On Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m., Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise will host Dr. Melanie Tanielian on the topic, “The War that Saved Empire: World War I in the Middle East.” The lecture, which is part of the Forum’s fall lecture series commemorating the WWI centennial, will take place in the Griswold Lecture Hall on Northwood University’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. There is no admission charge or ticket necessary. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.
“World War I was the pivotal event in the history of the 20th century”, said Northwood University’s Dr. Dale Matcheck. “Dr. Tanielian provides a unique and important perspective about the War’s impact on the fall of the Ottoman Empire and events taking place in the Middle East today.”
Dr. Melanie Tanielian is assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently completing her book on World War I in the Middle East, which focuses on wartime experiences on the home front in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Her general fields of study are the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, war, violence and human rights and the history of youth and childhood in early 20th century Lebanon.
Tanielian’s research and teaching interests include the social and cultural history of WWI in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies and their work in times of conflict, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, the history Childhood and Youth. Her research has been supported by the Allan Sharlin Memorial Grant for Dissertation Research, the DAAD Graduate Fellowship, and the Sultan Fellowship from the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.