The McMillan-Stewart lectures are coordinated by the MIT Program in Gender and Women's Studies and are organized by the holder of the namesake chair, Lerna Ekmekcioglu, of the MIT History Faculty since 2011. Endowed by Geneviève McMillan, the lectures provide a space for scholars, artists, journalists, activists, and other experts to reflect on issues related to women in the developing world, specifically (but not exclusively) in the Middle East and North Africa. Lectures are free and open to the public.
“Modernizing Saudi Arabia: The politics of gender”
5pm - 6:30pm
Thurs September 12th
Dr. Hala Aldosari is a scholar-activist from Saudi Arabia, now based in the United States. Her PhD research, writings and research explore social determinants of women’s health, violence against women, legal restrictions and reforms of women’s rights and human rights across the Arab Gulf States. She is currently a fellow at MIT Center for International Studies. She serves as an advisory board member for Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Center for Human Rights and “Every Woman” global initiative to prevent violence against women and girls. She has previously worked as a scientist, consultant for health administration in Saudi Arabia and a visiting scholar in different think tanks and universities. She is the recipient of several awards for her activism, the 2018 Alison Des Forge award from human rights watch and the 2016 Freedom award from Freedom House. She is also an op-ed writer and her writings were featured in prominent media outlets. In 2019, she became the inaugural fellow for the Washington Post Khashoggi fellowship."
Biannual McMillan-Stewart Lecture Series with Zahra Ali: “Women, Gender and Feminisms in Iraq: between state collapse, social movements and fragmentation”
Location: 2 - 105
Against Fragmentation: Palestinian Women's Engagement Across the Green Line
Women's mobility across the Green Line that divides Israel and the West Bank is shaped by both traditional forms of economic and cultural practices as well as by Israel's gendered policies of division and enclosure of different Palestinian populations.
A workshop organized by Melissa Bilal and Lerna Ekmekcioglu, MIT History
MIT Campus, building 4 room 4-237
MIT McMillan-Stewart Chair, Women and Gender Studies Program
Institute of International Education
Armenian International Women's Association
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
Mirak Family Foundation
Biannual McMillan-Stewart lecture on Women in the Developing World: with Suad Joseph presenting “State of the Arab Family and the Family of the Arab State”
Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor, Department of History University of California, Santa Barbara, Intro by Sa'ed Atshan, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Swarthmore College,Tuesday March 8, 5 PM, Bldg 3 Room 133
Anver Emon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Relligion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Wednesday, December 2, 5 PM Bldg 3 Room 270
Hourig Attarian, Concordia University and Melissa Blilal, Columbia University, Monday, April 13, 5 PM, Bldg 4 Room 270
Fatma Müge Göçek, University of Michigan, Monday, November 3, 4 PM, Bldg 3 Room 333