Centre for Lebanese Studies Dinner Talk
As part of a continuing series of events during the coming months to mark the 30th anniversary of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, we are very pleased to invite you to a book signing and interactive dinner talk with Professor Leila Fawaz, Issam Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts, and Professor of Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The event will be held in the private rooms upstairs at the Bluebird Restaurant, 350 King's Road, Chelsea SW3, on Thursday 30 April at 7:30pm for 8pm.
Her latest acclaimed book, A Land of Aching Hearts, The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press 2014), chronicles the personal experiences of soldiers and civilians in the Middle East during the calamitous years of World War One. This war was a cataclysmic event, with famine, disease, and an influx of refugees everyday realities for the civilian population. The war brought to an end four hundred years of Ottoman rule in Arab lands, and paved the way for the Middle East as we know it today, with Britain and France dividing the Middle East along artificial borders, and nationalist aspirations quashed. The conflicts that tear at the region today-the struggles over freedom, land and identity-all have their roots in the Great War, and A Land of Aching Hearts explains so clearly that war's relevance for today's world.
Professor Fawaz will be delighted to sign copies of her book during the evening.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Leila Buheiry at [email protected] or on (0207) 6029512. The cost of the dinner is £60. The tickets are not refundable.
We look forward to seeing many you on 30 April, for what will no doubt be a fascinating evening.