Every Friday during the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal coffee hour and guided discussion about current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. In honor of the 35th reunion of the Class of ’82, we will convene to look back at the events and repercussions of this critical period in the region’s history. Join faculty, students, and members of the community to discuss the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq War, the early years of Reagan’s foreign policy, and more.
Emily Gottreich is the chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, associate adjunct professor of history and international and area studies, and chair of the undergraduate major in Middle Eastern studies at UC Berkeley. Between 2009 and 2013 she served as president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. Gottreich received a Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard in 1999, an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard in 1992, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Berkeley in 1989. Her research focuses on Moroccan Jewish history and Muslim-Jewish relations in broader Arab-Islamic contexts.
Julia Choucair-Vizoso received a Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 2016, and an M.A. in Arab studies and a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown in 2004. She was previously editor-in-chief and associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. She studies comparative politics with interests in nondemocratic institutions, network theory, and the contemporary Middle East.