Tarek Masoud, an associate professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver a public lecture, “Beyond Political Islam: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of the Middle East,” on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Tarek Masoud, an associate professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver a public lecture, “Beyond Political Islam: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of the Middle East,” on Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., at NYU’s School of Law, D’Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall (108 West 3rd Street, between Sullivan and MacDougal Streets).

The lecture is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Dialogues, the Foreign Policy Association, and the World Affairs Councils of America. An RSVP is required by emailing eventsdepartment@fpa.org. Admission is free for Foreign Policy Association members, $25 for non-members, $5 for students with valid ID (payable at the door), or free if “NYU” is mentioned at registration. For more information, call 212.481.8100, Ext. 240. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.).

Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

A political scientist and Middle East specialist, Masoud focuses on political development in countries that are poor and unfree. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Islamic political parties and is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Middle Eastern Law and Governance, Foreign Policy, and the International Journal of Middle East Studies, among other publications.

This lecture is part of the World Affairs Councils of America’s Understanding Muslim Societies Lecture Series, with support provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Editor’s Note:
New York University’s Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West emerged from the tragedy of September 11th, which highlighted the need for greater communication among and about the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world. For the past decade, when anger, extremism and misunderstanding strained the relationship between the Muslim world and the West, the NYU Center for Dialogues sought to bridge the divide through dialogue based on mutual respect. Today, the Center’s mission has shifted in response to the “Arab Spring” and the Islamist movements taking part in the political life of various countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The NYU Center for Dialogues is working to ensure that the values embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are upheld by these new democracies and lay the foundation for a more comprehensive and lasting peace both domestically and with the West. For more, go to http://www.centerfordialogues.org.

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. It seeks to inform through its blog network, Foreign Policy Blogs, which is the largest network of global affairs blogs online; engage with its Great Decisions program, which is the largest national civic-discussion program on global affairs; and inspire others to participate in international affairs and the foreign policy process through its Global Career Boot Camps and Global Job Board, which provide invaluable tools for internationally minded professionals. For more, go to http://www.fpa.org.

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