Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture

The Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture Series is one of CMES' signature programs. It occurs at least once annually and covers social, political, and economic trends in the contemporary Middle East. For information on past lectures in this series, please explore the archive.


The Media, the Middle East, and the Myth of Sectarianism

Mehdi Hasan, Political Editor, UK edition of the Huffington Post

May 11, 2017
Gleacher Center | Room 621
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago IL 60611

Mehdi Hasan is the 'voice of the reasoned left' and frequent commentator on all things political. As the New Statesman's Senior Editor (Politics) he had a weekly column and a daily blog covering everything from domestic policy to the European crisis and the Arab Spring.

Now Political Editor of the UK edition of the Huffington Post, Mehdi has interviewed some of Britain's biggest names and leads debate on one of the online world's most influential forums. He is the author of Summer of Unrest: the debt delusion, in which he sets out to explode ten myths about deficits and public spending cuts, and he has also co-authored a biography of Ed Miliband.

Originally a TV news producer, Mehdi makes regular appearances on BBC 1's Question Time and The Big Questions, and is a guest presenter on LBC. He also contributes to the comment pages of The Guardian and The Times, and presents two shows on Al Jazeera English.