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April 2017

Panel Discussion: Turkey’s 2017 Constitutional Referendum

April 27, 2017 | 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On April 16, 2017, the Turkish government passed a national constitutional referendum that significantly increases the power of the president. What does this mean for Turkey and what might happen next? Join us for a panel discussion tomorrow. Panelists include: Murat Sevinç, Professor of Constitutional Law Banu Gökariksel, Associate Professor of Geography, UNC Cemil Aydin, Associate Professor of History, UNC Didem Turkoglu, PhD Candidate, Sociology, UNC This event is sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Carolina Center…

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Workshop: The Trauma of Islamophobia and the Ethics of Social Justice in Practice and Policy with Anderson Al Wazni

April 28, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Freedom House Recovery Center, 102 New Stateside Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The Pro Bono Counseling Network Education Series Presents: The Trauma of Islamophobia and the Ethics of Social Justice in Practice and Policy The purpose of this workshop is to present the rise of Islamophobia within the United States as it relates to issues of social justice, advocacy, and clinical work with Muslim clients. The basic beliefs and demographics of the Muslim faith will be presented before examining the history of both U.S. policy and social activism in relationship to perpetuating myths…

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Triangle Conference on the History of Muslim Societies

April 28, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Franklin Humanities Institute, The Garage Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
Durham, NC United States
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For the full conference program, visit here. The Keynote Speech, “Religious Authority and Social History in the Islamic Near East Medieval Problems, Modern Solutions,” will be given by Jonathan Berkey, Davidson College on Friday afternoon at 3pm. Subsequent panels over the two-day event will include: Constructing Muslim Identities, Historical Legacies, The Levant in Historical Perspective, Muslims under Non-Muslim Rule, and Visual and Material Culture.   Food will be served on Saturday, April 29th- Please RSVP to mustafa.tuna@duke.edu. Sponsored by Triangle…

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Languages Across the Curriculum Workshop

April 29, 2017 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join UNC and Duke for a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Professional Development Workshop. The workshop facilitator will be Dr. Suronda Gonzalez of Binghamton and chair of the CLAC Consortium. UNC-CH’s LAC Program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the language and literature curricula. The program aims to promote a better understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines. For more information about…

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May 2017

New Book Roundtable with Mona Hassan, Richard Bulliet & Vincent Cornell

May 1, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Please join us for a roundtable discussion of our colleague Mona Hassan’s new book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, December 2016) with Richard Bulliet (Columbia University) and Vincent Cornell (Emory University). Richard Bulliet and Vincent Cornell will present on the scholarly interventions of Longing for the Lost Caliphate followed by Mona Hassan’s response as the author and an open discussion of the book among those in attendance. In the United States and Europe, the…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Liberated Women in Shahnameh (the Book of Kings): The love story of Bijan and Manijeh”

May 7, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30, followed by a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani. The speaker is Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh who will lead a discussion on the powerful role of women in expressing themselves and demanding rights in Shahnameh, followed by the powerful and emotional love story of Bijan and Manijeh as an example. The presentation will be followed by live music and poetry readings from 6:30-7:30. The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors,…

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June 2017

Nations in Transition: Mexico & Turkey – A Dialogues Seminar

June 3, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Mexico and Turkey are key nations in the recent social and political upheavals that have shaken public life in North America and Europe, yet outsiders often misunderstand the complex changes that are transforming both of these countries.  Join us for a Dialogues seminar with UNC Professors Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo and Cemil Aydin to explore the tensions within Mexican and Turkish societies and the influence of these nations on contemporary politics in the United States and Europe. Our seminar will include a comparative discussion of why the transitions in Mexico and Turkey are…

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Ramadan Solidarity Iftar

June 4, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Raleigh, Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map
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Join ANERA on June 4 for a benefit iftar and spoken word performance by Omar Offendum. A full course dinner will be served. ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a leading development organization improving the lives of Palestinian refugees and poor families in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera /…

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