Brown Bag Lectures

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies sponsors Brown Bag lectures during the fall and spring academic semesters. The Brown Bag lectures are held on Tuesdays at 12-1pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge (room 1080, Foreign Language Building). Please join us in learning about CSAMES members' current research, pedagogical issues, recent research trips, and conference paper presentations.


Please see the Brown Bag flyer for a printable PDF version of the schedule.

Fall 2012 Schedule


September 4 

Kenneth Cuno, Associate Professor, Department of History

"How Legal Modernization Set Back Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century Egypt”

September 11

Mohammad Babadoost, Professor, Department of Crop Sciences

“Desiccation of the World’s Second Largest Salty Lake in Northwest Iran: A Serious Ecological Crisis in the Region”


September 18

Prasanta Kalita, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

“International Partnership for Education and Research in India and the Middle East”


September 25

Amr Elnashai, Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Bill and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor

“Earthquake Risk in the Middle East”


October 9

Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz, Director, GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology

“Spatial Epidemiology for Public Health Challenges in India”          


October 16

Pushpendra Rana, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

“Spatial Dynamics of Private Timber Markets and the Market Power: Efficacy of Government Regulations in Western Himalayas, India”

October 23

Petra Kuppinger, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Monmouth College

“Global Transformations and Local Footsteps: The Making of a Muslim Public Sphere in a German City"


October 30

Larry Kanfer, Photographic Artist, Larry Kanfer Photography

 “Inside India”


November 6

Elabbas Benmamoun, Director, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics; Professor, Department of Linguistics

“Arabic in the Arab World: Is It an Endangered Language?”


November 13

Rajmohan Gandhi, Director, Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community; Research Professor, CSAMES

“Understanding Punjab 1947”


December 4

Stefanos Katsikas, Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program

“Islam and Sharia Law in the Making of Modern Greece (1832-1923)”



Past Brown Bag Lectures