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Understanding Muslim Societies


Understanding Muslim Societies

Program Extension
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce an extension of Understanding Muslim Societies. Up to fifteen councils will be selected to host the program through December 2014. 
 
Extension Schedule of Events:

Sep 26, 2013: Columbus Council on World Affairs

    Speaker: Shirin Tahir-Kheli

Jan 29, 2014: World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California

    Speaker: Nader Hashemi

Feb 6, 2014: World Affairs Council of Northern California

    Speaker: Marc Lynch

Feb 25-27, 2014: World Affairs Council of Las Vegas

    Speaker: Nathan Brown

Feb 26, 2014: World Affairs Council of Connecticut 

    Speaker: Ellen Lust

Apr 29, 2014: Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) 

    Speaker: Shirin Tahir-Kheli

April 30, 2014: WorldBoston

    Speaker: Shibley Telhami

September 30, 2014: World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

    Speaker: Lawrence Pintak

October 16, 2014: WorldDenver

     Speaker: Samer Shehata 

Oct 30, 2014: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

    Speaker: Shirin Tahir-Kheli

To Be Confirmed:

Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Shirin Tahir-Kheli 
World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, Marc Lynch
World Affairs Council of Houston, Nathan Brown
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, Nader Hashemi
World Affairs Council of Kentuck and S. Indiana, John Bowen
World Affairs Council of Maine, Tarek Masoud
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Marc Lynch 

In the News

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading - Dr. Amaney A. Jamal
"Lifting veil on U.S.-Arab relations" Reading Eagle, September 17, 2012

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading - Dr. Amaney A. Jamal 
 
Program Recordings
On November 9, 2012 the World Affairs Councils of America streamed the panel The Arab Spring’s Aftermath: Assessing the Tectonic Shifts with Marc Lynch, George Washington University, Jen’nan Read, Duke University, Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland, and moderator P.J. Crowley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Watch the Program Recording Here
 
On October 24, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosted Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli for "Understanding the Role of Women in Muslim Societies" and livestreamed the program to the entire National Network. Watch the Program Recording Here
 
On September 20, the International Affairs Forum (Traverse City, MI) hosted Dr. Ellen Lust of Yale University for "The Arab People Are Speaking-But What Are They Really Saying?" Watch the Program Recording Here
 
On September 12, the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosted Dr. Amaney A. Jamal of Princeton University. Watch the Program Recording Here
 
On June 20, the World Affairs Council of Northern California live streamed their Understanding Muslim Societies program with Rami Khouri to the entire National Network. Watch the Program Recording Here
 
On June 7, WorldDenver live streamed their Understanding Muslim Societies program with Nader Hashemi to the entire National Network. Watch the Program Recording Here
 
Understanding Muslim Societies is part of the Six Top Issues for US National Security Engage America Series that is being undertaken by the World Affairs Councils of America network between now and the 2012 election. It is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Drawing from WACA's 2012 Six Top Issues, the series focuses on countries in the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan, and those relevant rising economic powers that are competing globally with the United States, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Several signature events will be webcasted live to the entire World Affairs Councils National Network.

The keynote speakers for the Council events are leading experts from Carnegie Corporation of New York programs and institutions. Thirty-eight councils across the country are participating in the program. 

Participating Councils were selected based on a competitive application process.

 
 

Schedule of Events 2012

April 3: World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Speaker: Shibley Telhami

April 16: World Affairs Council of West Central Illinois

Speaker: John Bowen

May 7: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth

Speaker: Marc Lynch

May 9: World Affairs Council of South Texas (Corpus Christi)

Speaker: Marc Lynch

May 10: World Affairs Council of Houston

Speaker: Marc Lynch

May 15: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Speaker: Jen'nan Read

May 18: Santa Fe Council on International Relations

Speaker: Richard Bulliet

June 7: Denver World Affairs Council

Speaker: Nader Hashemi

June 20: World Affairs Council of Northern California

Speaker: Rami Khouri 

September 12: World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

Speaker: Amaney Jamal 

September 12: Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

Speaker: Nader Hashemi 

September 14: Alaska World Affairs Council

Speaker: Shirin Tahir-Kheli 

September 20: Minnesota International Center

Speaker: John Bowen 

September 20: International Affairs Forum (IAF) of Traverse City, Michigan

Speaker: Ellen Lust 

September 20: WorldBoston

Speaker: Jen'nan Read 

September 27:  World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Speaker: Rami Khouri 

