Arabian Peninsula

Gareth Doherty

Looking for Green in the Desert, an Irishman Is Lured to Bahrain

April 25, 2017

In his new book, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, CMES faculty affiliate Gareth Doherty, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, captures the tension between staying green and being sustainable. Read a Q&A with Doherty in the Weatherhead Center's Epicenter blog.

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 Crimson.

2017 May 03

Saudi Arabia’s Development Model, 1950-2016: A Critical Analysis

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

William James Hall, Lecture Hall B-1, lower level, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Arabian Peninsula Studies Lecture Series presents

Dr. Abdulaziz M. AldukheilAldukheil
Chairman, Aldukheil Financial Group, a leading financial advisory firm based in Riyadh; former Saudi Deputy Minister of Finance Read more about Saudi Arabia’s Development Model, 1950-2016: A Critical Analysis

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.

2017 Apr 07

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

Fri - Sat, Apr 7 to Apr 8, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St; Piper Auditorium, Grad School of Design 48 Quincy St

The Aga Khan Program and The Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Series present

AFTER DARK: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula
In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls and the temperatures with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Peninsula, and similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night and ultimately, how to design for life after dark?

If you plan to attend this conference, please register here. Read more about After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

2017 Mar 23

Examining the Egyptian-Saudi Dispute Over the Red Sea Islands: Political and Legal Implications for the Middle East

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Khaled FahmyKhaled Fahmy
Shawwaf Visiting Professor of Modern Middle East History, CMES; Professor of History, American University in Cairo Read more about Examining the Egyptian-Saudi Dispute Over the Red Sea Islands: Political and Legal Implications for the Middle East

2017 Mar 21

Habib Sarori, Yemeni novelist

11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

رحلة في أعماق تجربتي في الكتابة عن اليمن، وعن الحروب الروحية

Habib SaroriSuslov's Daughter
Novelist; University Professor, INSA de Rouen

Please note: this talk will be in Arabic, and it has been moved to 11:30 am. Read more about Habib Sarori, Yemeni novelist

Going Nativist

February 9, 2017

The future of America is as bright or as dark as the future of our immigrants. The battle over the travel ban echoes our history from the founding, slicing deep into the heart of American sympathies: Are refugees and migrants coming ashore to be seen as humble "guests of the nation" or as American as anyone, just for getting through the gate? In the February 9 edition of Open Source, host Christopher Lydon talks with Persian preceptor Sheida Dayani and others about the "who we are" question, between Immigration Nation and Fortress America, traversing all sorts of social, political, and historical terrains. Dayani also reads her poem "The Ordinary Man of this Neighborhood."

Swift Response to Trump Immigration Order

January 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States for at least several months has stirred a hornet’s nest of concern internationally, including at Harvard. Among other actions, Harvard President Drew Faust unveiled a plan for Harvard to appoint a full-time Muslim chaplain, with a search committee to be chaired by Harvard Divinity School Professor and Committee on Middle East Studies faculty member Ousmane Kane. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

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