National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Carla Klausner to Discuss -World War I and the Creation of the Modern Middle East-

Press Release: July 21, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage Exhibition Speaker Series

Dr. Carla Klausner to Discuss World War I and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m., the National Archives and Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will host Dr. Carla Klausner for a discussion titled World War I and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. Klausner’s lecture will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

A free light reception and exhibit viewing will precede this lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Klausner’s talk will focus on the secret treaties and arrangements of the Entente and Allied powers during the First World War and how the territories of the defeated Ottoman Empire would be divided up. In the aftermath of the war, new nation-states, including Iraq, were created which, just a hundred years later, are in danger of fragmenting, as sectarian, ethnic and religious factions have again taken center stage.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Carla Klausner is Curators' Professor of History Emerita at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She specializes in Islamic, Ottoman, Modern Middle East, Medieval Europe, and Medieval Jewish history. She holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Radcliffe College and a doctorate in history from Harvard. She is a Curators’ Professor of History, and long-time member of the UMKC faculty. She speaks widely on all aspects of Islamic, Jewish and Middle East history to academic and community audiences. She is the author of From Destruction to Rebirth: The Holocaust and the State of Israel with Dr. Joseph Schultz; and A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict with Ian J. Bickerton.

About the Iraqi Jewish Heritage Exhibit and Speaker Series

This program is offered in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and is a part of the Wednesday Evening Speaker Series presented in conjunction with the exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibition was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, with generous support from the U.S. Department of State. This free exhibition is available for viewing, Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through August 15, 2015. Group tours are available. For more information call 816-268-8013 or email mickey.ebert@nara.gov.

Kansas City sponsors include the Community Legacy Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Oppenstein Brothers Foundation; Sosland Foundation; H & R Block Foundation; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, United Missouri Bank, Trustee; Sprint Foundation; Annette & Sam & Jack Swirnberg Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; J-Lead, Flo Harris Supporting Foundation and the Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City; Menorah Legacy Foundation; Harry Portman Charitable Trust, United Missouri Bank, Trustee; with additional support from the Jewish Art Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. MCHE honors local survivors and their experiences by recording and communicating their stories to every generation. To learn more, visit www.mchekc.org.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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