AY 2016





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Boston Experimental Theatre Presents: Blind Owl


October 9, 2015


Boston Experimental Theatre Presented: Blind Owl, a play based on the novel           written by Sadegh Hedayat. Adapted and Directed by Vahdat Yeganeh.









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Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Panel with Experts from the Field


October 14, 2015


In a panel discussion, Martha Meyers, Country Director of Save the Children Syria, Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Health Programme Manager for Save the Children Health Syria and Ammar Kourany, Safety and Liaison Manager for Save the Children Syria discussed past action, future plans and their personal experience with the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Each panelist provided unique insight into the conflict and offered their own opinion regarding future US involvement.









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Hajwalah: Joyriding in Saudi Arabia


November 2nd, 2015


In an exciting documentary, various Saudi Arabian citizens were interviewed to discuss the cultural practice and implications of joyriding. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Rana Jarbou, Independent Media Artist, Blogger and director of the film Hajwalah and Pascal Menoret, Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and author of Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt.










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The Moral Case for Saving the Planet: Regional Perspectives on Climate Change


November 16th, 2015


In a panel discussion, Henrik Selin, Associate Professor of International Relations, Joanna Davidson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Robert Weller, Professor of Anthropology and Adil Najam, Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies discussed the moral implications of climate change. Each panelist provided a regional perspective of what should be done to combat the effects of global warming. The event was followed by a question and answer session.









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The End of Dating? Romance and Courtship Among Muslim Javanese Youth


December 7th, 2015


Recent ethnographic studies of youth have identified a new emphasis on romantic love and companion-ate marriage, perceived as a dramatic break with previous generations. In the Muslim world however, the religious resurgence is greatly complicating the romance story. This event discussed the Islamic trend in Java, Indonesia and examined the possibilities for romantic relationships in the context of a resurgent Islam.









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Boston University Pakistan Symposium


February 22nd, 2016


The Boston University Organization of Pakistani Students presented their first annual Pakistani Symposium featuring a panel on public health and social activism followed by authentic Pakistani cuisine and a photo gallery of Pakistan. The event provided unique perspective from both men and women dedicated to improving the lives of citizens and reversing stereotypes about the country.










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Revolts Without Revolutions: The Algerian Paradigm


March 2nd, 2016


Hamou Amirouche joined the armed struggle for Algeria’s independence as a teenager and served as secretary to a national hero, Colonel Amirouche Ait Hamouda in 1957-1958. While in Tunis on a special mission, the author was ordered to return to school. After obtaining a French Baccalaureat he was sent to the United States where he earned a BA in Government at Wesleyan University and an MA in Political Sciences at the University of Colorado. In 1967, he began his professional career at the Algerian Ministry of Industry and Energy and at the Institute of Global And Strategic Studies.









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The Persian and Afghan Romance of Alexander the Great


March 21st, 2016


Dr. Michael Barry (Princeton University) gave a lecture and slide show on the 15th- and 16th-century Persian miniatures.

Michael Alexander Barry has lectured in Princeton’s Near Eastern Studies Department since 2004 on the medieval and modern Islamic cultures of Iran, India, Pakistan, and most especially Afghanistan—where his work over more than four decades has ranged from anthropological research to defense of human rights and coordinating humanitarian assistance for the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights, for Medecins du Monde, and for the United Nations.









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Sykes-Picot: 100 Years of Consequences


March 22nd, 2016


In a panel discussion with Betty Anderson, Associate Professor of History at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies and Lerna Ekmekcioglu, McMillan-Stewart Career Development Associate Professor of History at MIT, the history and current consequences of the Sykes-Picot line were explored. The talk provided both historical, current and future context of the conflict in the Middle East.









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Governing the Family through Religion in Post-Kemalist Turkey


April 11th, 2016


Recently, Turkey has experienced an explosion of faith based initiatives aimed at “strengthening the family.” The Directorate of Religious Affairs, a state institution, has become a conduit for a variety of otherwise secular professional and social services targeting families. This talk explored how the family has recently become a key site for the reconfiguration of state-Islam relations in Turkey.









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Impossible Journeys from Past to Future and Back Again


April 20th, 2016


The annual Campagna-Kerven Lecture on Modern Turkey with Professor Resat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington discussed the historic, current and future trends of Turkish culture and politics. The discussion provided insight into the country’s domestic trends as well as its relations with the global community.









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Muslim-American Fashion: Modesty, Identity and Public Perception


April 25th, 2016


In this exciting event, Layla Shaikley, Co-Founder @ Wise Systems, Malika Bilal, International News Journalist and Amirah Aulaqi, Social Entrepreneur and Owner of Amirah Couture Inc. discussed their personal experiences as Muslim-American women in the United States. The conversation was moderated by Professor Noora Lori from the Pardee School of Global Studies and each panelist explained their experience wearing the hijab, and how their clothing represents more than their religion, as it is ultimately a sign of beauty. The conversation was followed by a short runway show featuring Boston University students in Amirah Couture clothing.