** Breaking Issue **
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Neil Diamant, professor of East Asian studies, Dickinson College
Kristine Mitchell (moderator), assistant professor of political science and international studies, Dickinson College
Dominique Laurent, associate professor of French, Dickinson College
Edward Webb, associate professor of political science and international studies, Dickinson College
A panel discussion that will address, from international perspectives, some of the causes and effects of the recent attacks on the French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Biography (provided by the panelists)
Neil J. Diamant is professor of Asian law and society and chair of the East Asians studies department at Dickinson College. He is author of Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968 (2000), Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007 (2009) and co-editor of Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (2005) Before joining the Dickinson faculty in 2002, he taught at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He teaches classes on various aspects of Asian law as well as Israeli politics and Zionism. He received his Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley.
Dominique Laurent began teaching at Dickinson in the fall of 1995. He has taught all classes in the French program, including senior seminars such as “America in the Eyes of the French,” “France between the Wars,” and “The French Press.” He also teaches First Year Seminars (“The Great War” and “America in the Eyes of the World”). He directed the Toulouse Program from 1997 to 1999 and has served as department chair on three occasions. His research focuses on the image of America in the French press. He is currently working on the analysis of Woodrow Wilson’s image in the French press during the Paris Peace Conference (December 1918-June 1919).
Kristine Mitchell is assistant professor of political science and international studies at Dickinson College. Mitchell ‘s teaching and research interests focus on West European politics, and she has conducted field research in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the UK. She is particularly interested questions of political community and political identity, labor politics, and the intersection between the European Union and the politics of individual member states.
Ed Webb served with Britain’s Diplomatic Service 1992-2000, much of that time in Cairo, before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. An associate professor of political science and international studies, he helped establish Dickinson’s Middle East Studies program and also contributes to the Security Studies certificate. He has published articles and book chapters on authoritarianism, nationalist and religious aspects of education policies in Turkey and Tunisia, censorship in the Arab world, and Doctor Who. He is active in international debates about digital technologies in education as well as Middle East politics: you can follow him on Twitter via @edwebb.
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