Middle East Challenges to the Obama Administration

David Makovsky
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
12:30 p.m.
216 McCardell Bicentennial Hall

Dr. Makovsky is Director of The Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.  His commentary on the peace process and the Arab-Israeli conflict has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.  Before joining The Washington Institute, Mr. Makovsky was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989-2000. He is former executive editor of The Jerusalem Post and was diplomatic correspondent for Israel's leading daily Haaretz. Now a contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report, he served for eleven years as the magazine's special Jerusalem correspondent.

Sponsored by Middlebury College Hillel, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.




The Omar Shakespear Pound Islamica Collection

Omar Shakespear Pound, poet, scholar, and translator from the Arabic and Persian, has been acknowledged as perhaps the most significant translator of Persian and Arabic classical texts since Edward FitzGerald's translations of the quatrains of Omar Khayam. Pound taught at Cambridge and Princeton University. In addition to his several volumes of poetry and translations, he edited three volumes of his father Ezra Pound's letters and is an editor and bibliographer of the writings of Wyndham Lewis. Through years of research and collecting, Mr. Pound built an extraordinary library of more than 900 works of Islamica in Persian, Arabic, Farsi, English, French, German, Russian, and Chinese, dating from the 17th through the late 20th centuries. The eclectic collection of books, pamphlets, newspapers, and journals includes poetry and literary criticism, art, religion, history, biography, dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammars, phrase books, travel books—even children's textbooks. Pound's scholarly interests extend to the Indian subcontinent as well, and he built a fine small research collection of books on Indian colonial history, with special emphasis on the Indian Rebellion, commonly known as "the Great Mutiny," of 1857.

In 2005, Elizabeth S. Pound approached Middlebury College with an offer to donate her husband's collection to the College Library. After months of preparing a 36-page inventory and shipping details, the Omar Shakespear Pound Islamic Collection, certainly one of the most comprehensive research collections of its kind, arrived in Middlebury.

Omar and Elizabeth Pound are parents of Kate S. Pound, Middlebury Class of 1981.

Febe Armanios

Egyptian History and Politics, Coptic Christians, Women and Gender in the Middle East

Associate Professor of History