Past Events

Academic year 2019-2020

02-19-2020: The Streets are Talking to Me

Maria Malmström (Lund) will discuss her latest monograph The Streets are Talking to Me: Affective Fragments in Sisi’s Egypt with Professor Omar Dewachi (Rutgers) Professor Maria Malmström is an Associate Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, where she, in January 2017, started a collaborative research …

01-30-2020: Humanism in Ruins

Please join MEMEAC for a conversation about Humanism in Ruins between author Aslı Iğsız, Dina Khoury, and Anthony Alessandrini with Beth Baron moderating. Humanism in Ruins maps the links between liberal discourses on peace and the legacies of this forced migration. Aslı Iğsız weaves together past and present, making visible …

12-13-2019: The Flight East

The Flight East: WW2 Refugees in Tashkent, Tehran and Tel Aviv Beginning in September 1941 and throughout the war, Central Asia and Iran became places of refuge to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Catholic Polish citizens. Mikhal Dekel, whose father was a child refugee in Tehran, will recount the …

12-06-2019: Egypt Salon with Jennifer Derr

Professor Jennifer Derr will give a talk entitled “Living the Nile River.” In October 1902, the waters of the Nile filled the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam, and Egypt’s historic relationship with the river forever changed. In this talk, Jennifer Derr explores the production of a new Nile in …

12-03-2019: Emerson in Iran

The Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center presents: Professor Roger Sedarat, Queen’s College, CUNY, will discuss his new book. Tuesday, 3 December 2019 CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9207, 7PM to 9PM. Emerson in Iran: The American Appropriation of Persian Poetry Roger Sedarat is an Iranian-American …

11-22-2019: Egypt Salon with Sahar Aziz

Please join MEMEAC and the Alliance of Egyptians in North America for the second installment of the Egypt Salon series. Professor Sahar Aziz will give a talk entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Egypt.” Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar …

10-16-2019: Egypt Salon with Mohamed Aboulghar

Please join MEMEAC and the Alliance of Egyptians in North America for the second installment of the Egypt Salon series. Professor Sahar Aziz will give a talk entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Egypt.” Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar …

10-15-2019: A Shimmering Red Fish

Comedy and Tragedy in Youssef Fadel’s Morocco: a conversation and reading from the author’s work Alexander Elinson (Hunter College, CUNY) and Brahim El Guabli (Williams College) will discuss the work of award-winning Moroccan novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, Youssef Fadel and Elinson will read from his most recent translation of Fadel’s …

09-19-2019: Workers’ Movement in Iran: Past and Present


Academic year 2018-2019

04-30-2019: Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film

Introduction to the 2019 New York Forum of Amazigh Film Tuesday, April 30 2019 at 5:00 PM in Room 9205 Join Forum co-curators Dr. Habiba Boumlik and Lucy McNair in a screening and discussion of Amazigh Film with focus on preserving cultural identity through film.

11-08-2018: Women and Gender in Iraq: between Nation-building and Fragmentation

MEMEAC is excited to host Professor Zahra Ali discussing her new book Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This event will be on Thursday November 8th at 6:30 PM in Room 6417 of the Graduate Center, CUNY Women and Gender in Iraq: between …

11-06-2018: Algiers, Third World Capital

Algiers, Third World Capital: A Conversation with the author, Elaine Mokhtefi Tuesday November 6th at 6:30 PM in Room 9205 of the Graduate Center, CUNY A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics Following the Algerian war for independence and …

82 Names: Syria, Please Don’t Forget Us

The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC), CUNY Graduate Center is excited to present with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum the documentary 82 Names: Syria, Please Don’t Forget Us The film and discussion will be October 3rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Proshansky Auditorium at the Graduate Center, …


Academic year 2017-2018

05-15-2018: Zaynab Will not be a Slave Again: Commemoration, War & Martyrdom

“Zaynab Will not be a Slave Again” : Commemoration, War and Martyrdom Among the Shia of Lebanon Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM The commemoration of the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Husayn ibn Ali, at the battle of Karbala in 680 A.D. is definitive of the Twelver Shi’a community. Thanks …

