US and the Arab World: The Significance of a Broken Relationship

Sunday Feb 26, 2017

1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102






Albuquerque International Association

Phone: 505-856-7277
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Professor Makdisi covers the history and consequences of a changing American engagement with the Middle East.

The Albuquerque International Association will host a talk about America's changing engagement in the Middle East. The speaker is Dr. Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University.

Recent American involvement in the Arab world has been vexed, controversial and violent. It has led to both rampant anti-Arab sentiment and Islamophobia in the United States and to anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Yet an older cultural engagement between Americans and Arabs goes back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Professor Makdisi will chart a story that began with an obsession with religion but moved on to one centered around resources. He will challenge spurious notions about a "clash of civilizations," and ask to what extent the current unraveling of the Arab world is directly and indirectly a consequence of U.S. hegemony over the region since 1967.

The lecture is open to the public and includes a Q&A session after the lecture. The cost is $15 for Albuquerque International Association (AIA) members and $20 for non-members. High school, college and university students (under 30 years of age) with student ID receive free admission.

Payment can be made online with credit card at or at the door (cash and check only).