On Wednesday, October 22nd, the Honors Program welcomed Dr. Selma Botman, the new Provost of Yeshiva University, to our Honors Lounge. Dr. Botman launched our series of conversations on World War I with a presentation on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the war’s influence in shaping the recent history of the Middle East, in front of a packed Honors Lounge with more than 50 students and faculty.


Both Honors students and faculty took advantage of this opportunity to hear our new Provost speak on a scholarly subject on the Wilf campus for the first time.

The talk was followed by a spirited question and answer session, which allowed students to learn even more from Dr. Botman, which extended until well after the end of the luncheon period. Students asked about current events in the Middle East, particularly the Arab spring, and its connection to the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire by the great powers that defeated it during the Great War.
For those who were unable to join us, here is a recording of the entire lecture:  Dr. Selma Botman

YC Honors listening to Dr. Selma Botman

YC Honors listening to Dr. Selma Botman


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