6:30pm, Thursday, September 18. CMES Cinema. Border Café (Café Transit), directed by Kambuzia Partovi. Followed by a discussion with Farkhondeh Shayesteh, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University. Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

12:00pm, Wednesday, September 24. CMES Colloquium. Shiri Goren, Senior Lector in Hebrew, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University, "Remember Them All: Humor, Violence and Creative Resistance in Sayed Kashua’s Israeli Sitcom 'Arab Labor'." Room A001, ISPS, 77 Prospect 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.