Garbage is the economic engine of Cairo's Manshayet Nasser neighborhood, also known as "Garbage City." This is the home of the Zabaleen – the city's community of traditional garbage collectors. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Semitic Museum present film clips and conversation, "Garbage City and the Informal Economy." This free event will be followed by a public reception.... Read more about Garbage City and the Informal Economy: Documentary on Cairo's Manshayet Nasser neighborhood
CMES Professor William Granara was in Tunis on January 14, 2012, the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian revolution that brought down President Zin al-Abdin Ben Ali and catalysed the Arab spring. He shares his impressions, and some great photos, of the city and the celebration in an article for Jadaliyya, "A Postcard from Tunis: One Year Later".
There was a strong turnout at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies for Mona Mowafi’s afternoon talk on October 18, 2011, “From Neighborhood Watch to Neighborhood Development: Transforming Revolutionary Energy to Rebuild Egypt from the Ground Up.” Mowafi completed her doctorate in Social Epidemiology at Harvard’s School of Public Health where she is now a research fellow. Her public health research analyzes the effect of living conditions on health in Egypt and the Arab world, with a focus on obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). She...
On October 18, 2011, Mona Mowafi delivered a talk at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies titled "From Neighborhood Watch to Neighborhood Development: Transforming Revolutionary Energy to Rebuild Egypt from the Ground Up." Dr. Mowafi is currently a Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
On September 1, 2011, the CMES Outreach Center hosted a discussion on current events in Libya, featuring Professors Roger Owen and William Granara. The event drew around 60 attendees, including roughly 35 students.
CMES Professor Roger Owen writes a regular column for the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. In his latest article, he discusses coming to an understanding of the functioning parameters of the Qaddafi government in Libya. You can access his article in English here.
The CMES Outreach Center, in collaboration with the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program is sponsoring a series of four introductory brown bag seminars on the Middle East and Islam:
Professor of the Practice of Arabic William Granara wrote an opinion piece in the Commencement 2011 issue of the Harvard Crimson reminiscing about his first time in Egypt. In the article, he compares his experience studying Arabic in Cairo in 1973 with that of Harvard students heading off to the Middle East for language study this summer.