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Recent Events

"Teach-In and Discussion on Afghanistan," with Fereshta Abbasi, Human Rights Lawyer & former advisor to Afghanistan Attorney General Office; Christian Cabaniss, Retired Colonel, Marine Corps and Military Operations Analyst; Joshua Landis, Sandra Mackey Chair in Middle East Studies & Director, Center for Middle East Studies & Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies; Mike Boettcher, Gaylord Visiting Professional Professor & veteran network news correspondent, University of Oklahoma; Mohammad Qadam Shah, Assistant Professor of Global Development, Seattle Pacific University

"Yezidis of Iraq: The Struggle Against a 21st Century Genocide," with Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation

"Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom and Tolerance," with Mustafa Akyol, Cato Institute

Past Events

October 24, 2016
The Foreign Policies of Clinton and Trump
Roundtable Discussion with Firat Demir, Joshua Landis, Peter Gries, Robert Lifset and Alan McPherson

October 3, 2016
Christians, Muslims and the End of the Ancient World
with Dr. Jack Tannous, Princeton University

September 8, 2016
Iran and the World
Panel Discussion with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Professor Samer Shehata 

April 11, 2016
Armies and Revolutions: The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective
by Dr. Zoltan Barany, The University of Texas at Austin

March 24, 2016
Islam in America, What in the World Is Going on? 
Student Panel Discussion: What is it like to be a Muslim in Oklahoma?  
Dr. Charles Kimball, Dr. Manata Hashemi

February 29, 2016
Do Drones Have A "Blowback" Effect? Some Evidence From Pakistan's Tribal Areas
with Dr. Aqil Shah, University of Oklahoma

February 8, 2016
Israel and the Palestinian Territories in 2015 a Retrospective
by Dr. D. Gershon Lewental

October 27, 2016
Discovering Baghdad
with Lauren Camp, Poet and Performer

October 17, 2016
War and Peace in Yemen
Panel disucssion with Joshua Landis and Waleed F. Mahdi

October 14, 2016
The War Against ISIS
with Dr. Nadim Shehadi, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tuft University

September 30, 2016
Music from Syria and Behond

A concert with Kenan Adnawi and Tareq Rantisi

April 20, 2016
Syrian Refugee Crisis
The LEAF Project 

March 30, 2016
Syrian Refugee Crisis Seminar
Learn more about the crisis and how you can help; Engage with members of the OU community about providing humanitarian relief, Get Involved

March 8, 2016
Palestine, What Will Its Future Be?
with Dr. Husam Mohamad, University of Central Oklahoma

February 11, 2016
Middle East Soical Hour 
Break away from your busy dan and join us for chai & chat with students and faculty who are interested in the Middle East.

April 3, 2015
Syria: The Worst Humanitarian Crisis of the Century
by Dr. Hamed Albeik, University of Aleoop

March 10, 2015
Israeli Elections Primer: Understanding and Interpreting the March 17, 2015 Elections
by D. Gersshon Lewental, Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies

April 15, 2015
ISIS, Is it Jihad or Terrorism? Islamic Law and International Law as They Relate to the Islamic State
by Mohammad Wattad, University of California, Irvine

April 8, 2015
Security Society in Gaza: Police Encounters Under Egyptian Rule
by Dr. Ilana Feldman, George Washington University

March 30, 2015
Measuring Freedom, An Exploration of Freedom House's Research and Analysis
with Vanessa Tucker, Vice President of Analysis at Freedom House

February 19, 2015
How Islam Saved the Jews
by David Wasserstein, Vanderbilt University

November 14, 2014
Changing Views of the Middle East (PDF)
with Professor Yasser Derwiche Djazaerly, Fitchburg State University

October 13, 2014
Beyond Sunni and Shites: Understanding the Violent Recalibration of Arab State, Sect, Tribe and Citizen (PDF)
A Brown Bag Lunch with Rami Khouri, The T.A. Hamra Practitioner-in-Residence and Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policty and International Affairs at the American Unviersity of Beirut

September 08, 2014
"Syria, the Rise of the Islamic State, and US Policy" (PDF)
A Brown Bag Lunch with Joshua Landis, Director of Center for Middle East Studies

April 21, 2014
Twelve Years in Afghanistan:What Has the U.S. Military Learned? (PDF)
Discussion with Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation

April 18, 2014
The Iran-Iraq War of Words: Enlisting Nationalism and Religion in Combat (PDF)
with D. Gershon Lewental, PhD, Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israeli Studies

April 08, 2014
Everything You Need to Know about... The Indian/Pakistan Conflict (PDF)
A discussion with Emily Rook-Koepsel and Mariam Mufti

March 26, 2014
"The Arab Spring and Identity in a Changing Middle East" (PDF)
with Professor Franck Salameh, Assistant Professor of Near East Studies at Boston College 

February 28, 2014
The Tumultuous Seventh Century: The Arab-Islamic Conquests and the Reshaping of the World (PDF)
Lecutre by D. Gershon Lewental, Shusterman visiting professor of Israel Studies

February 27, 2014
Political Crisis in Turkey: What's Next? Future of Turkish Democracy (JPG)
with Fevzi Bilgin, Executive Director of Rethink Insitute

November 10, 2014
Slave Women of ISIS, An eyewitness account & slideshow of the Islamic State's attempt to wipe out the Yazidis of Iraq and enslave over 7,000 women and girls (PDF)
A Brown Bag Lunch with Matthew Barber, Ph.D. candidate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at University of Chicago

October 17, 2014
Remaking the Arab World (PDF)
A roundtable and lunch with Barak Barfi, Rami Khouri, and Joshua Landis

September 11, 2014
Confronting Militarism: Global Solidarity Against War and Oppression (PDF)
Lecture, Discussion, and Dinner with Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Blobal Exchange

April 18, 2014
Arab Culture Night (PDF)
Presented by The Arab Student Associaiton. Join us for Food, Music and Dancing.

