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Leading Middle East Historian Rashid Khalidi to Speak at Creighton

Leading Middle East Historian Rashid Khalidi to Speak at Creighton

Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, will deliver the 2010 Creighton University Casper Lecture in History at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Lied auditorium at the Harper Center. The lecture, based on his book, "Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East," will examine the legacy of the United States and Soviet Union rivalry in the Middle East.

The lecture is free to the public.

Considered the foremost U.S. historian on the Middle East, Khalidi makes the compelling case that the dynamics that played out during the Cold War continue to exert a profound influence even decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The lecture is sponsored through the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History. The professorship is named in honor of the late Rev. Casper, a long-time member of Creighton’s history department and an expert on 19th century European history and on American church history. His most important work was a three-volume history on the Catholic Church in Nebraska.

The Casper Professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.