"The Museum of Innocence" - A discussion of Orhan Pamuk's latest publication
Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

"The Museum of Innocence" - A discussion of Orhan Pamuk's latest publication

  • 509 Knox Hall, Columbia University

Join us for an in depth analysis of Orhan Pamuk’s recent internationally acclaimed publication The Museum of Innocence, which tells a remarkable love story that spans decades. In the author’s own words, it deals with obsessive passion and the great question what is love, really? 

Please note that Mr. Pamuk will not be present for this event. 

Cosponsored by the American Turkish Society Book Clb, the Middle East Institute and the SIPA Turkish Initiative
 

Nov
9
7:30 pm19:30

Iran: A History of Shia Juridical Thought

  • 1501 International Affairs Building, Columbia University


Video of the event here. 

The event is in honor of Professor Richard W. Bulliet who has been a member of the Columbia University Department of History for thirty-five years. 

Join panelists Juan Cole, Mohsen Kadivar and Roy Mottahedeh as they present three short papers that address the history of Shia juridical authority in Iran. A question and answer period will follow

Moderated by Hossein Kamaly, Assistant Professor in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department, Barnard College. 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Free and Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by The Middle East Institute and The Department of History. 

The Individual Against Historical Narratives in Yousry Nasrallah's Films
Oct
24
7:30 pm19:30

The Individual Against Historical Narratives in Yousry Nasrallah's Films

  • 614 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

Bursting onto the scene with his first feature film, SUMMER THEFTS, in 1988,Yousry Nasrallah reinvigorated Egyptian cinema with this devastating portrait of childhood friendship and its various permutations as the characters grow into adulthood during the turbulent social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Since then, Nasrallah’s work has been at the forefront of Egyptian cinema, exploring different genres and themes, never shying away from turning popular convention on its head. 

Join Yousri as he discusses his films. Participants are encouraged to go see the films in the preceding week. 

Click here for a schedule, address and movie ticketing details

Special Discount for Columbia Students: $6, with Columbia ID 

Sponsored by The Middle East Institute and ARTeEAst

A conversation with acclaimed director Yesim Ustaloglu
Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

A conversation with acclaimed director Yesim Ustaloglu

  • 509 Knox Hall, Columbia University

The Institute of Turkish Studies at Columbia University Women of Turkey workshop presents one of the nation's most prominent film director to discuss her latest film ARAF "Somewhere In Between"

Seating Limited. Registration Required 

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the American Turkish Society and the Moon and Stars Project.

Empire in the Middle East
Oct
11
4:00 pm16:00

Empire in the Middle East

  • 1918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Weatherhead East Asian Institute presents the 2012-2013 Workshop Series After the Postcolonial Turn: Global Perspectives Inaugurating the new series Institutes Global Connections

On the premise that post-colonialism (the theory and scholarly practice) and post-coloniality (the historical condition) have both reached a new stage, this series of informal workshop-discussions will compare the specificities of colonial histories across the globe in order to identify commonalities and differences toward the goal of a new conceptualization of those all-too-well-worn words: colonialism and empire. 

With guest lecturer Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Department of History. Discussant: Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History, Department of History

The full schedule is available online

Co-sponsored by The Institute of African Studies, The Harriman Institute, The Blinken European Institute, Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, The Middle East Institute, Committee on Global Thought, and Departments of History, Anthropology and East Asian Languages and Cultures. 

Between Promise and Fragility: Aesthetic Belongings in the Body of Contemporary Palestinian Art
Oct
11
12:30 pm12:30

Between Promise and Fragility: Aesthetic Belongings in the Body of Contemporary Palestinian Art

  • 208 Knox Hall, Columbia University

With Kirsten Scheid, Associate Professor of Anthropology American University of Beirut. Moderated by Zainab Bahrani, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.

A discussion of contemporary Palestinian art practices and an analysis of how artworks, especially those depicting bodies or their absence, reveal and reform ideas about the individual, community, locality, and aesthetic belonging since the 1993 Oslo Accords. 

