April 2011: Getting close to the end…

Hello all!

As spring semester is slowly wrapping up, I wanted to take a moment to remind of you of some great resources.  The MESP website has lots of information regarding courses, faculty, etc.  I will continue to update this blog with internships, events around campus, and other opportunities.  If you know of any events that you feel relate to MESP, please feel free to email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.  Furthermore, check out the Ghapps website for all of the international events around campus.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.

Thanks so much and good luck with finals!


April 2011: Lecture and Q&A About Libya

Do you want to know more about the current situation in Libya?
The Distinguished Lecture Series will present a spotlight on Libya event
Monday April 25 at 6pm in the Memorial Union (for room check TITU).
No tickets required, seating may be limited.

Our presenter is UW Political Science Prof. Jon Pevehouse
who will be discussing recent events and hosting a Q&A.

Prof. Jon Pevehouse is an expert in international relations theory,
international security, foreign policy, international political economy, and political methodology.
Specifically, Professor Pevehouse focuses on the link between international institutions and their political
and economic outcomes whether at the domestic or international level.
Topics on which he has recently published include reciprocity in regional conflicts,
regional trade agreements, international influences on democratization, and economic interdependence.

April 2011 Lecture: “Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond”

The Middle East Studies Program will be hosting the final lecture of our Spring Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm in Ingraham Hall, Room 206.  Professor Mehdi Bozorgmehr will be giving a lecture entitled “Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond” based on his book of the same title.

This award-wining book is a comprehensive analysis of the impact of hate crimes and government initiatives on Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans after 9/11 and the organized responses of these communities.  Mehdi Bozorgmehr is Professor of Sociology and founding Co-Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

For more information, please visit mideast.wisc.edu or email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.  Please see attached flier.

Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!

Middle East Studies Program

Upcoming MESP Lecture on Tuesday, April 12

MESP has a lecture coming up on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 pm by Professor Adeed Dawisha.  The lecture is entitled “The Winter of their Discontent: Arabs, Revolutions and Democratic Struggles” and will be held in Ingraham Hall, Room 206.  It is co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science

Adeed Dawisha is a Distinguished Professor at Miami University and has researched extensively on the international and comparative politics of the Middle East.  In addition to over 65 journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Dawisha has published 10 books, the latest of which is “Iraq: A Political History from Independence to Occupation” (Princeton, 2009).  He has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and International Herald Tribune. He has also appeared on British and American television, most frequently on CNN and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and has been interviewed regularly by National Public Radio and the BBC’s world and domestic services.

If you need any further information, please feel free to email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.

Thank you so much and we hope to see you there!

Middle East Studies Program

April 2011: Upcoming Event: The Arabian Nights

Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha,
creators of the animated series, 1001 Nights
and co-founders of its production company, Big Bad Boo Studios

in a conversation

‘Negotiating the opportunities and dangers
of representing 1001 Nights
at this historical moment
in the US’

Thursday, April 7
1 – 2 p.m.
6203 Social Science Bldg.

The conversation with Rezaei and Jetha is made possible by the ongoing series “Great World Texts in Wisconsin,” sponsored and organized by the U.W. Madison Humanities Center. This year’s “world text” is 1001 Nights. Following on teachers’ workshop in fall and spring semesters, the Center is hosting a student conference on Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 – 3:30 in the Memorial Union to showcase the work of high-school students from around the state who’ve been reading 1001 Nights in their classes. Rezaei and Jetha are the keynote speakers at that conference.

For more information, visit the event website.