JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council is sponsoring Dr. William Beeman to to present "The Future of U.S.-Iranian Relations in the Obama Era" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Room.
Beeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropologyat the University of Minnesota. He is President of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association and former Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. The author of more than 100 scholarly articles and 600 opinion pieces, appearing internationally. Beeman has also served as consultant to the U.S. State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union, as well as having testified before the U.S. Congress. His books include, "Language, Status and Power in Iran" and "The 'Great Satan' vs. the 'Mad Mullahs'." How the United States and Iran demonize each other (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
Beeman is an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic World, particularly Iran, the Gulf Region and Central Asia. He has also conducted research in Japan, India, Nepal, China and Europe. From 1996 to 1999, he sang professionally in Europe as an operatic bass. He continues his musical career to this day.