Lecture Series to Focus on Islam

With the belief that understanding is a key to tolerance, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University will sponsor three lectures on "Islam and the West" Feb. 7, 14 and April 10. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall in the Willamette College of Law. All lectures are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 7, Professor Jere Bacharach will discuss "Monuments of Power: Islamic Architecture from Spain to India, 700 to 1500."

Bacharach is the Golub Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington where he received his Ph.D. in Middle East history. He is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, the largest academic organization involved in the study of the Middle East and Middle East medievalists. He has written on Islamic art, archaeology, coins and history

On Feb. 14, Professor Daniel Chirot will discuss "Why Some Wars Become Genocidal and Others Do Not: Understanding the War We Are In."

Chirot is director of the International Studies Program at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. A professor of international studies and sociology, he holds a Ph.D. from Columbia.

He was the founding editor of the journal East European Politics and Societies and is the co-director and founder of the University of Washington Center for the Study of Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Resolution.

Chirot has worked as a consultant with the United States government, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Ford Foundation and CARE.

On April 10, Professor Richard C. Martin will discuss "September 11th: Clash of Civilization or Islamic Revolution?"

Martin is a professor of Islamic studies and history of religion at Emory University in Atlanta. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and literature from New York University. His scholarly interests include Islamic studies, comparative religions, and religion and conflict.

At Emory, Martin chairs the Committee for the Study of Islam, an interdisciplinary group of 13 faculty members who specialize in Islamic studies. He serves on the executive committee of the American Research Center in Egypt.