MESA - Middle East Studies Association

2017 Special Presidential Panel & Awards Ceremony












MESA, ACLU and the Muslim Ban

Beth Baron
City College and
Graduate Center, CUNY

Cody Wofsy
Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow
ACLU Immigrant's Rights Project

Asli Bali
UCLA School of Law

On March 10, 2017, MESA joined the ACLU and other partner organizations in a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's second Muslim ban executive order (International Refugee Assistance Project V. Trump). The case made its way through the federal courts and onto the U.S. Supreme Court docket, and is scheduled for oral arguments in October. A Supreme Court decision is unlikely by the time of the MESA meeting. In the meantime, the Supreme Court has permitted a limited travel ban to go into effect. The travel ban applies to nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen who do not have a bone fide relationship with someone in the U.S. or who do not have formal and documented business or educational ties to the U.S. Cody Wofsy (Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project) joins MESA President Beth Baron (City College and Graduate Center, CUNY) and Asli Bali (UCLA School of Law), for a discussion about the case and its impact on higher education.

2017 Awards Ceremony

Recognizing the very best in the field in 2017:

Albert Hourani Book Award
Roger Owen Book Award
Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Awards
MESA Mentoring Award
Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
MESA Academic Freedom Award
Undergraduate Education Award
MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize






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