News and Notes

CMES Summer in Review 2016

September 20, 2016

Each summer, a number of CMES PhD, AM, and undergraduate students whose interests lie in the Middle East have the opportunity to travel to the MENA region for summer research and language study. A group of these students shared stories from their summer travels at the “CMES Summer in Review” event on Friday, September 16, 2016. In a fast-paced format, over a dozen students shared images and stories, and fielded questions from the audience.

Europe is Losing Track of Child Refugees

Europe is Losing Track of Child Refugees

August 1, 2016

CMES AM candidate Joseph Ataman interned at the Wall Street Journal’s Brussels bureau during summer 2016. His article “Europe Is Losing Track of Child Refugees” was published on the front page of the August 1 print edition of the newspaper. Prior to beginning the AM program at Harvard, Ataman was a journalist in London and Lebanon, and he is the recipient of the Fulbright Commission’s Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism.

Audio: A New History of Print in Ottoman Cairo

Audio: A New History of Print in Ottoman Cairo

July 15, 2016

We often regard print as a motor of social change, leaving revolutions in its wake. For historians of the Middle East, this line of thought leads to the (predictable) question: why didn’t Muslims or Ottomans or Arabs adopt print? In a new episode of the series "History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise," a feature of the Ottoman History Podcast, CMES alumna Kathryn Schwartz (PhD '15) and host Nir Shafir discuss why this question is often poorly posed, and take an in-depth look at how and why people used print in one particular historical context: nineteenth-century Cairo.