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Baruch Political Scientist Mitchell Cohen Writes on Iraq, France, and Opera

Photo - Mitchell Cohen, professor of political science at Baruch

Professor Mitchell Cohen returned to Baruch this semester after an eventful sabbatical year.

Contact: Zane Berzins

New York, NY--Sept. 20--Following a sabbatical year spent mainly in Paris, Mitchell Cohen, professor of political science, is back at Baruch College. According to Cohen, his book on opera and politics, an ambitious undertaking to which he’s devoted several years, is heading towards completion. Cohen’s intellectual interests range widely across Western Europe and the Middle East and his articles appear in a diverse group of publications around the world. The Spring 2007 issue of the journal Dissent (of which Cohen is a co-editor) featured his essay, “Exporting Democracy: Learning from Iraq,” as part of a symposium on U.S. involvement in that country. An essay entitled “Words in Search of a Masterpiece,” was recently published in NEXUS, a Dutch intellectual and cultural journal. The essay, according to its author, looks at “the politics of defining what a masterpiece is” and focuses especially on 19th century composers Richard Wagner and Modest Mussorgsky.

Cohen also contributed an article on the intellectual history of “Socialist Zionism” to the Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in the Age of Secularization, a multi-volume work, published in Hebrew, that includes the work of 230 leading scholars and researchers from Israel, North America and Europe.

While living in Paris, Mitchell Cohen paid close attention to political happenings and to the social issues riling French society. His book review, “Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves” appeared in the New York Times Book Review last April and dealt with the fierce opposition to young Muslim women wearing this headgear in the classroom. While living in France, Cohen also wrote about the recent French elections and the defeat of the Socialist party.

. Professor Cohen also noted that he recently renewed his status as an “Affiliated Professor” of Israel’s Haifa University. He was among a group of foreign professors who were invited to accept this symbolic title as an act of solidarity with Israeli academics to protest the British-led boycott of Israeli universities.


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