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February 26, 2018

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Monday, February 04, 2019

CALA Spring 2019 Film Series Presents "Crime and Punishment Around the World: Incarceration on Film"
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Deutsches Haus

Opening reception and screening of  Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (The Final Days).

For more details and to RSVP, please go to

The notion of crime as an illegal act that is punishable by a government authority implies a clear differentiation between right and wrong. Mass incarceration further symbolizes the concept that a physical space drawn in bars and walls can impose a simple order onto a world that defies borders and neat categories. The purpose of punishment is to avenge, to incapacitate, and to deter, but does it work? Is justice served more than it is not? And might the abuses of mass incarceration be inherent to its practice? This series of international films takes a closer look at different interpretations of crime and punishment and what they say about a country’s values, collective identities, and understanding of history. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Global Leaders -- Featuring H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir -- Featuring H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States Monday, February 26, 6.30 - 7.45 pm

Join Professor Alon Ben-Meir and H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States  for a discussion on the situation in Iraq, including the regional conflicts that have impacted directly and indirectly on its internal and international politics, including the Sunni-Shiite conflict and the potential fallout of ISIS’ defeat.



Ambassador Fareed Yasseen is Iraq’s ambassador to the United States of America. He previously served as the Iraqi Ambassador to France for six-and-a-half years, from May 2010 until he stepped down in October 2016. Prior to the end of his tenure in Paris, the experienced diplomat was awarded the Republican Medal of Honor – an award rarely given to outgoing ambassadors – by Mr. Christian Masset, Secretary General of France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the French Presidency.

Before serving as Iraq’s representative in France, Ambassador Yasseen held a number of posts within the Government of Iraq, including as the Head of Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Adviser to former Deputy President Mr Adil Abd al-Mahdi. He has also worked and consulted for numerous UN agencies and leading think tanks.

Ambassador Yasseen was educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, he trained as a physicist and worked as a researcher in Europe and the United States, and later developed a strong interest in political activism and human rights advocacy. His experience and achievements will prove vital in contributing towards a closer relationship between the US and Iraq, both economically and politically.

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