Political turmoil in Syria is the topic of the 36th Mary Newson Lecture on International Affairs at Eureka College Oct. 17. Issam Nassar, an associate professor of political science at Illinois State University, will present “The Conflict Over Syria” at 7:30 p.m. in the Cerf Center. Admission is free. A reception will follow.
The presentation will offer a brief historical background of Syria in the 20th century leading to the current civil war. It will provide information about the groups involved in the conflict and the role of outside powers.
Nassar teaches the social history of Palestine, the modern histories of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq and the history of photography.
Nassar’s research centers on the history of the Middle East and Jerusalem, the Late Ottoman Empire and the history of photography of the Middle East.
Nassar’s books include “European Portrayals of Jerusalem: Religious Fascinations and Colonialist Imaginations,” “Different Snapshots: Early Local Photography in Palestine 1850-1948” and “Photographing Jerusalem: The Image of the City in Nineteenth-Century Photography.”
Nassar received a bachelor’s degree from Birzeit University, West Bank, Palestine; a master’s degree from University of Cincinnati; and doctorate from Illinois State University.
The Newson Lecture was established with an endowment by the children of Mary Newson, who was a professor of mathematics at Eureka College from 1921 to 1941. The lecture is hosted by the college’s Social Science and Business Division. For more information, contact Erika Quinn at (309) 467-6417.