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Past Events

The Center for Middle East Studies often records the lectures and panels we host. Find a collection of videos from our past events on this page. 

To find all of our videos in one place, including the interviews from our  Middle East Dialogues series, please visit our YouTube channel.

2017 Events

"The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith & Reason - A Book Talk with Christopher de Bellaigue"
May 1, 2017

We were pleased to host notable UK author, Christopher de Bellaigue, for a conversation on his latest book, "The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 - Modern Times". The discussant for the event was CMES Affiliate Faculty member and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Andrea Stanton. 

 


"Saudi Arabia & the Challenges of the Arab Uprisings: Madawi Al-Rasheed"
April 5, 2017

On April 5, 2017, notable Saudi Arabia scholar Madawi Al-Rasheed gave a talk at the Center for Middle East Studies in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Her talk focused on the lasting implications that the 2011 Arab Uprisings had on the Saudi government, the current state of internal Saudi politics, and their changing role in the region.


 

"The Arab World in the Era of Trump - A Conversation With Shafeeq Ghabra"
March 2, 2017

On March 2, 2017 the Center for Middle East Studies hosted Middle East scholar Shafeeq Ghabra for a stimulating conversation with our Director, Nader Hashemi. Their conversation touches on various issues plaguing the Middle East today, and how we might expect things to change under the new administration


"Resisting Trump: A Teach-In"
February 13, 2017

Panelists Marie Berry, Erica Chenoweth, George DeMartino, Alan Gilbert, Nader Hashemi discuss potential advocacy tactics to be used under the new Presidential administration.

 

For more information, check out the relevant resources and articles referenced in the event:

"Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement"
Joshua Holland, The Nation

 "The Madness of King Donald"
Andrew Sullivan, New York Mag

 "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" 
Masha Gessen, NYR Daily

 "Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here"
Bernie Sanders, New York Times

 "The Trump Election is Looking Very Bad Right? Brace Yourself, It Is Going to Get a Lot Worse"
Don Hazen, AlterNet

 "Trump's lies have a purpose. They are an assault on democracy"
Ned Resnikoff, ThinkProgress

 Blog: Rational Insurgent
Erica Chenoweth 


"The Election of 2016, Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame"
January 30, 2017

The Political Theory Initiative at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver hosted world-renowned philosopher, Martha Nussbaum, for a talk on the recent divisive election cycle and where we go from here.


"The Trump Administration & US Policy in the Middle East"
January 18,2017

A lecture hosted at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver featuring Middle East scholar Marc Lynch. This talk was hosted by the Center for Middle East Studies and WorldDenver.

 2016 Events


"The Obliteration of Aleppo and the Fate of Syria"
October 18, 2016

A conversation between CMES Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel on the Syrian catastrophe and what should be done about it.  


 

"Turkey after the Coup Attempt: Costly Domestic Consequences & International Challenges"
October 4, 2016

Henri Barkey, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, lectures on Turkey after the coup-attempt.


"Making Sense of Libya Today"
September 16, 2016

A conversation between former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril and Ambassador Christopher Hill.


"Obama's Legacy in the Middle East - Lessons for the Next President"

September 13, 2016

A panel discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill, Professor Erica Chenoweth, Professor Nader Hashemi, and Professor Tom Farer.


 

"US-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal—Contending Perspectives" 
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mohsen Milani
Panelists: Gregory Gause | Nader Hashemi | Christopher Hill 
May 2, 2016

The first panel in our day-long symposium dissecting the geopolitical impacts of the Iran nuclear agreement, watch the keynote speech from Professor Mohsen Milani, of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida.


"The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry & the Changing Geopolitics of the Middle East"
Keynote Speaker: Gregory Gause 
Panelists: Ambassador Gary Grappo | Mohsen Milani 
May 2, 2016

The second panel of our day-long symposium on the Iran nuclear agreement, Professor Greg Gause of Texas A&M University discusses the changing interests of Saudi Arabia. 


"Five Uncomfortable Facts about the Middle East" 
February 9, 2016

A lecture by CMES Distinguished Fellow, former Ambassador Gary Grappo.


"Understanding the Appeal of ISIS"
January 21, 2016

As part of our 2-day event "Extremism & Islamophobia in Perspective" we were thrilled to bring one of the world's leading scholars on terrorism to campus, Professor Mia Bloom from Georgia State University.

  


"Roger Cohen: Israel, the Middle East & the United States"
January 20, 2016

Famous NYTimes columnist Roger Cohen gave a wonderful lecture to a jam-packed audience at DU, followed by a discussion with J-Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami, our own Director Nader Hashemi and Distinguished Fellow Gary Grappo.


 For all of our older videos, please visit our YouTube Channel