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France's 9/11? - A Teach In

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

BERT - Room 130 (Building for Environmental Research and Teaching), 85 Waterman Street

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In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris a number of debates have re-emerged in Europe around the status of immigrant communities, the place of Judaism and Islam, the separation of religion and state, freedom of speech and its limitations, and relations between the West & the Middle East.

Organized in collaboration with the Department of French Studies, the Watson Institute and Middle Eastern Studies, this Teach-In aims to explore these issues and the controversies they have generated both in France and in the broader international community by providing the social, historical and political context for these events.

Commentators on the panel will include:

Beshara Doumani, Professor of Modern Middle East History, Director of Middle East Studies

Youenn Kervennic, Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Maud Mandel, Professor of History and Judaic Studies, Dean of Dean of the College

Ourida Mostefai, Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies

David Wills (moderator),  Professor of French Studies