Middle East Teach-In Series
The Council on Middle East Studies and the Arab Students Association at Yale held a Middle East Teach-In Series during the spring semester. From Morocco to Iran, the regions of the Middle East and North Africa are experiencing a tremendous wave of political and economic unrest. The past few months have seen governments overturned, dictators unseated, and political activists energized. Unfortunately, this political optimism has also resulted in the deaths of many who agitated for peaceful change across the Arab world and elsewhere.
As a whole, the series’ goal was to educate the Yale and New Haven communities about the crucial events currently taking place across the Middle East and North Africa. It also provided a forum for scholars, students, and community members to engage in a dialogue about these topics. Each weekly session focused on a different country or region, such as Bahrain and the Gulf Monarchies, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Syria, and included a lecture followed by a discussion with the audience.
The program was co-sponsored by the Yale European Undergraduates, Students for Justice and Peace in Palestine, The Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, The Harvard Lectureship, The Isaac H. Bromley Lectureship, Yale African Students’ Association, Yale Amnesty International, Yale International Relations Association, the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics, and the Muslim Students Association.