Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies



"The Turkish Complex: Bigman, Hero, Traitor"

 With Jenny White
Professor of Anthropology at Boston University

Friday, April 24, 2015
Saieh Hall, Room 146

 Jenny White is professor of anthropology at Boston University, former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, DC.

She is author of Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks (chosen by Foreign Affairs as one of three best books on the Middle East in 2012); Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (Winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology); and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women’s Labor in Urban Turkey.

Professor White has been following events in Turkey since the mid-1970s. Her syndicated blog on contemporary Turkey was named by Foreign Policy as one of two blogs on Turkey that President Obama should read: http://kamilpasha.com/

This event is open to the public.
Reception to follow.


The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the International House Global voices lecture series present

The 2014-2015 Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture


Ali Banuazizi

Professor of Political Science and Director, Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies (ICS)

Boston College

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30pm

Assembly Hall, International House
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Ali Banuazizi is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies. After receiving his Ph. D. from Yale University in 1968, he taught at Yale and the University of Southern California before joining the Boston College Faculty in 1971. Since then, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Tehran, Princeton, Harvard, and Oxford University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and M.I.T. He served as the founding editor of the journal of Iranian Studies, from 1968 to 1982.  He is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), and, currently, Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.

Ali Banuazizi is the author of numerous articles on society, culture, and politics of Iran and the Middle East, and the coauthor (with A. Ashraf) of Tabaqat-e ijtima’i, dowlat va enqelab dar Iran [Social Classes, the State and Revolution in Iran] (2008) and coeditor (with Myron Weiner) of three books on politics, religion and society in Southwest and Central Asia.