Pierre Atlas, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian University, will be speaking at the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis at 9:30 am on Sunday, November 2 and Sunday, November 9, launching the church’s six-part, multi-perspective program on “Israel/Palestine: Can There Be Peace?”
On November 2, Dr. Atlas will present “The Israel/Palestine Conflict: Key Historical Developments,” where he will survey Palestine under Ottoman and then British rule, the creation of Israel in 1948, the impact of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Post-Oslo Israel and Palestine.
His talk on November 9, “Israel/Palestine: Striving for Peace, Reconciliation and Normality,” will explore the struggle between Israeli and Palestinian narratives and nationalisms; the final status issues for negotiation; and the ingredients for peace: security for Israelis, justice for Palestinians, and legitimacy for both.
Dr. Atlas is a monthly opinion columnist for The Indianapolis Star (second Thursday of the Month). Along with organizing the Global Studies Speakers Series for Marian University, he also teaches a variety of classes, including: Introduction to American politics, United States Foreign Policy, Middle East politics, Politics of the Global Economy, Civil Wars and Ethnic Conflicts, and GLS 101 Global Perspectives.