Worldview: Rashid Khalidi on the Mideast and artisan cheese experts

April 26, 2013


Worldview: Rashid Khalidi talks the Mideast, and Worldview takes on artisan cheese

Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University joins Jerome to discuss his new book on the United States' role in the Middle East. Nari Safavi brings you his picks for your international weekend.

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Rashid Khalidi on the Middle East's past, present, and future

Worldview talks with Rashid Khalidi,Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University and author of thenew book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the MiddleEast. The book examines severalcritical moments of the Middle East peace process recounts Khalidi’s own experience as an advisor tothe Palestinian delegation at the 1991 pre-Oslonegotiations in Washington. Khalidi will also discuss the most recent developments in Syria, including the Syrian government's purported use of chemical weapons.

Book review: Rashid Khalidi shows how US got hired as Israel's lawyerRashid Khalidi's latest book, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, is a detailed examination of the rol...

Weekend Passport: Cheese, beer, and chocolate, gyros as art, and revisiting the Dirty War through opera.

Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week, Nari tells us where to find all kinds of artisan cheeses, and gives details about an opera that takes on a difficult subject: Argentina’s Dirty War.

3rd Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival
Where: Chicago French Market, 131 N Clinton St, Chicago
When:  Saturday, April 27th, 11 to 3pm, FREE

Cheese lovers, rejoice. Pastoral Artisan, a specialty cheese shop, and the Chicago French Market bring you a chance to sample cheese and other products made by artisans from all over the country. Meet people who dedicate their lives to making cheese, beer, wine, confections, and sample their wares! Greg O'Neil, the president of the American Cheese Society, joins Worldview to tell us what to expect.
Kevin Jennings: Plato Gyro
Where: Sofa King Gallery, 3216 S Morgan St Apt 4R
When: Saturday, April 27, 7 to 10 pm 

Kevin Jennings presents Plato Gyro, a "multidisciplinary" show focused on the gyro, a popular street food with international roots. Jennings partners this famous Greek cultural import with another, the philosopher Plato. His show is an examination of  how what we expect in our head is different than what we experience.
Attention cheese fans (really, who doesn't love cheese?): @PastoralChicago's free #PastoralArtisanFest is tomorrow: Berta
We are thrilled to be participating in the Artisan Producer Festival at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine...
Chicago Premiere of Maria de Buenos Aires 
Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E Randolph Drive
When: April 26, 7:30 pm, April 28 at 3:00 pm

Maria de Buenos Aires is a classic Argentinian "tango operita," with music by Astor Piazzolla and lyrics by Horacio Ferrer.  The opera tells the story of the life and death of a prostitute in the country's capitol city. Though it first premiered in 1968, and was set during the 30s and 40s, this production, presented by the Chicago Opera Theater, is set during the 1976-1983 "Dirty War," one of the darkest periods in Argentina's history. The country was under the thumb of a repressive military dictatorship that sought to eliminate any opposition. Thousands of people lost their lives, and the scars haunt Argentina to this day.

As director Andreas Mitisek explains, “Our María represents the passion of the Argentine women who were as seductive as the tango while resilient and strong enough to overcome dictatorship in a country where the machismo culture predominates."