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April 2020

Art Exhibition: Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

April 4, 2020 | 8:00 am - July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm

  Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city…

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CANCELED: Film Screening: Tel Aviv on Fire

April 9, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC Department of Asian Studies for a screening of Tel Aviv on Fire, a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama satire film directed by Sameh Zoabi and co-written by Zoabi and Dan Kleinman. The film premiered internationally at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, where Kais Nashef won the Best Actor award. The Israeli premiere was at the Haifa International Film Festival, where the film won the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards. The film directly and intelligently addresses sensitive topics related…

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Virtual Event: “Israel, Politics, and Middle East Security in a Time of Pandemic” with Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

April 14, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Professor David Schanzer in a Zoom conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, as they discuss the state of Israeli politics and Middle East security during the coronavirus pandemic.   Please enter a few minutes early so that the event can begin at 12:00pm. Join the event here https://duke.zoom.us/j/439776231. For more information, visit here.   Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam…

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Public Talk: “Help a Woman, Help the Planet” with Annie Griffiths

April 14, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Photographer Annie Griffiths will present a 60-minute talk entitled Help a Woman, Help the Planet, followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. Guest Speaker: Annie Griffiths | National Geographic Photographer | Founder and Executive…

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CANCELED: Film Screening: The Romey Lynchings

April 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a screening of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about prejudice and racial violence against Arab immigrants in the United States. Produced by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were indicative of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Lebanese immigrants who came to America to work and build a…

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Humanities in Class Webinar: “Understanding the Modern Middle East” with Akram Khater (North Carolina State University)

April 21, 2020 | 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
NC United States

Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as turmoil-laden, sectarian and tribal pre-modern world. In this webinar, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the 20th century, and to understand the…

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CANCELED: World View K-12 Workshop: Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives

April 24, 2020 | 8:00 am - April 24, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

**This program has been canceled** Learn about food, food systems and how food is used to express culture and identity in our state and globally. Includes curriculum resources. For K-12 educators of all disciplines. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020  Click here to register.   Sponsored by UNC World View. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

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June 2020

World View: K-12 Global Education Teacher Leader Institute

June 15, 2020 | 8:00 am - June 17, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Educators are invited to apply to the Teacher Leader Institute to further their own knowledge and understanding of global issues and to develop global competencies that support global education initiatives in their classroom. Application period will open in January. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020 Click here to for more details.   Sponsored by UNC World View.   Chapel Hill, NC

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