The Hiwar Speaker Series is a platform to host individuals who can speak to the Northwestern Qatar community on issues that affect them  – from journalism to geopolitics – engaging students, faculty, and staff in dialogues that are challenging and enriching.

Past Speakers

Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is the author of Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Veil, and many essays for the Guardian, CNN, and The New York Times Book Review. She is a regular columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and The Baffler in the United States. 


Winston Mano and viola c. milton

A discussion titled "Afrokology and Media Studies: Theorising from the Global South" with speakers Winston Mano and viola c. milton, editors of the Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication Studies.


Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator, whose journalism has appeared in The GuardianThe New York TimesNew StatesmanFrankfurter Allgemeine, and Der Spiegel. She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow On Knots and the Ambassador of New Europe Award. She has been twice recognized as Turkey’s most-read political columnist. Her new book Together is coming out in May 2021.