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Tomorrow's Children film

Syrian Asylees Produce Child Refugee Documentary 

March 19, 2019

About 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of a civil war in 2011 – including a family that settled in Silver Spring. To bring awareness to the eight-year anniversary of the conflict’s beginning, the brother-sister duo of Mouhanad Al-Rifay and CMES AM candidate Oula Alrifai are screening their documentary about child refugees from their home country this month in the town that took them in 13 years ago. “Tomorrow’s Children,” released in 2018, was directed by Al-...

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Nadia Murad

Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture with Nadia Murad

April 3, 2019

The 2019 Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning," took place on April 3 at the Memorial Church at Harvard. Nadia Murad is the corecipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Murad’s peaceful life was savagely interrupted in 2014 when Daesh attacked her homeland in Sinjar, with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis have carried the weight of historical persecution. Women in particular...

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Nadia Murad: The Making of an Activist

April 5, 2019

Nadia Murad came to Harvard as a survivor of genocide under ISIS, an advocate for victims of sexual violence, and the first Iraqi citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her talk at the Memorial Church, as part of the Weatherhead Center’s Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series, co-sponsored this year by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, focused on her personal journey and how her ordeal turned her into an activist. Read more about her talk in the...

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2019 Apr 03

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies warmly welcome you to the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture featuring

Nadia MuradNadia Murad
2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Admission is free. Tickets required.
Limit of 2 per person.

Available by phone and online (for a fee) and in person at the Harvard Box Office, Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, beginning Thursday, March 28 at 12:00pm EST.... Read more about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning

2018 May 14

The Many Faces of Arab Refugeehood: Survival, Stress, and Seeking a Home

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) and American University of Beirut (AUB) present a roundtable discussion with

Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim (AUB), Dr. Denis J. Sullivan (Northeastern Univ), Dr. Rim Saab (AUB), and Alice Verticelli (BCARS, AUB)

Register here.
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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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2017 Oct 18

Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA), Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, presents the live recording of its Humanitarian Assistance Podcast with
 

Syrian refugees, Jordan, 2013

H.E. Dr. Reem Abu Hassan, Lawyer, human rights advocate and civil society activist; Jordanian Minister of Social Development, 2013-15

Dr. Amira Ahmed Mohamed, 
Assistant Director of Policy & Practice, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies; Counter Trafficking Program Manager and Head of Capacity Building Unit, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Kate Akkaya, JD, UNHCR US Protections Unit; Refugees Rights Turkey Legal Fellow; Program on Human Rights in the Global Economy Fellow, 2016

Dr. Denis Sullivan, Director, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies;
Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, Northeastern University... Read more about Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

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.

Joseph Ataman 2017

Joseph Ataman Wins Overseas Press Club Foundation Award

March 7, 2017

Joseph Ataman, AM candidate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, was awarded an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award at the Foundation’s 2017 Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon, held February 24 at the Yale Club in New York City. Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy managing editor of the New York Times, was the keynote speaker. Ataman was among 15 aspiring foreign...

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