Teaching International speaker to address Arab-Israeli peace

The revolutions shaking the Arab world are not yet complete and it is unclear what shape emergent new governments will take. Along with questions about domestic developments for each Arab country in political tumult arises another question: what are the implications for Arab-Israeli peace?

Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg will address these issues at the next Teaching International lecture on October 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center.

Eisenberg is Teaching Professor in the History Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where she specializes in Middle East history. She holds a Ph.D. in modern Middle East history from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1990). Her areas of research and publication include the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process. She has published numerous articles and is the author of My Enemy's Enemy: Lebanon in the early Zionist Imagination, 1900-1948 (Wayne State, 1994) and, with Neil Caplan, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities (Indiana University Press, 2010).

An unusual project for which Eisenberg served as consultant was the development of ?PeaceMaker,? a video game simulating Palestinian-Israeli interactions (www.peacemakergame.com). Ongoing research projects concern the legacy of Jordan's King Hussein and the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

As part of the Teaching International initiative, Penn State Greater Allegheny has adopted each year a country or region of the world, and a theme, as a common focus to inspire teaching and scholarship.  The region for the 2011-2012 academic year is the Middle East and the theme is the Millenium Development Goals. Teaching International works closely with the campus sustainability project, Greener Allegheny, and the Honors Program to sponsor events that raise awareness of these global issues.

Eisenberg's talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Conway (412-675-9143 or [email protected]).