Past Events

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Middle East Studies at Brown sponsors and organizes dozens of lectures, conferences, workshops, book launches, and social activities on campus each semester. See below for a list of our upcoming events in the 2012-2013 academic year, arranged in chronological order. Scroll to the end of the page for a list of past events that have taken place earlier this year.

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Past Events 2013-4
The following is a listing of past events organized by Middle East Studies in the academic year 2013-4.

September 9, 2013   CRISIS IN SYRIA Teach-In with Brown Faculty. 5:00 PM. ListArt 120.
Webcast

September 10, 2013 MES Undergraduate DUG Fall Student Activities Fair

September 11, 2013 MES Luncheon Seminar. Ömür Harmanşah, Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University. Cities and Desire: The Making of Urban Space between Politics and Cultural Imagination in the Ancient Near East.”12:00-1:00 PM. Watson Institute, McKinney Room.

September 12, 2013  MES Lecture Series.  Kirk Johnson, founder of the List Project, and author. “To Be a Friend is Fatal: Saving The Iraqis America Left Behind.” Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.5:00-6:30 PM. Webcast

September 12, 2013  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour, 3:00-4:00 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

September 19, 2013   William Gallois, Senior Lecturer in the History of the Modern Middle East at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK. “Terror and Violence in Early Colonial Algeria.” Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.  5:00-6:30 PM. Webcast

September 24, 2013  MES Undergraduate DUG: The MES Conversation on Campus – Petteruti Lounge. 8:30PM.

September 25, 2013  Twenty-Year Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord. Lecture on “Process versus Peace” with Hanan Ashrawi. Salomon 101. 4:00 – 5:30PM. Webcast
Interviews:
Oslo, Academia, and  Women in Politics, part 1:
Oslo, Academia, and Women in Politics, part 2:

September 26, 2013 Twenty-Year Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord: After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel with Hanan Ashrawi.  Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,   4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Webcast 

September 26, 2013  Middle East Studies Welcome Reception, Maddock Alumni Center. 5:30-7:00PM.

September 27, 2013  MES Film Series. Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “Sea Shadow” from Abu Dhabi. 5:30-8:30PM. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum

October 4, 2013 MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

October 4th, 2013. Conference on Social Media and Political Change in Latin America and the Middle East: Comparative and Historical Perspectives, Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Co-sponsored with Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

October 8, 2013  MES Undergraduate Paper Series. “Scenes from the Gezi Park Protests” Christina Kata ’14 & Farzanah Ausaluth ’14. McKinney Room, Watson Institute. 6:30-8:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided.

October 9, 2013  MES Luncheon Seminar. Sa’ed Atshan, Watson Institute Post Doctoral Fellow,Brown University. ”The Geography of International Aid in the Palestinian Territories.” 12:00-1:00 PM. Watson Institute, McKinney Room.

October 10th, 2013. Lecture on Save a Child’s Heart by Michael Littenberg-Brown , Young Leadership Chairman at Save a Child’s Heart and Brown Alum– 7:00PM, Salomon 001. Dessert reception to follow. Hosted by the Brown RISD Hillel Israel Committee and Co-Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Department and the Third World Center.

October 16th, 2013. Photography Exhibition on “The Adjacent Possible: Exploring Social Innovation Through a Turkish Lens: See Beyond What There Is and Into What There Could Be.” Hillel. Panel Discussion 5:30-6:30 PM, Exhibition 5-11 PM. Co-sponsored with the Watson Institute and the Anthropology Department.

October 17, 2013  Middle East Studies Lecture Series. Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara. Classified Memories: Trying To Try Terror Suspects Who Were Tortured by the CIA.” Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. 5:00-6:30 PM.
Webcast

October 22, 2013 Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. Amanda Chew ’14, “My Name is (Wo)man: Voices of Istanbul.” McKinney Room, Watson Institute. 6:30-9:00 PM

October 24, 2013 Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour, 3:00-4:00 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

October 24th, 2013. Lecture on “Upstairs, Downstairs: Yiddish and Ivrit in Tel Aviv” by Dr. Israel Bartal, Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew University. Judaic Studies seminar room, 163 George Street, second floor. 12-1. Co-sponsored with Judaic Studies.