September 27:  South Dakota World Affairs Council

Speaker: Marc Lynch 

October: World Affairs Council of Washington, DC

Speaker: Lisa Anderson

October 2: Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Speaker: Nathan Brown 

October 3: World Affairs Council of Oregon

Speaker: Lawrence Pintak  

October 12: Dayton Council on World Affairs

Speaker: Nathan Brown 

October 15: World Affairs Council of Spokane

Speaker: Lawrence Pintak

October 18: Savannah Council on World Affairs

Speaker: Marc Lynch

October 19: World Affairs Council Hilton Head

Speaker: Marc Lynch 

October 25: World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

Speaker: Shirin Tahir-Kheli

October 25: World Affairs Council California Central Coast

Speaker: Samer Shehata

October 29: World Affairs Council of Orange County

Speaker: Nader Hashemi

November 1: International Relations Council (Kansas City)

Speaker: Nader Hashemi 

November 13: Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Speaker: Tarek Masoud

 November 13: Tennessee World Affairs Council 

   Speaker: Richard Bulliet 

November 15: Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Speaker: Nathan Brown

November 27: Alabama World Affairs Council

Speaker: Nader Hashemi

December 3: World Affairs Council of San Antonio

Speaker: Jen'nan Read

December 10: Naples Council on World Affairs

Speaker: Shibley Telhami

 

 

Carnegie Experts

 



Lisa Anderson
President, American University in Cairo, and a specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa.  Prior to joining AUC in 2008, she served at Columbia University as Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, the Chair of the political science department, and the Director of the University's Middle East Institute.   



 


John Bowen
Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri St. Louis.  He is the author of six books on comparative social studies of Islam across the world, including in Indonesia, France and England.  

 

 

 

 



Nathan Brown
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and is a specialist on the comparative politics of the Middle East. He is the author of six books, the most recent one being When Victory is No an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics.   

  

 




Richard Bulliet
Professor of History, Columbia University with a focus on the broader Middle East, from medieval times to the 20th century age of authoritarian states.  He is the author of many books on history and scholarly articles as well as novels.  

 


 

 



Nader Hashemi
Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.  He is the author of publications on secularism and dynamics of power in the Arab region and Iran. His areas of expertise include the Middle East and Islamic affairs, secularism, politics of the Middle East, Islam-West relations. 

  

 

 

 



Amaney Jamal
Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University. She directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Her current research focuses on civic engagement in the Arab World and the study of Muslim and Arab Americans. She was also a Senior Advisor on the Pew Research Center Projects on Islam in America and Global Islam.  

 

 

 

 



Rami Khouri
Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut. His journalistic work includes an internationally syndicated column. He serves as editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He was a member of the Brookings Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. 

 

 

 

 



Ellen Lust
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University and a top political scientist of the Middle East who authored The Middle East, one of the leading textbooks on the subject, and Political Participation in the Middle East among other publications.    

 

 

 


 
Marc Lynch
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the author of the upcoming book The Arab Uprising: The Wave of Protest that Toppled the Status Quo and the Struggle for a New Middle East.

 

 

 




Tarek Masoud
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is an expert on Muslim Brotherhood and is also the author of a forthcoming book on Islamic political parties along with numerous other books and publications.


 

 

 

 

Lawrence Pintak
Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University. He is a veteran of more than 30 years in journalism on four continents who now writes and lectures on America's relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy. 

 

 

 

 

 


Jen'nan Read
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Health, Duke University. She is an author of publications on Muslim Americans, international affairs, and religion and politics. Her research focuses on gender and ethnicity, the sociology of religion and health, and the assimilation experiences of Arab Americans and U.S. Muslims.  

 

 

 

 



Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Dr. Sachedina has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law, Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. He is the author of numerous publications and is currently conducting research in Iraq and Iran on Islamic ethics.  

 

 

 

 



Samer Shehata
Assistant Professor of Arab Politics, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Shehata's research interests include Middle East politics and Islamist politics. His writings have appeared in numerous academic and policy journals.

 

 

 

 

 

Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Ambassador Tahir-Kheli was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's senior adviser for women's empowerment. She was also the special assistant to the president and senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations at the National Security Council. She is the author of numerous books and articles on U.S.-Pakistan relations.   

  

 

 

 

 


Shibley Telhami
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. He has served as Advisor to the US Mission to the UN (1990-91), and as a member of the US delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee. He also served on the Iraq Study Group.

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