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute, Department of Anthropology and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies.
 

Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

A Discussion with Gerard Aruad, French Ambassador to the United Nations, on the current situation in Syria

  • 1501 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Gérard Araud is the French Ambassador to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of August 2012. For a full bio, click here

Opening Remarks by Robert C. Lieberman, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs. Moderated byRashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Department of History

Sponsored by Middle East Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs, Alliance Program and the UN Studies Program at SIPA

Seating limited to Columbia Students. To register, please click here

"Tennis in Nablus" by Ismail Khalidi
Oct
4
6:30 pm18:30

"Tennis in Nablus" by Ismail Khalidi

  • Miller Theater, Columbia University

A staged reading of Tennis in Nablus, written by playwright and poet Ismail Khalidi. Moderated by Peter Goodman. 

This "tragipoliticomedy" was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best New Play and awarded the Quest for Peace Award from the Kennedy Center. 

Presented by Columbia University School of the Arts, the Center for Palestine Studies, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Middle East Institute and Alwan for the Arts. 

Free & open to all. Registration Required 

What a Strange Idea: To be a Writer in the Arab World!
Sep
17
6:00 pm18:00

What a Strange Idea: To be a Writer in the Arab World!

  • East Gallery, Buel Hall, Columbia University

Lecture by Anouar Benmalek.

It is a gamble for a writer to live in the Arab world. Violent dictatorships and intolerance can put a high price on the act of writing: They may either destroy the desire to write, or force the writer to follow the advice of a poet who sacrificed his life for his craft: Silence is death/And you, if you remain silent, you die/And if you speak, you die/So speak and die. 

Anouar Benmalek is a Franco-Algerian writer, poet and professor of mathematics. He was a founding member of the Algerian Committee Against Torture and editor of the Cahier noir d'octobre about the torture committed by the Algerian army and police during the riots of October 1988. He is the prize-winning author of many books including Le Rapt (2009) and Tu ne mourras plus demain (2011). 

Sponsored by the Institute of African Studies, the Middle East Institute, the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and Maison Francaise

Copies of Abduction (Le Rapt) will be available for purchase at the event. 

The Soviet Union and the Yom Kippur War of 1973: New Sources and Insights
Sep
12
6:15 pm18:15

The Soviet Union and the Yom Kippur War of 1973: New Sources and Insights

  • 1219 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Please join us for a talk by Professor Galia Golan-Gild, Lauder School of Government, Policy and Diplomacy , Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC). 

Chaired by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies

Prof. Golan-Gild serves as academic director of the Government Program at the Raphael Recanati International School at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Her specializations are international crises, the Arab-Israeli con?ict and current political issues. 

Sponsored with the Harriman Institute

Sep
6
4:15 pm16:15

The Arab Spring: Rule of Law in Transitional Settings, Libya, Tunisia and Beyond

  • 107 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

A discussion with His Honour, Mr Kamal Bashir Idhan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Libya and H.E. Said Mechichi, State Secretary for Reform, Ministry of the Interior of Tunisia.

With Introductory remarks by Mr. Jordan Ryan, Director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. 

Please RSVP to: Gabriel Pestre, Alliance Program Assistant atgpp2107@columbia.edu 

The challenges of re-establishing the rule of law, justice and security in countries undergoing a political transition from dictatorship to democracy are complex – and national and regional dimensions have important implications. Both Libya and Tunisia are in the process of such a transition. At the same time, each of these countries is grappling with its own particular context, and distinct legacies of institutional and social upheaval. The discussion will present some of the important dilemmas facing Libya and Tunisia in their present moments of transition, expanding on experiences of how strengthening national capacities for justice and security can contribute to rebuilding trust between citizens and the State, ensuring peaceful transition and restoring stability. 

Sponsored with the Alliance Program, Office of United Nations Development Program, Center on Global Legal Transformation and the Office of International Programs at Columbia Law School.