War in the Middle East Lectures Provide Context to the Ongoing Crisis

This quarter, the Jackson School of International Studies held a series of public lectures delving into the conflict in Gaza. The talks examined a range of topics and perspectives, including historical background and geopolitical repercussions, to better understand and grapple with the war.

Prof. Reşat Kasaba, the former Director of the Jackson School and an expert on the Middle East, led the series, which accompanied a 2-credit course for students.

In his opening remarks, Prof. Kasaba shared the intent behind the programming:

The Jackson School has a tradition of responding to world events… with 9/11, with the Iraq war, and when Trump was elected president, we saw all these as events that were going to change how we think about the world and how things were likely to unfold. And we held public events such as this one, where our community and students participated in informed conversation…

We don’t intend here to change anybody’s beliefs; these conversations are designed with the hope that we will find a space to listen, reflect, ask questions, learn new ways of thinking, and understanding our world. And perhaps, through these conversations, we gain a better understanding of our own beliefs as well… At the end of the day, we are hoping that we will fill something like a jigsaw puzzle, and hopefully, we will get a better understanding of what’s going on.

These lectures were recorded and are available on the Jackson School website. We are grateful to the Jackson School for providing this resource to the campus and greater community, and we encourage you to learn more and watch the video recordings.