Public Health


Syrian refugees in Jordan

Audio: Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

October 25, 2017

In a panel conversation with experts and practitioners, this Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) podcast explores how the Syrian refugee crisis is reshaping host communities in the Middle East, what challenges remain for the protection of vulnerable populations, and opportunities for advancing humanitarian protection and the integration of refugees into host communities. The panel includes:

  • Her Excellency Reem Abu Hassan, Lawyer, human rights advocate, and civil...
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Alrifai and Al-Rifay 2018

The Not Lost Generation

October 18, 2017

Center for Middle Eastern Studies AM student Oula Alrifai and her brother, Mouhanad Al-Rifay, have compiled a documentary, Tomorrow’s Children, highlighting the struggles of child refugees of the war in Syria. Read more about their work, and watch a trailer of the documentary, scheduled for release in early 2018, in the...

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Arab Peninsula after dark

After Dark in the Arabian Peninsula

May 5, 2017

On April 7-8, 2017, scholars of history, architecture, design, film, and anthropology gathered to explore nighttime landscapes and public spaces in the Arabian Peninsula at the symposium "After Dark: Nocturnal Activities and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula," organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Aga Khan Program at the Graduate School of Design. Michelle Y. Raji covered the symposium for the Harvard...

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Designing for Darkness: What Can Latin American Cities Learn From the Arabian Peninsula?

April 13, 2017

Andreina Seijas, an incoming doctoral student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, attended the April 7-8 symposium After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula, jointly sponsored by the Aka Khan Program at the GSD and by Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In her Ciudades Sostenibles blog, Seijas writes about the challenges of urban design in the Arabian Peninsula, regarding especially the night-time urban landscape, that participants explored, and she speculates how some of the lessons learned and in progress in the Arabian Peninsula might apply to Latin American cities facing similar challenges.