Henry Laurens Explores the History of French-Arab Relations

“In Search of ‘la chose franco-arab'” with Henry Laurens, Collège de France, is the next subject at the Washington History Seminar, the weekly history seminar jointly sponsored by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  It takes place Monday, February 28th, at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center.

From the eighteenth century until the present, the multitude of French-Arab relationships, positive or negative, constitute what one can call, according to the famous expression of Jacques Berque, “la chose franco-arabe” (“the French-Arab thing”). This seminar presentation will define its history and consequently its nature—and what its future might be.

Henry Laurens holds the Chair in the modern history of the Arab world at the Collège de France. He has published more than twenty books on the history of the Middle East, imperialism, terrorism, and the Mediterranean. His recent publications include L’empire et ses ennemis (The Empire and Its Enemies) (2009).

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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