Mass. - Four experts on Central Asia and the Middle
East will discuss the war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, November
14, at 7:30 p.m. in room 277 of the Wellesley College Science
Center. The discussion is free and open to the public and
will be followed by a reception. Click
here for links to directions and a campus map.
topics and speakers are: "Iran and the Crisis in Afghanistan"
by Professor Houchang Chehabi of Boston University's Department
of International Relations; "Islam, Culture and Character
among the Pukhtun" by Dr. Charles Lindholm of Boston University's
Department of Anthropology; "The United States, the Arab
World and the Afghan Crisis" by Dr. Hermann Eilts, former
U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Saudi Arabia and professor
emeritus of international relations at Boston University;
and "Afghanistan in Regional History" by Dr. Beatrice Forbes
Manz of Tufts University's Department of History.
Boston University, Professor Chehabi teaches courses on
Central Asia in the twentieth century and modernization
in Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. He also has taught at
Harvard, Oxford, and UCLA, and has held Alexander von Humboldt
and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships. He is the author of Iranian
Politics and Religious Modernism: The Liberation
Movement of Iran under the Shah and Khomeini (1990)
and coeditor of Politics, Society, and Democracy: Comparative
Studies (1995) and Sultanistic Regimes (1998).
Professor Chehabi has also written numerous articles, book
reviews, and translations.
diplomat for 32 years, Hermann F. Eilts served as U.S. ambassador
to Egypt from 1973 to 1979 and was closely involved in the
Egypt-Israel peace negotiations in 1978-1979. He pursued
academic endeavors at Boston University from1979 to1993
and now serves as professor emeritus. He is the coauthor
of Approaching Peace: American Interests in Israeli-Palestinian
Final-Status Talks (1994).
Lindholm teaches courses on the ethnography of Middle East
and the United States and conducts research on idealization
and culture and on the relationship of philosophy to anthropology.
Prior to coming to Boston in 1990 he taught at Columbia,
Barnard, and Harvard. He is coauthor of Is America Breaking
Apart? (1999) and author of The Islamic Middle East:
An Historical Anthropology (1996) and Generosity
and Jealousy: The Swat Pukhtun of Northern Pakistan.
associate professor of history at Tufts, Beatrice F. Manz
teaches courses on the history of Iran, medieval and modern
Islamic history, and nationalism and ethnic relations in
Central Asia. She is the editor of Central Asia in Historical
Perspective (1994) and author of The Rise and Fall
of Tamerlane (1989), about the great nomad conqueror.