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September 2017

Performance: Closer Than They Appear and Panel Discussions

September 14, 2017 | 8:00 pm - October 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

*September 14–17, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 20–24, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 27–October 1, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm Closer Than They Appear tells the colliding stories of Michael, an African American veteran undergoing virtual reality therapy for PTSD, and Zaynab, a teenager from Fallujah blogging during the Iraq war. It explores the haunted human lives—both American and Iraqi—that shadow the digital surfaces through which we wage, view, and recover from war. The play blends…

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Art Exhibit: Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE

September 25, 2017 - November 3, 2017

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached over 65 million globally. Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE is a multimedia art exhibit exploring the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States. This timely exhibition of 125 portrait photographs, stories, and accompanying film allows audiences…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism with Professor Banu Turnaoğlu, University of Cambridge

September 25, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. For more information, please contact europe@unc.edu. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Duke History Department; and is supported by funding from the European Union. DeBerry Boardroom 3009, FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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Lecture: The Curse of Femininity in Lebanon

September 26, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  Mireille Rebeiz, Assistant Professor of French, Francophone, and Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures at Stony Brook University will present a lecture on “The Curse of Femininity in Lebanon.” This event is free and open to the public. This event has been made possible by the Department of Romance Studies. For more information, please contact Professor Hassan Melelry, hmelehy@unc.edu. Toy Lounge, Dey Hall UNC Chapel Hill

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The Middle East and Islam in Global History: Three New Books

September 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join us for a major book launch event with three authors: -Cemil Aydin (UNC), The Idea of the Muslim World (Harvard UP, 2017) -Will Hanley (FSU), Identifying with Nationality (Columbia UP, 2017) -Adam Mestyan (Duke), Arab Patriotism (Princeton UP, 2017)   For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153 Duke University

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Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories Featuring Mark Gonzales

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Center for Muslim life for Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories. In today's world, it is more important than ever that we are able to vocalize our own narratives. But what does it mean when the narratives/stories that were given to you either no longer fit your reality. Or they are not the ones you choose to accept or pass on. Join us as we explore what it means to recreate your narrative. After the conversation, we will be physically…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | The Anthropologist and the Settler: Updates From the Field in Israel/Palestine, Joyce Dalsheim

September 28, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Who are Israeli settlers? What is the Israeli settlement project? Is settlement synonomous with occupation? Having recently returned from fieldwork in Israel/Palestine, anthropologist Joyce Dalsheim will share insights from the field. She will discuss the case of religiously motivated Jewish settlers, the question of what constitutes Israeli Occupation, and Israeli opposition to ongoing settlement in post-1967 Israeli occupied territories. Her talk will raise questions about how perceived social, religious, and political divisions among…

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Public Talk: Before Kaepernick: Dissent, Human Rights, and the Black Muslim Athlete – A talk with Zareena Grewal

September 28, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker at Yale University whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her first film, By the Dawn’s Early Light:…

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Reception and Talk: Lebanese Artist Joumana Medlej

September 28, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

As part of its Artist-in- Residence program, the Khayrallah Center is hosting Ms. Joumana Medlej. Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of her work and a talk titled Art in Times of Crisis. Parking available in parking deck opposite the Crafts Center. RSVP Required. For more information, please contact 919.515.5058 or at kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Sponsored by: Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies & Arts NC State. Crafts Center, 210 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606 NC State University

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How Did Humans Come to be on Planet Eart and Where to Next – Dr. Firouz Naderi

September 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke proudly presents a public speech by Dr. Firouz Naderi that "traces humans' cosmic roots to present and discusses where we, or our robotic emissaries, will be headed next and the exponential technology that will disrupt our future, for better and worse". Dr. Naderi was a member of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1979 until 2016 and served as NASA's Program Manager for Mars exploration between 2000-2012. For more information, visit here. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006)

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006) Country: Iraq 2005 | 110 min. Baghdad 2003, two days before the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Three people are trying to survive amidst the bombed-out ruins and have found temporary refuge in a psychiatric hospital. Through their memories we discover something about their past. The student Ahlaam was just about to get married when she was stunned by the arrest of her fiancé, a soldier. Medhi is an idealist, a natural outcome of his…

