“Bin Laden and the Taliban: The New U.S. War Against Terrorism” — the third in a series of forums at California State University, Fresno on the U.S. military action in the Middle East — will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in University Student Union, Room 317 (5280 N. Jackson Ave.).

Dr. As’ad AbuKhalil, a politics and public administration professor from California State University, Stanislaus and noted scholar on the Middle East, will speak.

AbuKhalil, who joined the CSU, Stanislaus faculty in 1993, earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees at American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

The forums are sponsored by community organizations Fresno Peace and KFCF 88.1 FM; Fresno State’s Campus Coalition for Peace and Civil Liberties, the Beth Anne Harnish Lectures, and the College of Social Sciences.

AbuKhalil’s appearance on campus is funded by the College of Social Sciences and the Beth Anne Harnish Lectures, which funded a talk by noted journalist Norman Solomon last week.

The fourth and final Middle East forum, “The September 11 Attack and Its Aftermath: An Indonesian Perspective,” will be presented by Goenawan Mohamad, University of California Regents Professor at UCLA, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Room 202 (5240 N. Jackson Ave.).

For more information, contact Carole Snee at 278-2811 or Dr. Vida Samiian, 278-3056.