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Season 2

Panel on Turkish Protests

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Birol Yesilada, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Endowed Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies, Director of the Center for Turkish Studies; James Grehan, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Middle East Studies Center; Pelin Basci, Associate Professor of Turkish Language and Literature, Associate Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

Gain or Loss


America in an Arab Mirror

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Kamal Abdel-Malek, novelist and scholar at the American University in Dubai

Abdel-Malek's anthology of translated excerpts of travel writing from Arabic portrays the many faces of the love-hate ties between the Arab world and the United States.

Gain or Loss


About In an Antique Land

Friday, May 24, 2013 - Bishupal Limbu, Portland State University Assistant Professor of English

This multi-generic book moves back and forth between Amitav Ghosh's experience living in small villages and towns in the Nile Delta and his reconstruction of a Jewish trader and his slave's lives in the eleventh century.

Gain or Loss


Hellenic Studies: Landscapes of the Late Byzantine Village & Monastery: A View from the Morea

Friday, May 17, 2013 - Sharon Gerstel, University of California, Los Angeles Professor of Byzantine Art History and Archaeology

A look across the layered landscape of the Morea, the medieval Peloponnese, to investigate the relationship between villages and monasteries.

Gain or Loss


Women, War & Human Rights: Lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq & Palestine

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Therese Saliba, third world feminist studies faculty at Evergreen State College, Washington

From “Shock and Awe” to drone strikes, a look at the real effects on women’s lives from a decade of military interventions in the Middle East and the implications for women’s human rights.

Gain or Loss


Minorities and the Arab Revolutions

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Juan Cole, University of Michigan Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History

The political upheavals in the Arab republics since 2011 have shaken old political hierarchies and opened elections to once-banned groups.  Because the republics sought support from minorities, these revolutions have put the latter in a difficult position

Gain or Loss


Iran: Modern & Medieval

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Aria Minu-Sepehr, author, memoirist, and teacher

Conflicting positions on Iran stem from the fact that Iran itself is divided—a nation at once modern and medieval.

Gain or Loss


The Ideal Warrior in the Persian Book of Kings

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Dick Davis, Professor Emeritus of Persian, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Ohio State University

Written by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi at the end of the tenth century, the Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, traces the course of Persian history from Creation to the mid-seventh century.

Gain or Loss


The Arab Spring & Women’s Political Rights: Gain or Loss?

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Taghrid Khuri, adjunct member of faculty for International Studies and Women’s Studies, Portland State University

Gain or Loss


'Hasht Bihisht': the Garden of the Eight Paradises - the place of the garden in early Mughal culture

Thursday, February 28, 2013 -Stephen Dale, Professor Emeritus of History, The Ohio State University

This illustrated talk discussed the Central Asian and Afghan origins of the Mughal Empire of India as revealed in the autobiography of its founder, Zahir al-Din Muhammad Babur



Electoral Politics in Tunisia

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 -Lindsay Benstead, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Portland State University; Mohamed Daoud, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Institut Spérieur des Langue de Tunis, Tunisia, and Fulbright Fellow, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University; and Keith Walters, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University

A discussion of Tunisia’s first post-transition election following the ratification of its constitution by the constituent assembly



Women Writers of Iran: Past & Present

Thursday, February 14, 2013 -Dick Davis, Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University

A look at some of the continuities and connections between earlier and contemporary Iranian Women's writing.

Women Writers of Iran


Beyond Zionism: A New Paradigm for Peace in Palestine

Monday, February 11, 2013 - Miko Peled, Israeli writer and activist living in San Diego

Peled's book The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine follows the development of the Israeli Palestinian issue from a national and personal perspective.

Beyond Zionism


Art & Nonviolent Resistance in Syria

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Omar Offendum, hip hop artist; Dana Ghazi, a Syrian immigrant and student at Portland State; and Tom Hastings, faculty in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and Director, PeaceVoice Program at the Oregon Peace Institute. Moderated by Joy Henry, a Graduate Student on the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State and a member of Students United for Nonviolence.

A panel discussion centering on the film, The Suffering Grasses, directed by Iara Lee, which aims to give voice to those most affected by the violence in Syria.

Art and Nonviolent Resistance in Syria, featuring hip hop artist Omar Offendum


Hellenic Studies: Open Discussion with the Readers of Homer

Monday, December 3, 2012

A roundtable discussion with the Readers of Homer, students, faculty and community participants, following a marathon Iliad reading.



(Post-)Revolution Tunisia

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Mohamed Daoud, Professor of Applied Liguistics, Institut Spérieur des Langue de Tunis (ISLT), Tunisia, and Fulbright Fellow in the Portland State University Department of Applied Linguistics

An informal discussion of contemporary Tunisia


Hellenic Studies:Why we know Plato: Byzantium and the Classics

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Dimitrios Tsougarakis, Onassis Scholar



Conventional Wisdoms of the Arab Spring: Algerian and Tunisian Exceptionalism?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Laryssa Chomiak, Director, Centre d'Études Mahgrébines à Tunis and Robert Parks, Founding Director, Centre d'Études Maghrébines en Algérie

Few would have ever anticipated that events 'triggering' the 'Arab Spring' would have come from Tunisia, and fewer still would have thought Algeria would weather the subsequent storm.


