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NW Regional Middle East Seminar
Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 8:30am to Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 4:00pm

The annual Northwest Regional Middle East Seminar will take place on May 8th from 8:30AM to 4PM in SMSU Ballroom, Room 355.  This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East centers at Portland State University and the University of Washington.  The NW Seminar is primarily for faculty who teach about the Middle East and North Africa, and graduate students focused on study of the Middle East. Undergraduate students, other faculty and staff, and community members are welcome to attend although registration is required (includes Middle Eastern lunch).

See registration form ( with reduced rate for full-time students and retired individuals. Pre-Registration deadline is May 5.  On-site registration also is possible, as space allows. 

This year's program includes a great group of presenters from a number of colleges and universities in our region, various disciplines, and highly interesting topics. Please come and share the information with others who might be interested!


"An Insider's View on How U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy is Made"
Peter Bechtold, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University

"Parliamentary Clientelism in North Africa: Who Benefits?"
Lindsay Benstead, Political Science, Portland State University

"Egypt's Army Under British Domination as a Catalyst for Revolution, 1938-52", Robert T. Harrison, History, Southern Oregon University

"Theocracy and Education in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Khodadad (Khodi) Kaviani, Education, Central Washington University

"From Marock to Moshe: The Jewish Question in Moroccan Cinema"
Oren Kosansky, Sociology and Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College

"Strategic Water for Iraq: The Need for Planning and Action"
Frederick Lorenz, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

"Unshared Stories: Thoughts on Teaching the History of Palestine and Israel", Jon Mandaville, Emeritus, History, Portland State University

"From Hestia's Sacred Fire to Christ?s Eternal Light: Ancient and Medieval Oil Lamps", Ann Nicgorski, Art History, Willamette University

"Water Crisis in the Near East: From Fertile Crescent to Water-Stressed Region", Zvi Ra'anan, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University

"Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat Through the Eyes of Women"
Anita Weiss, International Studies, University of Oregon

"Samuel Johnson and the American College of Tehran"
Michael Zirinsky, History, Boise State University

**For additional information, call (503)725-4074 or write to