On April 9, 2014, Dr. Lahouari Addi delivered a lecture at CCAS comparing the methodologies of anthropologists Clifford Geertz and Ernest Gellner during their study of Islam in Morocco during the 1950s and 1960s.
On March 27, 2014, Sulieman Mleahat, ANERA's education program manager, and Brad Parker, an advocacy officer and attorney for DCIP, spoke at CCAS about the challenges facing children in Palestine today.
On February 26, 2014, Dr. Shana Marshall of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University spoke at Georgetown about the globalization of military manufacturing ventures and its impact on the Middle East.
On September 26, 2013, Prof. L. Carl Brown, emeritus professor at Princeton University, gave a general overview of the Middle East during WWI, giving particular attention to the Ottoman empire's contribution to the war.
On September 5, 2013, CCAS Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Adel Iskandar presented a lecture in which he detailed recent efforts of the American government to export its values to the Arab world via Arabic-language media.
On April 17, 2013, Ahmed Benchemsi, a US-based Moroccan journalist and founder, editor, and publisher of TelQuel and Nishan in Morocco, spoke about the sweep of Islamic movements in the recent Moroccan elections following the rise of young secular activists who sparked the Arab Spring.
On November 8, 2012 Julia Clancy-Smith delivered the Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture with a paper titled "From Sidi Bou Zid to Sidi Bou Sa`id: A Longue Durée Approach to the Tunisian Revolutions."
On November 1st and 2nd, 2012 CCAS, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the Levant Foundation cosponsored a conference to assess the impact of Ammiel Alcalay’s book After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture 20 years after it’s publication.
In the second installment of the film series, “Algeria at 50,” on October 17, 2012, CCAS presented Outside the Law, a 2010 film by Rachid Bouchareb that focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers in France during the Algerian independence movement.
On October 4th and 5th, 2012 CCAS, the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) and Peking University (PKU) hosted a joint conference at Georgetown University to explore historical and current aspects of the broader triangular relations between China, the US, and the Arab World.
On September 20, 2012 CCAS professor Fida Adely presented her new book, Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordainian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress, which takes readers into the halls of a Jordanian public school (al-Khatwa High School for Girls) to examine how the young women there are facing the social and economic challenges of contemporary Jordan.
On September 19, 2012 CCAS launched it's fall film series, "Algeria at 50" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Algerian Independence. Days of Glory, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, deals primarily with the discriminatory treatment of colonial North Africans by the white French.
On September 14, 2012 Jessica Winegar presented a working paper on the relationship between middle class aesthetics and politics in Egypt’s ongoing revolution as part of the 2012-2013 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Seminar "History and Cultures of Revolutions in the Arab World.”
On September 12, 2012, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Solidarity Center brought Arab trade leaders together to Georgetown to discuss the changes unfolding across the Middle East and North Africa. This panel discussion, “Labor, Unions, and the ‘Arab Spring,’” featured speakers Karim Radhi, Nassira Ghozlane, Kamal Abou Aita as they examined how the conditions of labor and labor unions have either impeded or accelerated the movement toward democracy in their respective countries of Bahrain, Algeria, and Egypt.