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Academic Finkelstein to Visit Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by American academic Norman Finkelstein on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. The title of his talk is “Israel and Palestine after the Flotilla.”

In his talk, Finkelstein will discuss the Israeli commando raid on a humanitarian flotilla destined for Gaza in May that left nine passengers dead.

He is the author of several books, including Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering and Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict, among others.

Finkelstein received a doctorate from Princeton University. He has taught at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University and DePaul University. He is currently an independent scholar.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is part on an ongoing series of lectures at Le Moyne looking at the problem of peace in the Middle East. The series has included talks by notable experts on both sides of the question, including Dr. Gerald Steinberg, professor of political science at Bar Ilan University, and a periodic adviser to the Israeli government on foreign policy issues and Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. Future events include a talk by Miriam Elman, associate professor in the department of political science at Syracuse University and one of the faculty research directors of International and Intra-state Conflicts at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). The Finkelstein lecture is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies and the religious studies and political science departments at Le Moyne. For more information, call (315) 445-4294.

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posted on: 9/10/2010