Visiting Scholar Karla Suomala

Friday, September 21, 3 p.m.
Church of the Red Rocks, Sedona

Visiting Scholar Dr. Karla Suomala will speak  about the Arab-Israeli conflict, one of the longest running in the modern world, a conflict that continues to dominate the news today. It is almost impossible to understand the dynamics of this conflict without looking back to history. This presentation will explore how decisions made by Western powers a century ago, especially during World War I, continue to impact what is happening in the Middle East today.  
Dr. Suomala oversees the professional development programming at the Institute for Curriculum Resources in San Francisco, an initiative of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco.  She  writes curriculum and trains public school teachers throughout the country. Prior to joining ICS, Karla was a college professor in the Midwest, teaching a range of courses connected to Judaism and the Middle East. Her Ph.D. is from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and she recently earned an MA in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco. 
Dr, Suomala's visit to Sedona is sponsored by the Martin Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University.