November 04, 2009

Iran Nuclear Proliferation, Other Issues Draw Experts for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Conference

Issues surrounding Iran have made headlines, and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East will discuss concerns about the developments of nuclear proliferation and other events in Iran when they meet in Cleveland for their two-day conference. "The Islamic Republic of Iran: Multidisciplinary Analyses of its Theocracy, Nationalism, and Assertion of Power," will be held on November 8-10 at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center in Cleveland. The Case Western Reserve University Judaic Studies Program is hosting the event.

Contributing to the discussion will be three keynote speakers:

Effie Eitam, an Israeli politician and a former leader of the National Religious Party, has served as a member of the Knesset between 2003 and 2009. He will give the luncheon talk on Sunday, November 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Irwin Cotler, professor of law and director of the Human Rights Program at McGill University, is a Member of Parliament in Canada. In other roles he has been the Canadian Minister of Justice, where he pushed for human rights issues, and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until Paul Martin (Liberal Party) lost power in 2006. He also is the past president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He will speak during the dinner on November 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. Also speaking during the dinner will be Edward S. Beck, SPME President and Rabbi Eric Lankin from the Jewish National Fund.

Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, Special U.S. Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation was appointed to her position at the request of the Secretary of State in February 2008. She works with governments and industries to develop international cooperation in reducing nuclear proliferation in accord with the Joint Declaration on Nuclear Energy and Nonproliferation advanced by Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin in 2007. Before her current appointment, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Security Council. She will give the dinner talk, November 9, at 6:30-8:30 p.m. on "Iran and Nuclear Proliferation. "

Among the other notable attendees and speakers are: Andrew Apostolou, Iran Desk, Freedom House, Washington DC; Edwin Black, Journalist and author; Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Samuel Edelman, California State University-Chico and Scholars for Peace in the Middle East; Amir A. Fakhravar, Iranian Enterprise Institute; Yitzhak Kerem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Aristotle University, Greece ; Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian journalist and cartoonist; David Menashri, Chair of the Department of Iran Studies, Tel Aviv University; Kenneth Marcus, Baruch College; Majid Mohammed, Iranian political sociologist, Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies; Renee Redman, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center; Elihu Richter, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Charles Small, Yale Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism; and Philip Steinberg, Florida State University.

Registration is required. Go online for registration details.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 4, 2009 08:41 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Faculty, Staff, Students, news

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