To accomplish these goals, the Center hosts an annual thematic conference, lecture series, panel discussions, and cultural events. You can find out more about all of these here.
A Lecture by Adam Rovner
Wednesday January 21 @ 12:00 PM
Room SIÉ 150 | Ben M. Cherrington Hall | Josef Korbel School
Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver, where he teaches transnational Holocaust literature, modern Hebrew literature and narrative theory. His new book, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands before Israel, an intellectual history of alternative Jewish homelands, has been called a “path breaking study [that] takes us on a riveting journey [through a] little known chapter in modern Jewish history” and “a masterpiece…a must read for anyone interested in global Jewish history or in the history of Israel.”
Copies of Professor Rovner's book will be available for sale.
The event is free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
Returning to Palestine:
Personal Reflections on Exile, Memory and Reconciliation
A Presentation by Shafeeq Ghabra
Wednesday January 21 @ 7:00 PM
Reiman Theater | Margery Reed Hall | University of Denver
Shafeeq Ghabra, Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University and a Visiting Scholar with DU’s Center for Middle East Studies, was born in Kuwait in 1953 to a Palestinian family displaced in 1948 during the creation of Israel. In 2012, he voyaged to Palestine for the first time in his life. In this presentation, he will share images from that haunting visit and reflect on this magical land and its traumatized people.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Charlie Hebdo Debate:
Islam, Europe, Freedom of Expression, and the Antinomies of Liberalism
A Korbel Faculty Panel
Thursday January 22 @ 12:00 PM
Special Events Room | Anderson Academic Commons | University of Denver
Is there an unbridgeable chasm between Islamic and liberal values? Are there limits to tolerance? Have European states failed to integrate Muslim migrants (and their European-born children and grandchildren)? Is it hypocritical for France to champion freedom of expression while arresting dozens on the vague charge of “defending terrorism”? Does liberalism offer a useful framework for making sense of these issues, or is it collapsing under the weight of its internal contradictions?
This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided.