Hassan Abbas to Speak at Xavier University on Can Democracy Work in an Arab World?

Lecture is part of 2007-2008 ER/S Lecture Series | October 26, 2007

Xavier University continues its 2007-2008 Ethics, Religion and Society (ER/S) lecture series on Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center with a lecture by Hassan Abbas on “Can Democracy Work in the Arab World?” This event is free and open to the public.

Abbas is a research fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center and is also the author of the recent book, Pakistan’s Drift Into Extremism. Previously, he served in the administration of President General Pervez Musharaf (1999-2000) and Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1995-1996). He also served as a senior police officer in the Northwest Frontier Province, bordering Afghanistan during 1997-1998. Hassan has regularly appeared on MSNBC and NECN as an analyst on issues related to Pakistan, Afghanistan and international terrorism. He is also a political commentator for BBC and VOA.

The theme for this year’s E/RS lecture series is “Ethics and Globalization.” Speakers will address leadership issues on this topic. The program format leads to informal discussion after the presentation.

The rest of the series includes:

• Kwame Anthony Appiah: Sunday, March 30, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Schiff Banquet and Conference Center: “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers”

• Robin Wright: Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Schiff Banquet and Conference Center: “The Future of the Middle East: Dreams and Shadows”. This presentation is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.

The purpose of the Ethics/Religion and Society Program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.

This event is sponsored by Ethics/Religion & Society at Xavier University.

For more information please contact Kathleen Smythe at 513-745-3279.