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2015 Bobst Center Newsletter

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Announcing a new director for the Race, Ethnicity and Identity Workshop

Bobst Center Director Amaney A. Jamal has appointed Rafaela Dancygier, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Cyril E. Black University Preceptor, to lead the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice's Race, Ethnicity and Identity Workshop effective July 1. Welcome Rafaela!

Events upcoming in 2015-2016

Thank you for a wonderful 2014-2015 academic year. Fresh lectures, seminars, and conferences are now being planned for what will be a very busy and productive 2015-2016.

Watch this page for details on:

  • October 20th at 4:30pm public lecture for the Workshop on Arab Political Development by Professor Miriam Lowi of The College of New Jersey
  • October 30 & 31 - AALIMS-Princeton Conference on Islam and Human Capital
  • November 2015 - Junior Scholars Manuscript Workshop - invitation only
  • The Political Identities Research Group min-conference, cosponsored by Bobst, the Center for the Study of  Democratic Politics (CSDP), and the Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science program (PRESS).
  • March 4 & 5, 2016 - Conference on Arab opinion and social justice sponsored by the Bobst Center and the American University in Beirut
  • April 1 & 2, 2016 Conference on Gendered Violence: Old Trends and New Challenges, cosponsored with Bobst and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).
  • May 2016 - Conference on the New Incorporation in Contemporary Latin America, cosponsored by Bobst and PIIRS, held to specifically honor Professors David and Ruth Collier for their foundational contributions to the field.
  • Invitation only workshops every Tuesday evening, on Race, Ethnicity and Identity; graduate research on Arab Political Development; and graduate field research methodology.



Events of 2014-2015

Decoding the Israeli Elections: Implications for Regional Politics

Free and open to the public - April 20

ISIS: Origins and Illusions - A Panel Discussion

April 14, 4:30PM Computer Science Bldg. Room 104

"East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" film screening with singer-songwriter David Broza

March 23 at 7:00PM, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

cosponsored with The Center for Jewish Life, Butler College, Wilson College, and the Woodrow Wilson School

In January 2013, Broza went into a recording studio in predominantly-Palestinian East Jerusalem and, along with Israeli musicians and local Palestinian musicians, under the musical direction of the American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Steve Earle, recorded a new album and filmed the process. The film shows the story of the camaraderie and bridge-building that can take place through music, even in a longtime war zone.

During the eight-day session in the studio, the muscisians shared their life stories and learned surprising truths about each other. As the two members described the realities of Shuafat refugee camp, where they lived, Broza decided to visit the place in the dark of night.

Broza also toured the Old City of Jerusalem with a Palestinian friend, seeing it from a different perspective. Producer Steve Earle, who wrote in the 1990s a song called "Jerusalem" (recorded by Broza especially for this project), saw the city for the first time: The eight-day stay in Jerusalem offered him unexpected insights into the political and cultural complexities of the region.


Iranian Electoral Politics: 1905-present: Continuity Despite Revolutions

April 3rd, 2015
Bowl 001, Robertson Hall

Co-sponsored with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

RSVP requested by emailing


POLICY FORUM: The Future of Egypt

April 13, 2015 - 12:00PM to 6:00PM - By invitation only
Bobst Hall
Co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School
of International and Public Affairs