On Friday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Maxwell Auditorium on the SU campus, Roger Hardy will deliver a Maxwell State of Democracy lecture titled "Islam and the West: The Challenge for Barack Obama." Roger will talk for about 45 minutes, and then there will be very brief responses by Bill Banks, a law and public administration professor and an expert on national security, and Mehrzad Boroujerdi, a political science professor and director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Maxwell. Following that, we'll open the conversation to the audience, and then there will be a reception with food and drink. Parking is available in Irving Garage for $4.
Roger is a former Middle East and Islamic affairs analyst with the BBC World Service, and the author of The Muslim Revolt: A Journey through Political Islam. It's a neat book that provides a lot of insight in a short space. Currently, Roger is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in DC. I interviewed Roger this past summer for the Campbell Conversations.
I think it will be a very thought-provoking afternoon--please consider attending.
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