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April 3, 2019


Lindner Family Commons (Room 602)

1957 E St NW

Washington, DC 20052

Join us for a panel discussion on the difficulties facing academics conducting fieldwork in the Middle East.


Matthew Hedges, PhD Candidate, Durham University

Elizabeth Pertner, PhD Candidate, George Washington University

Thomas Dolan, PhD Candidate, George Washington University

Mark Berlin, PhD Candidate, George Washington University

Karim El-Taki, PhD Candidate, Cambridge University

Moderated by Dr. Shana Marshall



November 27, 2018


Jack Morton Auditorium

805 21st Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

General Ticket: $20.00
GW Student Discount: $16.00

Use discount code IMESHOME to reduce price to $18

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation & GWU’s Institute of Middle East Studies invite you to delve into the intricacies of Arab American identity through the individual experiences of some of today’s most celebrated literary voices. Join notable Buzzfeed reporter Hannah Allam as she sits down with Osama Alomar (The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories), Susan Darraj (A Curious Land: Stories from Home; The Inheritance of Exile) and others to discuss what “Finding Home” looks like for an Arab American, especially in today’s political climate. These award-winning authors will also read from their work in what will be a fascinating and engaging evening.

Osama Alomar

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Pittsburgh, Osama Alomar is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic, and performs as a musician. His short stories have been published by Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, The Southern Review,, The Paris Review Daily,, Guernica Daily, The Outlet (the blog of Electric Literature), Noon, The Coffin Factory, Painted Bride Quarterly, Gigantic, The Literary Review, and Dissent. New Directions published FULLBLOOD ARABIAN, a pamphlet-sized collection in 2014, and the story collection THE TEETH OF THE COMB in 2017.

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Susan Muaddi Darraj's short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Jaime Manrique. The book was published in December 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press. It also won the 2016 Arab American Book Award, a 2016 American Book Award, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. In 2018, she was named a Ford Fellow by United States Artists.

Laila Halaby

Laila Halaby is the author of two novels, Once in a Promised Land (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Authors selection; named by the Washington Post as one of the best 100 novels of 2007) and West of the Jordan (winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award), as well as a collection of poetry my name on his tongue (Syracuse University Press, Spring 2012). Halaby was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for study of folklore in Jordan and holds two Masters’ degrees in Literature and in Counseling.

Laila has always been interested in the power of the creative voice and its role in healing from impossible-seeming traumas. What started out as a lark – listening to Palestinian refugee kids recount folktales – has turned into a lifelong obsession with stories and creativity as an antidote to suffering and she has found ways to incorporate storytelling in all of her social service jobs, including her work with people trying to quit smoking, with homeless youth, and with therapy patients. She currently works as a counselor with cancer patients, as a program coordinator in an expressive arts program for refugee survivors of torture and trauma, and as a museum educator. She also designed a series of programs at the VA hospital as well as teaching creative writing in the Polytrauma Unit there for a few years.

Moderated by: Hannah Allam

Hannah Allam is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News, covering U.S. Muslim life. She previously spent a decade as a foreign correspondent at McClatchy, serving as Baghdad bureau chief during the Iraq War and Cairo bureau chief during the Arab Spring uprisings. She has also reported extensively on national security and race/demographics. Her reporting on Muslims adapting to the Trump era won national religion reporting prizes in 2018. Allam was part of McClatchy teams that won a Polk Award for Syria reporting and an Overseas Press Club award for exposing death squads in Iraq. Allam is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She lives in Washington.

October 24th, 2018


Lindner Family Commons (Room 602)

1957 E St NW

Washington, DC 20052

Please join us for a conversation about the prospects for Arab reform.

Dr. Marwan Muasher has served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States, foreign minister, and deputy prime minister; and a member of the Jordanian Senate. He served as senior vice president at the World Bank from 2007-2010. Since 2010 he now currently serves as vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is overseeing the “Arab Horizons” project on reform in the Arab world at the Carnegie Endowment; copies of the report will be available at the event.

Moderating the conversation will be Dr. Hala al-Dosari, a specialist in health care, as well as a very prominent writer on Saudi social and political affairs. She currently serves as a resident scholar at the center for human rights and global justice at the New York University School of Law, researching the sexual reproductive health of women in Saudi Arabia.

A Panel Discussion


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Elliott School of International Affairs
Linder Family Commons, Room 602
Room 103

Iraq is scheduled to hold provincial assembly elections in April 2013 and national parliamentary elections one year later. In late December, following arrests of his major Sunni Arab rival's bodyguards, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the possibility of advancing the 2014 parliamentary election to April 2013 and running for a third term. The parliament then passed a two-term limitation on the prime minister and other senior positions.
  • Dr. Adeed Dawisha, Professor of Political Science, Miami University of Ohio
  • Dr. Harith al-Qarawee, Former Political Advisor, Embassy of Iraq

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

Dr. Adeed Dawisha, an Iraqi scholar and professor of political science at Miami University of Ohio, and Dr. Harith al-Qarawee, author of Imagining the Nation: Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq and former political adviser on political and media affairs to the Iraqi Ambassador in Washington, will assess the current political environment in Baghdad and Maliki's strategic vision — or lack of one — for Iraq

Sponsored By:

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

Melani McAlister is a Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She recently published a book entitled "The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals" which includes the first transnational study of American evangelical politics and covers a fifty-plus year sweep. She has also recently authored articles published in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and The Conversation. Professor McAlister just finished a year long NEH fellowship and is now working on a research project regarding the cultural and affective history of humanitarianism in the Cold War!


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