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Sketches of Israel and the Middle East


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Join us on Sunday, May 28th at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, for the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle East when Dr. Andrew Wender will explore the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East.  Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East.  Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions.  Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

“The political geography of the Middle East seems to exemplify the pivotal, ongoing role of revolutions in (re)constructing the modern world. To take just a few illustrations, consider how states like Egypt and Iran have been forged by revolutions and how the now-100 year-old Russian revolution has had myriad reverberations throughout the region. Though today, in the tumultuous wake of such processes as the 2011- Arab uprisings, the recent consolidation of power by a figure like Turkey's Erdogan, and broader global dynamics ranging from geo-strategic rivalries to discontented populism, it is especially challenging to assess the whipsawing forces of revolution and counter-revolution.  Applying new thinking about the nature of revolution, Andrew will offer a critical vantage point on emerging significances for the region."

Dr. Wender is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria with a cross appointment in the Departments of Political Science and History.  His teaching and research interests include worldwide, historical and contemporary intersections among politics, society, law, and religion; Middle East politics and history; and comparative political thought.

At Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue in Victoria BC.

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