Odyssey: The Kurds, Kurdistan, and the Kurdish Question

6:30–7:30 p.m. "The Kurds in Turkey and Larger Issues of History, Culture and Internal Diversity: An Activist's Perspective" The Kurds have tried to create a homeland for thousands of years, and yet they remain largely unknown to most Americans. Who are the Kurds? What makes them distinctive? Despite their existence within a region that has been home to nationalist movements and a target for nation building by outside powers for the past century, they are the largest stateless people in the world. Kani Xulam (MA, American University) is a native of Kurdistan and a political activist based in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN): http://www.kurdistan.org

7:45–8:45 p.m. "The Kurds in Iraq and Larger Issues of Regional Violence and Overall Policy: A Scholar's Perspective" Which frameworks are both helpful and not helpful when thinking about the big issues that arise in connection with "The Kurdish Question"? Are there better ways and worse ways to think about nations and states? Are there helpful ways to rethink constitutional questions for the region? Karol Soltan is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and has also taught in the university's School of Law. From 2003 to 2005 he directed the Recovered States Task Force as part of the Project on Fragile States for USAID; more recently he spent time in Iraq as an adviser to the Kurdistan government in the negotiations on the Iraqi constitution.

918.089.01 Homewood Campus Cost: $46 Monday, March 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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