The conference is scheduled for April 2-3, 2007, in Springfield, MO. See session details below:

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Morning Coffee, 8:30-9.00 a.m.

Welcome, 9:00-9:30 a.m.

  • Dr. Ken Rutherford, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Muhamad Olimat, Conference Organizer, Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Lorene Stone, Honorary Chair, Dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Michael Nietzel, President, Missouri State University

Critical Issues in Contemporary Middle East, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Moderator: Dr. Dennis Hickey, Department of Political Science

  • Dr. Andy David: An Israeli Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Peace Process
  • Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim: An Arab Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Peace Process
  • Dr. Roger Fontaine: The War in Iraq
  • Dr. Ahmed Irvani: Iran-American Relations
  • Dr. Mohamed Ben-Ruwin: Causes of Instability and the Prospects of Peace in North Africa

The U.S, the Middle East and the Islamic World, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Ms. Missy Shelton, KSMU/Ozarks Public Television

  • Dr. Emile Sahliyeh: The US Foreign Policy toward the Middle East
  • Ms. Marve Kavakci: Turkish-American Relations
  • Ms. Viola Holland: My Sister: A Voice Silenced: “Fern Holland and Her Struggle for Democracy in Iraq”
  • Dr. Sulyman Nyang: Public Diplomacy and the Islamic World
  • Ms. Edina Lekovic: Muslims in America

Luncheon, 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Ballroom, Third Floor

Moderator: Dr. Beat Kernen, Department of Political Science

  • Welcome: Dr. Belinda McCarthy, Provost, Missouri State University
  • Keynote Address: M.E. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States

Religion, War and Peace in the Middle East: Faith-Based Perspectives, 2:00-4:00p.m.

Moderator: Dr. John Strong, Department of Religious Studies

  • Imam Mahdi Bray: Islam and Peace
    Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
  • Dr. Pauline Nugent: A Christian Perceptive
    Professor of Classics and Hebrew
  • Rabbi Rita: A Jewish Perspective
    Temple Israel
  • Bishop Karl Pruter
    Prince of Peace Cathedral, Highlandville MO
  • Dr. John Lewllen: A Hindu Perspective
    Department of Religious Studies
  • Chang Ji Fa Shi: A Buddhist Perspective
    Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan

A Bridge Underway: "Dinner Across the Great Divide," 5:00-8.00 p.m.

Location: Trolley's Grille: 107 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806

Moderator: Louis Maione, MIAA Program, Department of Political Science

Host: PSGSA, The Political Science Graduate Students Association

  • Speaker: Dr. Mohamed Ben-Ruwin

Inside Islam: "Struggle for the Soul of the Faith," 6:00-8.00 p.m.

Location: Drury University Diversity Center

Moderator: Dr. Jeff Vandenberg

  • Welcome Statement: Dr. John Sellars, President, Drury University
  • Speakers: Dr. Zahid Bukhari, Ms. Edina Lekovic

Darfur in Middle East Context: "Genocide vs. the Prospects of Peace," 6:00-8.00 p.m.

Location: MSU, PSU Theatre

Moderator: Dr. Gary Brock, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology

  • Guest Lecturer: Dr. Hamid Eltgani: Genocide in Darfur
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Coordinator: Ms. Kara Dial
    In coordination with STAND; A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (Missouri State University Chapter)

America, Islam and the Middle East: "The Cultural Make-Up of the Middle East," 7.00-9.00 p.m.

Location: The Library Center Auditorium, 4653 S Campbell Ave, (417) 874-8110

Moderator: Lorraine Sandstrom

  • Speakers: Dr. Sulyman Nyang, Imam Mahdi Bray

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Embracing Diversity, Encouraging Unity, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Location: Drury University Diversity Center

Moderator: Kathy Clancy, Director, Human Rights Commission

  • Speaker: Dr. Zahid Bukhari

America and the Middle East, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: Kickapoo High School

Moderator: Christine Biondo

  • Speaker: Dr. Sulyman Nyang