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Center for Middle East Studies


The Center hosts frequent public forums, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and international conferences. We are happy to co-program with various 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 accessible to the university community.

WINTER 2016 event schedule



photo of Gary Grappo

Tuesday February 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Room SIE 150 — Ben Cherrington Hall  

Five Uncomfortable Facts about the Middle East — A Lecture by Ambassador Gary Grappo 

Ambassador Gary Grappo was U.S. Ambassador to Oman, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, Director of Regional Affairs for the State Department’s Near East Bureau in Washington, and Envoy and Head of Mission for The Quartet in Jerusalem. He is now a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

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Lunch will be provided! 

Photo of Husein Amery

Tuesday February 16 | 12:00 p.m.
Room SIE 150 — Ben Cherrington Hall  

Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities — A Conversation Between Hussein Amery & Cullen Hendrix 

Hussein Amery is Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines, where he teaches on the political economy of resources, the Middle East, and water politics and policy. He is the author of Arab Water Security: Threats and Opportunities in the Gulf States and co-editor of Water in the Middle East: A Geography of Peace .

Cullen Hendrix is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. His research focuses on contentious politics, the environment and civil conflict, food security, and human rights. He is co-author of Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance .

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 Lunch will be provided!

burning country

Monday April 4 | 12:00 p.m.
Sie International Relations Complex, 5th floor event space, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

British-Syrian writers Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will discuss their book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War , which the sociologist Yasser Munif calls "by far the best account of the Syrian uprising yet" and the journalist Hassan Hassan says is "poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole."

co-sponsored by the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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jerusalemWednesday March 30 | 12:00 p.m.
Room 301 — Ben Cherrington Hall  

Jerusalem at a Boiling Point: Israeli Bureaucracy, International NGOs, and New Forms of Organizing against the Occupation
A Presentation by Micha Kurz Ben-David and Rae Abileah

co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, and the Center on Rights Development (CORD)

Jerusalem is boiling over with increasing Israeli militarism and violent Palestinian outbursts. Zooming in to deepen understanding of the realities of the occupied city and how it functions under Israeli bureaucracy and UN + International NGO service coordination, Micha Kurz Ben-David will describe challenges of everyday organizing in Israeli and Palestinian communities. Focusing on the growing global movement for justice and equality, Rae Abileah will discuss solidarity tactics including direct action, boycott and divestment. Together, as Jewish activists, they will explore how the Jewish establishment must take a stronger stance against Israeli policies.

More details to come!