Past Events

March 11, 2020 “Tel Aviv on Fire” documentary film screening

March 8, 2020 “After Dawn” play by Ned Izadi, with talkback about women’s issues in Iran

March 4, 2020 “The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East” lecture by Professor Micheline Ishay, University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies

February 13, 2020 “Repression Before and After the Arab Spring” lecture by Professor Elizabeth Nugent, Yale University

October 17, 2019 “Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins” panel discussion and book launch with Professor Sarah Willen

October 14, 2019 “Al Andalus: A Musical Journey” concert and lecture by Flamenco Master Oscar Herrero and Professor Nicola Carpintieri

September 10, 2019 “For Sama” documentary film screening and discussion

September 26, 2018 “Development, Politics, Demography, and Diffusion: The Anti-Regime Protests in Iran, December 2017 – 2018” lecture by Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College

March 6, 2018 “Addressing the Emergency in Ghouta” forum to address the emergency in Ghouta, Syria with Stanley Heller, Chairman of the Middle East Crisis Committee of Hartford, CT

November 14, 2017 “The Radical Jew” film screening with Director Noam Osband

November 14, 2017 “Ta’al Bachir (Come Tomorrow): The Politics of Waiting for Citizenship” lecture by Dr. Noora Lori, Boston University

November 6, 2017 “Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win” lecture by Professor Peter Krause, Boston College

October 18, 2017 “How the Internet Helps Women Gain Authority in Islam” lecture by Dr. Rich Nielesn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 16, 2017 “Who is the Muslim Woman?” lecture by Dr. Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology, Connecticut College

October 12, 2017 “Feminism in Islam” panel on Female Empowerment and Feminism with Attorneys Tahirah Amatul- Wadud, Uswah Khan, and Mubarakhah Ibrahim

May 3, 2017 Book Celebration of the Work of Professors Fred Roden and Pat Hogan

April 21-22, 2017 “Religious Conviction & Intellectual Humility in Public Life” Interdisciplinary Workshop

April 4, 2017 “The Forbidden Conversation: A One-Act Play” and conversation with Gil Getz

March 23, 2017 “Tickling Giants” film screening

March 9, 2017 “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel” lecture by Professor Dov Waxman, Northeastern University.

October 8, 2016 “War and Peace in Islam” North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) 45th Annual Conference

September 27, 2016 “Medicine and Maimonides in Medieval Egypt: Notes from the Cairo Geniza” faculty colloquium with Dr. Efraim Lev

September 22, 2016 “Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg” lecture by Dr. Pnina Rosenberg

September 21, 2016 “A Long Day’s Journey into the Dark Past: Artist-Survivors Facing their Holocaust Memories” lecture by Dr. Pnina Rosenberg

September 20, 2016 “The Jewish ‘Stone Age’ in Roman Palestine” Dr. Yonatan Adler in conversation with Professor Stuart S. Miller (link to flyer)

May 11, 2016 Connecticut-Israel Innovation Showcase

April 15, 2016 “The Global Refugee Crisis

March 31, 2016 “Children of Aleppo” Frontline documentary screening and discussion

March 12-14, 2016 International Conference on Cross Cultural Encounters (ICCCE) in Cairo, Egypt

March 7, 2016 “Cairo’s Tahrir Square, 2011: An Eyewitness to a Revolution” talk by Carol Gray, JD, LLM

March 3, 2016 “Modern Islamophobia: Muslims in Europe and the U.S.” community conversation with Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religion, Manhattan College

January 28, 2016 “Muslim Women, Veiling, and Human Rights” lecture by Professor Sahar Amer, University of Sydney

January 26, 2016 “Resettling Syrian Refugees in the United States” dialogue with Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven

January 25-27, 2016 “Political Parties in the Middle East: Past, Present and Future Perspectives” conference at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom

November 16, 2015 “Speak Out” on the Syria Refugee Emergency

November 14-15, 2015 “The Reception of European Orientalism in the East: Scholarly Encounters in India, Iran, and the Mashriq during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” conference at Dartmouth College

November 12, 2015 “The Syrian Refugee Emergency: Humanitarian and Human Rights Perspectives" panel discussion with Dr. Zaid Eyadat, Dr. Jeff Crisp, University of Oxford, and Dr. M. Anne Sa’adeh, Dartmouth College

November 10, 2015 “From Enmity to Friendship: The Remarkable Transformation of Christian-Jewish Relations Since Vatican 11 (1965)” Louis J. Kuriansky Annual Conference

October 22, 2015 “Arab-Jewish Coexistence Panel” with guest speakers from the Beit Hagefen Center in Haifa, Israel

June 24-26 BRISMES international Annual Conference: “Liberation?” at the London School of Economics Middle East Centre, United Kingdom

May 1, 2015 Middle East Teachers Workshop Program

April 18, 2015 “Love and Spirituality: Mysticism of Attar” seminar by Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland and Dr. Michael Barry, Princeton University

