On the evening of January 27, 2017, friends, family, faculty, students and other guests joined the CMES at California Memorial Stadium to inaugurate the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Program for Middle Eastern Studies. The evening’s festivities included live North African music by the Moroccan duo AZA, presentations by the 2017 Stevens Scholars, and a keynote address by world-renowned Libya specialist Diederick J. Vandewalle.
Net proceeds will help ensure that the Ambassador’s legacy is maintained by allowing current and future UC Berkeley students to travel to the MENA region for language training and engaged scholarship.

Read the Keynote Address by Professor Diederick J. Vandewalle

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Gala Sponsors

Table Hosts

Salem Attiga (Libya*), Rebecca Hemphill (Alpha Gamma Delta), Shayee Khanaka (Kurdish Studies), Steven McDonald (Alpha Tau Omega), Larry Michalak (Peace Corps), James Rosenthal (Foreign Service Association of Northern California), Anne Stevens (UC Davis Aggies), Jan Stevens (Grass Valley), Tom Stevens (Piedmont)

*Tables were named for significant sites in Ambassador Stevens’ life.

Sponsors of Students

David Ehrlich, Yuri Kaneda, John Natsoulas, Carrie & Gary Pomerantz, Daniel Rubinstein, Joan Lovat Smith

Meet the 2017 Stevens Scholars

Hannah Ellis is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California Berkeley majoring in Political Science and minoring in Arabic. She is very interested in the intersection of religion and human rights especially in regard to women and hopes to work in a related field when she graduates. She is also an intern in … Continued


Sarah Klein is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations, and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She serves as Undergraduate Curatorial Assistant for an upcoming exhibition on Moroccan Jewish life at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. As a 2017 Stevens Scholar, Sarah will be … Continued


Sawsan Morrar is a multimedia journalist at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of UC Davis, where she received a BA in International Relations and minored in Communication and Middle East South Asia Studies. She was an associate producer at Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate news station. She currently freelances for … Continued