LEWISTON – Bates College will hold a panel discussion about U.S. relations with the Middle East and South Asia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Chase Hall lounge on Campus Avenue.

Titled “Comments for the New Administration: The Middle East and South Asia Revisited,” the event is free and open to the public.

Matthew Nelson, assistant professor of political science, will lead and moderate the discussion. An expert on South Asia, Nelson received his M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University. Nelson’s research and teaching center on comparative political economy and comparative law, including Islamic law. His recent work focuses on Pakistani “madrassas” (Islamic schools).

Also serving on the panel will be Joko Susilo, a native of Indonesia, who is a Fulbright scholar and Mellon Learning Associate at Bates, and four Bates students: junior James Liddell of Cromwell, Conn.; sophomore Rakhshan Zahid of Karachi, Pakistan; sophomore Aarjan Dixit of Kathmandu, Nepal; and senior Jamil Zraikat of Amman, Jordan.

The event is sponsored by the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships. More information may be obtained by calling 207-786-6195.

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