October 24-25, 2013  Middle East Studies Digital Humanities Symposium, Watson Institute.
Webcast October 24
Webcast October 25

Testimonials from the British Library.

October 25, 2013  MES Film Series. Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “Caramel” from Beirut. 5:30-8:30PM. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum

October 25, 2013  Pembroke Center Event. Material Encounters in the Archive. 2:00-5:30PM. Pembroke Hall 305

October 29, 2013 Dr. Clive Lipchin and Leila Hashweh. Nature Knows No Borders: Advancing Peace in the Middle East Through Cross-Border Environmental Research. 7:00 PM. Wilson 309. Co-sponsored with Judaic Studies, Brown Students for Israel, Brown Hillel, EmPower, and Rainwater for Humanity.

October 31, 2013  Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour, 3:00-4:00 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

October 31, 2013  Middle East Studies Lecture Series.  Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy, Professor-at-Large, Brown University, “European Mediterranean and Middle East Policy.”  Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.  5:00-6:30 PM.  Webcast link

Romano Prodi, the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, is a former two-time Prime Minister of Italy and a former President of the European Commission who oversaw the introduction of the Euro. He was appointed as a Professor at Large in 2009 and this will be his final event at Brown before his appointment ends.

November 5, 2013  Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. “Two Revolutions: Tahrir Square and the American Military Online.” Lucy Fernandez ’14 and Lauren Rouse ’14. McKinney Room, Watson Institute. 6:30 PM

November 6, 2013  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Kevin DeJesus, Adjunct Professor in Social Sciences, Johnson & Wales University. “Signifying Geographies, Mapping Violent Contestations: The Making of Symbolic Landscapes.” 12:00-1:00 PM. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room.

November 7, 2013  Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour, 3:00-4:00 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

November 7, 2013 Pastoral in Palestine Slideshow/Lecture by Neil Hertz. 6:30PM. Petteruti Lounge, Faunce Hall. In 2011, speaker Neil Hertz lived in Ramallah in Palestine’s occupied West Bank and taught in Abu Dis, just outside Jerusalem. With Pastoral in Palestine, he offers a personal take on the conflict. This slideshow/talk puts a human face to politics in the Middle East. This event is organized by Comparative Literature and is co-sponsored by Middle East Studies, the English Department, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

November 8, 2013  Beyond Geopolitics: Syria From the Ground Up.Panel discussions. 11:45AM – 5:30PM.  Rhode Island Hall 108. Open to all. For lunch, registration required at CMES@Brown.edu.  This event aims to provide a forum that puts the people of Syria and accurate information on their on-the-ground situation at the front and center of any discussions about the larger picture. The conference is designed as a series of panel discussions around themes such as economic and health conditions, social movements, and armed conflict to be led by people with first-hand field experience.

November 8, 2013  Kronos Quartet and Kareem RoustomConcert. 8:00PM. RISD Auditorium (17 Canal Walk, Providence RI). Co-promotion with FirstWorks and Community MusicWorks.

November 14, 2013  Middle East Studies Lecture Series.  Rabab el Mahdi, Associate Professor of Political Science, American University of Cairo. “Challenges to Democratization in the Arab Uprisings.” Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.  5:00-6:30 PM.

November 15, 2013  Middle East Studies Film Series.  Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “Eyes Wide Open” from Jerusalem. 5:30-8:30PM. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum

November 19, 2013  Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. “Israel on the Map.”  Doron Shiffer-Sebba ’14 and Kyle Zurcher ’14. McKinney Room, Watson Institute. 6:30 PM

November 19th, 2013. Twentieth Anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accord. “What Went Wrong and What Are the Prospects for a Lasting Peace between Israelis and Palestinians?” Gershon Baskin, Founder of Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, 7:30 pm. Salomon 001. Organized by Judaic Studies. Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies.

