Columbia Global Centers | May 2018 Events

Columbia Global Centers | Amman

The Trump Administration and Jerusalem
May 5, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, and at the University of Chicago. Khalidi is the former President of the Middle East Studies Association and is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies.
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A Model International Mobility Convention: Rights and Governance for Migrants and Refugees
May 6, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Michael W. Doyle is the Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor of Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Law School and the Department of Political Science. His current research focuses on international law and international relations. Doyle served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan where his responsibilities included strategic planning (the “Millennium Development Goals”), outreach to the international corporate sector (the “Global Compact’) and relations with Washington. He also served as an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund in 2006-2013 and currently chairs the International Peace Institute.
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The American Construction of Terrorism: A Legal View
May 9, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wadie Said is a Professor of Law at the Univeristy of South Carolina School of Law. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, immigration law, and seminars on international human rights law and counterterrorism. Prior to this position, Said was a visiting professor in the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida.

The Two Futures of the Arab World
May 13, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tarek Osman is an author, essayist, and broadcaster focusing on the Arab and Islamic worlds. He is the author of Islamism: A History of Political Islam (Yale, 2017) and the international bestselling book Egypt on the Brink (Yale, 2010). Tarek wrote and presented several BBC documentary series, including The Making of the Modern Arab WorldSands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia, and Islam Divided: Sunni-Shii. He is a regular contributor on the Arab and Islamic worlds for leading newspapers and magazines.

Columbia Global Centers | Amman

The Invention of Independent Cinema: A Celebration of Maya Deren and Her Works from 1917-1961
May 4, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Richard Peña received his degree in film studies at Harvard University. Professor Peña has had a long-lasting career as the Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in international cinema and film theory. From 1988 until 2012, he was Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Professor Peña is the Director Emeritus of New York Film Festival, which he chaired for 25 years. He is currently a member of the selection committee at Rome International Film Festival as well as the guest curator at Doha Film Institute.

Ela Başak Atakan (’96 AR) holds a BA in English from Amherst College and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. She has directed numerous music videos in Turkey and written several feature screenplays including: Night and the Fog, an adaptation, the recipient of a Eurimages grant (1997) Death’s Handwriting, and adaptation, produced for Turkish TV (1999) Albatros Come Home!, a Nantucket Film Festival finalist (1996), a Slamdance quarter-finalist and a Sundance Writer’s Lab finalist (2002), Kısmet Massachusetts, a Sundance Writer’s Lab finalist (2003). She currently teaches film at Koç University. 

The Rising Tide of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey
May 10, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis ('02 IA) is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University. In the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a IPC-Stiftung Mercator Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin and a Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University. During his postgraduate studies at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, Dr. Grigoriadis focused on international energy management and policy and Middle Eastern studies.