Tag Archives: middle east

The Long Way ‘Home’: Art, Change, and Imagination


Annie Choi ’15 writes in:

Come hear Sundus Abdul Hadi speak! Event will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. She was born
in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in
Studio Arts and Art History and a graduate diploma in Communication
Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of
current crises in the Middle East, often using manipulated
photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound.
Abdul Hadi is the co-founder of The Medium, a global multidisciplinary
artist collective.

Her work has been exhibited in Palestine, UAE, Canada, USA, France, UK
and Saudi Arabia. She has given workshops in Australia, Iraq and
Kuwait, and has been a speaker at Nuqat, the Arab Development
Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and at multiple universities
in Canada and the US. Abdul Hadi is a two time recipient of the
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) Vivacité grant
(2008, 2013).

Alongside her studio practice, Abdul Hadi also curates exhibitions,
and hosts “Al Ruwad: The Groundbreakers”, a radio show about art and
culture on CKUT 90.3 fm in Montréal.

Date: Monday, March 30th
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM
Place: Department of Romance Languages (300 High St.)

History Matters: Understanding ISIS


Courtesy of Valere Demuynck ’16:

Join us for another lunch talk focused on history and current events. Professor Bruce Masters from the History Department will provide a historical perspective for understanding ISIS and the current events in the Middle East. A light lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the History Department. For more information, contact Professor Magda Teter, mteter[at]wesleyan.edu.

Date: Tuesday, October 28th
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Place:  PAC 001
Cost: 0 $!

WEStimonials: Student Experiences with Human Rights in the Middle East


Joe Ringoen ’14 of WesAmnesty writes in:

Five Wesleyan students from a variety of backgrounds will share first-hand experiences with human rights issues in the Middle East. The testimonial-style presentation will be followed by informal discussion over Middle Eastern food.

The presentation will end by 8pm, so if you’re planning to go to Wes Thinks Big, fear not!

Date: November 20th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Place: World Music Hall
Cost: Freezies

Oil, War, and the Future of Iraq

Remember Iraq? Yes, well, we left it worse than we found it, and Ben Van  Heuvelen ties it in with environmental issues:

Ben Van Heuvelen is the managing editor of the Iraq Oil Report. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and Salon. He writes about Iraq, oil, and the geopolitics of energy; American foreign policy, politics and culture; and religion. He was formerly a research fellow at the New America Foundation.

Date: Today, April 17th
Time: 12pm-1pm
Place: PAC 001
Cost: 0

Azimuth Call for Submissions

Anyone know a good non-Eurocentric term for the Middle East? No? Is drawing those borders and calling it a region already Eurocentric? Deren Ertas ’16?


Azimuth is an English word derived from Arabic that means the
direction of a celestial object from the observer, it is also
Wesleyan’s new Undergraduate Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

All writing and artwork regarding the Middle East is welcome! We
encourage submissions of academic papers concerning the region for any
course you have taken, as well as fiction, editorial pieces, and
artwork. If you are not sure if your content is appropriate, send it

If you want to get involved with Azimuth beyond submissions, please
contact dertas(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Submissions can be sent to to azimuth.wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com. The
deadline is March 25th!

Lunch Conversation with Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post Journalism

Straight from Jeremy Edelberg ’14:

Coming all the way from Jerusalem, Gil will be joining us on the first stop of his speaking tour. The topics he will be focusing on are, “Peace, Politics, and Plutonium: An insider’s look at the quest forsecurity, democracy and peace in the Middle East” and “Red States, Blue States, and the Jewish State: An insider’s perspective from Jerusalem on the second terms of Netanyahu and Obama.”

There will also be food and refreshments.

Date: March 1st
Time: 12 PM-1 PM
Place: DKE
Cost: Free

Music Department Colloquium: “Voices of Afghanistan”

There’s a special opportunity today to hear from the musicians of “Voices of Afghanistan,” who are performing on Friday. From the CFA:

Music Department Colloquium: Voices of Afghanistan
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall

Ustad Farida Mahwash, “the Voice of Kabul,” will discuss her music and life as a female vocalist in Afghanistan. Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi and members of The Sakhi Ensemble will talk about the group’s instrumentation and performance practice.

And don’t miss the concert this Friday! 

Film Screening: Budrus

JJ Mitchell ’15 be hosting a film screening all up in Shanklin tomorrow:

Film screening! Budrus is an award-winning tale of a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in a non-violent movement to save his village from destruction. Set in the West Bank of Palestine, it tells the story of a small village’s protest against Israel’s separation barrier.

Date: Monday, December 5
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107

Update: Middlebury Student located in Syria, presumed to be safe

Back in the wee hours of Saturday morning we here at Wesleying reported on the disappearance/presumed detainment of Middlebury Student Pathik “Tik” Root ’12 in Damascus, Syria. (You can hit up that earlier post here.)

Since then, there have been positive developments in the case. The Middlebury website has announced that Root has been located, is highly believed to be safe and well, and that although he remains in custody by Syrian authorities US officials are working hard to get him back.

For more info, you can head over to an informational Facebook group set up and regularly updated by Root’s sister, and you can also check out this article filed by Boston.com earlier today. (Thanks to Rory Stamp ’12 for the tips!)

For more info on the detainment of the other US citizens during the same protest which Root was believed to have been witnessing when he was picked up, head over to this al-Jazeera article. (Thanks to J- ‘?? in the comments section for the tip!)

Asst. Gov. Prof. Chenoweth guestposts on “The Monkey Cage”

In light of the Middle Eastern revolutions, Wesleyan Gov. professor and professional badass Erica Chenoweth wrote a guest-post a couple of days ago in the political science blog The Monkey Cage, arguing for non-violent conflict studies to be considered a primary (or at least, an important) dimension in security studies. She was later quoted in political commentator Andrew Sullivan‘s blog, The Daily Dish.

Now, in case you didn’t know, Chenoweth is the head honcho of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) here at Wesleyan, which she started in 2008. (For more information on the program, go here. Also, PTIR is looking for research interns this summer, and the deadline for applications is tomorrow. For that, go here.) Prof. Chenoweth is also a mad-cool person, and you should drop by her office and say hi.

She’s also an affiliate of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), an independent non-profit (and apparently apolitical) organization that seeks to promote the study and practice of nonmilitary and nonviolent strategies in achieving political and social goals. On a related note, ICNC Senior Advisor Hardy Merriman was here this past Tuesday to give a poli-sci breakdown of the Egyptian protests. It, too, was mad-cool. Happy second-last day prior to Spring Break!

[Thanks to Shoutbox Poster for the tip!]