November 21, 2013  Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour, 3:00-4:00 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

December 4, 2013  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Faiz Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History,Brown University. “The Ṣultānīs of Kabul: Ottoman Experts in Afghanistan, 1877-1923.” 12:00-1:00 PM. Watson Institute, McKinney Room.

December 6, 2013  “The U.S., Iran, and the Cold War: Global Perspectives of the 1953 Coup.” 2013 is the 60th anniversary of  the US-British coup that overthrew the government of Iran and transformed the Middle East. A daylong conference in December, The U.S., Iran, and the Cold War: Global Perspectives on the 1953 Coup, rethinks this seminal moment in world history context and explores its impact on U.S. involvement in the region. 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

December 7, 2013   Mohsen Namjoo Solo Performance.  Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. 7 PM.

December 13, 2013  Middle East Studies Film Series.  Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “A Separation” from Tehran. 5:30-8:30PM. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

February 3-5, 2014 Jewish Film Festival. 7:00 p.m. nightly. Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium; and Wilson Hall Room 102. Cosponsored by Brown-RISD Hillel’s Engagement Internship, Taglit-Birthright Israel, the Program in Judaic Studies, Congregation Beth Sholom, the Pembroke Center, and Brown University Motion Pictures.

February 11, 2014  “Nazim Hikmet: One Poet, One Nation, One World” conference.  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. Open to the public; sign in at registration desk. Cosponsored by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, the Office of International Engagement, and the Department of English.

February 12, 2014  Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. “Hafiz and Al-Ghazali: A Study of Persian Medieval Mystics.” Micah Greenberg ’14 & Kathryn Thornton ’14. 6:30 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Refreshments provided.

February 13, 2014  Middle East Studies Lecture Series. Elias Khoury, Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University. “Commitment and Beyond in Modern Arabic Literature” 5:00-6:30 p.m.. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

February 14, 2014 Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Mayssun Succarie, Cogut Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities and Modern Arab Culture and Society. “The Notion of Arab Culture in the Colonial Present.” 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Registration for lunch by emailing CMES@brown.edu required.

February 19, 2014  Middle East Studies GISP Wiring the Middle East: Nonfiction Coverage and New Digital Frontiers,”  Guest lecturer Adam Shatz, London Review of Books. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. Open to the public.

February 21, 2014 Middle East Studies Film Series.  Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “The Yacoubian Building” from Cairo. 5:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

February 25, 2014  Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. “The Muslim Brotherhood and Ennahda: The Evolution of Two Islamist Parties.” Elizabeth Resnick ’14 & Sime Luketa ’15. 6:30 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Refreshments provided.

February 26, 2014 Musical Talk. Mohsen Namjoo, artist in residence. “Iranian Rhythms.” 4:00-6:00 p.m. Grant Recital Hall. Co-Sponsored with Brown University Music Department.

February 27, 2014 After Oslo: Critical Conversations On Palestine and Israel. Panel discussion featuring Rashid Khalidi. 4:00-5:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

February 28 – March 1, 2014  “Political Economy and the Economy of Politics: New Directions in Palestinian Studies.”  2-day international symposium on the political economy of Palestine and the Palestinians. Watson Institute. By registration only. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

March 5, 2014  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Adi Ophir, “The One State Condition.” Reflections on the structure of the Israeli regime and its unusual resilience. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Registration for lunch by emailing CMES@Brown.edu required.

March 11, 2014 Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series. “Between Terrorism and Politics: The Evolution of Hamas and Hezbollah.” Annika Lichtenbaum ’14 & Abraham Evans ’16. 6:30 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Dinner provided.

March 12, 2014 Musical Talk. Mohsen Namjoo, artist in residence. “Shahram Shabpareh: Honesty and Minor Scale.” 4:00-6:00 p.m. Grant Recital Hall. Co-sponsorship funding from Music Department, TAPS, CAC and Cogut Center for the Humanities

March 13, 2014  Middle East Studies Lecture Series. Fred Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History, University of Chicago. “An Enigmatic Arabic Papyrus from Early Islam.” Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.  5:00-6:30 p.m. A discussion of some of the problems scholars face in studying the origins of the Islamic period, and the importance of documentary evidence for understanding early Islamic history. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Teaching and Research Fund.

