Brown University's Middle East Studies Workshop

Brown University, with a Middle East studies department currently offering no courses and losing one of its few professors in the field, is hosting a workshop titled "The Study of the Middle East and Islam: Challenges After 9-11" on May 3-4.  Sponsored by the Middle East/Islamic Studies Initiative, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the workshop purports to explore "...some of the challenges facing American higher education as it seeks to...  help foster a greater understanding in this country of the Middle East and Muslim world." The only problem is that workshop presenters are almost uniformly composed of academics hostile to the U.S.-led war on terrorism, its ally, Israel, and any efforts via higher education to combat radical Islam on college campuses.The conference will discuss "new national security regulations" and the "publishing environment faced by scholars writing...(Read Full Article)