Five College Consortium

Five College Middle Eastern Studies Program

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.

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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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Intersectionality in the Streets: Resistance in the Time of Trump

Wed, Apr 26 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

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.

Campus: 
Smith College
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The Specter of Islam: Understanding the Global Rise of Islamophobia Today

Fri, Mar 24 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd floor, Frost Library)

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.  

Participants include:

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.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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The Trump Administration's Foreign Policy: What we know so far

Wed, Mar 8 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall

A panel co-sponsored by the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Five College Peace and World Security Studies.

Speakers include:

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

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Twice Marginalized: Fighting for Women and Against the Occupation in Israel

Thu, Mar 2 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Neilson Browsing Room

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.

Campus: 
Smith College
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