The Third Annual Middle East Career Conference

Thursday, February 13  

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 15th Floor, International Affairs Building

Columbia University

Want to work for Endeavor in the Middle East?

Is Booz Allen your dream internship?

Need to learn more about becoming a Foreign Service Officer?

Come learn from and network with professionals.

The conference is organized around breakout sessions-- an ideal networking setting. Already confirmed are esteemed representatives from the New York Times, Endeavor, US Foreign Service, UNDP, Citi, The Economist, Council on Foreign Relations, and Al Hayat.

This event is organized by SIPA's Arab Student Association. 

For more information, please email:    

Anthony Guerbidjian, or Ellen Brooks,

From Gezi Protests to State Crisis: Turkey's Domestic Politics in a Critical Election Year

Thursday, February 6

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm  

Location: TBA

Following more than a decade of AKP administration, growing social cleavages and a deficit of democratic checks and balances became clear with the June 2013 Gezi protests and the December 2013 graft crisis. This talk will explore the issues that will define Turkish political agenda ahead of a set of critical elections.

 Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis is an Assistant Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University  and Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).  

This event is co-sponsored by the History Department and Middle East Institute.  

Poetics of Pedagogy in Revolution

Wednesday, January 29th

Time: 6:15 pm

Location: 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Michelson Theater, Department Cinema Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Screening and Round-table

Discussion moderated by: Hadi Gharabaghi, New York University

With Panelists: 

Agnes Devictor, University of Paris 1, Pantheon - Sorbonne

Jean-Michel FRODON,, Sciences Po Paris, St. Andrews 

Alisa Lebow,  University of Sussex

Mohammad Salemy, Independent Curator

 Free and open to public.

 This event is sponsored by NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia's

School of Art and Film, the Iranian Studies Initiative and the Middle 

East Institute.

Shostakovich for the Children of Syria

Monday, January 13

Music for life International and Doctors Without Borders in "Shostakovich for the Children of Syria" , a fundraising concert in Carnegie Hall. I am honored to be opening the concert with my composition " a sad morning, every morning" which will be followed by Shostakovich's great 7th Symphony.

Proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières humanitarian programs for Syria.

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Films at MoMA

The Square

Sunday, January 12

This journalistic yet personal story follows the Egyptian revolution from its roots in Tahrir Square in 2011 through the summer of 2013, from the public protests demanding the ouster of President Mubarak to the army's subsequent ouster of his successor, Mohammad Morsie, and the resulting actions for and against the Muslim Brotherhood. 

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When I Saw You

January 15 - 22

The Jordan-based filmmaker's second feature, When I Saw You, is set in 1967, when tens of thousands of refugees from Palestine poured into camps in Jordan. Amid the chaos of war, 11-year-old Tarek is separated from his father. Stranded with his mother (an impressive Ruba Blal) in the confined space of the Harir camp, the free-spirited Tarek soon bolts into the surrounding forest in search of his father. His mother follows, and their journey toward home becomes a deeply affecting search for freedom.   

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Third Annual Maqam Fest

Friday, January 10

The Third Annual Maqam Fest features exceptional ensembles from New York and around the world that have a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed over millenia, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the great legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, pervading the musical cultures from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China, and from the Balkans to the Sudan. Maqam Fest articulates the tradition ofmaqam within an evolving world that musically constructs, connects and reconstructs convention. 

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