30 October 2023 • Faculty International Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Hobart and William Smith will host a panel discussion offering insights from international experts on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a panel of three scholars will present three perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting American Jewish views on the situation, analysis of American foreign policy and the public perception in Indonesian, home to the largest Muslim population in the world.

Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski, Professor of International Relations Kevin Dunn and Achmad Munjid, an assistant professor of intercultural studies at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, will begin their discussion at 5 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

A scholar of the Holocaust, genocide, nuclear weapons and anti-Semitism, Dobkowski teaches courses in Jewish Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, serves as the coordinator of the Holocaust Studies Minor, and is a founding member and current co-chair of the Genocide and Human Rights Symposium.

Dunn has produced a wide-ranging body of scholarship examining international relations theory, African politics, and punk rock around the world. His research focuses predominantly on the African Great Lakes Region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania) and issues in that region concerning security, development, regionalization/globalization and international relations.

Muynjid’s research explores Muslim-Christian relations, freedom of religion, religious pluralism and tolerance, religious fundamentalism, secularization, religion and violence, trauma and memory, death and dying, and world literature.

The Nov. 1 panel continues the campus dialogue that began in October. The conversation, organized by Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, featured Dobkowski, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Shalahudin Kafrawi, Professor of International Relations Stacey Philbrick Yadav and Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter.