Stephanie Judson and Sandy Rea recently traveled with CODEPINK, an international grassroots women’s peace and justice organization, on a Peace Delegation to Iran. During their time in Tehran, they participated in meetings that were intensely political, while time spent in Isfahan focused more on history and culture.
Our presenters shared photos with commentary, and welcomed Q&A and discussion. The talk, in a member’s home in Princeton, New Jersey, was followed by a reception for PMES members and their guests.
Isabella de la Houssaye presented a “Show & Tell” on traditional veils from North Africa to Central Asia at Bramwell House, YWCA Princeton, New Jersey. She discussed how to interpret their meaning and significance to better understand the people and societies who wore them.
Ms. de la Houssaye has worked and traveled the world extensively, and is owner of Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based importer, retailer and auctioneer of art, antiques and traditional crafts from around the world. She has a passion for cultural studies and has curated a number of exhibits related to traditional cultures in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America.
Robert Ross presented a talk in Princeton on Russia’s involvement in Syria in the context of its long-term strategic goals in the Middle East. A retired international development expert and PMES member, Mr. Ross has spent many years studying Russia and traveling there.
The Arab Spring that began with Tunisia gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy – but did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart?
Drawing on his recent book, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Professor Safwan Masri examined the factors that contributed to Tunisia’s experience after the Arab Spring, focusing on the country’s history of reformism in the domains of education, religion, and women’s rights.
Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
The talk was co-sponsored with the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.
Wafa Ghnaim, author of Tatreez & Tea, presented on the centuries-old folk art of Palestinian tatreez embroidery and on preserving, documenting, and sharing this artistry and its storytelling traditions, so that they are passed to the next generation of Palestinians living in exile.
Tatreez & Tea included both a talk and embroidery workshops, co-sponsored with the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University and the Princeton Middle East Society. All events were free and open to the public.
PMES and Jewish Voice for Peace-Central New Jersey co-sponsored the screening of the documentary film Seeing Through the Wall, followed by a Q&A with film director Anna Maksoud and a tour participant, at the Princeton United Methodist Church, Princeton, New Jersey.
George Saliba, Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Science, Columbia University, presented the talk What Does Western Tradition Owe to Islamic Civilization?
Professor Saliba discussed the transmission of the Indo-Arabic numerical and decimal system to Renaissance Europe, which facilitated the ongoing development of mathematics. He also provided many examples of scientific treatises and instruments originating in Islamic civilization which were adopted, used and further developed by European scholars, most of whom freely acknowledged their intellectual debt.
Dr. Saliba is the author of several publications on the origins and influence of Arabic and Islamic science and the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and honors.
The event was held at Princeton University and co-sponsored by the Princeton Middle East Society and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.
Dr. Mazen Adi, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, gave his unique insights into the situation in Syria at PMES’s Annual Meeting and Social Reception. Dr. Adi was formerly with the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Legal Advisor to the Syrian Mission at the United Nations.
Neta C. Crawford, Professor, Political Science, Boston University, and Co-Director, Eisenhower Study Group’s Cost of War Project, Watson Institute, Brown University, examined the human, social and political costs of America’s War on Terror during a presentation at Princeton University.
The event was co-sponsored by PMES in collaboration with the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, Princeton University.