Explore the archive of past BCARS public events, from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016.
Forum: Humanitarian Intervention in Syria
March 30, 2016 - "A panel discussion with Peter Maurer, International Committee of the Red Cross; Michael Ignatieff, Harvard Kennedy School; and Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights."
March 25, 2016 - "While the Syrian diaspora has come to be redefined in global terms, Syria’s own future remains intimately connected to its countryside. What does it mean to re-establish roots in this context? How do we grapple with the complex ways in which displacement has affected, and been affected by, the Syrian countryside?"
March 22, 2016 - "A groundbreaking documentary chronicling the real story of five Syrian refugees' journey across Europe from Milan to Stockholm in November 2013, documented and aided by European filmmakers and human rights activists."
Conference: Must the security of some depend on the insecurity of others?
March 2016 - The conference explored a variety of questions, including: When we talk of “collective” security, whose security is being protected, and whose is being sacrificed? Is it true that maintaining the security of some requires curtailing the rights of others? Finally, how do we navigate answering these questions both as lawyers and as human beings?
Conference: Possible Futures for Iraq, Including a Return to the Past
March 11, 2016 - The conference participants discussed a range of future political and economic possibilities for Iraq including a return to past political and constitutional arrangements such as those of 1925, 1958, 2005, etc.
Lecture: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Rebuilding Lives through Sustainable Grassroots Initiatives
March 10, 2016 - "Karyn Thomas will addressed the current crisis of education for children and young people from Syria, and the efforts to get families back on their feet, in order to help create the new generation of leaders needed for Syria’s future. The mission of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) is to provide access to formal as well as supplemental education that will assist students and families from Syria to succeed in Turkey and beyond, paving the way for better opportunities in the future."
Seminar: Janine di Giovanni on "Dispatches from Syria: The Morning They Came for Us"
March 8, 2016 - "In conversation with Future of Diplomacy Project's Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver, Janine di Giovanni, one of the most experienced conflict reporters in the world will discuss her new book, Dispatches From Syria: The Morning They Came for Us, and reflect on her experiences covering some of the world's most harrowing conflicts, including the war in Bosnia."
Seminar: The Destruction of Syria and the Crisis of Universal Values
March 7, 2016 - "Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School, spoke at the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar. He discussed the war in Syria, the resulting refugee crisis, and how the international community should consider their moral values in dealing with refugees and the war in Syria."
Panel Discusion: The Global Migration & Refugee Crisis with Amb. William Bellamy
February 23, 2016 - Former U.S. Ambassador William M. Bellamy moderated a panel discussion of experts on the Syrian refugee crisis which included BCARS scholars Dr. Denis Sullivan and Dr. Nora Loora. The panel explored answers to some of the key questions surrounding the crisis such as: What is driving this displacement? Where are the displaced going? What are host governments doing and how is the international community handling this crisis?
November 30, 2015 - A coalition of activist and cultural groups on campus host a fundraiser for Syrian refugees on November 30th, featuring a performance by the Northeastern Bhangra Team and a catered dinner.
Student speakers discuss why supporting Syrian refugees is imperative and how the refuguee crisis intersects with larger social justice issues.
All the money is donated to NuDaySyria, an organization based in New England and Turkey that is dedicated to distributing on the ground resources like jackets and pillows to refugee camps.
Annual Graduate Student Conference: "The Arab Spring"
April 2015 - The uprisings in the Middle East have opened previously unavailable possibilities to study and engage in issues of governance and local development. The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) fosters interdisciplinary research on Arab governance and local development.
Workshop: Annual Graduate Student Conference 2014: "Spotlight on Syria"
April 12, 2014 - BCARS hosted a graduate student workshop putting a "spotlight on Syria" and the ongoing conflict in the region. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Shadi Hamid: “The Past and Future of Political Islam."