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.
War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University
Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Moderated by Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor, Barnard College
Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute
North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) presents the 43 RD Annual Conference The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Room 1501 International Affairs Building
Aijaz Ahmad in conversation with Hamid Dabashi
Location: Room 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd Street NY, NY 10027
Aijaz Ahmad is a globally celebrated literary and political theorist. He has taught in universities in the U.S., India and Canada. His work appears in a range of journals such as Socialist Register, New Left Review, Race & Class, and Social Scientist.
His books in English include: Ghazals of Ghalib (1971), In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (1992), Lineages of The Present (1996), Globalization and Culture: Offensives of the Far Right (2004), and Afghanistan, Iraq, and The Imperialism of Our Time (2004).
The event is free and open to the public
Sponsored by Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), the Middle East Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Institute for Religion, the Culture, and Public Life, and the South Asia Institute
Rached Ghannouchi: Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Teatro, Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10027
Rached Ghannouchi is the co-founder and president of the Ennahda Movement, an Islamist group that is currently Tunisia's largest political party and the dominant participant in a coalition that has governed the country since the October 2011 elections. After spending more than two decades in exile for his political activism, Ghannouchi returned to Tunisia in January 2011 to participate in the country's democratic transition. Widely recognized as one of the world's most influential Islamic thinkers and a proponent of Islamic democracy and pluralism, he was named one of TIME's one hundred most influential people in the world in 2012. That year, he also was awarded the Chatham House Prize (with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki) for "the successful compromises each achieved during Tunisia's democratic transition."
His talk will be followed by an opportunity for audience questions.
Registration is required.
This event is sponsored by the World Leaders Forum and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and the Middle East Institute.
Around 1948: Human Rights and Global Transformation
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Pulitzer Hall, Third Floor Lecture Hall
Leading scholars Rashid Khalidi, Lydia H. Liu, Samuel Moyn, and Deborah Nelson discuss the advent and the global impact of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International History, Critical Inquiry, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of History, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Middle East Institute
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