Centerpiece: Spring 2019

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In Memoriam

Edward R.J. “Roger” Owen, 1935–2018

Image of Roger OwensRoger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus, at Harvard University, passed away on December 22, 2018, at age 83. Owen was a Faculty Associate since 2008 and former Harvard Academy Senior...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Religion in Public Life in Africa and the African Diaspora

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Our research cluster’s recent colloquium, “Religion and the Public Sphere in Africa and the African Diaspora,” held on December 7–8, 2018, brought together sixteen scholars to discuss the above-stated theme from various interdisciplinary perspectives. This group included both senior and upcoming...

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New Books

The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism

Edited by Erica Chenoweth, Richard English, Andreas Gofas, and Stathis N. Kalyvas

book cover for The Oxford Handbook of TerrorismThe Oxford Handbook of Terrorism systematically integrates the substantial body of scholarship on...

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Of Note

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Michèle Lamont Awarded Andrew Carnegie and Russell Sage Foundation Fellowships

Center Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is the recipient of two...

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Spring 2019, Volume 33 Number 2

Image of Spring 2019 Centerpiece coverThe spring 2019 issue of Centerpiece highlights the Center's recent activities. In the Message from the Director, Michèle Lamont highlights the recent sharp decrease in students enrolling in foreign-language programs—and how the Weatherhead Center plans to address this new trend. For our first feature, we provide an edited excerpt of the transcript from our April 2019 Jodidi Lecture, "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning." Nadia Murad, corecipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, talked with Faculty Associate Jennifer Leaning about her harrowing escape from ISIS, and her shift from being a survivor to becoming an activist. In the second feature, “In Conversation with Pia Raffler,” we talk to Raffler, assistant professor of government, about the political economy of development. We share updates from the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and one of our newest research clusters, the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Religion in Public Life in Africa and the African Diaspora.... Read more about Spring 2019, Volume 33 Number 2