ISIS vs isis: Does the Past Matter?

Date:  Sunday, November 8, 2015
Speaker:  Dr. Ewa Wasilewska

Meet & Greet: 1:45 pm • Presentation: 2:00 pm • Meeting Closes: 3:30 pm
Salt Lake Main Library, 210 East 400 South

Fourth Floor Meeting Room

 Dr. Ewa Wasilewska is a professor at the University of Utah (the Middle East Center) with more than 30 years of experience working on different aspects of both the ancient and modern Middle East and Central Asia. Her formal education includes master degrees in archaeology and history of the Middle East and Europe, Middle Eastern Studies with emphasis on Turkish and a doctorate in anthropology. She is an author of two books: Creation Stories of the Middle East, and Anthropology of Humor and Laughter, as well as of many articles for both specialized and general audiences.

“Does the past matter when people are dying as the result of violent conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere? Should any efforts be made to preserve ancient temples and past civilizations when modern housing is bombed daily and mass migrations challenge humanitarian principles of any religion to protect “the others’” identity? Who owns the past? These and other thought provoking questions will be raised and discussed during Dr. Wasilewska’s presentation on archaeology at war or and war.”