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Peace in Middle East subject of colloquium series

Oct. 19, 2006

KALAMAZOO--"The Perils and Prospects of Peace" is the theme for the first two lectures in the Graduate College 2006-07 Colloquium Series taking place this fall in the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.

The series is free and open to the public. It will begin with a lecture on "Prospects of Peace in the Middle East" by Dr. Gregory Mahler, provost and professor of political science at Kalamazoo College, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. The second lecture, "The Iraq War and International Law," will be presented by Dr. Ronald C. Kramer, WMU professor of sociology, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

Dr. Lewis R. Pyenson, dean of the Graduate College, says the colloquium series aims to share the insights of national and international authorities on vital current topics with the Kalamazoo community. "Graduate education actively engages the world," Pyenson says. "It provides expertise and critical judgment that can be brought to bear on thorny, practical problems."

Mahler's teaching and research interests involve political institutions, political behavior, and comparative politics related to constitutionalism, federalism, Israel, Canada, legislative studies and policymaking. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Israel Studies Bulletin and Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies and has written several books, the most recent one being 2004's "Politics and Government in Israel: The Maturation of a Modern State".

Kramer directs WMU's Criminal Justice Program and specializes in researching corporate and state crime as well as crime prevention and control strategies. A longtime peace and justice activist, he is a founding member of Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War and is working on a book titled "A Crime of Empire: George W. Bush's Illegal War on Iraq."

For more information about the 2006-07 colloquium series, visit the Web site at www.wmich.edu or call the Graduate College at (269) 387-8212.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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