2010 YABROUDI AWARD RECIPIENTS 


The 2010 Hasan Abdullah Yabroudi Award for the best undergraduate paper on the Middle East was granted to Anna Koulouris (Newspaper and Middle Eastern Studies Major) for a paper entitled “Iranian Nuclear Ambitions: Why an Iranian Nuclear Program is not a Threat to the West.” Ms. Koulouris argues that Iran’s development of a nuclear program, and even possible obtainment of nuclear weapons, is not a threat to the West. She attempts to place the nuclear developments in Iran in a fresh historical and strategic context. The argument is developed with a great degree of respect and nuance.

The 2010 Hasan Abdullah Yabroudi Award for a graduate paper went to Sarah Barkin (Ph.D. Candi- date, English) for a paper entitled “Eating the Shadow of Memory: Food, Authenticity, and the Geography of Memory in The Language of Baklava.” Ms. Barkin’s paper explores how food connects and disconnects the migrant with their homeland. Beautifully written, the paper offers a careful analysis of geographic memory, gender roles and family dynamics in an Arab diaspora family.

Both papers can be viewed at http://middle-eastern-studies.syr.edu/Awards.htm.

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant from the U.S. Depart- ment of Education enabled MESP to give summer travel grants to the following undergraduate students:

  • Anna Koulouris to do an internship at the Palestine-Israel Journal in East Jerusalem

  • Marc Mason (International Relations, Communication and Rhetorical Studies Majors and Middle Eastern Studies Minor) to do an internship at the Central Elections Commission of Palestine (Ramallah, Palestine)

  • Ilyana Rahman (Biology and Middle Eastern Studies) to enroll in a six-week Arabic Language Program at The Lebanese American University


    Furthermore, the following graduate students also received Yabroudi/MESP summer travel grants:

    • Khaldoun Abou Assi (to conduct research in Lebanon)
    • Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi (to conduct research and do an internship in Turkey) • Lisa Bhungalia (to study advanced Arabic at Middlebury College)
    • Jared Keyel (to do an internship in Lebanon)
    • Michael Makara (to conduct research in Jordan)
    • Sarah Marusek (to conduct research in Lebanon)
    • Deepa Prakash (to conduct research in Washington, D.C.)
    • Stephanie Rugolo (to conduct research in Israel and East Jerusalem)