School of Humanities and Cultural Studies

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Lecture Series

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program Fund was established in 2016 to support public lectures and events at Wright State University that relate to the Middle East and Islam. Donations to the lecture series are always welcome. Give to the Middle East Program Fund.

Past Lectures


  • October 3, 2019: Lecture by Khaled Elgindy, "Blind Spot: Americans and Palestinians from Balfour to Trump"


  • October 15, 2018: An Afternoon of Sufi Mystic Music, Dance, and Poetry


  • October 26, 2017: Lecture by Ovamir Anjum
  • November 9, 2017: Lecture by Fateh Azzam, senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and an affiliate at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School,
  • March 18, 2018:
    • Performance of “Give Us This Day” by composer David Maslanka by the university’s Symphonic Band lead by Shelley Jagow, professor of music at Wright State
    • Performance of “Embrace,” a new commission by composer Hyekung Lee by the Wright State Saxophone Quartet
    • Photo documentary presentation by Benjamin J. Montague, associate professor of photography

Wright State Newsroom, October 23, 2017: Lecture series will help students learn more about Middle Eastern culture


  • November 14, 2016: Lecture by Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of history and anthropology at Shawnee State University
  • November 30, 2016: Lecture by Fadhel Kaboub, associate professor of economics at Denison University and president of Binzagr Institute of Sustainable Development
  • January 25, 2017: Lecture by Mehnaz Afridi, an assistant professor of religious studies and director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College
  • February 14, 2017: Lecture by Judith Tucker, professor of history at Georgetown University

Wright State Newsroom, November 10, 2016: Lecture series focuses on current events in the Middle East


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