HCC presents ISIS and Terror in Iraq and Syria lecture

The HCC Global Task Force, the Boyer Colloquium, and Highland Community College will host a lecture and discussion entitled "ISIS: Sect, State and Terror in Iraq and Syria" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Student/Conference Center, Room H201.

The lecture and discussion will be facilitated by Beth K. Dougherty, professor of International Relations and Political Science, and chair of International Relations at Beloit College. Professor Dougherty will describe the motivations and rise of ISIS, its goals and impact in Syria and Iraq, and the implications for the Middle East, the United States, and the world.

Dr. Beth Dougherty

Dougherty joined the Beloit faculty in 1996, and teaches a broad range of international political courses, including Middle East politics, African politics, human rights, and U.S. foreign policy. She has chaired the international relations program since 1996, and is currently chair of the African Studies minor. She is a returning speaker as an expert on the Middle East, having spoken twice previously at HCC.

A 2003 Fulbright Scholar to Denmark, she spent four months at the Danish institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen conducting research on international justice issues. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa, and frequently teaches summer school at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event is free and open to the public. The HCC Global Task Force's purpose is to encourage all aspects of international education. For more information regarding this event, contact Andy Dvorak at or 815.599.3443.

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