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Khalil Shikaki, public opinion pollster from the West Bank, will speak on "Good Governance, Public Opinion, and Peace in Palestine" on Monday, February 3, at 7 p.m. in Reed College’s Vollum lecture hall as part of Reed’s special public policy lecture series, America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era. Shikaki will discuss will discuss how the Palestinian and Israeli publics view the peace process, and how Palestinian political reforms may enhance the chances for peace. The lecture, sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights, is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Khalil Shikaki is the director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, an organization focused on current public policy with reliance on empirical research to advance scholarship and understanding. Shikaki is one of the foremost authorities on public opinion in Palestine and the Middle East and has conducted more than 75 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 1993. He has written editorial pieces for the New York Times and Foreign Affairs. Shikaki was associate professor of political science at al-Najah National University, Nablus, and has served as visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of South Florida, and Columbia University. He also served as the editor of al-Siyasa al-Filastiniyya, 1995-99. He received his Ph. D. in political science from Columbia University in 1985 and his B.A. in political science from the American University in Beirut in 1975.

Special public policy lecture series
The attacks of September 11, 2001, have been described as fundamentally changing the world. One year later, however, the lasting effect of 9/11 on America’s sense of self, the country’s role on the international stage, and the desire and ability of America to single-handedly lead a "war on terrorism" remains unclear. America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era is an attempt to encourage a dialogue about these topics, as Reed College hosts a series of public lectures featuring international experts on foreign policy, military affairs, the Near and Middle East, and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

The David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights was established in honor of David Robinson, a longtime friend of Reed. The memorial fund was instituted to support visiting lecturers, to purchase books and periodicals for Reed's library, and to help finance special research by faculty and students in the area of human rights.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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