Five College Consortium

Five College Middle Eastern Studies Program

Generation Allah: Democratizing Young Muslim Men and Working Through Holocaust Memory in Germany

Mon, Mar 19 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Gamble Auditorium

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.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Free and open to the public
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A Conversation with Amina Wadud, Smith Global Scholar in Residence

Wed, Feb 7 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: 
Lewis Global Studies Center
Dr. Amina Wadud is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, VA and visiting scholar at Starr King School for Ministry in
Berkeley, California. She is an internationally known scholar on Islam and gender, has lived in six different countries, and has traveled to more than 50 countries as a consultant on Islam, Human Rights, and Women.
Pizza will be provided to the first 25 attendees.
Campus: 
Smith College
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For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or email global@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.
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Yemen's Crisis Continues - What It Means and Why It Matters

Wed, Feb 21 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center Room 165

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.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Together, Apart: Suspect Lives in West Bank Refugee Camps and Israeli Cities

Wed, Jan 31 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Thompson 919 - Rossi Room
In today’s global era of national security, increasing number of people and, most importantly, entire populations are marked and targeted as “suspect.” While research has examined the sociolegal production of suspicion, the question of how “suspect populations” negotiate scrutiny and sociolegal control remains under-researched. This talk will present a comparison of Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp and those in an Israeli “mixed” city to argue that how and by whom securitized control is exercised has enduring emotional and political effects on members of “suspect” groups. Based on ethnography and historical-legal analysis, the talk will show how aggressive forms of militarism push refugee Palestinians to invest in organized solidarity, while subterranean security interventions produce mutual distrust and fragmentation among urban Palestinians. These findings will be placed in dialogue with emerging interdisciplinary conversations on the security state in everyday life.
 
Silvia Pasquetti is assistant professor of sociology at Newcastle University in the UK and currently a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. She studies structures and experiences of displacement, urban militarism, surveillance, securitized humanitarianism, and the relationship between law and morality. Her work appears in such journals as Theory & Society, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Law & Society Review, and Political Power & Social Theory. Her forthcoming book (Oxford University Press) draws on her long-term ethnography among Palestinians in the West Bank and urban Israel. She is currently conducting fieldwork for a new project on border formation and refugee reception in Europe.
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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ASSESSING THE ‘OBAMA SURGE’ IN AFGHANISTAN

Wed, Dec 6 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
West Lecture Hall

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.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Unconventional Revision of Narratives: The Emergence of the ‘Arab Jew’ in Contemporary Arabic Literature

Tue, Nov 7 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont and Georges Lurcy Lecture Funds, the History Department, and Hillel.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Islam in France: France and the Muslums

Thu, Oct 26 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Location: 
Graham Hall

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.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Turkey's Shift from Liberalism to Nationalism: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations

Wed, Oct 25 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Kendade 305

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.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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WADJDA Film Screening

Mon, Oct 23 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Greenway A Event Space

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.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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America and the Middle East - A discussion with Robert Malley and Michael Singh

Thu, Oct 12 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Pruyne Auditorium

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.”

Campus: 
Amherst College
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