Please join us at Hampshire College for a special presentation by Mr. Thomas Johnson, Jr.
Mr. Johnson has 30-years’ experience working in the field of international development as a Foreign Service Officer for USAID and private sector consulting companies. During this time he has worked in places such as Mozambique, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Palestine.
After briefly discussing the current state of international development and US government foreign assistance, Mr. Johnson’s lecture will then focus on his time serving as Technical Director for MISTI (Measuring Impact of Stabilization and Transition Initiatives) a $20+ million monitoring and evaluation initiative in Afghanistan. MISTI involved the largest and arguably most complex quasi-experimental impact evaluation ever conducted by USAID or any donor. It assessed the impact of almost a $1 billion in USAID stabilization programming over a 30 month period - considered key to the Obama Administration's Afghan "surge." Mr. Johnson will discuss the process of developing MISTI as well as how its implementation and findings influenced changes in USAID and US policy in Afghanistan.
A Q&A session will follow the lecture and light refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont and Georges Lurcy Lecture Funds, the History Department, and Hillel.
Born in Cairo in 1948, Alain Gresh (PhD 1983, EHESS) is an eminent French journalist and President of Association of French journalists specialized on the Maghreb and the Middle East (AJMO). Between 1995 and 2005, he was the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique. In 2013, he launched a new online media outlet OrientXXI , which focuses on issues relating to the Arab World and Islam in Europe. He has written extensively on Islam in France and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including L’Islam, la République et le monde (Fayard 2004), and Un chant d’amour: Israël-Palestine, une histoire française (La Découverte 2017). His books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Dutch, English, Persian, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Sponsored by the Smith College Lecture Fund, Religion Department, Lewis Global Studise Center, Department of French Studies, and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Five College French Faculty Seminar.
Please join the Mount Holyoke College Department of International Relations for a lecture by Hasan Kosebalaban from the Department of Political Science & International Relations at Istanbul Sehir University.
Synopsis (from IMDB): An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Please see the attached flyer.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please join us for a discussion with Robert Malley and Michael Singh on the United States and the Middle East. From different perspectives they’ll address the appropriate role for the U.S. in the region.
Rob Malley was President Obama’s Middle East advisor and a key negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal. He is now heading Middle East operations for the International Crisis Group; his most recent essay can be found in The New Yorker — "How Iraq War Hawks Can Help Stop Trump from Going to War with Iran."
Michael Singh served on the NSC in the George W. Bush administration and is now managing the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He focuses on the US and Iran most recently offering his views on prospects for the Iran deal in the New York Times, “Trump Can Make the Most of a Bad Iran Deal.”
Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour was the co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, held the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and of the recent Day Without Women protest on International Women's Day. Sarsour was, until recently, the executive director of the Arab Association of New York and has been part of a host of other progressive movements, including Black Lives Matter and Respond with Love.
Sarsour will be introduced by Paula Giddings, Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Africana Studies and editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism.
This roundtable brings together scholars of Muslim cultures, histories, religious practices, politics, and democratic theory to comment on the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies in a global context. The participants will speak and interact with the audience on the endless manufacturing of fear, the everyday and exceptional practices of Othering, and the histories and possibilities of inclusive politics around Islam in South Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Suleiman Ali Mourad, Religion, Smith College
Falguni Sheth, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
Mehammed Mack, French, Smith College
Fareen Parvez, Sociology, University of Massachusetts
Dinner will be provided.
Organized by Nusrat Chowdhury and Yael Rice with support from the Lamont Lecture Fund, Amherst College.
A panel co-sponsored by the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Five College Peace and World Security Studies.
Prof. Julie Hemment, UMass Department of Anthropology
Prof. David Mednicoff, UMass School of Public Policy and Program in Middle Eastern Studies
Prof. Pavel Machala, Amherst College Department of Politics
Prof. Paul Musgrave, UMass Department of Political Science
Prof. Laura Reed, UMass Department of Political Science
Tamar (Tami) Zandberg is a sitting member of Knesset (Parliament) in Israel. She was a main activist in the 2011 mass social protest movements, and is part of a new generation of women leaders determined to promote legislation that supports the rights of marginalized groups in Israeli society. Tami's party, Meretz, identifies itself as a leading voice of the Left in domestic politics, with a longstanding commitment to the promotion of human and civil rights for all residents of Israel and a firm separation between religion and state. At Smith she will talk about what it means to be part of a political opposition.