2017 Mar 31

Talking Tehran: In conversation with the Rezaians

1:15pm to 3:15pm


Sever Hall, Room 113, Harvard Yard (between Widener & Memorial Church), Cambridge, MA

The Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy (JMEPP) and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Jason Rezaian, American journalist, and Yeganeh and Jason Rezaian
Yeganeh Rezaian, Iranian journalist

Jason Rezaian, ex-Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post, and Iranian journalist Yeganeh Rezaian, will discuss Iran today, including the upcoming Iranian Presidential elections, the aftermath of the Nuclear Deal, and women's rights in Iran.... Read more about Talking Tehran: In conversation with the Rezaians

Sheida Dayani

Video: "The Salesman" Discussion Panel

February 26, 2017

On February 19, Sheida Dayani, Persian preceptor at Harvard University, participated in a panel discussion about Asghar Farhadi's Academy Award-winning film The Salesman, after a special showing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dayani has worked as an interpreter for Farhadi since 2011. The discussion was moderated by Vahdat Yeganeh, founder and artistic director of Boston Experimental Theatre, and also included Somy Kim, associate teaching professor in the Department of English...

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2017 Mar 20

Nowruz Celebration 2017

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave, 3rd Floor

Please join CMES, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the Harvard Semitic Museum for a Nowruz Celebration. 

Nowruz is a Persian New Year celebration, celebrating spring. 

The event will have live music, explanations of Nowruz traditions, and light...

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Going Nativist

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.

Why the Death of Iran’s Leading Moderate Could Strengthen Its Reformists

Why the Death of Iran’s Leading Moderate Could Strengthen Its Reformists

January 23, 2017

CMES AM candidate Amir H. Mahdavi, who is also a researcher at Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies, writes in the Washington Post that, with the recent death of Iran's former president and leading moderate Hashemi Rafsanjani, many are concerned that current President Hassan Rouhani will be overpowered by the conservative religious establishment and a controlling Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. But Mahdavi says that Rouhani may in fact emerge stronger from Rafsanjani's death.

2016 Nov 21

The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great: Part III “Alexander: God and Mortal”

5:00pm to 6:30pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Aga Khan Fund, & the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies

Dr. Michael Barry
Princeton University

When Alexander reached India in 326 BC, connecting Greek and Indian civilizations, austere Brahmins predicted his inevitable death despite all the king’s victories and attempts to be regarded as divine; by the time Alexander returned to Babylon where he died in 323 BC,...

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2016 Nov 21

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, Harvard Kennedy School

The CMES Middle East Forum and the Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School present

A book talk with authors
Nader Hashemi, Director, Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics, Josef Korbel School of Int'l Studies, University of Denver,
Danny Postel, Assistant Director, Middle East and North African Studies Program, Northwestern University
Paul Gabriel Hilu Pinto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil... Read more about Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East