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.
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.
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.”