Lessons from the Post-Cold War Era



On Thursday, May 2, the Sewanee Seminars Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Nick Roberts.  

The Middle East remains a region in turmoil and the United States policies undergoing shifts.  As the Trump administration moves to unveil its Middle East peace proposal, it is important to consider the history of American attempts to bring stability to the region as the world’s lone superpower. From the “New World Order” announced by George H. W. Bush in the early 1990s to Barack Obama’s “New Beginning” speech of 2009, American presidents have promoted various solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to the challenge of authoritarianism, and to the dual threats of Iran and Iraq. Roberts’ talk will discuss how the Trump administration’s approach to the region fits with earlier attempts to bring order to the Middle East and will consider the future of America’s place in the region.

Roberts received his B.A. in Religion from Carleton College, a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies/History from New York University. His scholarly interests include the history of European imperialism in the Middle East, the history of Israel/Palestine, modern Islamic movements, and Arab nationalism in the Middle East. He has received several awards including a James D. Kennedy III fellowship from Sewanee and a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Israel.

Recently, Roberts published “Islam Under the Palestine Mandate: Colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council” which analyzes the controversial establishment of the Supreme Muslim Council in British Palestine and considers the politicization of the council under its infamous president, Hajj Amin al-Husayni. Based on research conducted in Israel and Britain, the book uses the fascinating history of the Council as a lens for understanding how Islamic politics, Palestinian nationalism, and colonialism intersected in mandate Palestine. The book shows how British policies in the mandate were informed by approaches towards Islam developed elsewhere in the empire.

This Lifelong Learning session will be held in Lower Cravens Hall at 435 Kentucky Ave.  It will begin promptly at noon and conclude at 1 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be available and attendees are invited to bring a lunch.

Parking is available in the adjacent Tennessee Williams Center parking lot. Sewanee parking regulations require that the rear bumper of all vehicles be visible from the parking lot aisles, so please don’t back in to a space or pull through.

The cost for a single session is $3 and an annual membership costs $20.  For all questions contact John Hille at (931) 924-4302.