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IICAS Middle East Lecture Series

The IICAS Middle East Lecture Series brings a diverse group of experts on the Middle East to UC San Diego to discuss their research on the region. These seminars supplement the Middle East Studies Minor, and are intended for UCSD faculty and students, and open to all interested members of the community.

Middle East Studies Minor

2013-14 Middle East Series Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Associate Professor, History)


The 2013-14 Middle East Lecture Series has concluded.
Please check back later for any upcoming events!

The Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS) sponsors the Middle East Lecture Series at UC San Diego. IICAS supports collaborative international research and area studies, and encourages interdisciplinary research, discussion and information exchange on international, comparative, and cross regional topics.

2013-14 Middle East Past Events

2013-14 Middle East Series Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Associate Professor, History)

Peter Sluglett, National University of Singapore
"Deadly Implications: The Recent Rise of Sectarianism in Syria"
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107.
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series at UC San Diego.

Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
“Born in the Global Nineteenth Century: The Emergence of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East”
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Bldg. (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series at UC San Diego.


Babak Rahimi (University of California, San Diego) and Allan Havis (University of California, San Diego)
"Performing the Middle East"
Thursday, January 16, 2014,1:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Wagner Theatre
Sponsored by IICAS, the Judaic Studies Program, Department of Literature, Program for the Study of Religion and Third World Studies

David Faris, Roosevelt University, Chicago
"Dissent and Revolution in the Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Eygpt"
Monday, November 18, 2013, 5:00 PM, Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau Room)
Sponsored by Department of Literature, Third World Studies, IICAS, and the Middle East Studies Program.

Michael Allan, University of Oregon
"Provincial Cosmopolitanism: André Gide, Taha Hussein and the Limits of World Literature"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau Room)
Sponsored by the Department of Literature, Third World Studies, Middle East Program and IICAS.

2012-13 Middle East Past Events

2012-13 Middle East Studies Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Associate Professor, History)

Camila Pastor, CIDE Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, A.C.
“Suspect Service: Migrating Women, Labor and Prostitution in the Mandate Mediterranean”
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Building (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Kabir Tambar, Stanford University
"Historical Critique and Political Voice after the Ottoman Empire"
Monday, May 13, 2013, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Building (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology, co-sponsored by IICAS.

Hussein Ibish, American Task Force on Palestine
"Israel and the Palestinians in the Second Obama Term"
Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Building (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago
"Rethinking the Jewish-Iraqi Experience in Mid-20th Century Iraq"
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Building (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

“The Iraq War Since 2003: Ten Years of Consequences”
Panel: Mike Davis (UC Riverside), Wael Al-Delaimy (UCSD School of Medicine), Ibrahim al-Marashi (California State University, San Marcos), Hasan Kayali (UC San Diego). Moderator: Michael Provence (UC San Diego)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS Complex
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series, and co-sponsored by the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), the UCSD Division of Arts & Humanities, the UCSD Division of Social Sciences, and UCSD-TV.
Video broadcast on UCSD-TV: 5/6/13, 8 pm (repeats on 5/7 and 5/10). Check UCSD-TV website for online viewing information.

Dr. Peter Wien, University of Maryland
"In Aflaq's Tomb: Islam, the Culture of Arab Nationalism, and Ba'thist Politics of the Dead"
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Avi Raz, University of Oxford
"Perish the Thought: Israel and the Search for Peace in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War"
Friday, November 9, 2012, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Building (ERC), Room 115
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Michael Allan, University of Oregon
"Provincial Cosmopolitanism: Andre Gidé, Taha Hussein and the Limits of World Literature"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau Room)
Sponsored by Department of Literature, Third World Studies, Middle East Program and IICAS

2011-12 Middle East Past Events

2011-12 Middle East Studies Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Associate Professor, History)

Gilberto Conde, El Colegio de Mexico
“Do Opposites Attract?  The Syrian Framing Battle for Legitimacy”
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107.
Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Tariq Ramadan, Oxford University - Cancelled
"Democracy, Islam, and the New Middle East"
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:00 AM, De Certeau Room, Literature Building.
Sponsored by the Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society, with co-sponsorship by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series, the Program for the Study of Religion, and the Department of Literature.

Tariq Ramadan, Oxford University
"Interpreting Islam in a Modern Context"
Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:00 PM, Price Center West Ballroom B.
Sponsored by the Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society, with co-sponsorship by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series, the Program for the Study of Religion, and the Department of Literature.

