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Purchase College Affiliates Present “Religious Identities in Political Conflict: The Iraqi and European Experience” A Spotlight on Faculty Lecture, April 23

Date Released: 4/2/2008

The Purchase College Affiliates present a Spotlight on Faculty Lecture, “Religious Identities in Political Conflict: The Iraqi and European Experience,” April 23 at 4:30 PM in Room 1064 of the Durst Family Humanities Building. This panel discussion will feature History Professor Wayne Te Brake and Political Science Lecturer Karen Kramer. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6951.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Dr. Wayne Te Brake is a Kempner Distinguished Professor of History in the Purchase College School of Humanities. He is an expert on how societies accommodate religious difference in the wake of civil or religious war. He believes that coexistence is the rule, not the exception, in history, and that religious groups can coexist in spite of deep-seated polarity or hatred. Dr. Te Brake received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He also completed an independent study in Dutch history at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Karen Kramer is a lecturer in Political Science in the School of Natural and Social Sciences. She is a Middle East specialist who has published widely on the politics and economics of this region. She currently teaches “Iraq and the Arab World,” a course exploring modern Arab politics, and “Democratization in the Arab World,” a course examining the problems and prospects for democratization in the region. Her current research is focused on the authoritarianism in the Arab world and the relationship between political and economic liberalization. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

The Purchase College Affiliates are comprised of community members from Westchester and Fairfield counties. In addition to the Spotlight on Faculty Lecture Series, they present fall and spring grants awards and support and attend student productions.