I am from Higgins Beach, in Scarborough, Maine, six miles south of Portland. After spending five years as track announcer at Scarborough Downs, I left to study fulltime in graduate school, where my advisor was Akira Iriye. My B.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) come from Harvard, my M.A. from the University of Chicago (1989). Before coming to Brooklyn, I taught at Arizona State and Williams; I also have served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and at Tel Aviv University, as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.
This special, four-session, seminar will examine issues in contemporary affairs–with two sessions focused on domestic matters, and two on international. PowerPoints for each session will be posted below.
Session One: Politics: Midterms & Aftermath
Session Two: World Affairs
Session Three: Middle Eastern Developments
- Richard Engel, “Inside ISIS“
- Mike Giglio, “ISIS Operative“
- Michael Ramsey, “Is Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress Constitutional?”
- Onur Ant, “Turkey’s Vanishing $8 Billion“
- Graeme Wood, “What ISIS Really Wants,” Atlantic (added item)
Session Four: Law & Society