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In Memoriam: A Tribute to Benjamin Cumbo
The Institute for Middle East Studies grieves the loss of a Middle East Studies MA student, Ben Cumbo, who passed away at the age of 27. In addition to being a tireless advocate for funding muscular dystrophy research, Ben was an intelligent and committed scholar who was greatly admired by his faculty advisors and fellow students. In 2011, he presented his M.A. capstone research on the equitable distribution of water in the West Bank, under the direction of then-International Crisis Group director Robert Malley and program director Marc Lynch. Ben excelled in his chosen field of global energy and security policy, and was most recently an intern at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He will be dearly missed by all.
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 recipients of the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year fellowships:
Nicole Bailey: Global Communication (Arabic)
Mischa Benoit-Lavelle: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
Kelsey Fish: Global Communication (Arabic)
Alissa Fromkin: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
Liliana Martinez: International Affairs (Arabic)
Marintha Miles: Anthropology (Persian)
Amanda Sass: Middle East Studies (Hebrew)
Carter Starling: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
The FLAS fellowship awards cover full tuition and a living stipend for one academic year. For more information visit the website of the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.
IMES 2015 Annual Conference
Art in a Time of Violence: Cultural Production in the Contemporary Middle East
The IMES Annual conference will take place on Friday, April 17th from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The IMES annual conference is a multidisciplinary event that brings together top scholars and practitioners from across the US. The organizing theme for this year’s meeting is cultural production and critique (broadly conceived) with the aim of examining the political, social and cultural role of art in the midst of repression and violent conflict.
8:45 a.m. - Coffee and Registration
9:00 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
Marc Lynch, George Washington University
9:15 a.m. - Panel I: The Slow Burn - Art and Expression in Occupied Palestine
Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas
Rebecca Stein, Duke University
David McDonald, Indiana University
11:00 a.m. - Panel II: Telling Others' Stories - Collecting, Translating, and Interpreting the Art of the Revolutions
Hisham Aidi, Columbia University
Max Weiss, Princeton University
Donatella Della Ratta, Copenhagen University
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote: "A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria & Iraq"
Michael Danti, Boston University
2:00 p.m. - Panel III: War as Backdrop - Iraqi Film and Literature
Oday Rasheed, Writer and Director
Elliott Colla, Georgetown University
Ali Bader, Writer and Director
Kevin Jones, University of Georgia
Friday, April 17th, 2015
8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)
George Washington University is pleased to announce the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) competition for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016. FLAS provides tuition remission and living stipends to full-time graduate students (U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) studying the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew at the intermediate or advanced level. The summer fellowship is also open to undergraduates at the intermediate or advanced level of a target language. Deadline for consideration for both the Summer and Academic Year Fellowship is January 15. To find out fellowship specifics and to access the application, please visit http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/FLASAY.html (Academic Year) and http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/SummerFLAS.html (Summer.)
Crisis in the Middle East: IMES Faculty Respond
To orient yourself in a constantly changing region, you can always turn to IMES faculty. Find their opinions on recent events in the Middle East here.
2014 Capstone Projects now posted
The excellent Capstone Projects that IMES students completed in 2014 are now posted on the IMES website and are available for reading. To see the projects, and those from years past, please click here. Congratulations to the authors on this wonderful accomplishment -- all the hard work has certainly paid off!
IMES 2014 Conference Video
Video of the introductory remarks and panels at the IMES 2014 Annual Conference is now available here thanks to the great video work of the Project on Middle East Political Science!
Egypt in crisis
To find out what IMES Faculty Associates are saying about the recent events in Egypt, please visit this link which is a compiled list of articles and interviews.
Don't forget about the IMES Resource Library!
Have some free time this fall? Check out a book or film from the IMES library! You can view a list of all of the library resources here, or click on the image below to see the new Film Guide which contains synopses of the films, and has classroom usage ideas for educators. Enjoy!
IMES in the News
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson's recent book, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State, received the honor of being named as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014, as part of a list composed by Choice magazine. Citizen Strangers was also listed as one of the top 25 books of the year by the magazine. Choice had reviewed the book in September.
In the spring semester, IMES Professorial Lecturer Judith Yaphe was interviewed for the Washington Post, published articles in The Majalla and the Prism Syria Supplement, and received the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, highest award given to civilians in the Department of Defense. Congratulations Professor Yaphe!
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson wrote two articles for the Middle East Research and Information Project, and is conducting talks for her new book at UMD - College Park, the Palestine Center, and Towson University. She also gave an extended interview with the news website Mondoweiss.
Between December 2013 and Feburary 2014, IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown wrote articles for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, and New Republic. He has also been featured on NPR and interviewed for The New York Times and the Carnegie Endowment.
Recent MA graduate Sam Khazai (2013) co-wrote a report (with Anthony Cordesman) for the Center for Strategic & International Studies that has been cited in articles in the Huffington Post and Bloomberg.
IMES Associate Director Shana Marshall was interviewed by several publications regarding the United States' military aid to Egypt. You can read the articles from Voice of Russia, Duetsche Welle Radio, AP, and Al Jazeera America.
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson's book, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of the Liberal Settler State, was reviewed in The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper. Read the review here.
IMES Faculty Associate Edward Gnehm gave an interview to a reporter from Vocativ who was working on a story about how the overtures between Iran and Washington have also shined a spotlight on the shared policy goals of Israel and many Arab states. The story, entitled "Public enemies, private frenemies: Why Israel and the Arab gulf states both hate Iran" and which quotes Ambassador Gnehm at length, can be found here.
IMES Faculty Associate Robert Eisen was invited by the US State Department to give a keynote address to a group of Egyptian educators from Al-Azhar who were visiting the United States in August as part of the State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program. Professor Eisen's topic was "The Impact of Religion on Relations between the West and the Islamic World."
Professor Eisen gave the keynote address at Temple University in Philadelphia to a group of visiting Saudi academics on the topic of "Methods in Religious Studies in Western Universities."
Additionally, Professor Eisen notes that the recently launched MA program in Islam in the Religion Department has six students enrolled this fall, which he calls a "remarkably high number given the fact that the program was announced only in April" of this year. Congratulations!
To read more IMES news, please click on this link!
The Institute for Middle East Studies will resume our events in the Fall semester. Have a great summer!
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