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We are... Penn State Faculty interested in the Middle East

Soumia Bardhan

  • Lecturer, Communication Arts and Sciences

Alan F Benjamin

  • Lecturer & Undergraduate Studies Officer, Jewish Studies Program

(814) 867-0506

Jonathan E Brockopp

  • Associate Professor, History and Religious Studies

Gretchen Caspar

  • Associate Professor, Political Science

Madhuri Desai

  • Associate Professor, Art History and Asian Studies

Ruth Edelstein

  • Lecturer in Hebrew

Hoda El Shakry

  • Assistant Professor
  • Comparative Literature

Nergis Ertürk

  • Comparative Literature

Faisal Husain

  • Assistant Professor of History

Ann E Killebrew

  • Associate Professor, Archaeology

Maha Marouan

  • Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and African Studies

James A Piazza

  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science

(814) 867-4429

Donald Redford

  • Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, History

Aaron Rubin

  • Malvin and Lea P. Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics

Gonzalo Rubio

  • Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and History

Lior Sternfeld

  • Assistant Professor, History, Jewish Studies

Yael Warshel

  • Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and Journalism, College of Communications
  • Rock Ethics Institute Affiliated Faculty

(814) 865-3717

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World War II and The Middle East, A Symposium Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Outbreak of WWII

On the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, we would like to invite the Penn State community to think about the war from a non-Western perspective. WWII has been studied and discussed mostly through the prism of the European and Pacific theatres, however, its significance as a global event becomes more evident when we look at the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, regions where the legacy of the war molded many of the developments that shaped those societies until these days. 

Faculty, students, and members of the Penn State and State College community are invited to participate in this two-day symposium. Admission is free. 

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