Occasional Lecture Series

2016

  • The Middle East Working Group at Virginia Tech with sponsorship from The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE/GII), Middle East Working Group, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Departments of History, Human Development, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Religion and Culture, and Sociology
  • Wednesday, November 2, 3:00PM, Goodwin 135

    Perspectives on the Global Refugee Crisis: A Panel Discussion

    Panelists:

    Mac McEachin, National Security Policy Associate for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), NYC; Julie Kornfeld, Skadden Fellow and attorney for IRAP; Kee Jeong Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development at VT; Deirdre Hand, ESL Instructor, and Seida Sohrabi, Kurdish-Finnish Political Science Student.

  • The Intercultural Engagement Center at Virginia Tech with sponsorship from The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE/GII) and the Departments of History, Political Science & International Studies, and Religion & Culture, The Center for Peace Studies & Violence Prevention, the Diane and Malcolm Rosenberg Judaic Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society, Ken Stiles, Delegate Nick Rush and Dr. Kira Gantt
  • Monday, March 28, 7:00PM, Haymarket Theater, Squires Student Center

    The Middle East Peace Process: Is it Feasible and What Must Happen to Achieve It?

    Speaker:

    Ambassador Dennis Ross, Special Advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia, Director of Policy to the State Department

2015

  • The Middle East Working Group at Virginia Tech with sponsorship by The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE/GII) and the Departments of Economics,History, Political Science & International Studies, and Religion & Culture
  • Wednesday, October 21, 4-5:15PM, McBryde 100

    UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East: Opportunities and Constraints

    Speaker:

    Francesco Manca, Independent Political Analyst, Former Deputy Director (ret.) for the Political Affairs Office of UNFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon)

  • The Middle East Working Group at Virginia Tech with sponsorship by The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE/GII) and the Departments of Economics, History, Religion & Culture, Political Science & International Studies, Physics and Science and Technology in Society
  • Tuesday, September 15, 7 PM, 2150 Torgersen Hall

    Iran Nuclear Deal: Physics, Politics, and Diplomacy

    A Conversation with Faculty

    • The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment; the Dean's Advisory Committee on International Initiatives; the Departments of Economics, Political Science, Religion & Culture, and the Iranian Society at Virginia Tech
    • Friday, March 27, 2015, 4-6 PM. 3100 Torgersen Hall

      Detente or Brinkmanship: The US and Iran Beyond Nuclear Negotiations

      Speaker:

      Payam Mohseni, Kennedy School, Harvard University

      2014

    • The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment;The Departments of Economics, Government and International Affairs, History, Political Science, Science and Technology in Society, the International Studies and the Aspect Program

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7-9 PM. Holden Auditorium

    The U.S. and the Middle East: A Conversation with Faculty

    Speakers:

    Carmen Gitre, History; Ioannis Stivachtis, Political Science/International Studies; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Economics; Daniel Breslau, Science and Technology in Society; Benttina Koch, Political Science/ASPECT: Moderator

    2013

    • Departments of Religion and Culture and Political Science; The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment; The Middle East Working Group; and The Residential College at West Ambler Johnston

    Monday, April 1, 2013, 7:00PM. Great Room, Atrium of west Ambler Johnston Hall

    Secular Muslims: Hidden Bodies in Religious Studies Scholarship

    Speaker:

    Richard Martin, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and History of Religions, Emory University

    2012

    • "Writing and Reconciliation" is an innovative symposium conceived of by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in Sociology, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. This symposium brings together Sri Lankan writers and scholars with others from Virginia Tech and beyond to discuss how individuals and communities come to understand the displacement, trauma, and identity conflicts that arise when history erupts in and around persons’ lives. Together with keynote readings, the symposium will include workshops and panels with invited scholars from the US and abroad and VT faculty, students, and the local community

    November 5-7, 2012, The Inn at Virginia Tech

Writing and Reconciliation Symposium

2011

  • The Iranian Society at Virginia Tech, The Middle East Working Group, Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, Department of Science and Technology in Society, Department of Regilion and Culture, Department of History, Department of Political Science, and The Dean's Advisory Committee on International Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

September 23, 2011, 3:00 PM, McBryde Hall, Room 100:

