6:30pm, Thursday, October 30. CMES Cinema. The Band's Visit, directed by Eran Kolirin. Followed by a discussion with Ayala Dvoretzky, and Muhammad Aziz, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

12:00pm, Wednesday, November 12. CMES Colloquium. David S. Powers, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, “The End of Prophecy: How Muhammad Became the Last Prophet.” Room A001, ISPS, 77 Prospect Street.

6:30pm, Wednesday, November 12. CMES Cinema. The Syrian Bride. Followed by a discussion with Eran Riklis, Director and Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, University of Pennsylvania. Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street.

The Program on Governance and Local Development

Iranian Studies

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) was launched on May 1-2 with the inaugural conference titled “Mapping Local Governance.” The Program fosters innovative research that breaks new ground in the understandings of governance and development issues focused on the Middle East. It is poised to significantly advance the theoretical and substantive understanding of governance in the region, extending research on politics and development that has primarily been state-centered, overlooking sub-national disparities that helped spark the 2011 uprisings.