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Symposium: The Corpse Exhibition : Iraqi Literature after 2003

September 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The American occupation of Iraq produced a boom in dystopian novels and short stories. Trauma from two preceding wars, sanctions, and draconian censorship by the Ba’athist regime flood these works. This symposium brings together writers and scholars to discuss the role of cultural production in reflecting upon the symposium in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. Please join us (September 28-9, 2017) for a unique opportunity to take part in The Corpse Exhibition: Iraqi Literature after 2003. A film screening…

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In Memoriam: Remembering the Life of Dr. Ali Paydarfar

September 30, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This event is a memorial for Dr. Ali Paydarfar, a sociologist who was for many years associated with social science research at UNC, and who is also well known for his pioneering demographic research in Iran. It will be an opportunity for family and friends to share memories of a much admired personality. Parking is available in underground lot accessible by Pharmacy Lane (the alley branching off from McCauley Street). For a map, see https://maps.unc.edu/ and search for "global.”   This event…

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October 2017

“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Still Life: Experiences of a Palestinian Exile, Diana Allan

October 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The importance of place and memory in preserving a people’s history are crucial to Diana Allan’s illuminating documentary. Still Life examines the role that a series of personal photos that survived the 1948 displacement play in the life of Said Ismael Otruk, an elderly Palestinian from Acre now living in exile in Lebanon.  These images play a central role as Said recalls his childhood and the halcyon days of his youth. His memories are not always accurate, so he relies…

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Cyber Sufism: Lessons from the Landscape of American Digital Islam with Dr. Rob Rozehal

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Within the hybrid, multicultural landscape of American religious life, Cyberspace offers tech-savvy Muslims an alternative platform for narratives and networking, piety and performance. Since the adoption of the printing press, Sufis have demonstrated a remarkable ability to adopt and adapt to emerging media technologies. Even so, the expanding use of the Internet by global Sufi communities remains largely unexplored by academic scholarship. What is 'new' about new media, and what is the future of digital religion? Drawing on new research,…

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Photography Exhibition Opening Reception: Garmsir Marines

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival for lunch and Q&A with photographer Louie Palu. The Garmsir Marines Photography Exhibition is an outdoor exhibition of large format portraits of U.S. Marines taken on the front line in Afghanistan. The exhibition will be on display in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Battle Park October 1-15. For more information, please visit here. Presented by Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival. UNC Partners: Department of Military Science, North Carolina Botanical Garden, School of Media & Journalism, Student Affairs, UNC…

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Lecture: Hanuman’s Tunnel: Space, Geography and the Unseen in the Indian Ocean before European Colonialism, Prof. Scott Reese (Northern Arizona University)

October 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Scott Reese (PhD in African and Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania, 1996; MA in African Studies, Ohio University, 1990) is a historian of Islam in Africa and the western Indian Ocean. Reese focuses specifically on comparative history aimed at breaking down many of the regional and geographic categories currently in use across the academy. His main research interests are comparative Sufism, modern Muslim discourses of reform, and the construction of world systems both in fact and imagination since 1500. He currently…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

October 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A lecture by Prof. Brett Wilson (CEU). Increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey dating back to the early nineteenth century. In 1925, the Turkish state abolished Sufi orders (mystical brotherhoods) and shuttered their lodges in what was, for the 1920s, among the most radical interventions by a state in the everyday practice of Islam. This act marked the culmination of a century religious reforms in the late Ottoman Empire and…

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Film Screening and Discussion: The Syrian Conflict and its Everyday Heroes

October 4, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You read Rasha’s story of emigrating from Syria in How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? and often hear about Syria in the news today. Join the Carolina Summer Reading Program and Student Life & Leadership to learn more about the current Syrian war and the civilians who risk their lives to help others. Professor Navid Bapat from Political Science will provide groundwork for a viewing of the Netflix Original Documentary The White Helmets. For more information, please visit here. Carolina Union Auditorium…

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Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network

