CCAS Spring 2017 Events

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Clovis Maksoud Memorial Lecture Series

Arab Human Development and Patterns of Inequality


The Clovis Maksoud Memorial Lecture Series (2017) was launched by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) in memory of Ambassador Clovis Maksoud who passed away in May 2016.  Ambassador Maksoud was instrumental in the establishment of CCAS in the late 1970s, and he remained a steadfast supporter of its activities throughout his life.  In 2007, CCAS inaugurated a named faculty chair in honor of Ambassador Maksoud and his late wife, Hala Salam Maksoud. A decade later we remember Clovis and his long and dedicated career in service of the Arab world with a lecture series entitled "Arab Human Development and Patterns of Inequality." Ambassador Maksoud was one of the chief architects of the Arab Human Development Report, and our lecture series takes up critical issues of human development in the Arab world in memory of his dedication to this work. The Clovis Maskoud Memorial Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the James and Betty Sams Family Charitable Lead Trust. 

February 16 (Thursday)

5:00 pm - Reception (CCAS Boardroom, 241 ICC)

6:00 pm - Lecture (McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall)


Fida Adely, Georgetown University

Educational Quality/(In)Equality in the Arab World  

Andre Mazawi, University of British Columbia

Dis/integrated political orders, adversity, and the lives and work of teachers in the Arab region




February 21st (Tuesday) 2:30 PM

CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Chris Phillips, University of London

The Battle for Syria: Regional Rivalry in the Post-American Middle East




February 22nd (Wednesday) 5:30 PM

CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Hannes Baumann, University of Liverpool

Dependent Neoliberalism: How Gulf Capital is Reshaping Arab Cities




March 2nd (Thursday) 4:30 PM

CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Ruth Blakeley, Co-Director of The Rendition Project

Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation in the Middle East: Violence, Imperialism, and the CIA




March 20th (Monday) 6:00 PM

CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University

Gender, Development and Armed Conflict



March 23rd (Thursday) 6:00 PM

Gaston Hall

Reem Bailony, 2016-2017 ADF Postdoctoral Fellow

Great Druze Revolt of 1925 and the Syrian Diaspora


March 30th (Thursday)  6:00PM

CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Ragui Assaad, University of Minnesota

Inequality of Opportunity in the Arab World


April 26th (Wednesday) 6:00 PM
CCAS Board Room, ICC 241

Adam Hanieh, University of London

Regional Inequality and Uneven Development in the Arab World


October (Date TBD)

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