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11/06/2017 “Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win”

Prof. Peter Krause (Boston College)

Monday, November 6, 2017

12:15 pm

Oak 438

Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies and the Department of Political Science

Based on years of fieldwork and interviews in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, Krause’s new book Rebel Power explains why some national movements like the Zionists, Algerians, and Irish have been able to establish independent states like Israel, Algeria, and Ireland while others like the Palestinians, Kurds, and Basques have not. Furthermore, the book explains how nationalist groups like the Haganah and Irgun, Fatah and Hamas, and the IRA and SDLP cooperate to gain independence while simultaneously competing with each other to lead it, as well as why they opt for violent or nonviolent methods.

10/16/2017 “Who is the Muslim Woman?”

Dr. Afshan Jafar (associate professor of sociology at Connecticut College)

Monday, October 16, 2017

3:00 pm

Class of ’47 Room

Co-Sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society, UConn Departments of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Middle East Studies

The talk will trace the trajectory of Dr. Jafar’s journey in writing about Muslim women as well as discuss the common misconceptions and perceptions regarding Muslim women in the global North.

3/23/2017 Film screening of “Tickling Giants”

Oak 101, 6:30pm

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision to leave his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode.

Discussion afterwards led by political science Profs. Oksan Bayulgen, Stephen B. Dyson, Tom Hayes, and  Jeremy Pressman

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Middle East Studies, Humanities House, Global House, and Global Affairs

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Israel Academic Travel Awards 2017

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Global Affairs, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies are pleased to announce a competition for travel awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2017. The deadline for application is April 3, 2017. The competition is open to UConn undergraduate and graduate students.  Awards of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs. Awardees will submit a written summary of their travel experience by September 15, 2017.  Please go to for application details.
This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2017, or to incoming students. Summer is defined according to the UConn calendar (end of May through end of August).

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8/1/2017 deadline for Fulbright US Scholar Program Competition

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in the Middle East and North Africa. We invite you to consider applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, and also invite you to encourage your colleagues to be a part of this important international experience. Below you’ll find some ways you can get involved.

  • Consider applying to teach or research– Explore the Catalog of Awards ( and contact us with any questions regarding specific opportunities. Highlights to the region include:

o   Oman: All Disciplines (8367-MU)

o   Jordan: All Disciplines (8358-JO)

o   Tunisia: All Disciplines (8372-TS)

o   Israel: Postdoctoral Fellowship (8357-IS)


  • Refer your U.S. colleagues to receive information about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. IIE/CIES will contact all referrals, providing valuable information about the award offerings and application process. You can also list your colleagues’ primary discipline or preferred country, which will allow us to tailor our guidance.


Join us for an informational webinar on Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. We’ll share an overview of opportunities throughout the Middle East and North Africa and offer a live Q&A.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for the 2018-19 competition is August 1, 2017. Please reach out with any questions or concerns; we’ll be glad to assist.