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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:38
EUREKA – The current political turmoil in Syria is the topic of the 36th Mary Newson Lecture on International Affairs at Eureka College Oct. 17. Issam Nassar, an associate professor of political science at Illinois State University, will present “The Conflict Over Syria” at 7:30 p.m. in the Cerf Center. Admission is free. A reception will follow.
The presentation will offer a brief historical background of Syria from the 20th century leading to the current civil war. It will offer information about the groups involved in the conflict and the role of outside powers.
Nassar teaches classes about the social history of Palestine, the modern histories of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq and the history of photography. His research centers on the history of the Middle East and Jerusalem, the Late Ottoman Empire and the history of photography of the Middle East.
Nassar received a bachelor’s degree from Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine; a master’s degree from University of Cincinnati; and doctorate from Illinois State University.
The Newson Lecture was established with an endowment by the children of Mary Newson, who was a professor of mathematics at Eureka College from 1921 to 1941. For more information, contact history professor Erika Quinn at (309) 467-6417.
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