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March 2017

Lecture: “What drives U.S. foreign policy on the Palestine Israel conflict?” with Prof. Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco)

March 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bingham Hall, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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Stephen Zunes, PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council…

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23rd Annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies: Dia.gnosis

March 30, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 1, 2017 | 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to welcome professors, students, and independent scholars to the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. Over the past twenty-two years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all over the globe present papers on literature, film, and interdisciplinary topics in…

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Seminar: Revisiting the Development-Security Nexus: Civilian and Military Perspectives

March 30, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dreyfus Auditorium, Research Triangle Park 27709 + Google Map
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In the international community, addressing the global challenges of poverty, instability, violence, terrorism, disease pandemics, and state fragility is an enduring premise that calls for a combination of socioeconomic development and security interventions. Policy responses that join development and security involve the expertise and resources of national government agencies, international organizations, military and police forces, non-governmental organizations and civil society, plus academics and the research community. The policy analytic and operational frames applied to the development–security nexus influence what solutions…

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Lecture: “U.S. Policy towards Israel/Palestine and Fading Hopes for a Two-State Solution” with Prof. Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco)

March 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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For nearly a quarter century, the United States has played the contradictory role of chief mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the primary diplomatic, economic, and military supporters of the more powerful of the two parties. During this period, the United States has opposed substantive involvement by the United Nations, insisting that whether and to what extent the occupation should end could come only through the voluntary assent of the occupying power. Now, with the failure of the Trump administration…

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Palestinian Culture Night at Hanes Art Auditorium

March 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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    Join Students for Justice in Palestine for a celebration of Palestinian culture that includes instrumentalist and filmmaker Sijal Nasralla, spoken- word artist Zaina Alsous, Emmy Award-winning poet Tariq Luthun, and a traditional Palestinian dance team (Dabkeh) headed by Sarena Triesh.   This event is sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, click here.   Hanes Art Auditorium, Room 121 UNC Chapel Hill

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Conference: “Performing Commemoration: Musical Reenactment and the Politics of Trauma”

March 31, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 2, 2017 | 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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At the heart of this project lies the question: What is it to perform commemoration? Many musicologists and ethnomusicologists over the past few decades have attended to the performative dimension of commemorative activity—through such critical lenses as national and transnational cultures, the transfer of social memory, and the relation between individual and collective expression in music. In this conference, we ask what it is to think of commemoration as a performed mode of remembrance, and how the commemorative mode serves…

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Lecture: “The Algerian Remake: Kamel Daoud and Bouasalem Sansal” with Prof. Corbin Treacy (FSU)

March 31, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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This talk analyzes a trend in twenty-first century Algerian literature wherein authors rewrite canonical European works and situate them in Algeria. I focus on two examples by two controversial figures: Kamel Daoud and Boualem Sansal. Daoud's Meursault, contre-enquête (2013), a retelling of Camus's L'étranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother, was met with global critical acclaim and turned Daoud into something of a global literary celebrity. Sansal's recently published 2084: La fin du monde (2015) uses…

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Performance: Sounds of Kolachi

March 31, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, the new 10-piece supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) blurs raga and western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. In this instantly listenable ensemble, South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs. Like the West’s Son Lux…

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April 2017

Lecture | Russia and Turkey: Between Cooperation and Discord, Dimitar Bechev (CSEEES Fellow)

April 3, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Drawing on his forthcoming book entitled Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press), CSEEES Fellow Dimitar Bechev will explore the complex political, security, and economic ties between Russia and Turkey. Starting from the early 1990s, the two former imperial rivals have developed a pragmatic relationship based on growing levels of interdependence in the area of energy as well as on converging foreign policy preferences. They have sought to minimize conflicts and frictions in the Black Sea region, the Balkans, and…

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Europe Week Film Screening and Q&A: Fire at Sea

April 3, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for an introduction by Dr. John Pickles, Earl N Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies in the UNC Department of Geography, and the film afterwards. About Fire at Sea: An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Iraqi Pioneer Art” with Dr. Nedda Ibrahim

April 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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The Iraqi Pioneer Art era began in the 1930s and flourished throughout the mid-century until its abrupt end in the 1990s. Dr. Ibrahim's presentation will introduce the main pioneer artists of the movement, focus on the Iraqi diaspora’s artists, and on the impact of the current political situation towards the future of Iraq's cultural heritage. Dr. Ibrahim's grandfather, Mohammed Saleh Zeki, and uncle, Zaid Saleh Zeki, were both active in the Iraqi Pioneer art movement and instrumental in advancing the…

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Public Talk: ““Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” with Gül İnanç

April 5, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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What is the cost of learning for refugee youth? On April 5, scholar Gül İnanç will give context to the question as part of a talk hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 5, İnanç will present “Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. The talk will focus on the current situation of refugees and their access to education in the Southeast…

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Lecture | “Translation as an Ideological State Apparatus: The Universal Library of the Turkish Cultural Revolution” with Dr. Fırat Oruç, Georgetown University- Qatar

April 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Fırat Oruç Firat Oruc is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2010. His teaching specialties include contemporary global literature, 20th century Anglophone writing, literatures of the Middle East, and world cinema. His current book project is a comparative study of world literature and institutions of translation in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran.   This talk is presented by the Carolina Seminar…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Asiyeh

