transformed from the symbol of midcentury “urban crisis” to the most celebrated example of “urban renaissance” in the United States. Dr. Goldstein will explore the role that Harlemites themselves played in bringing about Harlem’s urban renaissance, an outcome that had both positive and negative effects for their neighborhood. +More Info

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Americans and the World: “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Why Americans Can’t See ‘Others’ at All: Case in Point, the Middle East  

Adam Garfinkle

Dr. Adam Garkinkle, American Interest Magazine
March 19, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center

From the earliest days, we Americans have had a special way of looking at the world derived from Anglo-Protestant religious traditions and the ideas of the Enlightenment. When Americans’ world view is projected onto other societies, especially non-Western ones, the result is almost always serious misunderstanding and confusion. Policies flowing from these misconceptions rarely succeed except by accident or extreme exertion. By examining U.S. policy toward the Middle East, especially in the period since the end of the Cold War, Adam Garfinkle will illustrate the tragic consequences of America’s problems of perception. +More Info