Daniel Pipes: Suspends column for 15 weeks to take a visiting professorship at Pepperdine

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The Pepperdine School of Public Policy announces the appointment of Middle East expert Daniel Pipes as the 2007 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor. Pipes will be teaching a Seminar in International Relations: Islam and Politics during the Spring 2007 semester which begins on Jan. 2, 2007.

Pipes is the founder and director of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received both his AB and PhD in history from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the U.S. Naval War College. He served in various capacities in the U.S. government, including two presidential appointments as vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and as a member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Pipes is a nationally and internationally recognized columnist, appearing domestically in The New York Sun and in Philadelphia’s The Evening Bulletin. Abroad, his columns appear regularly in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, and Spain. His Web site, www.danielpipes.org, is a highly respected Internet source of specialized information on the Middle East and Islam. In addition to sitting on five editorial boards, Pipes has testified before numerous congressional committees and worked on four presidential campaigns. He is listed in Marquis’ Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

“The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine is fortunate to have in residence and in the classroom someone with the stature of Daniel Pipes, with his well known expertise in the politics of Islam and the Middle East,” said James R. Wilburn, dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. “We are also indebted to the John M. Olin Foundation and the William E. Simon Foundation for making this substantive addition to our students' learning opportunities. Given the impact of developments in his area of experience, our students will be greatly enriched in their understanding of and ability to deal with some of the most critical issues our civilization will face for the remainder of this century.”

The William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the School of Public Policy is funded by the William E. Simon Foundation and the John M. Olin Foundation. The program gives the School the opportunity to invite a series of nationally recognized and highly respected individuals to be in residence each year. Each visiting professor leads a class or seminar, devotes significant time as a resident mentor to student scholars, and leads presentations for the entire campus community.

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights balanced with personal moral certainties that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It prepares graduates for careers as leaders and seeks also to strengthen the institutions which lie between the federal government and the individual, including the family, religious organizations, volunteer associations, local and regional government, and nonprofit organizations.

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