Congratulations to the MAAS Class of 2019!
MAAS Grads, we want to hear from YOU!
As part of our renewed alumni outreach, we have been featuring MAAS alums more prominently on our website and social media platforms, and in the biannual CCAS Newsmagazine. The past few issues of the CCAS Newsmagazine have featured more than 100 MAAS alums! Please tell us about your professional accomplishments so that we can feature you! You can either email your news to firstname.lastname@example.org or take a moment to fill out this brief form. We look forward to hearing from you!
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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. To designate a gift for CCAS, please use this form. Thank you for your generosity!
“I have learned that when you bring consciousness to anything, things begin to shift and that is how you inspire and initiate change,” says Alaa Mufleh, a 2018 graduate of the MAAS program. Read more about Alaa’s future plans, including climbing Mt. Everest as part of an all-Arab women’s team!
Graduates of the MAAS program have distinguished themselves in many professional fields, including the media. We hear below from alums who work in the media—as journalists and producers—and on the media—as expert commentators, knowledge archivists, and scholars.
Ada Mullol was well on her way to a career in journalism when she decided to pursue her Masters in Arab Studies at Georgetown. She first honed her reporting skills as an undergraduate at Autonomous University in Barcelona, where she studied journalism, wrote for the university magazine, and received an investigative reporting award for her work on the Syrian regime’s suppression and surveillance of Syrians in Spain.
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.