Past Events

10 Years after “Shock and Awe”: Remembering the War on Iraq

  • Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:20 AM -- Screening of ‘Buying the War’
    11:20 AM to 11:50 AM -- Q&A with faculty panel
  • Location: Santos Manuel Student Union Theatre (SU 107)

10 years ago, U.S.-led coalition forces invaded Iraq with “Shock and Awe.” This preemptive strike and the ensuing war were premised on Saddam Hussein¹s supposed stockpiles of WMDs and connections to Al Qaeda.

As former President George W. Bush said in October 2002: “We cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” However, no smoking gun materialized. The Los Angeles Times later explained that the Iraq War was “based on faulty intelligence at best and lies at worst.”

Between March 2003 and December 2011, the U.S. lost 4,480 lives, spent at least $806 billion (not counting years of veteran benefits and rehabilitation), and squandered much of its international goodwill following 9/11. For Iraqis, the toppling of Saddam Hussein came at a cost of as many as 134,000 civilian deaths, continuing sectarian violence, and regional destabilization.

To mark the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this event will begin with a screening of the Bill Moyers Journal documentary ‘Buying the War.’ As Moyers explains, “The story of how high officials misled the country has been told. But they couldn't have done it on their own; they needed a compliant press, to pass on their propaganda as news and cheer them on.” In short, ‘Buying the War’ tells “the story of how the media bought what the White House was selling.”

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with CSUSB faculty regarding the situation in Iraq today and the role of media in justifying wars.


Ece Algan, Department of Communication Studies

Thomas F. Corrigan (organizer), Department of Communication Studies

Ahlam Muhtaseb, Department of Communication Studies

Salaam Yousif, Department of English

Sponsored by:
CSUSB’s Society for Student Filmmakers and CIMES

‘One Light, Many Candles,’ featuring Betty and Noel Paul Stookey, is 2013 Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture

A multi-faith program in word and song, “One Light, Many Candles,” featuring the Rev. Betty Stookey and Noel Paul Stookey, will be presented Sunday, March 10, at Cal State San Bernardino’s Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Noel Paul Stookey and his wife, the Rev. Betty Stookey

Admission to the event, presented as the 26th annual Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture, is free; however, tickets are limited. To reserve up to four free tickets, visit the CSUSB Music Department’s online ticketing website. Parking the day of the event will be free in Lot C.

Betty and Noel Paul Stookey have been married for 48 years and have spent 37 of those years living in Blue Hill, Maine, where they raised their family.

Many may know singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey as the “Paul” in the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowing in the Wind” and “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Noel Stookey also has a solo career that includes the hits “Wedding Song” and “In These Times.”

Elizabeth Bannard Stookey, known as Betty to friends and family, is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, business woman, teacher, wife and mother. She holds master’s degrees in ESL (Columbia University), French (Universite de Grenoble) and Divinity (Harvard). Since her childhood, Betty Stookey has understood the beauty of diversity, rather than its problems. Hers is a multi-faith vision, one that she believes helps people learn to appreciate, honor and respect the communal truth of the faith traditions of others.

According to the Stookeys’ One Light, Many Candles website, “In her role as chaplain at Northfield Mount Hermon School (1997-2005), Betty became aware of the need for greater spiritual inclusivity among the large and culturally diverse student body. ‘One Light, Many Candles’ had its germination in the interfaith services Betty held monthly, with students of various faiths reading from their holy books accompanied by Noel’s music and music indigenous to other cultures.


“The word interfaith was eventually replaced by the word multifaith since it more accurately describes standing strong in ones own faith, while reaching out a hand of tolerance, understanding and respect to those of other beliefs.

“Recognizing love as the common calling to many different faiths, Betty and Noel’s presentation continues to evolve by referencing expressions of the Divine from a myriad of spiritual leaders and from literature of many cultures. The program shifts dynamically from the spoken word to the sung word and back again, with Betty reading and Noel singing.”

The Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture was established 26 years ago with an endowment created at California State University, San Bernardino to advance better relations between Christians and Jews. It grew in scope following the 9-11 terrorist attacks to include Islam. Over the years it has brought nationally and internationally renowned scholars to San Bernardino.

“One Light, Many Candles” is sponsored by the Morrow-McCombs Memorial Lecture Advisory Board, CSUSB Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, CSUSB Muslim Student Association, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Catholic Newman Club, CSUSB Hillel and the San Bernardino City Human Relations Commission.

For information on the Stookeys’ program, visit the One Light, Many Candles website.

For more information on the March 10 event, call the CSUSB music department box office at (909) 537-7516 or e-mail


Location: UH-106
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Limited Seating

Biography of Ambassador Areikat (provided by the General Delegation of the PLO to the US website)

Maen Rashid Areikat was born October 12, 1960 in Jericho in the occupied West Bank. Prior to his appointment to Washington, Mr. Areikat was bestowed the rank of Ambassador by Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Maen Areikat served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General (2008-2009). Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), and served as its Director-General until March 2008. In addition to overseeing NAD's day-to-day operations, Mr. Areikat was responsible for overseeing the work of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which provides legal, policy, communication and technical support to Palestinian Negotiating Teams and to the Palestinian Leadership

Prior to his service at NAD, Chief Representative Areikat spent six years at Orient House (1993-1998), the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team to the Madrid peace talks. While at Orient House, he served as spokesperson for the late Mr. Faisal Husseini, former PLO Executive Committee member in charge of Jerusalem Affairs, and later as Desk Officer for the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa in Orient House's International Relations Department. Chief Representative Areikat previously took part in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun/Erez in Gaza and Taba in Egypt in 1996, in Jerusalem in 1997 and was an official member of the Palestinian delegation at the Wye River negotiations in 1998.

During the course of his career, Ambassador Areikat has traveled extensively throughout the region and abroad, including numerous official visits to Washington, DC and several European capitals, and has participated in various conferences and symposiums on the Middle East peace process and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Ambassador Areikat earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983 and his MBA in management from Western International University in 1987. He received his diplomatic training at the Ministry of External Affairs in Ottawa, Canada in 1993 and 1994, and completed a training course in good governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001.

Ambassador Areikat is joined in Washington by his wife Jumana and their three boys, Rashid (12 years), Saif (9 years) and Amr (6 years).

Grammy-nominated Simon Shaheen and Qantara perform at CSUSB on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 7-9PM

The night air at Cal State San Bernardino will soon be filled with the international music styling of Grammy-nominated Simon Shaheen and Qantara.

Photo of Simon Shaheen by Joslyn Duncan

Shaheen and Qantara will perform at the Santos Manuel Student Union Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

“Tranquility in Music: An Evening with Simon Shaheen and Qantara,” is sponsored by the CSUSB Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University Diversity Committee, the College of Arts and Letters, the Ethnic Studies Program, the Muslim Student Association at CSUSB, and the non-profit organization Human Assistance and Development International.

The performance is free and open to the public. Parking is $5. Because of the popularity of Simon Shaheen and Qantara, event organizers recommend that seats be reserved for the performance by contacting the CIMES main office at (909) 537-3778.

Simon Shaheen is a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is considered to be one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers and composers of his generation. His contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994, when he was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.

During President Bill Clinton’s administration, Shaheen served on the Presidential Committee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Early in 2009, Shaheen toured the United States with his project, “Aswat,” performing in 12 major concert halls, including the Kennedy Center as part of the Arabesque Festival.

In the 1990s, he released four albums of his own: “Saltanah” (Water Lily Acoustics), “Turath” (CMP), “Taqasim” (Lyrichord) and “Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab”(Axiom), while also contributing to producer Bill Laswell’s fusion collective, “Hallucination Engine” (Island).

He has contributed selections to soundtracks for the films “The Sheltering Sky” and “Malcolm X,” among others, and has composed the entire soundtrack for the United Nations-sponsored documentary, “For Everyone Everywhere.”Broadcast globally in December 1998, this film celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Charter.

Perhaps Shaheen’s greatest success has come with “Blue Flame” (ARK21, 2001), where he led his group, Qantara (whose name means arch in Arabic) on a labyrinthian journey through the world of fusion music to discover the heart of the Middle East. The album was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, and the band’s performances were called “glorious.” The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the record “stunning;” National Public Radio called it “a staggering tour-de-force of technique and passion;” CMJ called it “a new benchmark in Arab-Western fusion;” and the Washington Post termed it “eminently cosmopolitan.”

Shaheen’s concert credits are a veritable compendium of the world’s greatest venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In May 2004, Shaheen appeared at Quincy Jones’ “We Are The Future,” fundraising concert in Rome and conducted his special song “We Are The Future” in front of a crowd estimated at 500,000 people.

For more information, contact Kevin E. Grisham, director of CIMES at Cal State San Bernardino, at (909) 537-7569 or

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

‘Islamophobia in America’ lecture at CSUSB brings James Yee on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from Noon-1:30 PM

Former U.S. Army Capt. James J. Yee will speak at Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Feb. 7, about his experiences as a prisoner in a U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp when he was falsely accused of espionage and aiding the Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners in 2003.

The presentation, which is part of the Conversations on Diversity lecture series sponsored by CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. It is free and open to the public; parking at the university is $5 per vehicle.

After serving in the aftermath of the first Gulf War as a Patriot missile fire control officer, Yee studied the Arabic language and the traditional Islamic sciences in Damascus, Syria.

After four years of intensive study, he earned the equivalent of a graduate degree. An endorsement from the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council brought Yee back to active duty as a U.S. Army Muslim chaplain in January 2001.

A third-generation Chinese American who had converted to Islam in 1991, Yee served as the Muslim chaplain for the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp that became controversial for its alleged treatment of detainees designated as “enemy combatants” by the U.S. government.

While ministering to prisoners there, Yee advised camp commanders of the detainees’ religious practices and objected to the cruel and degrading abuses to which the prisoners were reportedly subjected.

Despite Yee’s official commendation twice for exemplary performance and conduct during his military service, he was arrested and charged with mishandling classified information and lying to investigators, then placed in solitary confinement. He was reportedly subjected to the same sensory deprivation techniques used on the prisoners in Cuba to whom he had been ministering.

The West Point Academy graduate spent 76 days in the prison camp. After months of government investigation, all criminal charges were dropped. With the slate wiped clean, Yee was reinstated to full duty at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Yee resigned from the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge on Jan. 7, 2005. Upon separation, he was awarded a second Army commendation medal for “exceptionally meritorious service.”

CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee has presented the Conversations on Diversity lecture series since 2005 to encourage dialogue among students, staff, faculty and the community about a variety of diverse issues.

Other co-sponsors include the university’s academic computing and media department; the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies; College of Natural Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, communication studies, human resources, Pfau Library, sociology and the Veterans Success Center.

For more information about the lecture or to request special accommodations, contact Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138 or Mary Texeira at (909) 537-5547.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

Kâtip Çelebi Ottoman Map and Cultural Exhibition

From October 19 to October 31, 2009, CIMES hosted the Kâtip Çelebi Ottoman Map and Cultural Exhibition.