Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series features eminent individuals in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or in some other realm of contemporary significance to enrich our campus and our community. The lectures are free of charge. The Distinguished Lecture Series is supported and hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Past lectures include:


The Long and Winding Road: How Technology Brought Together Cultures Around the World

Speaker: Peter Brown, former personal manager of The Beatles
  Peter Brown is co-founder and president of the international strategic communications consultancy firm Brown Lloyd James.
Date March 22, 2011
Time 5:00pm - 6:30 pm
Location Education City Student Center

Gulf Women and Politics: the Kuwaiti Experience

Speaker: Aseel Al Awadhi, Member of Kuwaiti Parliament 
  Aseel Al-Awadhi is a US-educated philosophy professor and one of the first women MPs elected into the Kuwaiti National Assembly.  
Date January 25, 2010
Time 5:30pm - 7:30 pm
Location Four Seasons Hotel

Leadership Education

Speaker: Patrick Awuah, Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana 
  After working at Microsoft for almost a decade, Patrick Awuah returned home to Ghana and cofounded Ashesi University, a small liberal arts college that aims to educate Africa's next generation of leaders. Its first class of students graduated in 2006.   
Date February 16, 2010
Time 5:30pm - 7:30 pm
Location Four Seasons Hotel

Women in Islam

Speaker: Leila Ahmed, Ph.D.,Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School 
  Leila Ahmed came to Harvard Divinity School in 1999 as the first professor of women's studies in religion and was appointed to the Victor S. Thomas chair in 2003. Prior to her appointment at HDS, she was professor of women's studies and Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 
Her latest book, A Border Passage, has been widely acclaimed. Her other publications include the books Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate and Edward William Lane: A Study of His Life and Work and of British Ideas of the Middle East in the Nineteenth Century, as well as many articles, among them "Arab Culture and Writing Women's Bodies" and "Between Two Worlds: The Formation of a Turn of the Century Egyptian Feminist." Her current research and writing centers on Islam in America and issues of women and gender. 
Date March 21, 2010
Time 5:30pm - 7:30 pm
Location Four Seasons Hotel
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