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November 2017

Exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey

November 1, 2017 | 8:00 am - March 12, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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“Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey” details the extensive collections held by Duke University Library. The Library’s Turkish satirical journals and cartoons span from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition highlights three themes: Historical change, Political Satire, and Gender. Each of these themes is detailed by the different cartoonists and satirists interpretations of events current to their time. Each epoch or simply decade provides an array of differing opinions, voices, dissent and contestation. Exploring…

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February 2018

Lecture: Malachi Hacohen (Duke University), “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations”

February 19, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, will give this year’s Graduate Student Network academic lecture, titled “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations.” The Holocaust and the State of Israel transformed the traditional paradigms of Jews’ Relations with non-Jews. Jacob & Esau, typologically Jews and Christians and traditionally enemies, have reconciled. Isaac & Yishmael, typologically Jews and Muslims and traditionally less hostile, have grown apart. This talk provides a panoramic overview of the changing dynamics…

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Global Open House + Global Career Night

February 20, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join students, staff and faculty from the Global Education Center and affiliated programs to discover where global experiences and intercultural competence can lead. The reception will feature an art opening and showcase the global opportunities available to students, followed by a panel at 6:00pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.   On the panel, UNC alumni will speak about diverse career trajectories and possibilities. The panel will include: Cecilia Polanco | CEO, So Good Pupusas and Founder, Pupusas for Education…

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Public Talk: “Visual Qur’an: A Conversation with Sandow Birk”

February 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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At a time when the United States was involved in two wars against Islamic nations and declared itself to be in a cultural and philosophical struggle against Islamic extremists, American artist Sandow Birk’s latest project considers the Qur’an as it was intended – as a universal message to humankind. If the Qur’an is indeed a divine message to all peoples, he ponders, what does it mean to an individual American in the 21st Century? How does the message of the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: American Qur’an with Sandow Birk

February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This presentation will outline Birk’s project of hand-transcribing the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and illuminating the text with relevant scenes from American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world. Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well-travelled graduate of the Otis/Parson’s Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on…

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Film Screening and Panel: The Other Side of Hope

February 21, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Released in 2017, The Other Side of Hope depicts the fictional story of a traveling salesman’s friendship with a recently arrived Syrian asylum seeker. The panel will include Professor Banu Gökarıksel (Geography), Professor Priscilla Layne (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Dr. Niklaus Steiner (Director, Center for Global Initiatives). Professor John Stephens (Political Science and Director, Center for European Studies) will moderate the conversation.   This event is part of “Crises of Citizenship: Global Spotlight Week 2018.” The…

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Public Talk: “Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Shattering Myths about Islam in South East Asia” by Dr. Khairudin Aljunied (Georgetown University)

February 22, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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    DISC welcomes Dr. Khairudin Aljunied, Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia:: Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.   This talk seeks to deconstruct present-day images and stereotypes embedded in the works of “media pundits” and “terrorist experts” that Muslims in Southeast Asia are prone to conflict and violence. Based on my recent book Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective (2017), I will show that cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been…

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Documentary Screening: Budrus

February 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity (CAGE) as we screen Budrus, an award-winning feature documentary film about Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join them in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by the separation barrier. The event will be on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Union Room 3411, and dinner will be provided.   Sponsored by OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and…

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Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators

February 24, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then…

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Omar Offendum in Concert

February 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Omar Offendum is a Los Angeles-based Syrian-American hip-hop artist, activist and architect. His music and poetry, which he performs in both Arabic and English, are infused with historical, geographical and religious references and intermixed with personal accounts of faith, politics, and growing up in Washington, D.C. Omar Offendum’s focus on Syria and uprisings in the Middle East expose American audiences to a little-understood region. His poetry and music build on American Hip-Hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues…

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International Legal Conference: Emergency Legal Cultures and Imperial Legacies

February 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

    In recent years, “The State of Emergency” as a philosophical, critical and meta-legal concept, has received much attention, particularly through the work of Giorgio Agamben and a revived interest in the German jurist Carl Schmitt. In turn, legal scholars have turned their attention to emergency legislation as a concrete legal practice, particularly in Imperial and post-Imperial contexts. They have often neglected, however, to interrogate the impact of emergency legislation over cultural production. At the same time, cultural critics examining…

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Public Talk: “Following the Prophet’s footsteps: The creation of a holy land” by Dr. Harry Munt

February 26, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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    The Hijaz in modern Saudi Arabia is today widely recognized as the home of the two holiest cities in the Islamic world, Mecca and Medina, which are a destination for pilgrims from across the globe. This paper will discuss the emergence of this region as the Islamic world's holy land, with particular discussion of the case of Medina during the early Islamic centuries. It will show that Medina's emergence as a holy city alongside Mecca and the development…

