The International Studies program at St. Bonaventure University will host the discussion "The Genesis of ISIS and American Policy Choices: Avoiding Blowback?" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center.
Dr. Mary Rose Kubal, associate professor of political science at the university, will give a brief introduction addressing the concept of "blowback" in U.S. foreign policy and putting this issue in recent historical context.
St. Bonaventure's Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, assistant professor of political science, will give the keynote talk on the emergence of ISIS and U.S. policy options in dealing with this group.
There will be a question and answer period following the talk.
The program is sponsored by the International Studies program and is a Clare Forum and Freshman Passport event.
St. Bonaventure University has selected “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” by Jose Antonio Vargas as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2019-2020.
“Dear America” tells the story of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his journey through life as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. With passion and ambition, Vargas expresses what it means to be an illegal citizen in a time where fear for being deported is at its highest.
The book also allows readers to stand in Vargas’ shoes and understand life’s biggest difficulties when becoming a legal citizen is no longer an option.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Dear America” during Orientation and be asked to read the book and write an essay reflecting on it as their first college assignment. Students will be engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their first-year seminar course, SBU 101, and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.”
— Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins
“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.”
— Dave Eggers, New York Timesbestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha
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