A Conversation on the Middle East

02/01/2024 06:00 PM - 08:15 PM MT


Buell Public Media Center
2101 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205


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More than 100 days into the war between Israel and Iran-backed Hamas, WorldDenver hosts Middle East experts Dr. Micheline Ishay and Dr. Ahmed Abdrabou, in conversation with award-winning journalist Greg Dobbs, to shed light onto the regional and global implications of the conflict in the context of the events unfolding in Gaza. 

Location: Buell Public Media Center, 2101 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Event Agenda:
6:00 p.m. | Registration, networking, & hors d'oeuvres
6:30 p.m. | Speaker program followed by audience Q&A

8:00 p.m. | Evening concludes

$35 for Future Members
$25 for WorldDenver Members
$10 for Young Professional Members


About Our Speakers

Dr. Micheline Ishay
Author and Professor of International Studies and Human Rights

Micheline Ishay is Professor of International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and University of Denver where she co-directs the Political Theory Program. A highly awarded scholar, she is a Vice-Director of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue, Paris. Ishay received a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Studies from Rutgers University and has been involved with such prestigious institutions as Hobart and William Smith College, University of Maryland, Hebrew University, and Khalifa University, among others around the world. Often interviewed in the international press, Ishay frequently contributes to international forums and lectures on international issues in the U.S.

Her books, The History of Human Rights and The Human Rights Reader have been translated into multiple languages and are widely adopted in human rights courses throughout the world. Her book, The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East, was published in 2019 by Yale University Press. Earlier books include Internationalism and Its Betrayal (1995), and The Nationalism Reader (1995). In 2019, she was recruited as a vice-Director of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue, an NGO under the auspice of the UN in Geneva. She is currently working on Atlas Unbound: The Legacy of Internationalism and the Future of Human Rights.


Dr. Amhed Abdrabou
Author and Professor of International Studies and Human Rights

Ahmed Abdrabou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the director of the U.S-Japan Diplomacy Program, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Middle East Studies. His research and teaching have focused on democratization, political Islam, and civil-military relations in the MENA region and East Asia. His most recent books are Good Governance and Civil–Security Relations: A Comparative Study of Turkey and Egypt, published by Routledge in 2021, and The History of Modern Egypt, published by Dar Elshorouk in 2024.


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