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Latest Kurdish Political Studies Program Newsletter

The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) is delighted to announce the release of the latest newsletter, highlighting the programs projects and accomplishments over the past year. 2020 has been a difficult year for universities around the United States. Yet In the face of unprecedented and unique challenges brought by the pandemic, KPSP proved to be resilient. We continued to pursue a variety of activities contributing to greater scholarly understanding of Kurdish issues, facilitating intellectual exchanges, fostering international collaborations, and deepening student interest in Kurdish people and politics. Over the past year, the KPSP collaborated with a university in Iraqi Kurdistan to help organize the nation’s first Model United Nations, which is expected to improve the perspectives for global citizenship engagement in the region. We have also hosted several cultural and educational events  dedicated to Kurdish poetry and literature, economics of the region, and Kurdish politics. Lastly, we have supported several Doctoral students who have successfully defended their theses, and welcomed new additions to our interdisciplinary research group. We invite you to find out more about these and other events in our newsletter.






The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. KPSP promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organizes events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience. KPSP is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program. A review of KPSP activities from spring 2020 to summer 2021 could be found here.

KPSP is also the home of the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, which was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The mission of the Chair includes teaching, research and scholarly pursuits centering on Kurdish Political Studies, and further developing recognized excellence in that field. It also facilitates fellowships, distinguished visitors, public forums, courses, workshops and other offerings that objectively present and discuss policies and conditions affecting the security, peace and democratic governance of the Kurdish people, including episodes of mass violence such as the Anfal genocide.

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Upcoming Events

The DBER group will be meeting to discuss the webinar (attend webinar the previous week): Realizing the Potential of HSIs to Broaden Science Opportunities - September 15thPresenter(s): Dr. Anne-Marie Nuñez, Professor, The Ohio State UniversityRegister in advance for this webinar: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_4ArIfZ92QnCsSJRS5srHLA …
Hispanic Heritage Month - Puerto Rico Research Hub Discussion on climate change, climate migration trends, and what various Latino led groups are doing in this space. To view all events, please click here: https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9L8Sj4XfMNatbjU
The University of Central Florida is proud to present the first Latin American/LatinX  Film Festival in honor of LatinX Heritage Month and our status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). This film series aims to showcase the arts, language, and diverse…

Previous Events

“Kurdish Literature and Culture”
2 October 2020, 12 PM EST

“Political Economy of Kolberi”
16 October 2020, 1 PM EST. 

“Reflections on Kurdish Politics”
20 November 2020, 12 PM EST

“Kurdish Poetry and Translation”
26 March 2021, 11 AM EST


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