MENA Events

MENA Events

Jews in Early Egyptian Cinema: Between Nationalism and Nationality

A Lecture by Dr. Deborah Starr, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Cornell University.  She writes and teaches about issues of identity and inter-communal exchange in Middle Eastern literature and film, with a focus on the Jews of Egypt. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Register via Zoom:  http://bit.ly/StarrLecture


Discrimination and Delegation, Explaining State Responses to Refugees

A Lecture by Dr. Lamis Abdelaaty, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University; Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 4:00 pm
Register via Zoom:  http://bit.ly/Abdelaaty


'The Tragic Predicament of Esfandiyar in the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi'

A Lecture by Dr. Olga M. Davidson, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 4:00 pm

Dr. Davidson will speak about one of the most stirring scenes depicted by the master poet Ferdowsi (d. 1019 or 1025) in his monumental poem, the Shahnameh (“The Book of Kings”), the national epic of Greater Iran. 

Sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Program at Binghamton University.


'Interrogating Gender Politics in Mahjar Literature: Kahlil Gibran, Mikha’il Naimy, and ‘Afifa Karam'

A Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Claire Saylor, Assistant Professor of Arabic at North Carolina State University

Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 4:00 pm

Followed by discussion facilitated by respondent Badreddine Ben Othman, PhD student at Binghamton University

Sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Program at Binghamton University.  


Humanitarian Work with an Arabic Degree: An Alumnus' Perspective on Human Rights work in Palestine

Lecture by Mr. Steven Lewis ’18, BA in Arabic Studies

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 4:00 pm

Steven Lewis ’18, BA in Arabic Studies, will speak about the three months he spent in 2019 living and working in the Palestinian city of Hebron. 

Sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Program at Binghamton University. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Institute (HRI).