Every summer Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, offers History and Politics of the Modern and Contemporary Middle East to high school and college students through Cornell’s School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The course examines the history and politics of the Middle East and its central place in world affairs from the turn of the twentieth century down to the present. This year, Professor Brann had the excellent assistance of Rama Alhabian and Kiley Foster, graduate students in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Professor Brann is currently the Acting Chair for the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hebrew University-Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell since 1986 and served seventeen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
For more information on how to take this and many other fabulous Summer Session courses, go to the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions website.