April 11, 2014
"Palestinian Folk Poetry As Extemporized-Sung Rhymes" (PDF)
with Dr. Dirgham Sbait
This presentation includes an introduction of the oral poetic tradition of the Arabs; commonly performed Palestinian and Lebanese sung poetry-zajal-in modern times; and the various genres of the Palestinian improvised sung folk poetry.

April 02, 2014
Saudi Night by The Saudi Student Association (JPG)
A cultural flight to Saudi Arabia

March 04, 2014
Turkey and the War in Syria: Will It Bring Down Erdogan? (PDF)

with Baris Doster, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

February 26, 2014
Israel and the Challenges in the Middle East (PDF)
with Israel Ambassador Meir Shlomo, Counsul-General of Israel to the Southwest

February 20, 2014
Lawrence of Arabia Architecture of War: The Impact of Landscape on Politics (PDF)
Center for Middle Eastern Architecture & Culture hosts this screening with introductions by Joshua Landis

April 25, 2013
"Hitler's Little Helpers: Axis Agents in Palestine 1939-1945" (PDF)
A Presidential Dream Course Lecture by Dr. Bernard Wasserstein 

November 13, 2012
The Light In Her Eyes (PDF)
A film about women and Islamic education. A Woman is a school. Teach her and you teach a generation.

September 27, 2012
"Inside the Afghan Taliban: Politics, Poetry and the Future of Afghanistan" (PDF)
A lunch and lecture with Alex Strick van Linschoten

October 19, 2012
"State of Syria and the Role of American Leadership" (PDF)
Panel discussion with Joshua Landis, Afshin Marashi & featuring Ambassador Kurt Volker, McCain Institute for International Leadership

April 20, 2011
"Palestinian-Israeli Impasse: A New Approach is Needed" (PDF)
Lecture and dinner with Maen Rashid Areikat, PLO Representative to the United States

March 03, 2011
"The Peace Process: Is the Age of Bilateral Talks Over?" (PDF)

with Ophir Pines-Paz, Former Israeli Minister of Interior and Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport, and former Member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) from the Labor Party.

April 07, 2011
Riots, Unrest and Democracy in the Mediterranean (PDF)
Lectures by Robert Cox, Norman Stillman, Yaron Ayalon, Firat Demir, and Mohamed Daadaoui

February 28, 2011
"American Foreign Policy: Adjusting to a Shifting Middle East Landscape" (PDF)
with Professor Kenneth Stein, William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies at Emory University, and the director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, also at Emory.

November 18, 2010
The Arab Experience of Democracy: Between Absolutism and Imperialism (PDF)
by Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

March 29, 2010
 Obama's AfPak Policies: Surge or Quagmire? (PDF) 
Brown Bag Lunch with Juan Cole
Noon Hester Hall, Room 170

"Can the US Avoid War with Iran?"
Public Lecture with Juan Cole

4:30 pm, Robert S. Kerr Auditorium
Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

September 27, 2010
"Modern Iran: The People, Their Lives, and What Makes Them Tick"
Public lecture and book signing with Hooman Majd
4:30 pm
Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
Robert S. Kerr Auditorium

April 5, 2010
Personal Identities in Global Conflict Zones:  A Jewish Israeli Reporting from the Muslim World (PDF) 
Brown Bag Lecture with Orly Halpern
Noon Ellison Hall, room 132

March 10, 2010
Contemporary Trends in North American Muslim Women's Activism (PDF)
by Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School

March 1, 2010
Jesus and Mary in Islam (PDF)
with Stephanie Saldaña, author of The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith

Fall 2009 
Center for Middle East Studies Brown Bag Lunch Series (PDF)
September 15, 2009: "Natural Disasters and Confessional Boundaries in Ottoman Syria" by Yaron Ayalon
September 29, 2009: "Iran and US Foreign Plicy" by Trita Parsi
November 17, 2009: "The Muslim Songs of David" by David Vishanoff

October 8, 2009
Crunch Time in the Middle East: The Obama Administration, Iran and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process (PDF)
with Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

February 25, 2009
How to Win a Cosmic War:  God, Globalization, and the War on Terror (JPG) 
with Reza Aslan, Fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News.
Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is a fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News.  He is also a featured blogger for Anderson Cooper 360.  Aslan's first book is the New York Times Bestselling, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.

November 11, 2009
"The US and Iran in the aftermath of the Iranian election crisis"
with Trita Parsi
Sam Noble Museum, 4:30 pm

October 12, 2009
"How Generation Facebook and Women are Changing Religion and Politics in the Middle East"
with Mona Eltahawi
Sam Noble Museum, 7:00 pm

October 7, 2009
The Political Future of Iraq (PDF) 
with Adeed Dawish, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Miami University

February 26, 2009
Intelligence and Torture (PDF) 
with Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox, author of “Mission: Blacklist #1”
Panelists: Dr. David Edger & Dr. Christopher Howard
Moderator: Dr. John Fishel

October 14, 2008
The Islamic Other: Fundamentalism and Sufism in the Muslim World and Beyond (PDF)
with Itzchak Weismann, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa