International Student House (ISH) kicked off its 2014 series of programs on the Middle East on Tuesday evening, January 28, sponsored in partnership with The Levant Foundation, with noted Middle East expert Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Dr. Telhami imparted his extensive knowledge and intimate perspective of the Middle East to a gathering of ISH residents, Board members and friends.
During the discussion moderated by ISH Board Member Barbara Slavin, Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, Dr. Telhami discussed his recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes, that gives readers a better understanding of popular sentiments and other factors that drive events in the Middle East.
ISH Executive Director Tom O’Coin commented, “We at ISH are extremely pleased to offer such programming to our residents that is both timely and relevant. These types of programs have a far-reaching impact yet the intimate format allows for interactive dialogue and lively discussion among our international residents. We are thrilled to partner with the Levant Foundation and are appreciative of their ongoing support.”
“The Levant Foundation is proud to support the International Student House,” said Levant Foundation founder Mr. Jamal Daniel. “ISH is more than just a place for students to live, it offers a unique environment where students from across the globe come together to build relationships as well as deepen their understanding of other cultures.”
International Student House (ISH) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization located near Dupont Circle in the heart of Washington, DC. ISH provides an exceptional residential experience to a highly diverse international community of graduate students, interns and visiting scholars. The House promotes inter-cultural dialogue, encourages life-long connections, and fosters global citizenship.
The Levant Foundation is a private, non-profit organization committed to the furthering of knowledge about Middle Eastern culture and history and the complex interrelations of the three monotheistic religions born in the Middle East: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Operating in an increasingly diverse society, the Foundation is committed to cooperation with universities, institutions of fine art, and with religious and research institutions to sponsor and fund artistic, academic and educational programs.