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This week’s lectures to discuss Mideast issues

This week, lectures will focus on conflicts in the Middle East and understanding the motivations behind them.
Today a professor will speak on her work on the ways that emotions influence judgment and decision-making. On Tuesday an author will discuss our dependency on oil, while on Wednesday, professors will discuss the conflict in Iraq and its similarities to the summer war between Hezbollah and Israel. The Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh will hold an open house Saturday.

Title: Portrait of the Angry Decision Maker

The Basics: Building on recent breakthroughs in emotion research, professor Jennifer Lerner will examine how and why emotions influence judgment and decision-making. Specifically, Lerner will focus on the role of anger in actual social and organizational settings.

When: 4:30 p.m. today

Where: Adamson Wing,
Baker Hall 136A

Sponsored By: University Lecture Series

Title: How We Became Addicted to Oil and How to Break the Addiction Right Now

The Basics: Edwin Black, author of Internal Combustion, will speak about his work, which focuses on “how corporations and governments addicted the world to oil and derailed the alternatives.” Among the topics Black’s writing focuses on are genocide, corporate corruption, and governmental misconduct. Black will be available to sign copies of Internal Combustion and his other works immediately following the lecture.

When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Adamson Wing,
Baker Hall 136A

Sponsored By: University Lecture Series

Title: Wars in Lebanon and Iraq: Local, Regional, and International Implications

The Basics: Professors Kenneth W. Stein and Adeed Dawisha will explain the common features of the war between Hezbollah and Israel and the ongoing conflict in Iraq. The lecture will consider the local, regional, and international implications of these two examples of Middle Eastern conflict, and whether the two are isolated events or connected. Stein is a professor of contemporary Middle Eastern history, political science, and Israeli studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Dawisha is a professor of political science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

Sponsored By: The International Relations program, the dean of humanities and social sciences, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, the Department of History, and the University Lecture Series

Title: Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh (MEPF) Open House

The Basics: MEPF, an organization that seeks to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflicts within the Middle East, is having an open house to discuss their history and plans. MEPF, which also cosponsors programs with the Friends of Sabeel, the Tikikun Community, and the Palestine Solidarity Community, regularly presents speakers, films, and open forums on working towards a peaceful solution.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue.

Sponsored By: Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh

RSVP By: September 27 to (412) 371-1000