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Public Events Archive

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."

Conference: Scales of Syria

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?"

Film Screening: On The Bride's Side

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: The Emerging Immigration and Asylum Regime in Turkey

March 9, 2016 - Saime Ozcurumez, Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, spoke on the emerging immigration and asylum regime in Turkey.

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?

Film Screening & Discussion: 7 Days in Syria

BCARS provides a public screening and discussion of the new documentary 7 Days in Syria, featuring veteran war correspondent Janine di Giovanni's investigative visit to Aleppo Syria.

Lecture: Digital Solutions & Displacement

February 19, 2016 - FMHT's Director Noora Lori and the Global Apps Initiative discussed technology's role in addressing forced migration and human trafficking issues worldwide.

Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees

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.

Lecture: “Iraq: The Way Forward,” by Nikolay Mladenov

February 19, 2015 - The Fares Center and BCARS hosted UN Secretary-General Special Representative to Iraq Nikolay Mladenov, who discussed the ongoing security and governance challenges facing Iraq.

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."

Lecture: Bahrain in the Arab Uprisings: Origins, Causes, and Consequences

February 20, 2014 - BCARS Junior Scholar Shamiran Mako provided an insightful description of the Arab Spring's chapter in Bahrain: its historical roots, sources of conflict, and outcomes.

Lecture: Egypt’s Stalled Revolution: Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

February 13, 2014 - BCARS Junior Scholar Yasser El-Shimy presented a historical basis for understanding the ongoing governance challenges of Egypt two years after the Arab Spring.

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