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Engage with the 2012 Upton Scholar, an Islamic studies professor

October 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

As part of the fifth annual Miller Upton Forum, 2012 Upton Scholar Timur Kuran (pictured below) will give the June and Edgar Martin Memorial lecture on “Religious Obstacles to Democratization in the Middle East: Past and Present.” The lecture takes place Friday (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.

Named for economist and sixth Beloit College President Miller Upton, the Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations is Beloit’s premier residency program in economics. Students spend the first part of the semester focusing on the work of a different scholar, who later visit campus as the Upton Scholar, giving Beloiters a chance to interact with great minds in the discipline.

Kuran is a professor of economics and political science and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. His research focuses on social change—including the evolution of preferences and institutions—and on the economic history and thought of the Middle East.

Click here to see the full schedule of Upton Forum events.