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Asiyeh An intelligent, no-nonsense bonesetter in northern Iran…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Waiting for Hassana

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Waiting for Hassana Jessica, an escapee, recollects a…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - April 9, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham, Durham, United States + Google Map
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  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. There are several Middle East-related films this year. Please click the links below for more information.   Thursday, April 6 — 4:00 pm Cinema 1 | Asiyeh…

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Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke

April 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - April 8, 2017 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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SAVE THE DATE! Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke April 6–8, 2017 Duke University The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies is honored to announce an international conference to honor Professor miriam cooke’s multifaceted career on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. cooke’s colleagues and friends will gather to address issues of relevance to miriam’s artistic and scholarly interests including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mediterranean cities, Islamic feminism, gender and conflict, and literature. Each of the…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Zaatari Djinn

April 7, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Zaatari Djinn This incandescent portrait documents four children…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Last Men in Aleppo

April 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Last Men in Aleppo Urgent and harrowing, this…

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Conference: GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

April 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Do you have plans to go abroad? Are you considering having a global opportunity? You should attend GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics. The free conference helps students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for community engagement, and develop intercultural competencies. The conference covers interdisciplinary topics for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether you have been abroad 100 times or this is your first time considering a global opportunity, come join us for a day full of…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Botanist (ботаник)

April 8, 2017 | 4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Durham Convention Center, 301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The Botanist (ботаник) This breathtaking short follows Raimberdi…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | I’M OKAY

April 8, 2017 | 4:20 pm - 6:00 pm
Durham Convention Center, 301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. I’M OKAY Adult themes unfold through the perspective…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Black Out

April 8, 2017 | 4:40 pm - 5:30 pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Black Out School children in Guinea are willing…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | City of Ghosts

April 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. City of Ghosts Captivating in its immediacy, City…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Challenge

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The Challenge Miles of barren desert provide the…

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Public Lecture: “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution” with Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois)

April 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map
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Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois) introduces his book Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (Or Books, 2016). Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed. Told through a series of linked memories…

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Performance: Sanam Marvi

April 12, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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With enthralling performances that draw deeply from one of the world’s great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s next inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk and Sufi texts. A vocal warrior for tolerance, pirituality and peace, her renditions balance immediacy and elegant ornamentation, lending new light to a cherished repertoire of Sufi, Ghazal, qawwali and folk songs. An in-demand artist too rarely heard outside émigré circles, this rising star’s revelatory interpretations of the sub-continent’s mystics reach across cultural borders…

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Film Screening: “The Wanted 18” with Q&A

April 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The fifth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. The Wanted 18 is a Canadian-Palestinian animated documentary. A Q&A with Nancy Kalow will follow the screening, as well as a 10-min work-in-progress trailer presented by filmmaker Sarah Friedland; Q&A to follow! Works to be screened: 10 min trailer for: Al-Nakba and the City of Lyd: A Work in Progress (Director - Sarah Friedland; Rami Younis - Writer/Producer; Fivel Rothberg - Producer) and The Wanted 18 (Paul Cowan…

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Poetry Reading from “Nomadologies” by Erdağ Göknar

April 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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Award-winning translator and Turkish scholar Erdağ Göknar comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new collection of poetry, Nomadologies. The poems in Nomadologies connect moments of separation and union in a life lived between Turkey and America. Taking its organizing principle from the grammar of nomadic life, Nomadologies reveals that mobility is the most efficient strategy for sustaining contradictory existences. Here, we learn that poetry is a landscape of inhabitation, and perpetual exile is one's…

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Soup for Syria: A lunchtime presentation with Janet Cowell

April 18, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Glenwood, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612 United States
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You are invited to a captivating lunchtime presentation from former State Treasurer Janet Cowell. She has just returned from Jordan where she learned first-hand about the Syrian refugee crisis, its effect on children and the humanitarian efforts to help them. We will have soups honoring traditions from around the world, salads and breads for lunch, and all proceeds will go toward QuestScope.org to support its work helping Syrian children in Jordan. Please bring your CHECK for $25 (or more!) made…

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Carolina Gender, War and Culture Studies Series | Islamic State, Women and Violence: Dr. miriam cooke

April 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 | 5:30–7:00 pm • UNC Chapel Hill • Hamilton Hall 569 The millennial association of rape and war was challenged in 2001 when the ICTY decreed that rape in war constituted a crime against humanity. Although men in all parts of the world at war have not been dissuaded from attacking women and men sexually, their actions are now more likely to be publicized and sometimes even prosecuted. Above all, victims are no longer always shamed…

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Conference: Middle East and North African Migration Studies in a Time of Crisis

April 21, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm
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The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host an international scholarly conference on Middle East and North African migration on April 21 & 22, 2017. The conference will be held at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) in  Withers Hall, Room 331. This conference will consider the problematics of studying human movement to, from, and within the Middle East and North Africa in a time of mass displacement and multiple refugee “crises.” The region has long been defined by…

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Arabic Language Lunch

April 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Weathervane Restaurant, 201 S Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Interested in polishing or refreshing your foreign language speaking skills in a warm and welcoming environment? Join UNC faculty discussion leaders at Weathervane restaurant in Chapel Hill for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for our discussion. Language Lunches take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Seats are limited, so sign up early to reserve your…

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