Public Speaker Series: As part of the Center’s commitment to knowledge and to promoting scholarly discourse on a range of issues, it continues to host an ongoing speaker series that seeks to spark dialogue in the community on issues ranging from public policy, business, and economics to the arts, architecture and sustainable development. The series has drawn dozens of renowned figures to the Center over the years including Lakhdar Brahimi, Rashid Khalidi, Gayatri Spivak, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Friedman, Lisa Anderson, Joseph Nye, among many others.
The Center also organizes thematic speaker series on various topics of importance. In 2015, the Center held a series titled “Looking at Tunisia” that featured a number of talks by prominent speakers on various aspects of the country’s democratic transition, religious tolerance, political moderation, and civic engagement.
In conjunction with the University of Jordan, the Center organized a series focused on economic reform in Jordan in 2012. The aim was to foster public dialogue on the progress and challenges of Jordan’s efforts in economic reform, and was comprised of nine panel sessions tackling topics ranging from privatization, to centralization and decentralization, to fiscal policy and Jordan’s debt relief.
Conferences and Workshops:The Amman Center cooperates with partners on campus and in the region to organize conferences and workshops featuring international scholars and regional experts that focus on a variety of relevant issues. These events promote academic dialogue and help solidify the Center’s presence in the region as a focal point of intellectual engagement. Many of these events are also open for the public to attend and for the media to cover and interview key participants.
The Arab world today is marked by a sense of disillusionment felt by young Arabs and evidenced by record-low turnout during elections, explained Tarek Osman in his talk "The Two Futures of the Arab World".
The controversies sparked by US president Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the ensuing reactions by Palestinian leaders in Ramallah and Gaza was the theme of a talk “The Trump Administration and Jerusalem”, conducted last Saturday by Rashid Khalidi at the Columbia Global Centres in Amman.
The shift from a small programme focused on “policy and advocacy investments for children” to “a large-scale humanitarian programme” was the subject of the talk delivered by UNICEF Representative to Jordan Robert Jenkins at the Columbia Global Centres in Amman on Wednesday.
The Search for a Mideast Solution - A discussion between Professor Safwan Masri and Nicolas Pelham, moderated by Nicholas Lemann
Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series: Developing Emotional Intelligence for Greater Social Impact with Nadine El Asmar
Safwan M. Masri presents "Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly" at the Shoman Foundation - October 23, 2017 at 6:30-8:00 pm
A Virtual Lecture: Redefining Borders - Poetry as Means of Resilience and Tolerance with Nathalie Handal
A Model International Mobility Convention: Rights and Governance for Migrants and Refugees - A Talk by Michael Doyle
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