October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network is an interdisciplinary conference involving an international group of scholars dedicated to the study of the Nag Hammadi Codices as well as significant related Coptic and early Christian and late ancient literature. Each year the NHGN meets on a different university campus (Yale 2011; Princeton 2012; Laval 2014; Harvard, 2015; Austin, 2016) to connect doctoral students with junior and senior scholars working on this material. The conference is organized around the presentation…

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Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst

October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

See the schedule here Carl Ernst has devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally. From his first book, Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985), to his most recent book, co-edited with Fabrizio Speziale, Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions (2017), he has focused on how Islamic concepts have traveled across time and space. This conference, organized around themes in Islamic studies that Ernst’s work has addressed, evokes and expands on the major contributions of this fertile, creative…

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Concert: An Evening of Persian Music, Rohab Ensemble with vocalist Sepideh Raissadat

October 6, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

As part of the event, “Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst,” join us for an evening of Persian Classical Music. The Rohab Ensemble brings three acclaimed maestros from the celebrated Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Saeed Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle), and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum), together with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute). The Rohab Ensemble is accompanied by the entrancing, lilting voice of Sepideh Raissadat. Together, they offer a repertoire of…

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Film Screening: Dalya’s Other Country

October 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to attend the premiere screening in North Carolina of Dalya's Other Country, and to a conversation with the co-producer Moustafa Zeno. In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their…

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Webinar: The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mark your calendars; we are thrilled to partner with the National Humanities Center to offer this webinar for educators on Thursday, October 12, 2017,  7:00–8:30 pm EDT, featuring Professor Ellen McLarney, Duke University. This seminar explores the historical contexts leading to the eruption of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring in early 2011. After a brief introduction to politics in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, we turn to the flowering of music, art, graffiti, poetry, film, and digital media that…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugee Protection Today: Conflict and Potential COURSE #3504

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The protection of refugees today stands at a precarious place. The number of refugees worldwide is at a high point while the commitment to protect them continues to drop. Liberal democracies face challenges between their stated commitment to helping refugees as part of a larger human rights agenda and their increasingly restrictive rhetoric and action. This tension raises many difficult political and ethical questions but also offers the opportunity to rethink what refugee protection can and should look like. Niklaus…

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Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Trita Parsi: “Why Diplomacy Succeeded with Iran”

October 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Iran Nuclear deal prevented both a war with Iran and an Iranian nuclear weapons option. The road to this historic achievement was long and arduous. Today, the current administration has threatened to kill the deal, bringing the US and Iran once again to the brink of war. Trita Parsi, who advised the Obama administration on the talks, tells the story of how diplomacy succeeded in his new book - as well as what is at stake if the administration…

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Panel Discussion: The US, Iran & the Nuclear Issue: Sanctions versus Diplomacy

October 18, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Trita Parsi, Omid Safi, and Bruce Jentleson as they discuss the US, Iran & the nuclear issue: sanctions versus diplomacy. Free and open to the public. Trita Parsi's newest book "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy" will be available for purchase and signing. Trita Parsi - https://www.tritaparsi.com/about Omid Safi - https://islamicstudies.duke.edu/message-director Bruce Jentleson - https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/jentleson-bruce-w Sponsored by: UNC Persian Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugees: Pathways, Experiences, and Resettlement COURSE #3505

October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Co-presenters Scott Phillips and Josh Hinson Scott’s presentation: Refugees welcomed to the United States come from all over the world, represent a variety of religions, and are invariably hard-working individuals. This session will explore and examine the realities facing refugees resettling in the US, in particular North Carolina; as well as provide updates on current political contexts, such as the travel ban. The session will provide an overview of the refugee issue at the local level with an exploration…

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The 32nd Annual International Festival of Raleigh

October 20, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The International Festival of Raleigh provides a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and multicultural artists to present international art in downtown Raleigh. Our yearly, three-day event serves over 25,000 attendees annually and is a key component of the City’s arts tradition. The Festival’s artists are both professional and amateur, and represent Raleigh’s diverse population. More than 71 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of high-quality arts through dance and musical performances, ethnic cuisines, dance, and global cooking workshops,…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation, Lisa Hajjar