March 14, 2014 Workshop, “Declaring a Concentration in Middle East Studies.” 9:00 a.m. Watson Institute, Kim Koo Library.

March 14, 2014  Middle East Studies Film Series.  Love and the City: Urban Lives in the Middle East. “My Brother, the Devil” from London. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

March 18, 2014 Screening of Eyal Sivan’s documentary movie Jaffa, followed by a conversation with the director. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. Chana Morgenstern will moderate the conversation after the film screening.

March 19, 2014 Eyal Sivan, director of Jaffa. “Documentary practice following Walter Benjamin’s concept of history.” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. Following his original proposal to consider Walter Benjamin’s seminal text “Theses on the Philosophy of History” as an attempt to define the documentary moving image practice, filmmaker and scholar Eyal Sivan will discuss Benjamin’s call “to brush history against the grain” in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s documentary representation.

March 21, 2014 Workshop, “Declaring a Concentration in Middle East Studies.” 3:00 p.m. Watson Institute, Kim Koo Library.

April 1, 2014 Middle East Studies DUG: What to do with an MES degree. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.With special guests Naomi Choy Smith and Will Wray. This event will be live-streamed.

CANCELLED April 2, 2014  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Danya Qato.  “Pharmaceutical Policy and Patient Safety in the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States: Transnational Lessons and Future Directions.” 12:00-1:00 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Room. Registration for lunch by emailing CMES@brown.edu required.

April 3, 2014  Bogac Ergene, 2014 Aga Khan Visiting Professor Lecture. “Making the Case for a Quantitative and Economic Approach to Ottoman Legal History.” 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

April 4 and 5, 2014  Bogac Ergene, Aga Khan Visiting Professor 2014.  “Sharia, Government, and Development”  workshop. Watson Institute,  Joukowsky Forum. This event brings together renowned scholars from multiple fields in order to explore the relationships between Islamic law, governance, and socioeconomic development in various early-modern and modern settings.

April 7, 2014  Screening of Sleepless Nights, a film directed by Eliane Raheb. Scriptwriter, editor, producer Nizar Hassan. 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. BERT130,  Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Brown University, 85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI.

April 9, 2014  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar Meltem Toksoz, Bogacizi University. “On Late Ottoman History Writing:  Is there a new kind?” 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room. Registration for lunch by emailing CMES@Brown.edu required. Co-sponsored by the Office of Global Engagement.

April 9, 2014 Musical Talk. Mohsen Namjoo, artist in residence. “Western Music vs. Eastern Music: High Pitch vs. Low Pitch.” 4:00-6:00 p.m. Grant Recital Hall. Co-sponsorship funding from Music Department, TAPS, CAC and Cogut Center for the Humanities.

April 9, 2013 Screening of Watson Postdoctoral Fellow Amy Austin Holmes’ film  ”Occupy Turkey: Resistance in Baseworld.” 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum. 67 minutes long; in English, with Arabic and Turkish subtitles.

April 15, 2014  Deadline for honors thesis and capstone submissions. Senior concentrators should send copies of their capstone or thesis to Professor Watson and their advisers.

April 16, 2014  Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar. Nikolaos Panou, visiting assistant professor of comparative literature, “Against Tobacco: An Eighteenth-Century Debate.”  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute. Registration for lunch required at CMES@Brown.edu.


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Past Events 2012-3
The following is a listing of past events organized by Middle East Studies in the academic year 2012-3.

Sep 20, 2013:  MES LECTURE – Samar Yazbek, Woman in the Crossfire. http://www.middleeastbrown.org/events/samar-yazbek-speaks-at-brown. Lecture, Q&A, Reception. 4:00 PM Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum

Oct 17, 2013:  MES Luncheon Seminar with Linda Quiquivix (Postdoctoral Fellow in Critical Global Humanities, Cogut Center), The Cartographic Conquest of Palestine. 12:00-1:00 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom.

