The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), a partner of the Institute, has published the report from its First Graduate Student Conference, Understanding Today’s Middle East: Peoples and Places of the Arab Spring. This conference aimed to illuminate the important and evolving impacts of the Arab Spring on today’s Middle East by exploring the following questions: Why did the “Arab Spring” or “Uprisings” happen where and when they did? Why did revolts and revolutions affect certain Arab states, leave others alone, and come and go in still others? What external actors are “meddling” in the internal affairs of various Arab states and why? In the seeming cacophony of the “Arab Street,” whose voices are being drowned out?
To read the report, please click here.
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.
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.
The Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University (IIS) is pleased to announce the completion of the January 2014 workshop report, “The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States.” The workshop, of the same name, was sponsored by IIS and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS), with support from SMSC and the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA). The January 31, 2014 workshop focused on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous states, including Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. In addition, there were presentations on international law, sexual violence and the implications for Palestinian refugees.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The final report from our November 15, 2013 conference Arab Uprisings: Accomplishments, Failures, and Prospects has been published. The report provides a lucid synopsis of the conference proceedings. To view the report, please click here.
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.
On October 2nd the University Council approved Boston University’s newest Bachelor of Arts program, the Interdisciplinary Major in Middle East and North Africa Studies. The result of a three-year planning effort by a group of faculty specialized in the region, the new major capitalizes on BU’s unusually strong existing offerings in four Middle Eastern languages and many aspects of Middle Eastern and North African culture.
Available to students starting with the class of 2014, the major offers BU undergraduates a coherent grounding in the history, cultures, artistic production, and one or more of the languages of the Middle East and North Africa region (defined for our purposes as comprising the Arabic-, Hebrew-, Persian-, and Turkish-speaking areas of the world). Requiring three years of language study as well as courses in both humanities and social sciences, this rigorous 11-course major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and for careers in government, international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector by building marketable skills (cultural competence and real linguistic proficiency) as well as intellectual sophistication. It also fills a gap in BU’s area studies programs, which until now offered majors in European, Asian, and Latin American studies, but not in Middle East and North Africa.
Students interested in declaring the MENA major are encouraged to register for the 1-credit seminar course CAS ME 101: Issues in Middle East and North Africa Studies for Spring 2014.
The major is housed in the CAS Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. Learn more here!
Additional questions? Please contact Professor Margaret Litvin, firstname.lastname@example.org.