Levant

Photo Gallery: 2016-17 Harvard College International Photo Contest

May 17, 2017

CMES awarded a first prize and three honorable mentions in the 2016–17 Harvard College International Photo Contest for photos taken in the Middle East region. All photos were from students’ internships, language study, and travel in the summer of 2016. This year’s first prize went to Kami Choi (’17), a senior at the college pursuing a joint concentration in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Choi interned at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters in Amman, Jordan while Read more about Photo Gallery: 2016-17 Harvard College International Photo Contest

The Book of Roger

May 15, 2017

Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History Emeritus and a former CMES director, first encountered the Middle East as a young soldier during his national military service in Cyprus from 1955 to 1956, during which time he visited Cairo, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Beirut. He has lived and traveled throughout the region, and spent his academic and professional life at Oxford and Harvard, where he taught, studied, made friends, and tried to understand the Middle East through its politics, economic life, history, and popular culture. He kept an almost daily journal recording his thoughts and feelings, and since 1986 wrote a regular op-ed column for the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat. Read more about The Book of Roger

2017 Apr 19

Syria-- What Next?

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

A CMES discussion about the recent events in Syria

with

Roger OwenSyria map
A.J. Meyer Professor of Modern Middle East History, Emeritus, Department of History, Harvard University, and

Melani Cammett
Professor of Government, Harvard University; Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

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2017 Apr 13

Refugees and Migrants: A Comparative Study of Response--The UN, Government and Civil Society

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Karen AbuZaydKaren AbuZayd
Commissioner, UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on Syria; and former Special Adviser to the Secretary General for the Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants, 2016 Read more about Refugees and Migrants: A Comparative Study of Response--The UN, Government and Civil Society

2017 Mar 20

al Bustani's Arabic Encyclopedia (1870s-1880s) and the Global Production of Knowledge in the Late Ottoman Levant

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall, Lower Level Library, Harvard Yard, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History presents

Ilham Khuri Makdisi
Associate Professor, Northeastern University

Commentator: Leila Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese & Eastern Mediteranean Studies, Tufts University
Graduate student commentator: Joan Chaker, PhD Candidate in History Read more about al Bustani's Arabic Encyclopedia (1870s-1880s) and the Global Production of Knowledge in the Late Ottoman Levant

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 correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 Read more about Joseph Ataman Wins Overseas Press Club Foundation Award

Jocelyne Cesari Discusses Role of Islam in ISIS

February 17, 2016

Center for Middle Eastern Studies faculty affiliate Jocelyne Cesari, a visiting professor of Religion and Politics at the Harvard Divinity School, discussed the politicization of Islam by the Islamic State at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on Tuesday February 16. Read about her talk in the Harvard Crimson.

Helen Zughaib Migrations

The Everyday Dignity of Helen Zughaib’s Refugees

February 9, 2017

Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib's work is on display this month at CGIS, under the auspices of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her paintings have been displayed widely in public collections, at the White House, the Library of Congress, and elsewhere; they often lend themselves to diplomatic optimism, even as they depict people in desperate situations: fleeing catastrophe in Syria, leaving home to emigrate to America, selling tiny items in the street to feed their families. Read a review of the exhibition and of Zughaib's accompanying artist talk in Read more about The Everyday Dignity of Helen Zughaib’s Refugees

2017 Feb 09

POSTPONED: The Middle East: Articulating a Way Forward

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

HE Ambassador Dina KawarDina Kawar
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States; former Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to weather. It will be rescheduled for the 2017-18 academic year. Read more about POSTPONED: The Middle East: Articulating a Way Forward

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