Distinguished Lectures

Several times a year, CIRS has the honor of inviting distinguished authors, academics, and respected public figures to visit Qatar and engage with the community.

Past Events

November 07 2012 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors ‎for Qatar Telecom (Qtel), delivered a CIRS Distinguished Lecture on “Technology and the ‎Digital Generation”...
February 13 2012 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On February 13, 2012, Peter Bergen delivered the 2011-2012 CIRS Faculty Distinguished Lecture titled, “The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle...
November 21 2011 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On November 21, 2011, CIRS hosted Fouad Ajami, a Senior Fellow of The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and co-chairman of Hoover's Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, to...
May 22 2011 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On May 22, 2011, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, delivered the final CIRS Distinguished Lecture of the academic year on the topic “The Arab...
March 13 2011 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
In a joint CIRS and Georgetown faculty Distinguished Lecture, Karen Armstrong was invited to share her thoughts on “The Core of our Religious Traditions” on March 13, 2011. Armstrong is a former...
January 17 2011 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author on national security issues for the New Yorker magazine. On January 17, 2011, he gave a CIRS Distinguished Lecture titled...
December 13 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Zalmay Khalilzad was invited to deliver a CIRS Distinguished Lecture on the topic, “America and the Middle East: Future Challenges and Opportunities” on December 13, 2010, in Doha, Qatar. Khalilzad...
April 26 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Dean Mehran Kamrava speaks about "A 2020 vision of the Middle East" Click here to download an MP3 of Kamrava's speech In its inaugural...
April 20 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Robert Fisk, award-winning journalist and Middle East Correspondent for The Independent newspaper, gave the annual faculty-appointed Distinguished Lecture on April 20, 2010 on the subject of “State...
April 12 2010 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
In partnership with ictQatar, on April 12, 2010, CIRS organized a Distinguished Lecture featuring Michael Nelson, Visiting Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication,...