WHY THE MIDDLE EAST STILL MATTERS:
How Treatment of Minorities Influences History
PRESENTATION AND CONVERSATION
led by LAURA ROBSON, PHD
Professor of History at Portland State University
FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 5:30-8:00 PM
Light dinner provided
CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1820 NE 21ST, PORTLAND, OR 97212
Sponsored by Central's Corum Deo Educational Program
Dr. Robson will discuss the ways outside colonial powers established the ethnic
and sectarian divisions of the modern Middle East. Starting in the early 20th century,
she will trace how the politics of minority vs. majority drive repressive tactics, pro-
ducing the refugee, resettlement, and human rights issues seen today.
As part of PSU's history faculty, Dr. Robson teaches popular courses on Modern
Iraq and &Syria; Women & Gender in the Middle East; Imperialism & Decolonization;
Palestine/Israel; Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing; and Global Perspectives on WW1.
She presents regularly at national Middle East Studies Symposia. Her books include
Minorities & the Modern Arab World, Colonialism & Christianity in Palestine, and
States of Separation.
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