Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Sage Colleges: Sage Professor Speaks about the Islamic State and the New Middle East

Steven Leibo, Ph.D., professor of modern international history and politics at the Sage Colleges, led a talk about the Islamic State and the New Middle East March 25 on the Russell Sage campus in Troy.

Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at the Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses. Sage also offers adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education, and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online.

Leibo discussed how the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Syria and Iraq has proven as capable of inspiring followers as of terrifying people within the region and beyond. He also spoke about the origins, nature and possible future of the Middle East's newest potential state.

In addition to teaching, Leibo is head of the Climate Crisis Center at Sage. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and
is best-known to upstate New York residents for his work as a frequent international political analyst for regional television, radio and newspapers. He was previously the international political analyst for WTEN TV and since 1997 has served as an international affairs commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Leibo has twice acted as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service's exams on the Modern Middle East.

--Jennie Grey

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