MAAS graduates, we want to hear from YOU! We are launching a 2017 alumni outreach campaign and will be communicating more than in the past. We also plan to more prominently feature our alums in CCAS publications and on our website. Because this is a renewed effort on our part, it’s important for us first to learn more about each of you. If you are a MAAS grad, please take just a couple of minutes to update your information and complete a brief survey question. You may use this same form at any time to send us updates of your accomplishments for potential inclusion in the CCAS Newsmagazine. We look forward to hearing from you!
MAAS graduates accomplish a great deal by completing the program. We encourage our graduates to make this enriching experience a possibility for others. Whether it is in support of scholarships for deserving students or of the Center’s activities that made your time at MAAS richer—through events, publications, or classroom outreach—please consider us in your philanthropic giving this year.
MAAS alumna Natalia Sancha, originally from Andalusia, studied journalism because she wanted to cover important events and tell people about them. Now, after working as a reporter, writer, and photographer in Lebanon for more than a decade, she shares some of her experiences.
While in college in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Curt Goering would frequently watch soldiers periodically enter and disrupt his classes and take students away. His classmates would often return with bruises on their bodies and grave stories of what the soldiers did to them. These narratives, and the time he spent studying abroad in the Middle East, led him to pursue graduate work on the region with a focus on human rights. He joined the MAAS program and graduated as a member of MAAS’ inaugural class in 1980.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University, Kristin Smith began the MAAS program and graduated with a concentration in Culture and Society in 2014. Currently, Smith resides in Lebanon, and works as the Cultural Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
Tighe Flanagan is Director of Wikimedia Foundation’s Education Programs, which helps educators and students around the world contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting. As Director, Tighe leads the education team and is also responsible for coordinating with the education programs in the Arab region and Africa.
Dena Takruri is an American journalist, presenter, and producer for Al Jazeera’s all digital video network, AJ+, and a 2008 graduate of the MAAS program at Georgetown. In her time as a distinguished journalist, Takruri has interviewed such figures as Tony Blair, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Read more about her work in this Q&A with the Nieman Storyboard.
As a MAAS student in the mid-90s reading Sara Roy’s important book, The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development, little could I have imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to spend more than a decade (and counting) leading the Palestine portfolio of the respected education organization AMIDEAST.