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April 2018

Public Talk: Human Rights in Myanmar: The Way Forward

April 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya population is set in a tenuous backdrop of ethnic armed conflict, a stagnant national peace and reconciliation process, and a fledgling democracy led by a now-controversial Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In a special to Duke undergraduates, Yee Htun, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School with over a decade of experience in international advocacy and a refugee from Myanmar herself, will unpack the multidimensional human rights situation in Myanmar and discuss opportunities forward…

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Public Lecture: “Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam” by Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik

April 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University) will be speaking at UNC on April 24th at 5 PM at the Global Education Center (room 1009) on her soon to be published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. This work explores twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Muslim womanhood by centering the lived experiences of women of color, mapping how communities of American Islam became sites of safety, support, spirituality, and social activism, and how women of color were central…

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Lecture: “Macabre Social Capital: The Families of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba” with C. Christine Fair

April 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT, also known as Jamaat ud Dawa among other aliases) is the most competent, lethal and loyal proxy of the Pakistani state. LeT operates in India, Afghanistan and elsewhere in South Asia and beyond. This presentation draws from a narrative analysis of a ten percent random sample of nearly 1,000 biographies of slain LeT fighters as a part of a larger study into the battlefield motivation of the fighters. My review of these documents reveals a dark role of…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Night at Duke

April 24, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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  Join the Duke Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for Plays, Poetry Readings, Music, Middle Eastern Dance, Arabic Oral Proficiency Activities and more.   Sponsored by Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. For more information, please visit here.   Richard White Hall, Room 107 Duke University, East Campus

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June 2018

Ramadan Iftar: Serve Hope

June 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Proceeds from this special Iftar will send food and relief to families in Palestine and Lebanon. Come mingle and enjoy a meal with old and new friends. We are featuring Teen Vogue’s Abeer Najjar, who will demonstrate and share a delicious dessert creation. Tickets are available at Please contact Hani Almadhoun at (202) 266-9711 or for more information. Click here to learn more information about ANERA. Sponsored by ANERA and Mediterranean Deli.   Sunday, June 3 | 7:30-10:00pm, Iftar starts at 8:30pm…

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