Guest Speakers 2012

Oliver Bast, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Middle Eastern History and Persian, University of Manchester (UK). Bast has published widely on Iran during World War I and its aftermath. He is also the editor of La Perse et la Grande Guerre and a contributor to Iran and the First World War: Battleground of the Great Powers.

Salim Tamari, Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University, and Director, Institute of Jerusalem Studies. Editor, Hawliyyat al-Quds and Jerusalem Quarterly. Author of several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include Year of the Locust: A Soldier’s Diary and Erasure of Palestine’s Ottoman Past, and Mountain against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture. Current Research: Ottoman Mapping and Ethnicity; Planning Jerusalem in the late Ottoman and Mandate Periods.  (Via video conference.)

Erol Köroğlu, Assistant Professor of Turkish Literature, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.  Author of Ottoman Propaganda and Turkish Identity.  He is currently writing a book about Halide Edip Adıvar’s memoir and novel on the Turkish war of independence in 1919-23.

Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political, University of Michigan, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History, University of Chicago.  Professor Suny is a leading scholar of Soviet and Armenian history, and most recently co-editor of A Question of Genocide. He will speak comparatively about the effect of the war on Armenians in Anatolia and in Russia.

John Milton Cooper, E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions, emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  A leading scholar of Woodrow Wilson, Professor Cooper is author of Breaking the Heart of the World:  Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations. He will speak about Wilson’s views on the Armenian question and address debates about Wilson’s failure to secure the new world order that so many in the Middle East had hoped for.

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