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          Uncomfortable Conversations โ€“ Fault Lines: The U.S. and Middle East in the Trump Era

          March 12, 2019

          What: How should the United States navigate the various political and cultural fault lines fracturing the Middle East during the presidency of Donald Trump? Edinboro University invites the public to discuss the most important issues currently facing the United States and the Middle East with a panel of expert political analysts.

          Where/When: Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Baron-Forness Library, 200 Tartan Road, Edinboro University

          About the panelists:

          Gerry Gendlin is an associate professor of International Politics at Edinboro University, where he has taught courses in Russian Politics, American Foreign Policy, National Security, Terrorism and Political Violence, and American Politics since 2002. Dr. Gendlin holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has held research and teaching positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and the College of the Holy Cross. He maintains an active research agenda, presenting at national and regional conferences, and is regularly engaged by the media as an analyst of global affairs.

          Brian Lasher is a retired career Naval Officer who conducted strategic planning and joint operations in the Middle East and Africa. In 2007-2008, he was assigned to the Strategic Engagements Division of Multi-National Forces Iraq in Baghdad, where he was responsible for planning inter-governmental support for economic development and reconstruction. He also served as the note-taker for General Petraeus’ efforts to promote religious reconciliation between Shias, Sunnis and non-Muslim religious minorities. Lasher holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. A national board certified social studies teacher, he currently teaches International Relations, Advanced Placement (AP) Government and AP World History at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie.

          Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been a Professor of Cultural and Economic Geography and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinboro University since 1989. Dr. Ghosheh holds additional graduate degrees in international relations and Middle Eastern studies; international trade; and comparative economic development. A native of Jerusalem, Ghosheh has lived in seven countries and traveled to 58 countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. The author of one book and over 60 articles, Dr. Ghosheh has been awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore; was selected the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year in 1999; and selected as Edinboro University's 2009-2010 Educator of the Year.

          Victoria Rickard is an assistant professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst University, where she teaches courses and conducts research in American politics, Congress, law, international relations, public policy, and gender. Dr. Rickard holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where she held a Fellowship at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. She also earned a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from American University. Dr. Rickard’s research has been published in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Politics & Gender and Social Science Quarterly.

          About the series: Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.

          This panel discussion is free and open to the public.