Monday, September 29, 2014 12 to 1pm Doheney Memorial Library Room 244
A Middle East with No Minorities? Asking the Tough Questions
Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Beirut's Haigazian University in conversation with Dr. Laurie Brand, Director of USC Middle East Studies Program
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:30-6:00pm SOS 250
MDES Welcome Back & Book Presentation
Meet Middle East Studies Program faculty members and fellow Trojans passionate about the study of the Middle East. Find out about what the program has to offer and hear about Director Laurie Brand's new book, "Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria," now out with Stanford University Press.
Food will be served!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:00-2:00pm TCC 351
Presentations and discussion with Professor Sarah Gualtieri & Professor Fayez Hammad.
First in the "Spotlight On" series, this presentation and following discussion will focus on the political and historical context of the war. Professor Sarah Gualtieri, Departments of History and American Studies and Ethnicity, will explore the legacy of occupation and the economics of de-development in Gaza. Professor Fayez Hammad, Department of Political Science and School of International Relations, will discuss the political and strategic causes of the repeated escalation of the conflict.
MDES Students Receive Honors Recognition
Congratulations to USC Global Scholar - Nora Pearl Snyder, Spring 2014 graduate (Middle East Studies/International Relations)
Congratulations to USC Renaissance Scholar - Adeel Mohammadi, Spring 2014 graduate (Biological Sciences/Religion; Economics/Middle East Studies)
Photo Contest Winners!
Emma Katz won First Prize with the 2 photos below:
While I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, I took this picture of a staircase I discovered while exploring one of my favorite neighborhoods. The staircase led up a a steep hill (Amman was originally built on seven hills) and cut between two halves of a famous art gallery. I'm not sure who painted it, but it was a beautiful, vibrant discovery- the kind Amman is full of.
One of the most memorable trips I took while in Jordan was a journey north of Amman, to the Roman ruins at Umm Qais. The ruins themselves were impressive, but the view from the hilly top of Umm Qais was spectacular. From this site, I stood in Jordan while looking out on Israel, the Golan Heights, and Syria simultaneously. It was an extraordinary experience to see the countries I have spent time studying become physically present.
Nesma Tawil won Second Prize for her photo below:
I took this picture while attending the large protest in Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey in the summer of 2013.
Professor Robert Springborg on "The Field Marshal and the Future of Civil and Military Relations in Egypt"
Congratulations to the 5 Middle East Studies students who participated in the Model Arab League!
On March 14-16, five delegates from the Middle East Studies Program participated in the Model Arab League in La Verne, California. They represented the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Delegate Adela Jones received an "honorable award for representation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Council on Palestinian Affairs and Crisis Committee." Congratulations to all our delegates!