Stephen Sheehi, University of South Carolina
"Islamophobia: A Mainstream Ideological Formation"
March 8, 2012, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107.
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Salim Tamari, Georgetown University
"Ottoman Cartography and Ethnography of Syria"
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Bldg. (ERC), Room 115.
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Laith Ulaby, Ethnomusciologist and Musician
"Tears in Tahrir from Tamer: Arabic Language Pop Stars and the Arab Spring"
Monday, February 27, 2012, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College Admin. Bldg. (ERC), Room 115.
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series.

Nader Hashemi, University of Denver; Michael Provence, UC San Diego; Ghada Osman,San Diego State University
"The Iranian Green Movement and the Arab Spring One Year Anniversary"
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:00 PM, Literature Building, Room 155 (de Certeau)
Sponsored by the UCSD Department of Literature, UCSD Middle East Program, and IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series

Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
"The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives"
Monday, October 24, 2011, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Michael Provence, UC San Diego
"Impressions from the Arab Spring"
Monday, September 26, 2011, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

2010-11 Middle East Past Events

2010-11 Middle East Studies Faculty Coordinator:
Gershon Shafir (Professor, Sociology)

Benny Morris, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
"One-State and Two-State Solutions to the Palestine/Israel Problem"
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:00 PM, Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas (IOA)
Co-Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series

Asher Susser, Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University
"Identity Politics in Jordan; Implications for Domestic Stability and Relations with Israel "
Monday, May 2, 2011, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Administration Building, Room 115
Jointly sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies and the UCSD Judaic Studies Program
View Susser's articles in the Tablet and bittermelons.

Avner Cohen, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
"The Worst-Kept Secret - Israel's Bargain with the Bomb "
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, IR/PS Classroom 3201
Jointly sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies and the International Affairs Group (IAG)

Roxana Saberi, Journalist
"Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran"
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Price Center West Theater
Co-Sponsered by The Association of Iranian American Professionals; Burke Lectureship in Religion and Society; Critical Gender Studies; Department of Literature; Eleanor Roosevelt College; IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series; Program for the Study of Religion; Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, UC Irvine; and Third World Studies.

Hussein Ibish, Senior Research Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
"Palestinian State-Building: A Real Plan for Peace and Independence"
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011,4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107
Read Hussein Ibish’s recent New York Times Op-Ed.
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Reese Erlich, Peabody Award Winning Journalist
"Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire"
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010,5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Great Hall, International House
Sponsored by the UCSD Department of Literature; Middle East Studies Program; the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS); and IAG of International House

Ilan Peleg, Dana Professor of Government & Law,Lafayette College
"Israel as ‘Jewish and Democratic’: A Recipe for Justice or a Long-Term Disaster?"
Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 107
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

2009-10 Middle East Past Events

2009-10 Middle East Studies Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Assistant Professor, History)

Hussein Ibish,Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
"What's Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal"
Friday, March 12, 2010, IR/PS Room 3201, Robinson Complex
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Professor Laila Parsons,McGill University
"The Return of Narrative to the Historiography of the Early 20th Century Arab World"
Monday, February 22, 2010, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 104
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Professor Keith Watenpaugh, UC Davis
"America's Wards: Orphan Survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the Origins of American Humanitarian Exceptionalism (1920-1925)"
Thusday, January 14, 2010, Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Administration Building, Room 115
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Professor Mona El-Ghobashy, Barnard College
"Petition and Protest in Authoritarian Egypt"
Thusday, October 8, 2009, Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Administration Building, Room 115
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Professor Yucel Yanikdag, University of Richmond
"A Pathological Condition? Socio-Medical Explanations of Desertion in the Ottoman Great War"
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Social Sciences Building (SSB) Room 104
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

2008-09 Middle East Past Events

2008-09 Middle East Studies Faculty Coordinator:
Michael Provence (Assistant Professor, History)

Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, University of California, San Diego; School of Medicine
"Three Decades of Injustice: Health and Human Rights in Iraq"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008, Center Hall, Room 119
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego and the Center for Islamic and Arab Studies, SDSU

Prof. Olivier Roy, Senior Researcher, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
"The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East"
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, Social Sciences Building, Room 107
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

Aboubakr Jamai, Journalist and Visiting Instructor at the University of San Diego
"Morocco, On the Path to Democracy?"
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, Robinson Auditorium, in IR/PS
Sponsored by IICAS Middle East Studies, UC San Diego

2007-08 Middle East Past Events

Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Burke Lecture Presents: "Shari'a and the Challenge of Islamophobia"
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Co-sponsored by UCSD Center for the Humanities; the Dean of Arts and Humanities; the Middle East Studies Program; the Department of History; the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS), and the Burke Lectureship in Religion and Society.
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Anthony Shadid, The Washington Post
"The Long War: Loss and Nostalgia in the Middle East"
Thursday, November 8, 2007, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Robinson Auditorium
Co-sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College, the Department of History, International House, and Middle East Studies at IICAS.
Listen to Tom Fudge from KPBS "These Days" interview Mr. Anthony Shadid online.

