12:00pm, Wednesday, September 10. CMES Colloquium. Marco Demichelis, Visiting Fellow, CMES, "Historical Peculiarities, Achievements and Failures of Italian Orientalism. A Debated Itinerary from Michele Amari (b. 1806) to Francesco Gabrieli (d. 1996)." Room A001, ISPS, 77 Prospect Street.

Friday, September 12. Graduate Student Symposium. Topographies of Culture: Heritage, Art, and Urbanism in the Gulf Region. Welcome Remarks by Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of Islamic Architecture, History of Art. Jeffery H. Loria Center, 190 York 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.