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Lecture: “Achaemenids, Royal Power and Persian Ethnicity” with Dr. Jennifer Gates-Foster (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 26, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This lecture explores the way that the Achaemenid concept of cosmic, kingly rule engaged with the ethnic and cultural identity of the diverse peoples subject to their imperial control. These ideas worked at both the metaphorical and practical level, as the imperial administration was faced with the task of governing an almost infinitely varied landscape in its far-reaching satrapies. Using examples from Persepolis and the Achaemenid heartland, as well as from the provinces, this lecture considers the diversity of peoples…

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March 2018

Public Talk: “On Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab/Jew Figure Revisited” by Ella Shohat, NYU

March 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This lecture will offer a genealogical reading of the gradual splitting of the once-linked Semitic figure into “Arab” and “Jew” and its ramifications for contemporary discourses about Jews and Muslims. Examining the shifting Orientalist imaginary in the wake of the Enlightenment and colonialism, the lecture traces contemporary assumptions about a longstanding Arab / Jewish divide — and the ambiguous position of the Arab-Jew within it — back to crucial shifts in 19th century representation, thus providing an historical lens which…

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Islamic Association of Raleigh Annual Open House

March 3, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Saturday, March 3 | 11:00am-3:00pm The Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) is hosting its annual Open House event Saturday March 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm, featuring American Islamic Heritage, lunch, guest appearance by Sean Maroney (Evening Anchor WNCN) and Q&A with Imam AbuTaleb. Come learn about Islam, Muslims' contributions, and sample culinary treats from around the world. For more information and to register, please visit here. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Raleigh. Islamic Association of Raleigh 808 Atwater…

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Cultural Event: Celebration of the Persian New Year (Nowruz)

March 3, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. At 4:30pm, Dr. Amir Rezvani will provide an introduction and welcoming remarks, followed by live Persian music, poetry, and dance performances from 4:45-8:30pm. Please note that doors will be closed upon the start of the program; please be on time. Sponsored by the Persian Art Center in Carolina & Persian Students Association at Duke University. The Persian Art Center in Carolina honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. For…

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Cultural Event: Nowruz

March 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the UNC Persian Cultural Society in celebrating Nowruz, Persian New Year 1397! The event will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 5:30-9:30 P.M. in the Great Hall of the UNC Student Union. Enjoy a diverse program of performances, a delicious Iranian dinner, and dancing at the end of the night. There will be a DJ! Come support our performers and engage in our vibrant, long-lasting traditions! Formal attire. Ticket information: $15 - Kids (Aged ≤ 18) +…

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Reception: Visiting delegation from Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut

March 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center is pleased to host a visiting delegation from Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut, the oldest NGO in Lebanon and the Middle East. Among the delegates are: Mr. Amine Daouk: President of Makassed Association Mr. Faysal Sinno: Vice President Minister Mohamed Machnouk Join the Khayrallah Center for a reception for the delegation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres to be served. Parking is free and available near the library, in the Oval West Parking Deck. Business attire. For more information, please click here or contact 919.515.5058…

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Public Talk and Conversation: “Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Age of ISIS and Islamophobia”

March 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Monday, March 26 | 6:00 – 7:30pm Speaker: Dr. Muhammad al-Sammak, Advisor to the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, and Secretary General of the National Committee for Muslim Christian Dialogue. Parking: Free and available near Park Shops, in the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck, or closer in the parking lot behind the SAS Mathematics Building. For more information, please click here or contact 919.515.5058 or kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. RSVP is required by March 12th. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. 210 Park Shops NC State University

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April 2018

Conference: “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas

April 5, 2018 - April 7, 2018

  April 5-7, 2018     Details about the conference and requirements for paper proposal submissions are provided through the link below. The conference is co-hosted by Dr. Akram Khater (North Carolina State University-Khayrallah Center) and Dr. Gary Nabhan (University of Arizona-Center for Regional Food Studies). Paper proposals are due Friday, November 3, 2017 and may be emailed to Akram Khater at akhater@ncsu.edu. Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, November 17, 2017.   For more information, please see: https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/documents/FINAL_CfP_Food_ME_Diasporas.pdf Contact Info: questions may be…

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Conference: The 2003 Iraq War: Key Intelligence Failures and Fixes

April 14, 2018 | 8:00 am - 5:15 pm
North Carolina Central University, North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC United States
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Join us for a day long symposium reflecting on intelligence issues surrounding the 2003 Iraq War.  Did we get the intelligence that led us to war wrong? If so, why? Were our intelligence reforms effective?  What are the implications of these reforms for our current intelligence estimates in the region? Click here for the CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Click here to Register Now! For more information, please visit here. Keynote: Robert Jervis/ Turner Law School, North Carolina Central University campus. Registration information pending. Sponsored by…

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