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April 2019

Cultural Event: Turkish Festival

April 28, 2019 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Join your Turkish neighbors on April 28 Sunday anytime between 11am - 5pm for an afternoon of authentic Turkish food and kids activities. The admission is free of charge. This is a charity fundraising event where all the income received from the sales will be donated to the families in need. For more information, please visit Sponsored by the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center.   Sunday, April 28 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Institute of Islamic and Turkish…

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May 2019

Performance: Zara

May 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Zara is a one person show about race, religion, and identity in the American South. Andrew Aghapour was raised by immigrant parents in a multi-racial and multi-religious household. Zara is a comedic account of an anxious, asthmatic Muslim kid’s search for meaning and the chance encounters that impacted him. Drawing on personal stories, philosophy, and the history of monotheism, Zara is a story about how identity is inherited and remade in 21st-century America. The project won the Durham Arts Council’s Catalyst Grant, a program supported by…

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Reading Group Discussion: Touch by Adania Shibli featuring Nadia Yaqub (UNC)

May 14, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Carolina Public Humanities is hosting a Great Books Reading Group discussion on Touch, a beautiful novella by Palestinian author and playwright Adania Shibli, on Tuesday, May 14. This two-hour discussion is led by Nadia Yaqub, Professor and Chair of Asian Studies, and will take place from 10am-12pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registration is required as seats are limited. The registration fee of $25 includes a copy of the book and refreshments.   “Celebrated young Palestinian writer Shibli – a playwright,…

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July 2019

Weekend Seminar: Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order. This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in…

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