Spring 2014 Events
September 18, 2014
4:00 p.m., Robertson Auditorium
"The Middle East Today": Lecture by Dr. David Crist, author of
The Twilight War
Dr. Crist is a nationally-recognized scholar and expert on the Middle East, and is currently serving as a senior historian in the Pentagon. Dr. David Crist has written and published extensively about United States foreign policy in the Persian Gulf. A Middle East scholar and recognized expert on Iran and defense issues, Dr. Crist has focused on the history of America’s relations with the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution. He is a frequent adviser to senior government and military officials on the Middle East and currently serves as a senior historian for Chairperson, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Special Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Central Command. As a colonel in the Marine Corps reserves, Dr. Crist served in the first Gulf War and two tours with elite special operations forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a master's and doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Florida State University. Dr. Crist’s latest book is
The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran. It is based upon fifteen years of research and unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several U.S. administrations.
October 1 and 8, 2014, Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?
October 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. University of Houston-Downtown, ROOM A-300
and October 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lone Star College, Kingwood, held in the Conference Center
For a growing number of Americans, the immigration issue is a tangible and pressing one. Those who support immigration are often bent on helping or employing newcomers. Those in favor of restricting immigrants worry about the growing costs—both social and economic—of assimilating and aiding new arrivals. For their part, immigrants themselves typically want little more than a better life. Can these often-conflicting interests be balanced?
We are holding these forums because we are interested in creating more recognition that citizenship has to go beyond voting or writing our representatives. We are offering four forums this semester that attempt to give people these types of “democratic learning” experiences. Visit the
Center for Public Deliberation for more information about these events.
All events free and open to the public except where noted.Back to Top