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Middle Eastern historian to give lecture, Oct. 16

Middle Eastern historian Michael Oren will give a lecture titled "America in the Middle East: Power, Faith and Fantasy" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Oren, an American-Israeli scholar who received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1986, is a visiting fellow in international security studies at Yale University and senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research institute. He moved to Israel in the 1970s, and has served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and in political posts in the Israeli government.

Oren has written extensively for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic, of which he is a contributing editor. He is the author of "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East," which won the Los Angeles Times' History Book of the Year prize and the National Jewish Book Award from the Jewish Book Council. His most recent book is "Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present."

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Near Eastern Studies are sponsoring the talk.

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