Oberlin College and Conservatory

Oberlin Makes Peace in the Middle East: The King-Crane Commission of 1919 at its Centenary

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:30am to 1:15pm

Azariah's Café, Mudd Center
148 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

A century ago, Oberlin College strongly participated in making peace in the Middle East after the end of WWI. Then-President Henry Churchill King formed a unique commission that President Woodrow Wilson sent to the Middle East in order to investigate the native inhabitants' opinions about their right to self-determination. He was joined by Charles Richard Crane, an American businessman and Arabist. The Oberlin Archives has the full records of the King-Crane commission.

Celebrating the centenary of the commission, the Department of History and Oberlin Archives will hold this special session. It will feature presentations by history professors Zeinab Abul-Magd and Leonard Smith, along with an exhibition of rare archival documents, photographs, maps, etc. 

Lunch will be served from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM in Azariah Café, Terrell Library, Mudd Center.

Presentations will begin promptly at 12:15 PM, Special Collections/Archives Classroom, 4thFloor Terrell Library. Discussion to follow, to be concluded by 1:15.

This event is limited to 35 people. Please reserve a slot by email to:  lvsmith@oberlin.edu.

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Academic, History, Administrative, Archives



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Zeinab Abul-Magd

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