Middle East Studies Events
The UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities is presenting "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten & Remembered," as part of its ongoing "Challenging Conversations" series.
Tuesday, February 21st
Multipurpose Room of the Student Business Services Building
Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, And U.S.—Middle East Relations in the 1970s
A Talk by Salim Yaqub
Thursday, February 23rd
Eleanor Roosevelt College, Room 105
About the Talk:
Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations--a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other's lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural, and even physical encroachments of the other. Throughout the seventies, these impressions aroused striking antagonism between the United States and the Arab world. Over the same period, however, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia grew more respectful of Arab perspectives, and a newly assertive Arab American community emerged into political life. These patterns left a contradictory legacy of estrangement and accommodation that continued in later decades and remains with us today.
About the Speaker
Salim Yaqub is a Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of UCSB's Center for Cold War Studies and International History. He is the author of Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East (University of North Carolina, 2004) and Imperfect Strangers:
Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s, which was published by Cornell University Press in September 2016.