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Fall 2017

Upcoming Events

One Hundred Years in Limbo: Understanding the Palestinian Diaspora
Friday, October 13, 2017
2:15pm | Laminan Lounge, Olin Center
Fletcher School, Mugar Hall Room 200
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This fall marks one hundred years since the issuing of the Balfour Declaration establishing Britain's support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, a time period that has seen constant periods of unrest, migration, and the reshaping of borders and regimes in the region. From the early confluence of British colonial aspirations and Jewish hopes for sovereignty to the ongoing refugee crisis and continuing military conflicts, there are several questions and lessons that can be gained from the interplay between economic opportunism, nationalist sentiments, international diplomacy, and the galvanizing but volatile power of identity-based politics. In this talk, we will specifically focus on the role of the Palestinian diaspora population in various parts of the world and how they have shaped the Palestinian national identity and self-determination struggle with distinguished historian Dr. Hatem Bazian. In light of the region's tumultuous last century, what roles might the diaspora population play in future negotiations and conflict resolution efforts?

A language for all occasions: Ladino culture and literature
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00-9:00pm | Laminan Lounge, Olin Center
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This presentation traces the rise and fall of Ladino culture, especially in the city of Salonica, once home to the largest Ladino-speaking community in the world.

Sephardic foods & treats will be served.

Recent Events

MES Faculty and Student Luncheon
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00-1:30pm | Laminan Lounge, Olin Center
180 Packard Ave
All are welcome!
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The Making of 'Tinghir-Jerusalem'
A talk by filmmaker and historian Kamal Hachkar
Monday, September 25, 2017
12:00pm | Laminan Lounge, Olin Center
180 Packard Ave
Medford, MA 02155
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Please join the Middle Eastern Studies for a talk and discussion with Moroccan filmmaker and historian Kamal Hachkar as he discusses the making of his debut film Tinghir-Jerusalem. After discovering that his native Tinghir was once included thriving Jewish community, Hachkar sets off in search of that history. He travels to Israel, seeking out those who emigrated and their descendants - some of whom identify as Israeli, while others still firmly see themselves as Moroccan.

Talk and discussion in English. Co-Sponsored by Arabic Program. A light lunch will be served.