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Fall 2006

Volume 90, Issue 2


Between the war in Iraq, the price of oil in the United States, and the recent Palestinian elections, among other issues, the Middle East is one of the most important issues facing our nation and the world today. This issue of Knox Magazine explores Knox's various connections to this region. Roy Anderson, Robert Seibert '63, and Jon Wagner, authors of Politics and Change in the Middle East, serve as guest editors of this issue.

Knox Receives $10 Million. Now What?: That's been the question on many people's minds since Knox received the largest gift in its history -- $10.3 million from the estate of Walter Blair Hobbs '25 -- in February 2006. Will the money be used to renovate Alumni Hall or student dormitories? Raise faculty salaries? Read more …

Hurricane Katrina Relief: At 5:30 a.m. on March 10, 2006, the day after winter term finals, more than 60 Knox students boarded vans traveling to New Orleans and Mississippi, where they spent their spring break helping with hurricane relief efforts. Read more …

A Q & A with Newly-Tenured Professors Jonathan Powers & Judy Thorn: Knox Magazine had the opportunity to ask Professors Powers and Thorn a few questions about Knox, their research, and life outside of the classroom. Read more . . .

The Changing Politics of the Middle East: In 1981, three Knox professors -- Roy Andersen, Robert Seibert '63, and Jon Wagner -- created an undergraduate textbook on the Middle East, bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives -- cultural, social, economic, and political -- so that students could gain a proper understanding of this complex region. Twenty-five years and seven editions later, Politics and Change in the Middle East is the market-leading undergraduate textbook on this subject, having sold more than 50,000 copies in its lifetime. Read more …

Read an excerpt from the eighth edition of Politics and Change in the Middle East, as well as a full description of the Visting Israeli Scholar Program.

A Tale of Two Diplomats
:  Joseph Sisco and Ismat Kittani both came from very modest backgrounds. Both graduated from Knox College, some 10 years apart, and both taught briefly at the high school level before going on to achieve renown in the field of diplomacy. Each worked under one of the most controversial figures in modern history -- Sisco, a diplomat who studied the Soviet Union but made his biggest impact with Henry Kissinger in the Middle East; Kittani, a diplomat from the Middle East who capped his career, most of it under Saddam Hussein, working everywhere but the Middle East. Read more …

From Hutchinson to Cairo, Via Knox: Mike Boettcher knew exactly what he wanted to do when he entered Knox in fall 2001. A first-year student from Hutchinson, Minnesota, Boettcher planned to major in political science with a focus on domestic policy. But a few weeks after starting classes, two planes crashed into New York's World Trade Center. Read more …

Service to Country: In the first issue of Knox Magazine, published in October 1917, a listing of all of the Knox alumni serving in the armed forces during World War I was featured in the magazine's opening pages. Since that time, hundreds of Knox alumni -- both men and women -- have  served their country.  Knox Magazine contacted Knox alumni currently serving in the armed forces. Read more …

Giving Back: College, Community Make Gale Scholars Program a Success: When Stacey Stremmel finishes her classes at Knox College in November 2006, she will become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Read more …

A Tradition of Success: Twenty-eight conference championships. Five National Tournament appearances. Three All Americans. Nineteen individual conference champions. No, these aren't accolades from Duke, Texas, or Stanford. These are the numbers behind the Knox College men's golf team, the most successful program in the history of sports at Knox. Read more …

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