April 13, 2015 “Israel’s 2015 Elections: The Country Spoke, But What in the World Did It Say?” lecture by Herb Keinon, Diplomatic Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post

March 30, 2015 “Maimonidean Controversies in Egypt” faculty colloquium with Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Wesleyan University

March 26, 2015 “The Future of Israeli-Palestinian Relations” panel discussion with Professor Nadya Hajj, Wellesley College, Professor Peter Krause, Boston College, and Professor Ora Szekely, Clark University, moderated by Professor Jeremy Pressman

March 13, 2015 “Where Policy Meets Humanity: Making Human Rights Real for Everyone” public lecture by Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

March 11, 2015 “Living with a Dual Identity” book discussion by Sayed Kashua

February 18, 2015 “Gendered Places, Global Spaces: Women, Work, and World’s Fairs” Evidence from the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) School for Girls, City of Tunis 1883-1893 workshop with Dr. Joy Land

February 11, 2015 “Expansion and Decline: Al-Qaeda’s Branching Out Strategy and Its Consequences” lecture by Professor Barak Mendelsohn, Haverford College

November 6, 2014 “All Eyes on Egypt: Religion and the Medical Use of Dead Bodies Amidst Cairo’s Political Unrest” lecture by Dr. Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University

November 3, 2014 “A Reporter’s First Hand Report: Assad, ISIS, Obama and the US Middle East Policy” talk by Reese Erlich, Freelance Journalist

October 28, 2014 “The Dangerous Neighborhood of the Middle East” Louis J. Kuriansky Annual Conference

October 2, 2014 “The Paradoxical Spaces of ‘New Feminism’ in the Midst of ‘Revolution’ in North Africa and the Middle East” lecture by Dr. Zakia Salime, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

October 1, 2014 “Healing the Palestinian Israeli Conflict” Global House Forum

September 15, 2014 “Ritual Mutuality in North Africa: Jews and Muslims listen to the Ten Commandments in the Synagogue” lecture with Dr. Harvey Goldberg, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University

Fall 2014 Stamford Lunch & Learn Series

September 2, 2014 “Practical and Theoretical Medicine in Medieval Eastern Societies: The Case of the Cairo Genizah” lecture with Dr. Efraim Lev

May 1, 2014 “Trends in Contemporary Islam: Radicalization and the Quest for Secular Politics” lecture by Dr. Zaid Eyadat, Dean, School of International Studies and Political Science, University of Jordan

April 24, 2014 “Women’s Rights in the Middle East” UConn Reads panel and discussion of the book Persepolis

April 18, 2014 “Revolution and Liberal Legality in Egypt’s Arab Spring” lecture by Professor Amr Shalakany, The American University in Cairo

March 6, 2014 “Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist” film screening and panel discussion on political art in Iran with Professor Behrooz Moazami and artist Nicky Nodjoumi

March 6, 2014 “The Invention of Modern Theocracy: Iran’s Unfinished Revolution” lecture by Professor Behrooz Moazami, Associate Professor of History and Director of Middle East Peace Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans

February 26, 2014 “Asylum Seekers or ‘Infiltrators’? Reckoning Deservingness in Israel’s Moral Economy” faculty forum luncheon with Professor Sarah Willen

February 13, 2014 “Outlaw Motherhood on a Moral Frontier: Migrant ‘Illegality’ and Gender Vulnerability on Israel’s Margins” Fellows’ public talk with Professor Sarah Willen

November 20, 2013 “The Multiple Meanings of Integration: Lessons Learned from the case of Israelis of Ethiopian Origin” faculty forum lecture with Adane Zawdu, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

November 14, 2013 “Religion & Politics of Identity in Contemporary Egyptian Theater” lecture by Professor Mohammed Albakry, UConn Humanities Institute Fellow for 2013-14, Professor of English & Applied Linguistics at Middle Tennessee State University

November 14, 2013 “The (Israeli) Movie ‘Footnote’ and Its Literary Models” lecture with Nehama Aschkenasy

November 5, 2013 “Hot Topics Discussions: ‘The Internationalization of the Civil War in Syria’” lecture with Professors Jeff Lefebvre and Joel Blatt

November 4, 2013 “I’m a Civil War – The Life of Chaim Gouri” film screening with Omri Lior, documentary filmmaker

October 25, 2013 “Religion and the Rise and Fall of Islamic Science” lecture with Eric Chaney, Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

October 22, 2013 “My Twenty Years of Negotiating between the Vatican and Israel: Lessons for Peace in the Land” public lecture with The Most Reverend Monsignor David Jaeger

October 17, 2013 “International Responses to the Middle East” Global House Forum

September 23, 2013 “Arab Revolutions, Political Islam and the new trends in Middle East Studies” lunch series with Dr. Zaid Eyadat, University of Jordan