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Arab World Lecture to feature Middle East scholar April 1

The 2015 Arab World Lecture at UW-Eau Claire will feature Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell professor of history and director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.

Cole, a prominent author, blogger and essayist, will present "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East." The lecture is free and open to the public.

For three decades, Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent work is "The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It," published in 2014. He also authored "Engaging the Muslim World," published in 2009, and "Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East," published in 2007.

Cole has been a regular guest on PBS's "NewsHour" and also has appeared on ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Nightline," NBC's "Today," CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and many others. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq and South Asia, and he has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at and continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shiite.

The Arab World Lecture is funded by donations from Eau Claire's Arab American community to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and is cosponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Middle East studies minor and departments of geography and anthropology, history, languages, philosophy and religious studies, political science, and sociology.

For more information, contact Steven Fink, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, at 715-836-3167 or