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CMES Alum Badriyyah Alsabah Talks with NPR about Kuwaiti Trans Woman Imprisoned for "Impersonating the Opposite Sex"

October 29, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with activist and recent CMES AM graduate Badriyyah Alsabah, a research and policy fellow with the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, about Maha Al-Mutairi, a trans woman in Kuwait who was sentenced to two years in prison for "impersonating the opposite sex." Listen to the story or read the...

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The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and Community

The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and Community

March 30, 2021

In the latest program in the New Books Network’s Middle East Studies Series, History and Middle Eastern Studies PhD candidate Deren Ertas talks with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump (PhD 2008), Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, about her recently published monograph, The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics, and...

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Q&A With Medhini Kumar

February 4, 2021

Medhini Kumar is a 2016 graduate of the CMES AM Program in Middle Eastern Studies. She currently works as Communications Manager for UNRWA USA, an American nonprofit that is committed to bettering the lives of Palestine refugees through advocacy efforts in the United States and fundraising for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) programs in the Middle East.... Read more about Q&A With Medhini Kumar

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"#After Lockdown" Selected to Screen as Part of Big Apple Film Festival

October 26, 2020

#After Lockdown: Very Short Stories about Enduring a Global Pandemic, a short film designed by NYC-based animation studio Mr Sebs and co-produced by Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Hellenic Studies, has been selected to screen as part of the Big Apple Film Festival 2020 Fall Edition.... Read more about "#After Lockdown" Selected to Screen as Part of Big Apple Film Festival

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Harvard Alumni Association honors Leila T. Fawaz with the 2020 Harvard Medal

May 18, 2020

The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that David L. Evans; Leila T. Fawaz, AM '72, PhD '79; and Joseph J. O'Donnell '67, MBA '71, will receive the 2020 Harvard Medal. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the University in a variety of areas, such as teaching, fundraising, leadership, and innovation. Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University, was a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 1996 to 2012 and has been a member of visiting committees at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and...

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Voices from the Middle East: How COVID-19 Is Threatening the Region's Most Vulnerable Populations

April 22, 2020

The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), whose Executive Director, Mandy Terc, is a 2004 graduate the Center for Middle Eastern Studies' AM program, has launched a new Q&A series called "Voices from the Middle East," including interviews with people on the ground describing how COVID-19 is threatening the MENA region's most vulnerable populations. There are interviews with an Iranian pharmaceutical executive trying to produce medicine under sanctions, an ER doctor in Gaza describing how the blockade makes medical resources scarce, a...

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Q&A with Asher Orkaby

October 27, 2017

Asher Orkaby is a 2014 graduate of Harvard’s joint PhD program in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently a research associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a lecturer at Harvard Extension School. His book, Beyond the Arab Cold War: The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-1968, was published by Oxford University Press in July. The book offers a reframing of the Yemen Civil War, emphasizing that it should be understood in the context of Yemeni nationalism and local dynamics, and not just as another proxy conflict in the Arab Cold War. CMES AM candidate Anna Boots sat down with Orkaby to talk about the book, his research, and his time at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.... Read more about Q&A with Asher Orkaby

Eugene Rogan 2017

Q&A with Eugene Rogan

October 19, 2017

Eugene Rogan is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History and Director of St. Antony’s Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Arabs: A History, which has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Economist, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. He completed his AM in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 1984 and his PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 1991. Rogan returned to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on September 21, 2017, to talk about his most recent book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (2015). CMES AM candidate Blaire Byg sat down with him to ask a few questions about his most recent book, his time at CMES, and his future projects.... Read more about Q&A with Eugene Rogan