On December 3, 2012, Jon Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and director of the Middle East Program at Center for Strategic & International Studies, gave a talk for CMES at Sever Hall. Titled "The Egyptian Revolutions and Defining the New Normals," the public lecture was presented as part of CMES's "Focus On: Arab Transformation"lecture series.
CMES has awarded the 2011–12 prize for the best Master's thesis in Middle Eastern Studies to Todd Mostak for his thesis, "Social Media as Passive Polling: Using Twitter and Online Forums to Map Islamism in Egypt." The CMES Master’s thesis prize is awarded annually to a recipient chosen by a committee of faculty.... Read more about Todd Mostak (AM '12) wins 2011–12 AM thesis prize
Each April, eight to ten primary school teachers from around the U.S. travel to Egypt as part of the CMES Outreach Center’s Egypt Forum program. Currently in its fifth year, the Egypt Forum is a professional development program for K-12 educators designed to build leadership skills, engage teachers in Middle East studies through firsthand experience, and assist them in applying their learning in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
Modeled on the academic approach to inquiry at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Egypt Forum places a premium on challenging...
This year's Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conferences at the Mahindra Humanities Center (April 13–14, 2012) addresses the question "How to end a revolution?" In preparation for the conference the student coordinators, who include CMES AM student Scott Liddle, produced a series of videos in which conference participants provide their perspective on the topic. The videos were produced by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio.
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...