My Madison area readers might be interested in our "Change in the Middle East" lecture series this semester, in which we get away from some of the current events-dominated themes of the past. What's up? On February 7, William Beeman will discuss "Iranian Performance: From Laughter to Tears." On February 28, Anna Secor will talk about "State, Space and Subjectivity in Turkey." Mark Tessler turns up on March 26 to talk about "The Extent and Meaning of Popular Support for Democracy in the Arab World: Findings from Cross-National Survey Research." Finally, on April 25, the distinguished Robert Irwin will give a talk on "Sufism and its Sufferings at the Hands of the Orientalists." The action is at noon - see flyers and posters for exact places.
By the way, thanks to Chan'ad Bahraini for letting us use the bottom picture here
on our publicity posters.