Category: Events

Inaugural Event: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the “Islamic State”

March 19th, 2015 in Events, News

This panel seeks to transcend the focus on political and strategic concerns that has often dominated the treatment of the rise of IS/ISIS/ISIL in the media and bring some critical nuance and historical context to the way this phenomenon is generally discussed. Four scholars from Boston University will present (Kecia Ali, Michael Pregill, Tom Barfield, and Noora Lori) and four scholars from other institutions in the Boston area will respond (Jessica Stern, Franck Salameh, Mia Bloom, and Ken Garden).

This is the inaugural event associated with Mizan, the new digital scholarship initiative headed by Michael Pregill, Interlocutor of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations. We hope that those of you in the Boston area will be able to join us for what is sure to be an informative and stimulating conversation!

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 4:00 to 6:30 PM

Where: Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, First Floor

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to


Global Fridays – Fall 2014 Film Series

September 12th, 2014 in Events, News

Promoting Cultural Understanding Through Film

This Film Series is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Middle East and North African Studies, Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.

Fall 2014 Film Series

First event of the Year! Afghanistan Reconstruction

August 28th, 2014 in Events, News

Please join us for our first event of the year, “Preserving Gains in Afghanistan: What Will Happen to the $100 Billion in U.S. Investment in Reconstruction?.” We are pleased to invite Deputy Inspector General Gene Aloise of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to talk about U.S. aid efforts in Afghanistan and SIGAR’s efforts to combat waste and corruption.

This event is sponsored by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University.

Free and open to the public. Click flyer below for details.

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Upcoming Event: The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

March 19th, 2014 in Events, News

The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University is pleased to invite Zaid Al-Ali to present on his new book ” “The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy.” The event is open to the public and will commence at 4:30 with tea and cookies. A reception will follow the Q&A.

Please RSVP to Mikaela Ringquist at


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Upcoming Event: A Conversation with the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN

February 5th, 2014 in Events, News

The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University is pleased to host “A Conversation with the Iraqi Ambassador to the UN” this coming Tuesday, February 11 at 5 pm (tea served at 4:30). This is a unique opportunity to converse directly with the Ambassador during a transformative period for Iraq and the greater Middle East. Free and open to the public (students *highly* encouraged to attend!). More details on the flyer below.



Spring 2014 Film Series: Imagining the Middle East

January 21st, 2014 in Events, News

We hope you will join us as we explore the Muslim and Arab culture throughout various locations in the Middle East. Our film series features five incredible films which will be screened from January 21 through March 18. For more information on each film, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar



Upcoming Event: Chasing “Empty Signifiers”

October 15th, 2013 in Events

Please Join the SMSC Institute, the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature Department, and the African Studies Center as we welcome Dr. Hazem Amzy, visiting Assistant Professor at the department of Drama and Theatre Criticism of Ain Shams University and Co-Convener of the Arabic Theater Group of the International Federation for Theater Research. He will be discussing Egyptian Theatre, Before and After the Arab Spring, primarily analyzing three different Egyptian productions all by key figures of the “Free” Theatre Movement.


Tuesday, October 22,2013

4 PM – 5:30 PM

232 Bay State Road, Room 505


Upcoming Event: Book Talk with Kirk Johnson

October 8th, 2013 in Events, News

Join the SMSC Institute, the Center of International Relations, and the Institute for Iraqi Studies as we sit down with founder of The List Project and author Kirk W. Johnson to discuss his book:

To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans stepped forward to assist U.S. soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers over the past decade of war, acting as interpreters, engineers, and advisors to America’s reconstruction efforts.  As the U.S. development program foundered and counter-insurgency tactics alienated the Iraqi and Afghan public, though, they were increasingly viewed as traitors to their country.  Despite their immense value to America’s interests, as soon as they began to petition the U.S. government for refuge, they were met by a bureaucracy that viewed them as potential terrorists.  With the war in Iraq a distant memory and the withdrawal from Afghanistan gathering speed, the Iraqis and Afghans are now tarred with a stigma that is both lethal and generational.  Johnson will discuss the efforts of the List Project to confront both Republican and Democratic resistance in Washington and bring Iraqi and Afghan allies to safety, the state of humanitarianism in an America-in-withdrawal, and a brief history of bureaucratic abandonment in past wars.

We hope you can join us! Please RSVP Mikaela at

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Upcoming Event: The Politics of Neutrality

September 23rd, 2013 in Events, News

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Event: “Go, my daughter and don’t back off!”

September 16th, 2013 in Events, News

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