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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Peter Dorman, immediate past-president of the American University of Beirut is the first speaker in this year's Hostler Series.
 



Hostler Series Promotes International Dialogue
Peter Dorman, past-president of the American University of Beirut is the first speaker in an annual series that explores critical global issues.
By Beth Downing Chee
 
“The import of the talk is centered on why American educational models in today's Middle East are so crucial in the intellectual formation and community engagement of the younger generations ...”
When Ambassador Charles W. Hostler and his wife, Chinyeh endowed the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs at San Diego State University, they envisioned a campus forum for the discussion of critical global issues.
It is through that vision that the annual Hostler Lecture Series was born, bringing distinguished speakers to campus, including U.S. and international ambassadors and Nobel Laureates.
The series continues on Oct. 27 when Peter Dorman, past-president of the American University of Beirut, will give a talk entitled “The Challenges of the U.S. Higher Education Model in a Dynamic, Contentious Middle East.”

Unique perspective

"It is such an honor to bring Peter Dorman to SDSU as part of the Hostler Lecture Series,” said Chinyeh Hostler. “As a member of the faculty and immediate past-president of the leading university in the Middle East, he has a unique perspective that will be of great value to the SDSU community, and I look forward to hearing the discussion that comes out of it."

Dorman is a humanist and international leader in the study of the ancient Near East, in particular the field of Egyptology, in which he is a noted historiographer, epigrapher and philologist. He is the author and editor of several major books and many articles on the study of ancient Egypt and is best known for his historical work on the reign of Hatshepsut and the Amarna period.

"The import of the talk is centered on why American educational models in today's Middle East are so crucial in the intellectual formation and community engagement of the younger generations of the region, on whose shoulders the rise of open societies must rest: and not just professional skills, but an embrace of liberal thought and inclusive dialogues,” said Dorman. 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

About Hostler

Ambassador Hostler passed away on Sept. 28, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a war hero, scholar, diplomat, businessman and philanthropist. He visited 175 countries, lived on four continents, and received decorations for his valiant actions from nine nations and four religious leaders.

He was a generous supporter of SDSU for more than a decade, and his commitment to educating students about global issues lives on through both the institute and the lecture series named in his honor.

The series continues

The next lecture in the series is “Avoiding War and Nuclear Armageddon in the Middle East: Iran, Israel and Regional Unrest,” with Trita Parsi, award-winning author and recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2015 in Arts and Letters 101. Like all Hostler lectures, it is free and open to the public.

Lectures for the spring semester will be announced in early 2016.

Read more information about the Hostler Lecture Series.