Scripps College Hosts Expert Panel to Assess Obama’s Middle East Foreign Policy

CLAREMONT, California - February 1, 2010

Scripps College will host a panel discussion on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. with four distinguished experts on United States foreign policy in the Middle East. The event, “Report Card: Evaluating the Obama Administration’s First Year of Middle East Policy,” will take place in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, on the Scripps College campus and is free and open to the public.

This distinguished Middle East panel — including the Editor and Editorial Committee members of the prominent journal Middle East Report — will explore diverse Middle East issues, including the War in Iraq, the closing of Guantanamo, the challenges of life in Palestine, and piracy on the Red Sea.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Toensing, Editor of Middle East Report and Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project
  • Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Law and Society, UC Santa Barbara and author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza
  • Julie Peteet, Chair and Professor of Anthropology, University of Louisville and author of Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement and Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps
  • George R. Trumbull IV, Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College and author of An Empire of Facts: Colonial Power, Cultural Knowledge, and Islam (Algeria, 1871-1914)

Scripps College Associate Professor of Anthropology Lara Deeb will moderate the discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the Harper Lecture Fund of Scripps College, the Malott Commons Office, the Humanities Institute, and the Department of Anthropology. For more information about attending, contact the Scripps College Public Relations Office at 909-621-8280 or visit