Oct 18, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

Oct 25, 2013:  MES Year-Beginning Celebration and Reception, Watson Institute, Lobby. 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Friends of MES.

Nov 1, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

Nov 5, 2013:  MES LECTURE – Panel discussion, book signing, and reception for Dr. Sherine Hamdy’s new book, Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt. 4:00-6:00 PM. Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum and Lobby. Open to the public. Click here for more information.

Nov 8, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

Nov 15, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

Nov 29, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Open to all.

Dec 6, 2013:  MES LECTURE – Karen Elliott House on her new book, On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines — and Future. Lecture and Q&A, followed by a Reception. Open to all. 4:00 -5:30 PM, Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum.

Dec 13, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

Jan 25, 2013:  Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Panel discussion, Reception, Entertainment Event

Jan 30, 2013:  MES Luncheon Seminar with Nukhet Sandal (Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies, Watson Institute), Public Theologies of Citizenship in the Middle East: Revisiting the Turkish Model. 12:00-1:00 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. Click here for more information.

Jan 31, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

Feb 6, 2013:  MES Lecture Series begins 2013 with Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, at the Joukowsky Forum in the Watson Institute from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Click here for more information.

Feb 7, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to friends of MES.

Feb 14, 2013:  MES and SAS Qahwa and Chai Open House, a coffee and tea social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

Feb 20, 2013:  MES Lecture Series with Salim Tamari entitled “Ottoman Ethnographic Mapping of Palestine and Syria.” Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute. 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Feb 21, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to friends of MES.

Feb 21, 2013: Undergrad student paper series. Watson Institute, Koo Library. 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Feb 22-23, 2013:  Engaged Scholarship Workshop. Closed workshop. Watson Institute, McKinney Room

Feb 28, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to friends of MES.

Feb 28, 2013:  Undergrad student paper series. Watson Institute, Koo Library. 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mar 6, 2013:  MES Luncheon Seminar with Katharina Galor (Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies), “Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology between Science and Politics,” 12:00-1:00 PM, Watson Institute, Birkelund Boardroom. RSVP to cmes@brown.edu. Seating limited.

March 7, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all.

March 7, 2013:  Undergrad student paper series. Watson Institute, Koo Library. 6:00 – 8:00 PM

March 14, 2013:  MES and SAS Qahwa and Chai Open House, a coffee and tea social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to friends of MES and SAS.

March 14, 2013:  Undergrad student paper series. Watson Institute, Koo Library. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click here for more information.

March 15, 2013:  ADONIS – Reception and dinner.

March 21, 2013:  MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to friends of MES

March 21, 2013:  Undergrad student paper series. Watson Institute, Koo Library. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click here for more information.

April 1, 2013:  MES Lecture Series with Dana Yahalomi on “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute. 4:00 PM. Open to all.

April 3, 2013: MES Luncheon Seminar with Parmenion Papamichos Chronakis (Visiting Assistant Professor of History), “Revisiting the late Ottoman bourgeoisie. The entrepreneurs of Salonica in the Second Constitutional Period, 1908-1912,” 12:00-1:00 PM, Watson Institute, McKinney Room. Brown Community. RSVP cmes@brown.edu to attend.

April 4, 2013: MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all friends of MES.

April 4, 2013:  Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series, a presentation of undergraduate research in the Birkelund Board Room at the Watson Institute. This week’s topic is Art & Revolution, and the undergraduate presenters are Spencer Parson ’13 and Aly Abouzeid ’14. 6:30-8:00PM, Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute. Free dinner from Nice Slice will be provided.

April 5, 2013: Art and War in Iraq, a brunch and symposium on the film War and Art in Iraq. Participants must sign up separately for both events ahead of time. More information available here.

April 10, 2013: MES Lecture Series presents Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University, speaking on“The Algerian exception, the Algerianization of North Africa and the Encirclement of Algeria.” Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute. 4:00 PM. Open to all.

