Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Event Information:

  • Tuesday, February 28 (noon)
  • Public Invited—No Admission Charged
  • Ohlone College, Epler Gymnasium
    43600 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539

Ohlone College World Forum

Fremont, CA—

  • TOPIC: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  • SPEAKER: Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley

Dr. Hatem Bazian received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies. Currently, Dr. Bazian is a lecturer in the Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies Departments at Berkeley. In addition, Dr. Bazian is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boalt Law School and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and UC Davis. Dr. Bazian is a specialist in Islamic Law and Jerusalem’s Islamic history. He has taught courses on Middle East politics and Palestine History, Arab and Muslim Immigration to America, Islam in America, Islam, Islamic law, Sufisim, Arabic, and Politics and Political economy of the Middle East at UC Berkeley Boalt Law School, San Francisco State University, UC Davis, Saint Mary’s College, Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, and Diablo Valley College.

Dr. Bazian is currently researching Arab and Muslim immigration and settlement in the San Francisco and Bay Area for a future book, Silicon Rush. In addition, Dr. Bazian’s forthcoming book, Virtual Internment: Arabs and Muslims and the War on Terrorism, documenting the civil and human rights effects on the impacted communities will be published in Fall 2006.

Dr. Bazian also co-hosted “Islam Today,” a weekly radio magazine show covering Islam and its diverse people around the world at 94.1 KPFA, KBFB in Berkeley and KFCF in Fresno. Since September 11, he has appeared in many TV and Radio interviews and was a translation consultant for the San Francisco Chronicle on a number of stories.

For more information on the current forum and future World Forums, or a map of campus, please visit the Ohlone College web site at

Future World Forums:

  • Wednesday, March 29, The Israeli Perspective with Dr. Noel Kaplowitz, UC Davis

Dr. Noel Kaplowitz, UC Davis

Noel Kaplowitz received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science and International Advancement and did postdoctoral work at Yale in Political Psychology. Professor Kaplowitz has taught International Advancement and Middle East Affairs at Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis.

Dr. Kaplowitz's research has included hundreds of hours of in-depth interviewing with Arab and Israeli leaders and officials on their national self-images, perceptions of the other, and attitudes towards issues in conflict. His articles on the "Arab-Israeli Conflict" and on "Cultural and Psychological Dimensions of International Advancement" have been published in a variety of professional, peer-reviewed journals.


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