Liz Applegate
Political Islam - Understanding without Agendas



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Church Street Auditorium
306 North Church Street
McKinney, Texas 75069

Dr. Roby Barrett, a Scholar with the Public Policy Center of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, US Special Operations Command, will lead a special presentation on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Church Street Auditorium, located at 306 North Church Street in downtown McKinney, TX.

This 60-minute community-wide presentation will be followed with refreshments, book signing* and a 30-minute Q&A session.

Context, experience, and informed analysis matter as crises in the Middle East continue to make international headlines. Few are as qualified as Roby Barrett to speak to these complex and shifting realities from a place of decades of informed participation and genuine scholarship, and without the sensationalism and partisanship that cloud so many discussions of the topic.

The evening's presentation on February 19 is about understanding the situation, not about political or religious agendas. The discussion is concerned with information and learning, rather than with promoting the interests of any political party or religious group. You are invited to join in this engaging and timely opportunity to help facts find context, and to be led by one of the world's leading experts on an increasingly important subject to many. Dr. Barrett has published extensively and is the author of a new work, The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony: Arabs, Iranians, and the West in Conflict (Middle East Institute, 2016). ( see the book tab on the webpage for more information)

First United Methodist Church of McKinney is sponsoring the evening forum. No registration is required, and the community is invited.

*20% of proceeds from book sales will go toward First UMC McKinney's ministry with its "adopted" school, Caldwell Elementary in Downtown McKinney.


More information on Dr. Barrett can be found at

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