The Middle East Insitute - Columbia University



The Middle East Institute
Columbia University
Phone: 212-854-2584
Fax: 212-854-1413
606 West 122 Street
Knox Hall - Third Floor
New York, New York 10027
Mail Code 9640

The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Fostering an inter-regional and multi-disciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim Diaspora communities.

The Institute sponsors approximately 30 lunch-time talks per year on topics ranging from art and literature to current events, hosts conferences, and provides a neutral atmosphere for scholarly and student exchanges of views on issues concerning the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It offers courses and outreach seminars to teachers and adult education groups, briefs journalists, and generally acts as a clearing-house for requests for information on the region and its peoples by the media, educational professionals, and the interested public, drawing upon the expertise of its own staff and the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.

Events – SPRING 2016

  • Thursday, January 21
    The Arab World and the West: A History
    In conversation with Jean-Pierre Filiu and Rashid Khalidi
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Location: Room 1501, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

    JEAN-PIERRE FILIU, Historian and professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po Paris

    RASHID KHALIDI, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature, Chair of the Department of History,Columbia University

    moderated by MADELEINE DOBIE, Associate Professor of French, Columbia University

    Jean-Pierre Filiu discusses his book, Les Arabes, leur destin et le nôtre, which aims to shed light on struggles in the Arab world today by exploring the entwined histories of the Arab world and the West, starting with Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt in 1798, through military expeditions and brutal colonial regimes, broken promises and diplomatic maneuvers, support for dictatorial regimes, and the discovery of oil riches. He also discusses the “Arab Enlightenment” of the 19th Century and the history of democratic struggles and social revolts in the Arab world, often repressed.

    This event is co-sponsored by the sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Alliance Program and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

  • Wednesday, February 10
    The Middle East and the Arab Spring; Where are we now and why?
    Time: 12:10-1:10pm
    Location: Room 105, Jerome Greene Hall

    with Ambassador Ahmed Fathalla.

    Please join the Human Rights Institute, Rightslink, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Middle East Institute for a discussion with Ambassador Ahmed Fathalla regarding the current prospects for the Arab Spring and the future of human rights.

    A national of Egypt, Ambassador Fathalla is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United Nations. He previously served as First Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, and Assistant Foreign Minister responsible for European Affairs from 2010-2011 and for Asian Affairs from 2009-2010.

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