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International Lecture Series

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies

International Lecture Series

In addition to the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture, forums and conferences, the Institute provides a series of international lectures by local, national and international authorities on subjects of timely interest. The Alworth Institute draws not only upon the rich store of local academics with expertise in a variety of areas, but also visiting international faculty.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Dr. Juan Cole Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 p.m. – Chemistry 200 - Trump v. the Ayatollah: Origins of the American Conflict with Iran - Presented by Dr. Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan - Cole will provide an analysis of the ongoing tensions between the US and Iran. He will include an analysis of the current tensions between the two countries following the US killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the Iranian bombing of two US military bases in Iraq. 

For nearly four decades, Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent books include Engaging the Muslim World, Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East and Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Democracy Now!, and many others. In addition to his extensive writings on Egypt, Iraq and South Asia, Cole also covers the politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in his regular column at Cole continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shiite. He is fluent in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, reads some Turkish, and knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. Cole is president of the Global Americana Institute, a nonprofit project that aims to translate important books by great Americans and about America into Arabic. He has lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, "Informed Comment" that is read worldwide and by policy-makers in Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Information is forthcoming about lectures by Thomas Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department and Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence (March 2020) and Dr. Gaynor Johnson, Professor of International History, University of Kent (April 2020)