On Thursday, Nov. 3, noted historian and author Michael B. Oren, senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research center, will discuss " The Middle East and the Making of the United States, 1776 to 1815." The event will be held in the Low Library Rotunda from noon to 1:30 p.m. It will be informed by Oren's current project, a book he is writing to explain the history of the Middle East. He senses that Americans could benefit from knowing more about the turbulent Middle East region in the context of their own history.
A Columbia alumnus, Oren graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs with a master's degree in 1978 and from Columbia College in 1977. The author of numerous studies on the history and politics of the Middle East, Oren writes extensively for publications such as The New Republic and The New York Times. His most well-known work, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Oxford University Press), is considered the authoritative account on this period and has earned critical acclaim in the United States, including the Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2002, the National Jewish Book Award for best book of 2002 and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.