Abdul-Rahim Abu Husayn, American University of Beirut/Harvard University
"Rebellion, Myth making and Nation building: Lebanon from an Ottoman mountain Iltizam to a Nation state "
Friday, November 30, 2007, 2:00 PM, H&SS Room 3027; Science Studies Seminar Room
Co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and IICAS Middle East Studies.

Frank Peter
"Muslim Youth and State Policies in Europe"
Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 3:00 PM, Deutz Conference Room, Institute of the Americas
Co-sponsored by the Department of History, IICAS Middle East Studies, and IICAS European Studies.

Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Burke Lecture Presents: "Islamic Law and the Challenge of Islamophobia"
Monday, May 5, 2008
Co-sponsored by UCSD Center for the Humanities; the Dean of Arts and Humanities; the Middle East Studies Program; the Department of History; the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), and the Burke Lectureship in Religion and Society.

Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Burke Lecture Presents: "What has Become of Islamic Law: Some Selected Reflections"
Tuesday, May 6 , 2008
Co-sponsored by UCSD Center for the Humanities; the Dean of Arts and Humanities; the Middle East Studies Program; the Department of History; the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), and the Burke Lectureship in Religion and Society.

2006-07 Middle East Past Events

Aziza Khazzom, University of California, Los Angeles
"Cultural Capital and the Cultural Bases of Ethnic Exclusion in Israel"
Thursday, October 10, 2006, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 101
Co-sponsored by IICAS and the Department of Sociology

Vali Nasr, Naval Postgraduate School
"The Shi'a Revival: From Iran and Iraq to Lebanon and Beyond"
Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:00 PM, Great Hall
Co-sponsored by IICAS, ERC, and IAG

2005-06 Middle East Past Events

Babak Rahimi & Sanford Lakoff, University of California, San Diego
"The Future of Iraq After the Constitutional Referendum"
Monday, November 7, 2005 , 2005, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, ERC Admin Building, IICAS Seminar Room 115
Co-sponsored by IICAS and Middle East Studies

Nancy Gallagher & Salim Yaqub, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Critical Elections in Palestine and Israel"Monday, April 10, 2006, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Weaver Center
Co-sponsored by IICAS and Middle East Studies

Gordon Gray, Assistant Deputy Secretary of State
Thursday, April 20, 2006, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, UCSD Faculty Club
Sponsored by IICAS

Babak Rahimi, University of California, San Diego
"Sectarianism and Democracy in post-Baathist Iraq"
Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, ERC Admin Building, IICAS Seminar Room 115
Sponsored by IICAS

David Edwards
Thursday, June 8, 2006, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Social Sciences Building (SSB), Room 108
Co-sponsored by IICAS and the Department of Anthropology

2004-05 Middle East Past Events

Robert Kittle, Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune; Michael Mosettig, Producer, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour (PBS); Orville H. Schell, from the University of California, Berkeley
A Panel Discussion: "The Media and the Iraq War"
Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 4:30 PM, Weaver Center
Sponsored by IICAS

Joseph Logan, Middle East Correspondent; Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer; Michael Provence, from the University of California, San Diego
A Panel Discussion: "US, Iraq, and A Changing Middle East"
Thursday, April 7, 2005, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Weaver Center
Sponsored by IICAS

2003-04 Middle East Past Events

Rita Hauser, Ambassador
"The Middle East after the Iraq War"
Monday, November 10, 2003, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Weaver Center
Co-sponsored by IICAS and Middle East Studies

Peter Sluglett, University of Utah
"Against all reason: the US administration's Litany of Errors in Iraq"
Thursday, April 15, 2004, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Price Center, Gallery B
Co-sponsored by IICAS and Middle East Studies

Rashid Khalid, Columbia University
"Resurrecting Empire"
Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Weaver Center
Co-sponsored by IICAS and Middle East Studies

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