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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Middle East the Focus of Exhibition, Lectures, and Dinner Talk

Several public events are planned this November and December that highlight the illuminating Middle East travels of WCC humanities instructor Elisabeth Thoburn.

During two trips to the region in 2010 and 2011, Thoburn, who teaches art history and cultural studies at WCC, explored the history and cultures of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Palestine.

She will share her experience in photographs and lectures at several events. The College also will host a lecture by Victor Liberman, Ph.D., University of Michigan Marvin Becker Collegiate Professor of History. The events are open to the public and free unless otherwise indicated.

Nov. 1 - Dec. 16
Photo exhibition: Cultures in Conflict—The Middle East in Focus
Gallery One, first floor, Student Center building
Photographs from Thoburn’s Middle East travels will be on display.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Exhibition reception
5:30pm-7:00pm, Gallery One

Lecture: Multiple Truths
7:00pm, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence building
In a richly illustrated presentation, Thoburn will reflect on the various perspectives and narratives of the people she met on her 2011 travels to Egypt, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine.

Thursday, Nov. 17
Lecture: An Historian Looks at the Arab-Israeli Dispute
7:30pm, College Theater, Room 175, Crane Liberal Arts and Science building
University of Michigan professor and scholar Victor Liberman will highlight key points of this conflict and take questions from the audience.

Friday, Dec. 2
Dinner-Talk-Show
5:30pm-7:30pm, Garrett’s Restaurant, first floor, Student Center building
Thoburn will share stories from her Middle East travels and take dinner guests on a special tour through her gallery exhibit. There is a fee for dinner. To reserve a seat, call 734-973-3592.

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