Welcome to the Columbia Alumni Association of Southern California, Inc. - Columbia West - November 14, 2009

The Columbia University Alumni Association of Southern California, Inc.
would like to invite you to Columbia West 2009, a special networking event with

Peter Awn
Dean of the School of General Studies
Acting Dean of the School of Continuing Education
Professor of Islamic and Comparative Religion

speaking on

“Obama’s Middle East:  Policies and Potential Outcomes”

President Obama has made the Middle East one of his top priorities.  His initial overtures make clear that it is no longer business as usual.  The Cairo speech, a strong stand on the illegality of Israeli settlements and a vocal commitment to the two state solution, troop withdrawals from Iraq, increased men and money for the war in Afghanistan, willingness to meet face to face with Iran—all indicate a new, aggressive and multi-faceted approach to the challenges the region presents.  But each aspect of his Middle East program has major risks: which if any of these new policies might succeed?  What will be the consequences of failure?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

6:30 PM  Networking Reception

7:30 PM  Program
8:30  Reception and Cash Bar

Network with fellow alumni

Enjoy free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

at the
Luxe Hotel on Sunset
11461 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90049

Reserve your seat now!  Please RSVP no later than November 10th.  The cost to attend in advance is $30 per person for members with one guest at $30.  All other guests and nonmember alumni are $35 per person in advance. Admission includes appetizers and hosted bar at the opening reception (cash bar after the program). Walk-ins and those registering online after November 10th will be admitted at $50 each (credit cards online, cash only at the door).  Valet parking is required onsite and is at an additional cost.



Questions? Contact Rick Brous at [email protected]t or, on the day of the event, (323) 513-4755.

About Peter Awn

Peter Awn, Ph.D.
Dean, School of General Studies
Dean, Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Acting Dean, School of Continuing Education
Professor, Department of Religion

Director, Middle East Institute


Nontraditional student education; Islamic religion and politics; comparative religion


Ph.D., Harvard University
M.Div. Woodstock College
B.A., Fordham University

Peter Awn, Ph.D., is in his twelfth year as dean of the School of General Studies.  An expert in education for adults, Awn is also acting dean of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.  For 31 years, Awn has also been a professor of Islamic and Comparative Religion at Columbia University.  He has also been visiting professor at Princeton University and has lectured widely to academic and business professionals on the role Islamic religion plays in the current political and social development of the Muslim world.  Awn was the first recipient of the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for distinguished teaching and research.  His book, "Satan's Tragedy and Redemption: Iblîs in Sufi Psychology," a study of the devil in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), was the recipient of a book award from the American Council of Learned Societies.


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