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A panel discussion with UCLA faculty Asli Ü. Bâli, Caroline Ford, James Gelvin and Dominic Thomas. Moderated by Laure Murat.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

ASLI Ü. BÂLI is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joined UCLA from the Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law, and coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum. Bâli is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and as an articles editor of the Yale Journal of Human Rights & Development. Her Ph.D. in Political Science is from Princeton University, where her dissertation concerned the challenge of enforcement in the nuclear non-proliferation regime. After law school, she worked for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in the New York and Paris, France offices.

CAROLINE FORD was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and grew up in Europe. She completed her Ph.D. in European history at the University of Chicago and taught at Harvard University (1988-1995) as an assistant and associate professor, and then at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (1995-2004) as associate professor, before joining UCLA as professor of history in July 2004. Her first book, Creating the Nation in Provincial France: Religion and Political Identity in Brittany (Princeton University Press, 1993) explores religion, nation formation, and the creation of regional and religious identities in France at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her second book, Divided Houses: Religion and Gender in Modern France (Cornell University Press, 2005), focuses on the feminization of religion in postrevolutionary France and its impact on the civil/political status of women and the creation of a distinctive laïc republican political culture by the early twentieth century.


JAMES L. GELVIN
is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA. He graduated from Columbia University (A.B.), the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (M.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). Gelvin has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Beirut. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is currently working on a book about the current uprisings in the Arab Middle East for Oxford University Press.

DOMINIC THOMAS is Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA. His teaching and research interests include contemporary French politics, globalization, and sub-Saharan African culture and politics. Thomas was the recipient of a German-American Fulbright Commission Award for Germany and Belgium in 2011 and recently a Research Professor at Humboldt University (Berlin). Publications include Black France: Colonialism, Immigration, and Transnationalism (2007) and Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and Racism (2013).


ABOUT THE MODERATOR

LAURE MURAT is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS). She holds a PhD in History from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is a cultural historian, specializing in the history of literature, psychiatry, and gender studies. She is the author of a number of articles, chapters in edited collections, and books, including The Clinic of Doctor Blanche (La Maison du docteur Blanche, 2001), which was awarded the Goncourt Prize for Biography, and most recently, The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon (University of Chicago Press, 2014), published by Gallimard in 2011 and which was awarded the Femina Prize for Non-Fiction.


Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Near Eastern Studies