The Center hosts frequent events, many co-sponsored by academic departments, research centers, and student groups across the University of Denver. Our aim is twofold: to promote spirited discussion and research on the Middle East at DU, and to make the best and brightest scholars, policymakers, and intellectuals from around the world available and accessible to the university community.
To accomplish these goals, the Center hosts an annual thematic conference, lecture series, panel discussions, and cultural events. You can find out more about all of these here.
"Is Democracy in Global Decline?" a Lecture by Larry Diamond
Tuesday March 4, 12:00 PM | Ben Cherrington Hall, Room 150
CMES is proud to co-sponsor an afternoon lecture with Stanford University professor, Larry Diamond. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for China-US Cooperation, will be held in Ben M. Cherrington Hall, Room 150. Larry Diamond is Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford, and Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy. His book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World, explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the future prospects of democracy. Lunch will be served.
"Inter-national Affairs or Inter-city Affairs? Why the Sovereign State is Over," a Lecture by Benjamin Barber
Tuesday March 4, 5:00 PM | Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290
CMES is pleased to co-host esteemed political theorist and author, Benjamin Barber, for an evening lecture on March 4 at 5:00 PM. Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The City University of New York's Graduate Center and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous books on political theory and current trends in international politics, including "Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age" (1984), "Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World" (1996), "Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy in an Age of Interdependence" (2003), and "If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities" (2013). The event is co-sponsored by DU's Political Theory Club.
"Boycott Israel?" a Discussion of the American Studies Association to Join the Academic Boycott with Steven Salaita
Wednesday March 5, 12:00 PM | Ben Cherrington Hall, Room 150
CMES is pleased to co-sponsor an open forum event on the American Studies Association's (ASA) recent announcement to join an academic boycott of Israel. Leading the discussion will be Steven Salaita, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. He is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and decolonization. His current book project is entitled Images of Arabs and Muslims in the Age of Obama. Professor Salaita will be joined by Korbel Professor Joseph Szyliowicz as discussant. The event is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.