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CONTACT:  Mary Anthony

March 8, 2010


Historian and Author Rashid Khalidi to Speak during Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series


photo courtesy of Alex Levac

SAN ANTONIO – Rashid Khalidi, Middle East historian, will speak on “The Twentieth Century: A View from the Middle East” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Laurie Auditorium.  His free public lecture is a part of Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series.  Reservations or tickets are not required.


Dr. Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University.  He has previously taught at the University of Chicago, the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, and at Georgetown University.  He received a bachelor’s in history from Yale University and a doctorate of philosophy in modern history from Oxford University.


He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and he was president of the Middle East Studies Association and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.  He has received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and was recipient of a Fulbright research award.


Professor Khalidi is author and co-editor of several books, including His Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, which was a co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize as the best book of 1997.  He has written more than 90 scholarly articles on aspects of Middle East history and politics, as well as op-ed pieces in many U.S. newspapers.  Professor Khalidi has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Nightline.


The Maverick Lecture, presented by Trinity University’s history department, is an annual lecture that honors the late Maury Maverick Jr., the legendary civil rights lawyer, former member of the Texas Legislature, former Marine, and iconoclastic newspaper columnist. The lecture series explores topics that defined Mr. Maverick’s place in American civic discourse. These topics include threats to constitutional liberty, with particular emphasis on the First Amendment, issues of poverty and race, Western occupation of Third World Countries, and the moral requirements of war. The Maverick Lecture Series is underwritten by the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation.


For more information, contact Trinity University’s Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.




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