October 20, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Israeli government’s approach to controlling the West Bank and Gaza and changes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past fifty years involve evolving official reinterpretations of international humanitarian law (IHL) as well as human rights laws. These einterpretations, while intellectually sophisticated, deviate significantly from international consensus about the status of the occupied territories and the rights and duties of an occupying state. The reinterpretive project has been undertaken in order…

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A TISS Dinner-Seminar: “Google, ISIS, and anti-Muslim Sentiment” featuring Christopher Bail, Duke University

October 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Chris Bail is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke. His research examines how non-profit organizations and other political actors shape public discourse by analyzing large groups of texts from newspapers, television, public opinion surveys, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Sociological Review, and other leading publications. In 2017, he was one…

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K-12 World View Symposium: Human Rights and Social Justice

October 26, 2017 | 8:00 am - October 27, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This global education symposium for K-12 educators will feature short plenary talks and sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and to provide pedagogical strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching. Click here for more information and to register. Omid Safi will give a keynote presentation, “Need for Social Justice and Finding Peace.” Omid Safi is a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University,…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Posting While Palestinian: Shifting Bounds for Expression in the West Bank and Israel, Amahl Bishara

October 26, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Internet and social media once seemed to hold the promise of liberation and free expression for all those who accessed it. For Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, the Internet is a critical field of expression and organizing, especially because Palestinians are geographically fragmented, largely due to Israeli policies. However, the Internet is by no means free of dangers. This talk looks at what recent campaigns against Palestinian expression…

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Book Talk by Larry Wolff (NYU): “The Singing Turk – Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon”

October 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk takes place in the Music Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building, East Campus. Prof. Wolff discusses his new book "The Singing Turk" (Stanford UP, 2016) about the image of the Turks in 18th century operas. Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is the author of "Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice," "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Film Screening, Salam Neighbor COURSE #3506

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join us for a film screening of Salam Neighbor, a 2016 award-winning feature documentary that shares stories of the heartbreak and hope of refugee life, as told through the experiences of two American filmmakers. Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple were the first allowed by the United Nations to set up a tent and live among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s refugee camp. The session will include a discussion led by Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr.…

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November 2017

Turkey Today | Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference: Yasak/Banned: Print Media and Cultural Spaces from Abdülhamit to Erdoğan

November 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - November 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  More information coming soon! This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. Duke University

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: In Our Backyard: The Realities of Post-Resettlement Life and Community-Based Approaches to Rebuilding Home COURSE #3507

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Real-life stories – beyond the facts/figures, de-bugging some of the myths. What are the realities of daily life as a refugee? What are the barriers to refugee support efforts, how do we make them sustainable, what are the benefits and challenges of academic/community partnerships, and what solutions can we provide within the local community, to integrate refugees and respond to the need? Join us as we engage with refugee community leaders, share their stories, celebrate successes, and learn ways the…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Human Rights on Camera in the Palestinian West Bank, Helen Yanovsky

November 9, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad In 2007, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) launched its camera project, distributing video cameras and providing camera training to Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank, where tensions run high and clashes are commonplace. Israeli filmmaker Helen Yanovosky, a core member of the B'Tselem video project, will discuss the history of the project and the importance of cameras and filmmaking…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?, Daniel Seidemann

November 16, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Thursday, November 16 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm            Fifty years since 1967, and the dissonance between official Israel and much of the rest of the world is stark. With the former celebrating the jubilee of "a united Jerusalem," other stakeholders are commemorating fifty years of the occupation of East Jerusalem. What is the state of play in Jerusalem? Is it undivided, occupied - or perhaps both? What is the current trajectory of the conflict in the city, and how…

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Turkey Today | International Workshop: Urban Topography and Political Economy in the Middle East: A Digital Humanities Workshop Comparing Istanbul and Cairo

November 20, 2017 | 8:00 am - November 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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More information coming soon. This workshop is sponsored in association with the Department of History; Archives of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean program. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Duke History Department; and is supported by funding from the European Union. Rubenstein 249, Carpenter Conference…

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December 2017

“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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