Ussama MakdisiSubmitted photo

Getting your Evanston news from Facebook? Try the Evanston RoundTable’s free daily and weekend email newsletters – sign up now!

Ussama Makdisi, professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, will present a lecture on the origins of sectarianism in the modern Middle East at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Professor Makdisi has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history, as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. This is the second in an ongoing series of discussions/lectures from Evanston Public Library and Northwestern’s Program in Middle East and North African Studies. The series is committed to offering the community an in-depth understanding of the region that stretches from Morocco to the Gulf States and Iran, and from the Mediterranean into the Sahara and beyond.  All are welcome to attend, but registration is appreciated at