Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series

The Jodidi Lecture is among the most prominent lecture series of the Weatherhead Center and is one of the most distinguished at the University. Established in 1955, the lecture series provides for the “delivery of lectures by eminent and well-qualified persons…for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world.”

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The following Jodidi lectureships have been delivered at Harvard since 1958:


"Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning"
Nadia Murad
2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Nadia's Initiative
Jennifer Leaning
Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

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2018 November

"Democracy’s Crisis: On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism"
Nancy Fraser
Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Political & Social Science at the New School for Social Research

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2018 March

"Insidious Threats to Academic Freedom in the US and Abroad"
Craig Calhoun
Advisory Committee; President, Berggruen Institute
Michael Ignatieff
Advisory Committee; President, Central European University

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“The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World”
His Highness the Aga Khan
Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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In the Media:


"Israel and Palestine: From Iconic Conflict to Iconic Solution or, Is It Time for New Paradigms?"
Avraham Burg
Israeli Author, Political Leader, and Activist; Former Speaker of the Knesset; Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel.


“Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa”
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III
Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria

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"Exploring Islam in Nigeria: Panel discussion precedes visit by Sultan of Sokoto," Harvard Gazette article.


“Individual Rights—Universal Peace”
Thorbjørn Jagland
Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Committee; Secretary General, European Council

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"The Harvard Foundation Honors Jagland," Harvard Gazette article.


“The Future of Peacekeeping”
Jean-Marie Guéhenno
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
(Delivered at the Center's annual conference in Talloires, France.)


“Ireland and the EU: Promoting Peace and Prosperity at Home and Abroad”
Bertie Ahern
Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland
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“Zambia & Africa in the 21st Century”
Levy Mwanawasa
President of the Republic of Zambia


“The Geneva Initiative: A Realistic Utopia Creating a Window of Opportunity in a Wall of
Amram Mitzna
Member of the Israeli Knesset and Labor Party candidate for Israeli Prime Minister


“Facing the Challenges of Development in Peru”
Beatriz Merino
President of the Council of Ministers of Peru


“International Terrorism: What International Criminal Law Can Do”
Richard J. Goldstone
Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa


“India’s Approach to Economic Policy Reform”
P.V. Narasimha Rao
Prime Minister of India


“Democracy in India”
Rajiv Gandhi
Prime Minister of India


“The Role of Non-violent Action in National Security”
Corazón Aquino
President of the Philippines


“The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East”
Abba Eban
Former Israeli Foreign Minister


“The United Nations’ Potential in Shaping Tomorrow’s World”
Javier Pérez de Cuellar
United Nations Secretary-General


“Third World Debt and Global Recovery”
A.W. Clausen
Former Head, World Bank


“Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey”
V.S. Naipaul
Novelist; 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature


“Equity and Security: The Challenges to American Foreign Policy”
Zbigniew Brzezinski
US National Security Advisor


“The Revolutions in Southeast Asia”
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
Former Chief of State, Cambodia


René Levesque
Premier, Québec


“Has the Atlantic Alliance a Future?”
Raymond Aron
Professor of Sociology of Modern Civilization, Collège de France


Lee Kuan Yew
Prime Minister of Singapore


Andreas Papandreou
Minister, First Ministry of State, Greece


“Democracy in Germany”
Fritz Erler
Leader, Social Democratic Party, Germany


Geoffrey Barraclough
Stevenson Research Professor, University of London