The Middle East Studies Program
at the University of Virginia

Spring 2004

Friday, April 9th from 3:30-5:00 in McKim Hall Auditorium, Richard Bulliet from Columbia University (Department of History) will speak on "The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization."  
Richard Bulliet specializes in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries, and the history of technology.  His book The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization will be published later this year.  This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Religion, and Science, Technology, and Society.

Wednesday, March 31st from 4:00-6:00 in Cabell Hall room 226, Vickie Langohr from the College of the Holy Cross (Department of Political Science) will speak on "Colonial Education Systems and the Spread of Religious Nationalist Movements: The Arya Samaj in India and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt."   A copy of Professor Langohr's paper can be obtained here .

Thursday, March 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Cabell Hall, room 138, Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision.  Sponsored by: Partners for Peace, in association with: The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Middle East Studies Program, the Center for Religion and Democracy, the Muslim Students Association, the Arab Student Organization, and Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine

Thursday, January 29th from 4:00-6:00, p.m., Minor Hall 125, William B. Quandt, Professor of Politics at UVA, will be giving a talk entitled: "Does the Bush Administration Have a Strategy for the Middle East?"

--Friday, January 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. in Minor Hall 225, MEHRANGIZ KAR , from the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture at UVA, will be giving a lecture on POLITICAL ACTIVISTS IN IRAN.  This event is sponsored by Center for South Asian Studies.  The MESP and Studies in Women and Gender Program are co-sponsors.

Fall 2003

Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 in Cabell 226, Jason Brownlee from Princeton University will give a talk on "
The Party Rules: Durable Authoritarianism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia"

Spring 2003

--April 15 at 4:00 in Wilson 402, Lahouari Addi will be giving a talk entitled, "Pluralism and Islam in the Arab World: An Anthropological Approach"

--Friday, January 24 at 3:00, Abdulaziz Sachedina of the Department of Religious Studies at UVA, will speak on "Dissension and Dialogue in Iran: The Battle Between Traditionalism and Modernism"

Fall 2002

--November 11 at 2:00 in the Dome Room of the Rotunda, Robert Malley Will give a talk entitled, "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Where From and Where To."  Robert Malley served as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton on the National Security Council staff from 1994-1998. He was a key participant in the Camp David II summit that brought together Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasir Arafat and with President Clinton in July 2000. Over the next several months, a dramatic effort was made to forge the outline of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. That effort ended in failure and ever since a debate has taken place over what actually happened and who was responsible for the failure. Dr. Malley has written several articles in the New York Review of Books that are widely credited with being the fullest account of these historic events. He remains actively involved in trying to reactivate Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

--Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00 in Minor 225, Jefferson Gray will speak on “Civil Society's Tribal Discontents: Structural Adjustment and Pressure in Contemporary Yemen” 

--Monday, October 7 at 4:00 in Minor 125, Shibley Telhami will speak on “The Middle East: Understanding the Challenge.”

--Tuesday, October 1 at 4:00 in Newcomb 389, Helena Cobban will be speaking on "Current cycles of violence in Israel/Palestine."   All students, faculty, and members of the community are welcome.

--Wednesday, September 18th at 4:00 in Minor Hall 125, G. John Ikenberry, Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs at Georgetown University, will be giving a lecture entitled "America's Imperial Ambition: US Foreign Policy and International Order After 9/11."   Professor Ikenberry has recently published on this topic in the journal Foreign Affairs. All students, faculty, and members of the community are welcome.

Spring 2002

--Monday, April 15th at 4:00 in Minor Hall 225, Nasser Hadian of Tehran University and Columbia University's Middle East Institute will be giving a lecture on, "September 11th and its Impact on Iran-U.S. Relations."   A reception will follow the lecture and discussion in the foyer of Minor Hall

--Tuesday, April 9th at 8:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall 301, American Foreign Policy and the Crisis in the Middle East: A Panel Discussion .  Participants include: William B. Quandt (Dept. of Politics), Peter Ochs (Dept. of Religious Studies), and David Waldner (Dept. of Politics) .

--Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Minor Hall 125, Hasan Abdel Rahman, the Chief Representative to the U.S. of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), will be giving a talk on Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process

--Wednesday, January 23 at 4:30 in Minor Hall 125, Mark Parris, Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, will be giving a talk on U.S.-Turkish Relations in the Aftermath of September 11th .
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the Turkish Students Association

Fall 2001

--November 26 at 4:00 in Wilson 420, Robert Malley will be giving a lecture.  Detail will follow soon

Information concerning Teach-In II , the continuing series of discussions covering the causes and potential consequences of the terrorist attack in New York and Northern Virginia, can be found here. 
Please also consult the Teach-In II resource page .  This is a list of texts, provided by the panelists, intended to provide individuals interested in learning more about the subjects covered in the series.

Spring 2001

--April 12th at 4:00 in Minor 225, Daniella Talmon-Heller will speak on “Egyptian Jewry in its Muslim Environment: 
Abraham Maimonides and his attempt to reform Jewish religious ethics in light of Sufism.”

--March 22nd at 4:00 in Minor 225, Sumaiya Hamdani will speak on "Caravels and Caravans: The Advent of Shiite Islam in India."  A reception will follow this this lecture in the foyer of Minor Hall.

--March 19th at 4:30 in Minor 225, Anthony Shadid will speak on "Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam."

Fall 2000

-- September 12th at 4:00 in Cabell 338, Peter Avery will speak on "Omar Khayyam, Hafiz, and the Persian Mystical Poets."

-- September 13th at 4:00 in Minor 225, Peter Avery will speak on "Understanding Iran: How History and Environment Shape a People."  A reception will follow this lecture in the foyer of Minor.

--November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Clark 147, Gregory Gause will speak on "“Anatomy of a Fiasco: United States Policy Toward Iraq."

--The Arab Students Organization at the University of Virginia, in conjunction with several other student groups and the Middle East Studies Program is sponsoring a month long symposium entitled, "The Middle East Peace Process: Past Failures and Future Challenges."

The first event will be held on Wed. Nov. 1st in Monroe Hall room 125 at 7 PM.  Dr. Said Erikat, Expert Analyst on US policy in the Middle East and brother of the lead negotiator for the Palestinian authority will lead a discussion entitled, "The Middle East Peace Process: A closer look"