College of Arts and Letters

Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture

The 19th Annual Maryse and Ramzy Mikhail Memorial Lecture will be given by writer, activist, and policy analyst, Phylis Bennis.

Please join us at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th in the Law Auditorium at The University of Toledo for what we know will be another outstanding event in this lecture series. 

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Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and throughout the world on Middle East issues including Palestine-Israel, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and US foreign policy -- appearing in the media, lecturing at universities and teach-ins, briefing parliamentarians and government officials. She is a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Iraq-era anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice. She co-chaired the UN-based civil society International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. Her most recent books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Palestine issues, and was short-listed twice to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territo

The Mikhail Endowment Fund was originally established through a donation from the Mikhail family to honor the work and contributions of Maryse Mikhail and her involvement in educational, philanthropic and interfaith organizations.   The main purpose of the fund is to support an annual lecture dealing with Arab culture, history, politics, economics, and other aspects of life in the Middle East including issues of peace and justice.  More information about the Lecture Series is available at

Last Updated: 10/31/19