Critical Issues Symposium 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:15am to 11:30am

The symposium explores a single topic in-depth through a variety of presentations led by experts from both beyond campus and within the Hope community.  The program will include two keynote addresses, a series of short talks, and two blocks of concurrent focus sessions and department-sponsored presentations.

All CIS events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 24
7:00 p.m. - Dimnent Chapel
Opening Keynote Address: Dr. Gary M. Burge
"Five Things I've Learned from the Middle East"


Thursday, February 25
9:00 a.m. - Dimnent Chapel
Keynote Address: Nabil Costa
"The Middle East: Problem or Opportunity?"


10:15 a.m. - Knickerbocker Theatre
Short Stories
8-10 minute short talks featuring: Nabil Costa, Yasmin Moll, Ohanes Khacherian, Jessica Korte, Habeeb Awad


11:30 a.m. - Lunch Break 
$6 lunch available at Phelps Dining Hall for CIS guests


1:00 p.m. - various locations
Focus Sessions
Speakers: Gary Burge, Nabil Costa, David Dunford, Douglas Kindschi, Yasmin Moll, Ayman Haykal


2:30 p.m. - Department Sessions
Learning Arabic in the United States: Prospects & Challenges

Strategies for Peacemaking in Israel/Palestine

Path to Peace Leads through the Past

The Body Speaks For Peace: Cultivating Community And Trust Through Movement

Ancient Christians and Modern Terrorists: Are Christians and Christianity Becoming Extinct in the Middle East Today?

Sponsored by the departments of Communication, Dance, Modern and Classical Languages, Peace Studies Program/A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series, Religion

Event Type

Academics, Social Sciences Division, Communication, Arts and Humanities Division, Dance, Japanese, Religion, Campus-Life, Sesquicentennial





For nearly 30 years the Critical Issues Symposium (CIS) has been an integral part of the Hope College academic landscape. A committee of faculty, staff, and students, in consultation with the president, selects one topic to focus on each year.

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