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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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December 2017

Conference: Documentary and Palestine

December 1, 2017 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join AMES 204FS for a conference at the Center for Documentary Studies! 10:00 - 11:30 am: AMES 204FS Student Documentary Projects with Discussant Soraya Albuelhiga, University of California, San Diego. 11:30 - 12:30: Lunch 12:30 pm - 2:30: Presentations by Soraya Abuelhiga, University of California, San Diego; Razan AlSalah, Temple University; and Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Presented by AMES 204FS with support from the David L. Paletz Course Innovation Fund, the Center for Documentary Studies,…

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Lecture: Sound, Architecture, and Islamic Reform: The Attenuation of Ritual Resonance in the Built Environment of Cairene Saint Veneration, Dr. Michael Frishkopf

December 1, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Dr. Michael Frishkopf's latest edited volume brings together the perspectives of ethnomusicology, Islamic studies, art history, and architecture to investigate how sound production in built environments is central to Muslim religious and cultural expression. Join us for a discussion about this exciting new book as well as Dr. Frishkopf's own work on participatory music culture. Sponsored by: Carolina Asia Center, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC…

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K-12 Workshop: Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics

December 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Ottoman Empire was a vast and diverse entity that spanned centuries and across Anatolia, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe. In this day-long workshop, teachers will explore the historical, political, and cultural aspects of the Ottoman Empire as well as its legacies and Turkey today (recommended for secondary educators). Teachers will learn about Ottoman history, architecture, art, and cuisine , engage with scholars from Duke Univeristy and UNC Chapel Hill, visit an exhibit of political cartoons from late Ottoman…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh

December 2, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is not numbered. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please call 919-259-0959. Sunday,…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Enabler or Peacemaker? U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lara Friedman

December 5, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Irrespective of intentions, U.S. leadership has done more to enable the entrenchment and expansion of occupation than to end it. Looking to the future, can the United States act as an effective leader or steward of a political process that can end the occupation, regardless of the political outlook of the person occupying the Oval Office? And absent U.S. leadership, what options are available to change the status quo on the…

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Research presentations by Mideast Center Carnegie Fellows

December 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Mideast Center for two talks by our visiting Carnegie Fellows, Mariam Alkazemi and Shimaa Hatab. The event will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact mideast@unc.edu. This event is part of the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, supported by the Carolina Seminars program. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Carnegie Fellowships in Support of…

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Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

December 13, 2017
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher, including heritage speakers, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. They will choose a topic relevant to four research tracks with regional focuses: Contemporary Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Middle East and North Africa. Teams will write a research paper and present…

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January 2018

Book Talk and Signing: Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner

January 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join co-authors Zubair Rushk and Daniel Romm as they discuss their new book, Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner. Escape from Hell is a powerful and enlightening historical political thriller that chronicles Rushk’s motivations for leaving Syria, the horrors he faced, and his journey to the United States. Co-authors Rushk and Romm will discuss the main arguments presented in the book including: the US administration’s travel ban, torture in political prison, war effects on the…

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Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: Contrapuntal Reading of ʿAṭṭār, A book talk by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Can modern concepts such as transgression, inclusion/exclusion, self/the other help us to better understand medieval subjectivity? Can medieval works shed light on our understanding of modern subjectivity? By looking at ʿAṭṭār's poetry contrapuntally with medieval European literature and modern theory, this talk will map out the ways ʿAṭṭār's poetry interacts with itself within the Persian cultural and historical framework as well as with medieval European culture and modern Western theoretical perspectives in regard to the concepts of transgression and the…

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February 2018

Persian Lecture Series: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

February 1, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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Persian Lecture Series: Poems of Mulla Sadra

February 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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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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