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 has chosen “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill as its common read for 2017-2018.
“Nobody” considers a string of high-profile deaths in America and incidents of gross negligence by the government.
To make his case, Hill recounts the details of tragedies like the death of Michael Brown and draws upon first-hand reporting and careful historical analysis to show how the “Nobody” class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit this group in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.
First-year students will receive copies of “Nobody” during orientation in July and are asked to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. Students are engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their SBU101 course and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
The university will welcome Hill to campus Monday, Sept. 25, for the ABR 2017 Keynote Address.
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