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.
This year’s lecture will feature Assoc. Prof. Esra Özyürek from London School of Economics, who will be giving a talk entitled: “Generation Allah: Democratizing Young Muslim Men and Working Through Holocaust Memory in Germany.”
Dr. Özyürek is a political anthropologist, whose research focuses on the dynamic relational positioning of Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism in Turkey and in Europe.
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.
Professor Alan Mikhail from Yale University with Smith faculty: Greg White, Mukaram Hhana, and Alex Seggerman will offer short faculty presentations, along with interdisciplinary discussion and will address issues surrounding the control of water in North Africa from historical, environmental, political, and artistic perspectives. The conversation will highlight how controlling, exploiting, and sustaining water has been central to political power in the region for centuries.
A talk by Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief of Haaretz
with Steven Simon, John J. McCly Visiting Professor of History
Aluf Benn has been the editor-in-chief of Haaretz since 2011. A veteran writer and editor, he has covered peace, war and politics and has fought government secrecy and censorship for thirty years. Benn won a landmark Supreme Court case that expanded press freedom in 1989.
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.
The ongoing civil conflict in Yemen, impacted by the involvement of outside countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US, has created a rapidly-expanding humanitarian disaster.
This panel discussion, featuring Prof. Stacey Philbrick Yadav (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Prof. Jillian Schwedler (City University of New York), two of the leading American experts in Yemeni politics, and moderated by David Mednicoff, will go beyond simple stereotypes of tribalism and religious difference to examine the legacy of authoritarian rule, the trajectory of Yemeni social mobilization since 2011, and shifting regional dynamics in the Middle East.
Co-sponsored by the Program in Middle Eastern Studies in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy.
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.