Arab Israeli Conflict and Cooperation: The Question of Water

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Aaron Wolf, Professor of Geography, Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences 

Does territory exist over which sovereignty has been sought politically or militarily, or which would be insisted upon in the course of current territorial negotiations, solely because of its access to water sources?


From Pearls to FIFA: A Narrative of Doha’s Budding Architecture & Urbanism

Monday, October 8, 2012 - Ali A. Alraouf, architect, urban designer, writer and educator 

Critical observation of Gulf cities’ development in the last decade reveals a number of architectural and urban paradigms.


Sidewalk Stories: Informal Urbanism in Dubai

Friday, October 5, 2012 - Yasser Elsheshtawy, Associate Professor, United Arab Emirates University Department of Architectural Engineering 

Research on Dubai has typically focused on the city’s spectacular and rapid urban transformation. Yasser Elsheshtawy goes beyond the city as spectacle by exploring and uncovering its hidden spaces.


Tutankhamun’s Last Secret

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - Nicholas Reeves, Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Egyptian Art

The solid gold headpiece crowning the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamun is surely the best-known Egyptian artwork in the world. Or is it? While many have looked, all have failed to see.


Season 1


A Checkpoint Effect? Evidence from a Natural Experiment on Travel Restrictions in the West Bank

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Daphna Canetti, Associate Professor, University of Haifa School of Political Science

Checkpoints are a centerpiece of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, yet remain understudied. How do they affect Palestinian preferences towards violence? What role do they play in the Peace Process and regional security?

What Maritime Archeology Reveals about Ancient Egypt

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Pearce Paul Creasman, Assistant Research Professor of Dendrochronology, University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

The Middle East Studies Center co-sponsors a series of lectures with the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center.

Hellenic Studies: The Greeks on Display: How the Vatican Invented Modern Art Museums, and Reinvented Religion Along the Way

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies, Georgia State University



Global Education Through Film: Teaching History Through Film

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Richard Paxton, Professor of Education, Pacific University Oregon

Audio from workshop for educators which focused on the use of film to teach about international topics in the K-12 classroom.


Global Education Through Film: Identity Building in Israel

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Sylvia Frankel, adjunct member of the faculty, Lewis and Clark College Religious Studies Department

Audio from workshop for educators which focused on the use of film to teach about international topics in the K-12 classroom.

Islamic Finance & Investments

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - Ambassador Patrick N. Theros, President & Executive Director, US-Qatar Business Council and Mohammad S. Rahman, founder, Institute of Halal Investing & adjunct faculty, Portland State University School of Business Administration

One of the latest revelations in the modern banking industry has been the introduction of Islamic finance and investment activities, referring to transactions that are compliant with Sharia Muslim law.

The Deep-Roots of Modern Greece: Burden or Opportunity?

Monday, May 14, 2012 - Carol Thomas, Professor of Greek History and Director of the Hellenic Studies Program, University of Washington

US-Iran Relations: To Bomb or Not To Bomb

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Masoud Kheirabadi, adjunct faculty for International Studies, Geography, and Sociology, Portland State University



Revolt and Reform: Electoral Politics in the New North Africa

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Lindsay Benstead, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Portland State University and Ellen Lust, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University

North Africa is a relatively understudied region in the Muslim world, yet it has been at the center of the Arab Spring.

Modern Art in Iraq: From the pioneers of the 1930s to the looting of 2003

Monday, February 27 , 2012 - Salam Atta Sabri, Iraqi artist and the founder and Director of the Iraqi Pioneers Committee in Baghdad

The Withdrawal of U.S. Military Forces from Iraq

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Steve Niva, member of the faculty, the Evergreen State College

On December 18, 2011, all U.S. military troops withdrew from Iraq, leaving behind an uncertain and undoubtedly fragile state.

Hellenic Studies: Father Pavlos

Thursday, February 14, 2012 - Father Pavlos and Sister Joanna of St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt.



The Iraqi Refugee Experience

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Baher Bhutti

This talk focused on displacement and the psychological and socioeconomic conditions that influence the transition of Iraqi refugees in Portland.

Japan's Global Claim to Islam: Transnational Nationalism & World Power 1900-1945

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - Ayşe Selçuk Esenbel, Graduate Student Advisor, Bogaziçi University Department of History

The history of Imperial Japan’s interplay with the Muslim world reflects a history of transnational nationalism that is part of the inception of twentieth century world power behavior.

Media Wars: Journalists, Generals and Jihadis

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - Lawrence Pintak, founding dean, Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Media drove the Arab Spring and it is a tool in the global spread of terrorism. Now governments are striking back. In this talk, Dr. Lawrence Pintak will explore the battle for hearts, minds and the computer.

Tahrir Square Three Hundred Days Later: Did the Revolution Really Succeed?

Tuesday, December 6, 2012 - Nohad A. Toulan, Dean Emeritus, Portland State University’s College of Urban & Public Affairs and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Urban Studies & Planning

Post-Colonial Criticism & Muslim-Christian Relations in the Late Ottoman Empire

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - Vangelis Kechriotis, Assistant to the Chair, Boğaziçi University Department of History


People, Power & Protest: Teaching About the Palestinian Occupied Territories

Friday, October 14, 2011 - Laura Robson, Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Portland State University

Audio from workshop for educators which focused on the use of hip hop music and art to teach about social and political protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


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