Middle East Scholar Daniel Pipes to Speak at Yeshiva University September 23

New York, NY, Sep 15, 2003 — Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, recently appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of the US Institute for Peace, will discuss “Activism for a New Middle East” at Yeshiva University on Tuesday, September 23. The 8 pm program, open to the public, will take place in Weissberg Commons, Belfer Hall, on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street in Manhattan.

Dr. Pipes is delivering the Annual Lena and Harry Cabakoff Lecture sponsored by the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha Honors Program at the university’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). The lecture is part of a week of celebrations surrounding the September 21 investiture of YU’s fourth president, Richard M. Joel.

Dr. Pipes’s lecture highlights a yom iyun (day of educational programming) for rabbinical students, focusing on Jewish activism, which begins at 9:15 am in Weissberg Commons. As part of the yom iyun President Joel will speak on “Making Choices When Values Seem to Conflict” at a 12 pm luncheon.

Following the Dr. Pipes lecture, two workshops, also open to the public, will be given. “Getting the Facts Straight: A Historical Review of the Myths and Facts of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” by Dr. Mitchell Bard, executive director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, former editor of Near East Report, and coauthor of Myths and Facts; and “The How, What, When, and Where of Israel Activism” by Wayne Firestone, who directs the Center for Israel Affairs and the Israel on Campus Coalition at Hillel.

Dr. Pipes directs the Middle East Forum think tank based in Philadelphia and is a columnist for the New York Post and Jerusalem Post. He has been a leader in identifying the threat of militant Islam. He frequently discusses Arab-Israeli issues on television and has lectured in 25 countries. He is author of 11 books and numerous magazine articles and is published in more than 70 daily newspapers and on hundreds of Web sites.

Dr. Pipes received his AB and PhD degrees in history from Harvard University. He was the keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 72nd annual Commencement this past May, where he received an honorary degree. He used the occasion to tell YU graduates that the Bush administration should seek fundamental changes in attitudes among Israel’s adversaries.

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