Saïd – Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine
The Saïd Rhodes Forum at the University of Oxford brings together Rhodes and Saïd scholar communities and renowned experts to discuss the current realities of the Levant region and to propose practical solutions to the challenges facing the region. The Forum is held as a celebration of the historic partnership between the Saïd Foundation and the Rhodes Trust which enables outstanding students from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine to complete graduate studies at the University of Oxford for at least two years.
The inaugural Saïd Rhodes Forum – February 2020
The inaugural Saïd – Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine took place from 22 to 23 February 2020 at Rhodes House in Oxford. It celebrated the historic partnership between the Saïd Foundation and the Rhodes Trust to establish the Rhodes Scholarships in the region since 2017. Through an intergenerational and interdisciplinary approach, the conference focused on three themes: economic development, health, and culture and education. In the presence of complex geopolitical realities, it addressed the questions of how the region can reshape its future based on those pillars.
The Forum brought together some of the most respected voices and experts from and on the region. A total of thirty two speakers addressed the topics of the conference. The Forum convened more than 150 participants from the Saïd (31 participants) and Rhodes (25 participants) Scholars communities, as well as speakers, Oxford and other universities’ students and Trustees of the Saïd Foundation.
Videos of some of the forum panels and talks can be watched here.
The Second Saïd Rhodes Forum – May 2022
The second Saïd Rhodes Forum on Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine (SJLP) took place on 21stMay at the Saïd Business School in Oxford. The one-day hybrid forum was jointly organised by Rhodes SJLP scholars and Saïd scholars and alumni. It explored the past, present, and future of the Levant region under the themes of governance, economy, and culture.
The Forum brought together some of the most respected voices and experts from the Levant region including the Palestinian academic and poet Tamim Al Barghouti, the Syrian American business leader Rania Succar, and Saïd scholar, documentary-maker and activist Waad Al-Kateab. Among the other speakers were Saïd Foundation alumni of prominence within their fields including Dr Maha Shuayb and Barik Mhadeen.
Video recordings of the Forum’s keynote speeches and panels can be watched via the links below: