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Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899

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Fall 2014

Date/Time/Place Speaker & Title


September 22


7-9 pm

Thomas 110

Muslim Voices of Philadelphia

screening and Q&A with Filmmakers

Muslim Voices of Philadelphia


October 1


Thomas Great Hall

Mona Eltahawy

"Revolution one-ism at a time: The Global fight vs sexism, racism and other -isms"

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. Follow Mona on Twitter at @monaeltahawy.

Mona Eltahawy


Spring 2014
Date/Time/Place Speaker & Title


March 31


4:30 pm

Carpenter 21

Laila El-Haddad

The Gaza Kitchen: A Conversation about the Intersections of Food, Culture, and Politics

Laila El-Haddad


Spring 2013
Date/Time/Place Speaker & Title


April 11


4:30 pm

Thomas Hall 224

Soli Ozel

Prof of International Relations at Kadir Has University

Soli Ozel


April 15


6:00 pm

Dalton 300

Norman Finkelstein

Author, Activist, and Political Scientist

Norman Finklestein

Wednesday, March 20


6:00 pm, Thomas Hall 224

Mohamed Zakariya


Regarded as the preeminent ambassador of the art of Islamic calligraphy in America, Mohamed Zakariya is widely known for his design of the “Eid Greetings” U.S. postage stamps. His work has been featured around the world, including his 2011 solo exhibition “An Eloquent Eye: Recent Works by Mohamed Zakariya” at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

Fall 2012
Date/Time/Place Speaker & Title
  Visual Culture Events - Fall 2012

MES Fall 2012 Tea

October 10
7:00 pm in the
Ely Room,
Wyndham House

poster"I was in a Hurry: Dunya Mikhail Shares Her Life Experiences"

Dunya Mikhail, born in Baghdad, left Iraq in the mid-1990s after her work as a
journalist landed her on Saddam Hussein's enemies list.
She has published her poems extensively in Arabic and received critical
recognition. Her translated work is dramatic and accessible; her new
work in English has gained popular as well as critical recognition.

This event is sponsored by the Programs in Arabic, Art, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and the Department of English. The Class of 1902 Lecture Fund also provided generous support.


September 14,2012

7:00 to 8:00 PM

2nd Stage at the Adrienne

2030 Sanson St.

Philadelphia, PA

Leila Ghaznavi (BMC 2001)

and Pantea Productions


"Silken Veils"


The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988:  A daughter questions the worth of love while a family struggles to stay together under the stress of war.


"Talkback" after the performance with Leila Ghaznavi and BMC Professor Deborah Harrold


Sponsored by Middle East Studies and the Undergraduate Dean's office at Bryn Mawr College

Silken Veils
Scheduled Events for 2011/2012


Date/Time/Place Speaker & Title
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Carpenter B 21

Reception immediately following the lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College

Professor Koray Durak
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University

"Commercial Relations between Byzantines and Arabs at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Underestimated Story"


This lecture is free and open to the public

Sponsored by the 1902 Lecture Fund and the Program in Middle East Studies, Bryn Mawr College and the Mellon Tri-College Faculty Forum



March 28,

7:00 pm

Dalton 300

Francesca Ricciardone

International Trade Union Confederation


"Egypt's Political Transformation:  The Role of Labor Unions"

March 27
7:00 pm
Thomas Hall 224

Amiram Amitai
Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, and a Filmmaker


Screening and discussing his documentary


The Case of Jonathan Pollard

Amitai poster

March 13

7:00 pm

Dalton Room 300

Eran Preis, Professor at Temple University


Introduces, screens and discusses his documentary


Bet Herut: The End of The Beginning

Preis poster

February 15


Sharpless Auditorium

Haverford College

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Kuwaiti psychologist

"The 99


Superheroes Inspired by Islam"
The 99 lecture


September 29

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thomas 224



Roger Allen
Professor of Arabic, University of Pennsylvania


"Writing the History of the Moroccan Novel in Arabic"


**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.**

October 3

4:30 pm

Carpenter Library B25

Professor Melanie Michailidis

Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Washington University, St. Louis and the St. Louis Art Museum


"Ceramics and Identity in Samanid Nishapur"

**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.**

Sponsored by Middle East Studies, Bryn Mawr
Deborah Harrold, Coordinator


October 24

4:30 pm

Carpenter Library B21

Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles

Chair, Joint PhD Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Islamic Architectural Heritage and Spain's National Identity"

**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.**