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

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Message from the Director
by Michèle Lamont

As always, our Center has been bustling with activity as the academic year ends. In the first week of April, we cosponsored the Harvard Summit for Gender Equity and hosted an amazing Jodidi Lecture delivered by 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad. We also cosponsored an important event on the global Roma diaspora for International Roma Day...

In Conversation with Pia Raffler
by Michelle Nicholasen

Assistant Professor of Government Pia Raffler understands the fraught relationship between politicians, bureaucrats, and voters. Her research on the political economy of development asks the question: How do voters hold their politicians accountable, and, in turn, how do politicians exert oversight of bureaucrats?...

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad in Conversation with Jennifer Leaning
The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture 

On August 3, 2014, Islamic State militants launched an attack on the Yazidi people in Sinjar, northern Iraq, the homeland of approximately 500,000 Yazidis. ISIS killed and captured thousands of people in the small religious community because the militants consider them to be infidels and their religion to be devil worshipping. Many Yazidis fled to nearby Mount Sinjar, a sacred place in their community for over a thousand years...

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