MENA Dialogues Video Series

MENA Dialogues is a video series produced by the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University and consisting of interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers. We host a vibrant speakers series throughout the academic year. With MENA Dialogues we engage our guest speakers and visiting scholars in conversations about their research and publications and explore ideas in a dynamic format.

The series is produced by Sandeep Reddy Pamulapati and Danny Postel.


Bassam Haddad & Brian Edwards discuss Middle East studies & public scholarship

On January 30, 2017, MENA director Brian Edwards sat down with Bassam Haddad, the Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at George Mason University, the Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, the founding editor of the Arab Studies Journal, and the co-founder and co-editor of the online magazine Jadaliyya.

Coming soon on MENA Dialogues:

Esra Özyürek, Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science who studies how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe, in conversation with Nazlı Özkan, a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology and Middle East & North African Studies at Northwestern

Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University and the author of Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, in conversation with Danny Postel, the Assistant Director of the MENA Program at Northwestern University and co-editor of Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East