Zachary Lockman, professor of History at New York University, visited Duke University from February 23–24, 2017. He presented his new book Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2016) and discussed the importance of area studies and Middle East studies. Together with Charles Kurzman (Sociology, UNC-Chapel Hill) and Adam Mestyan (History, Duke), Lockman also participated in a panel on the depiction of Islam in the West and on modern-day interactions between the Middle East and the United States.
In this video, Lockman discusses the intellectual worth of studying the Middle East. "People working on the Middle East across a range of disciplines are right there on the cutting edge of all sorts of intellectual currents engaging with their colleagues from around the world, and breaking down intellectual and geographic boundaries," said Lockman.
Lockman's visit was sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Cultural Anthropology, the Department of History, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.