The Dean’s Global Forum at Northwestern University in Qatar is a series of lectures that features eminent leaders from academe, the media, the arts, and public affairs. In conversations with Dean and CEO Marwan M. Kraidy, distinguished speakers address enduring issues and pressing global matters and share insights from their career trajectory and life experiences.

Past Speakers

The inaugural speaker for the Dean’s Global Forum is Professor Eve Troutt Powell, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the United States.

An authority on colonialism and slavery in the Ottoman Empire and the Nile Valley, she teaches these topics and the history of the modern Middle East. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. She is the author of A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003) and the co-editor, with John Hunwick, of The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002). Her most recent book is Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2012). 

Troutt Powell received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, she taught at the University of Georgia. She has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt and the Social Science Research Council and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. 

Professor Troutt Powell is working on a book about the visual culture of slavery in the Middle East, which will explore the painting and photography about African and Circassian slavery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Africana Studies and the president-elect of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).