Secularism and the World of Islam

Speaker:

Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush
Visiting Professor at Harvard and Princeton Universities
 

  • Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University and the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech

October 14-15, 2011, Binghamton, New York:

Gendered Commodity Chains: Bringing Households and Women into Global Commodity Chain Analysis

Conference Organizer:

Dr. Wilma A, Dunaway
Virginia Tech
 

  • Iranian Society at Virginia Tech; Middle East Working Group; and Global Issues Initiative

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 5:30- 7:00 PM. Surge 104C:

From Pink Floyd to Persepolis to Tahrir Square: Contemporary Iran and the Future of the Middle East

Speaker:

Afshin Molavi
Senior Fellow, The New America Foundation
 

  • Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs Politics and Planning Speaker Series; Institute for Society, Culture and Environment; and Urban Affairs and Planning Diversity

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 5:30PM. 1021 Prince Street, 3rd Floor:

Remembering Civil Rights Pioneer Samuel W. Tucker

Speakers:

Stephen J. Ackerman, Writer
Louis Hicks, Director, Alexandria Black History Museum
 

  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Departmental Diversity Award; Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment; Global Issues Initiative; Departments of History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Political Science, Religion and Culture, ASPECT, the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention; and the Reema Samaha Arabic Language and Culture Initiative

Friday, April 1, 2011, 3:00PM. 2150 Torgersen:

America and the Islamic World: What Difference has Obama Made?

Speaker:

Raymond Baker
Trinity College, American University in Cairo
 

  • Departments of Religion and Culture; Political Science, Economics, Science and Technology in Society; Institute for Society, Culture and Environment; The Middle East Working Group; The Center for Human-Computer Interaction; Iranian Students Group; and Friends of Egypt

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 7:00PM. 130 Hahn Hall:

Uprising in the Middle East: Making Sense of History in the Making

Speakers:

Daniel Breslau, Department of Science and Technology in Society
Andrea Kavanaugh, Department of Comptuer Science
Bettina Koch, Department of Political Science
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Department of Economics
Rachel Scott, Department of Religion and Culture
 

  • School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA); Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:00PM. 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Room 305:

The Caucasus: Old Conflicts and New Geopolitical Design

Speaker:

Dr. Sergey Markedonov
Visiting Fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

 

2010

  • School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA); Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Alexandria Lyceum Hall:

Geopolitics at Virginia Tech - GEOPOL 2010 Conference Program

 

2009

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Monday, November 23, 2009, 6:30PM, Alexandria:

Making Life and Death Decisions in a War: The Russian Georgian Conflict

Speaker:

Dr. Andrei Illarionov
Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute, Washington, and President of the Institute of Economic Analysis, Moscow

 

  • Middle East Working Group (MEWG); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Friday, April 10, 2009, 5PM, Blacksburg:

Problems and Prospects of Democrary in Iran

Speaker:

Dr. Abbas Milani
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University, and Co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institute

 

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 7PM, Alexandria:

The Politics of Trade Policy in the Obama Era

Speaker:

Todd Tucker
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

 

  • Middle East Working Group (MEWG); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 7:30PM, Blacksburg:

The New Administration & Middle East Policy: Challenges and Implications

Speakers:

Dr. Rachel Scott
Dr. Yannis Stivachtis
Dr. Ben Sax
Dr. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
Dr. Daniel Breslau

 

2008

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 7PM, Alexandria:

CENTCOM'S Middle East: Geopolitical Imaginings & Interventionary Practices

Speaker:

Dr. John Morrissey
Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Galway, and The City University of New York

 

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 7PM, Alexandria:

Middle East Youth: From Social Exclusion to Impetus for Reform and Growth

Speaker:

Dr. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech and Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution

 

2007

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7PM, Alexandria:

Fighting Terrorism not Terrorists: Turkey and the PKK

Speaker:

Deniz Ulke Aribogan
Professor and President, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul

 

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA); and Global Issues Initiative (GII)

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 7PM, Alexandria:

The Political Lives of Bronze Soldiers: Contemporary Estonian-Russian Relations

Speaker:

Robert Kaiser
Professor, University of Wisconsin