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Middle East Expert Will Discuss "Political Islam" at Sesquicentennial Lecture Nov. 9 University News
For release: October 26, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. James L. Gelvin
Dr. James L. Gelvin
Middle East expert Dr. James L. Gelvin will give the annual Sesquicentennial Lecture at the University of Memphis Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 136. He will discuss “The Global War on What, Exactly? Making Sense of Political Islam.”

A 6 p.m. reception and book-signing will precede the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Gelvin is a professor of modern Middle East history at UCLA. He is a specialist on the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and political Islam.

The lecture is sponsored by the U of M Department of History and the Sesquicentennial Fund. The Sesquicentennial Lecture Series began in the late 1980s with the bequest to the department of a number of medallions made in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Memphis.

For more information, contact Dr. Kent F. Schull by phone at 901-678-2868 or via email at

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