LEWISTON — The 2018-19 season of the Great Falls Forum continues Thursday, Feb. 14, featuring Senem Aslan, associate professor of politics at Bates College in Lewiston.

The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library.

Aslan’s talk, “Populism and the Politics of Emotion,” will illuminate people’s understanding of populism in today’s world.

A graduate of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Aslan earned her doctoral degree in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University between 2008 and 2010.

Her book, “Nation-Building in Turkey and Morocco: Governing Kurdish and Berber Dissent,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. At Bates, she teaches classes on state-building, nationalism, symbolic politics, and politics of the Middle East. Her recent research focuses on political amnesties in Turkey.

All Great Falls Forums are free and no reservations are required. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and bottled water will be available.

The library is at 200 Lisbon St. at the corner of Pine Street. More information on Thursday’s lecture is available by contacting the library at 207-513-3135 or [email protected]

Senem Aslan, associate professor of politics at Bates College in Lewiston.


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