05-10-2018: Early Turkish Immigration to the United States: A Forgotten Chapter of American History

Early Turkish Immigration to the United States: A Forgotten Chapter of American History Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm Room 9205 Talk by Professor Işıl Acehan, Research fellow, John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies (FSCIRE) and Editor, Global Daily News While the immigration of Syrian Christians to the United States is …

05-09-2018: War Widow: How the Six Day War Changed my Life

The new memoir by Ziva Flamhaft, War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life, is a story that could have developed with similar characters anywhere in the world. Beginning in Poland and Lithuania, moving to Palestine, Israel, and the United States, it depicts a bygone period of nation …

05-01-2018: Film Screening: “Nour”

Free film screening of the award-winning movie Nour on child marriage, followed by a discussion with the film director and LAU alumnus Khalil Dreyfus Zaarour. The discussion will be moderated by Beth Baron, Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC), CUNY Graduate Center. Due to great demand, the …

04-10-2018: North Africa through Film

North Africa through Film: Screening and Discussion of Amazigh Cinema Room 9207 at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 10th  Join Forum co-curators Dr. Habiba Boumlik and Lucy McNair in a screening and discussion of Amazigh Film with focus on preserving cultural identity through film. 2018 NYFAF Forum Theme: Coming of …

03-08-2018: Cultural Flows Between Tehran and Dubai: New Resources and Inequalities

Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) Cultural Flows Between Tehran and Dubai: New Resources and Inequalities Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM The James Gallery, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY     Join Amin Moghadam as he discusses his current research on spatial dynamics related …

03-07-2018: Iraqibacter: Ecologies of War and Anthropology of Wounding

Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) Iraqibacter: Ecologies of War and Anthropology of Wounding Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM Room C205, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY Iraq’s healthcare has been on the edge of collapse since the 1990s. Once the leading hub of scientific …

03-01-2018: Charity as Politics Writ Small in Gulf Monarchies

Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) Charity as Politics Writ Small in Gulf Monarchies Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM The James Gallery, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY   Join Miriam Lowi (Political Science, The College of New Jersey) as she discusses the politics of …

02-15-2018: Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab

Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab Thursday, Feb 15, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM The James Gallery, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY Join Mandana E. Limbert (Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY) and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American …

02-07-2018: Sourcing Belief: A Conversation with GCC Artists

Please join us Wed, Feb 7th, 2018 at 6:30pm for “Sourcing Belief” a conversation with GCC artists and James Gallery Curator Katherine Carl on art practices from the Gulf Region of the Middle East to GCC’s.  GCC’s art practice often utilizes widely circulating digital imagery, political theater, and contemporary life …

02-06-2018: Foucault’s Orient

Foucault’s Orient A Book Talk with Professor Marnia Lazreg Discussant: Dr. Don Robotham, Anthropology Tuesday February 6, 2018 6:30 – Room C197 Foucault lived in Tunisia for two years and traveled to Japan and Iran more than once. Yet throughout his critical scholarship, he insisted that the cultures of the …

02-01-2018: Belief in the Power of Believe by GCC: Exhibition Reception

Please join us Thursday, February 1st, 2018 from 6 to 8pm in the James Gallery for the opening reception of “GCC: Belief in the Power of Believe,” which investigates cultural heritage of the Gulf region of the Middle East through this project of relief sculptures by the artist collective GCC. …

11-13-2017: Remembering as a Cure for Post-Truth and Populism

Remembering as a Cure for Post-Truth and Populism Ece Temelkuran discusses her new novel The Time of Mute Swans with Professor Anthony Alessandrini as discussant Monday November 13, 2017 6:30 – Room C205 Around the globe the same questions seem to emerge from political and literary thinking, “Who are we now?” …