April 11, 2013MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all friends of MES.

April 11, 2013Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series, a presentation of undergraduate research in the Birkelund Board Room at the Watson Institute. This week’s topic is Actors in the Transnational Public Sphere: Creating, Riding, or Bypassing the Wave?, and the undergraduate presenters are Julia Ellis-Kahana ’13 and Sarah Forman ’13. 6:30-8:00PM, Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute. Free dinner from Farmstead Cheese & Appetizers will be provided.

April 17, 2013: Cancelled. MES Lecture by Nibal Thawabteh, Director of the Media Development Center at Birzeit University; Editor in Chief of Al Hal Newspaper, on “The Impact of Palestinian Media in the Region and the World: Between Reality and Perspective.” Co-sponsored by Modern Media and Culture. Birkelund Boardroom, Watson Institute. 4:00 PM. Brown Community only. RSVP cmes@brown.edu. Seating limited. (Event has been CANCELLED)

April 17, 2013: P.S. Tunisia (Personal Stories from a Revolution and its Aftermath), a lecture by 2012 Marla Rudzicka Fellow and Middle East Concentrator Rahel Dette ’13. 12:00 PM, Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute.

April 18, 2013: Joint MES and SAS Qahwa and Chai Open House, a coffee and tea social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all friends of MES and SAS.

April 18, 2013: Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series, a presentation of undergraduate research in the Birkelund Board Room at the Watson Institute. This week’s topic is Crusading as an Act of Love, and the undergraduate presenter is Patrick Meehan ’13. 6:30-8:00PM, Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute. Free dinner from Kabob and Curry will be provided.

April 24, 2013: MES Luncheon Seminar with Palmira Brummett (Visiting Professor of History), “The Adriatic as an Ottoman Zone: Sovereignty, Cartography, and Cultural Flows in the Early Modern Era.” 12:00-1:00 PM, Watson Institute, McKinney Room. RSVP cmes@brown.edu required. Seating limited.

April 25, 2013MES Qahwa Open House, a coffee social hour held Thursdays at 3:30-4:30 PM, Watson Institute, Koo Library. Open to all friends of MES.

April 25, 2013Middle East Studies Undergraduate Paper Series, a presentation of undergraduate research in the Birkelund Board Room at the Watson Institute. This week’s topic is Lost in Translation: Arabic in Poetry and Research, and the undergraduate presenters are Jonathan Batemen ’13 and Kyle Winter-Stoner ’13. 6:30-8:00PM, Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute. Free dinner from Eastside Pockets will be provided.

April 29, 2013: MES Lecture with Amr Shalakany, Aga Khan Distinguished Visiting Professor. ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’: Liberalism and Revolution in Modern Egypt. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute. 4:00 PM.

May 2, 2013: MES Year-End Celebration and Reception, Maddock Alumni Center. 5:30 PM. By invitation.

May 3, 2013: Aga Khan Distinguished Visiting Professor Workshop. “Law, Art and Revolution in the Middle East.” McKinney Room, Watson Institute.

May 8, 2013: MES Honors Thesis and Capstone Project Presentation at the Watson Institute, McKinney Room, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Lunch will be served. Seniors, MES faculty, and invited guests.

May 16, 2013: MES Luncheon Seminar with Watson Institute Visiting Research Fellow Assem Abu Hatab, PhD. The presentation topic is “Food Price Inflation & Political Unrest: A Case Study of the Arab Spring in Egypt”. Watson Institute, McKinney Room, 12:00 – 1 PM. Open to the Brown Community. RSVP cmes@brown.edu required.

May 17/18, 2013: Prosop: A Social Networking Tool for the Past. Digital Islamic Humanities closed workshop hosted by Middle East Studies. McKinney Room, Watson Institute. To register with organizer, email prosopworkshop@gmail. com.

May 26, 2013: MES Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony and Reception, Brown Hillel, Social Hall, 80 Brown Street. 2:15-4:00 PM (estimated). Click here for program.

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