Lectures focus on Middle East

"We have an open question and answer period, I also use documents from the time to buttress the lectures," Berk said. "It can give a whole new perspective on our contemporary events."

Attendance has been high for the weekly sessions, with nearly 300 people showing up for the first class on Sept. 24, but there is plenty of space still available.

"We are doing very well with the turnout, but we still have plenty of seats for anyone else who is interested," said Berk. "When you look at the news every night, you can see just how important it is to understand the history of how these three peoples have lived together. It is very timely." ""

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