Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 7:00pm

With a new round of U.S. sponsored talks underway, what are the prospects for a stable and just peace in one of the world's most volatile regions? The talks have raised both hopes and questions. Are the preconditions finally where they need to be to result in an agreement that provides peace and stability for all parties? What about the issue of settlements and the status of Jerusalem? Is the U.S. in a position to play the role ...of honest broker? What role will other nations in the Middle East play in any possible settlement?

Join us on Thursday, Oct 14 for a discussion of these issues and more with Prof. Rashid Khalidi and Rabbi Brant Rosen moderated by Richard Longworth.

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East and Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East.

Brant Rosen is the rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. He is the author of the blog, "Shalom Rav" <http://rabbibrant.com/>  and has written extensively about the Israel-Palestine conflict for such periodicals as Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and the Jewish Week. Rabbi Rosen is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek - Jewish Fast for Gaza, the co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and is a Past President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He is the author of the book, Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism, published in 2008 by Bloomsbury USA, now out in paperback. He writes and hosts the blog, "The Midwesterner," on the website of the Chicago Council's Global Midwest Initiative <http://www.globalchicago.org> .

The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by: Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, DePaul University Center for Black Diaspora, DePaul University Department of Political Science, Jewish Voice For Peace – Chicago, Lincoln Park Neighbors United for Peace, Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace, North Suburban Peace Initiative, Tikkun Chicago

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