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September 2018

Seminar: “The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2003” with Joseph Stieb (UNC-Chapel Hill)

September 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join the Triangle Institute for Security Studies for a dinner-seminar featuring Joseph Stieb. Joseph Stieb is a Ph.D Candidate studying U.S. History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His main advisor is Wayne Lee. He received a B.A. in History from Trinity University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Before starting the history program at UNC, he taught history at Lenox High School in Massachusetts. His dissertation, “The Regime Change Consensus:…

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Seminar: “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam” with Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan)

September 19, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us for the first event in this academic year’s Carolina Seminar on Transnational and Global Modern History.   Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Associate Professor and Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan, will be speaking on “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam,” on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30pm in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003. A reception will follow. For more information on Prof. Khabeer’s…

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Duke on Gender Colloquium: “Black Muslims and the Black Arts Movement” with Ellen McLarney (Duke) and Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

September 21, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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The Duke on Gender Colloquium brings together Duke faculty from humanities and social sciences and visiting scholars to offer a multi-disciplinary space to develop and present current research and further critical conversations within gender and women's history, gender and queer theory, sexuality studies, transgender studies, and the study of feminism, social movements, and contemporary social issues and policy in a transnational world.   On Friday, September 21, join the Colloquium for a presentation by Ellen McLarney, Duke, Associate Professor of…

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October 2018

Seminar: “Know and Defend Your Rights” with Azadeh Shahshahani and Manzoor Cheema of Project South

October 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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   Learn about your rights when approached by law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, ICE, etc.), and your rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. The presentation will also focus on the interconnection between anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant/anti-refugee bigotry, and other forms of oppression. The presenters will make a comparison between structural racism and institutional Islamophobia. They will also discuss strategies for building a stronger grassroots movement against racism and Islamophobia. The presentation will include practical examples of grassroots…

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November 2018

Conference: “Documentary and the Middle East”

November 30, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Documentary and the Middle East Conference showcases undergraduate documentary work at 10:00 am, followed by a light lunch for all. At 12:30 pm, there will be presentations by three visiting presenters followed by audience discussion: -Laila El-Haddad (Author, The Gaza Kitchen): Taste, Struggle, and Place: Culinary Resistance in the Gaza Kitchen -Ahmed Mansour (Filmmaker): Excerpts from Mansour’s new documentary, Brooklyn, Inshallah -Helga Tawil-Souri (New York University): Situating Palestine and Palestinianness This conference is supported by the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial…

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February 2019

William Small Jr. Keynote Lecture: Linda Sarsour, at the 40th Annual Minority Health Conference, “Advocacy for Change”

February 22, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Advocacy is an integral aspect of social change. This year’s theme of the Minority Health Conference, Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future, honors how advocacy efforts are instrumental in advancing the health of minorities. For our 40th year, we honor past activist successes and set the stage for communities to continue their work as advocates or as changemakers. Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer and mother of three. Ambitious,…

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Seminar: Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration. This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities. We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated…

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March 2019

16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Muslims, Motherland, and Minoritization”

March 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This conference aims to explore how categorization by governing bodies create and influence ethno-religious identities as a component of subjecthood. Questions to explore include: How do the state and other actors influence religious and/or racial minority identity? What roles do power, gender, race, and sexuality play in these identity formations? How have standards of normativity been constructed and projected onto Muslim bodies? The conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. Free…

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World View K-12 Global Migration Seminar

March 20, 2019 - March 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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More details coming soon! Register at https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2019-migration-seminar/. Friday Conference Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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Conference: Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip,…

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April 2019

A Conversation: “Refugee Access to Education Through Digital Solutions” with Heba Ledwon (Kiron Open Higher Education)

April 2, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Heba Ledwon is Head of Academic Partnerships at Kiron Open Higher Education, where she works on the connections between EdTech and policy-makers in the higher education sector. Topics that spark her enthusiasm include strategic partnerships for a digital transformation and open access to education and knowledge resources through digital solutions. She is also an expert in the field of integration of refugees into educational and labour markets. Particularly, her previous position as a policy officer and credential evaluator at the Standing…

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16th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference: Action for Peace

April 6, 2019 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 for the 16th Annual Rotary Spring Conference! The theme this year is "Action for Peace". Class XVI Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research, sharing examples of hope, peace-making and positive change from every corner of the earth, including presentations on the Middle East. For more information and to register, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill Student Ticket Price: $5 (includes lunch)

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August 2019

UNC World View Global Education Summit 2019: Real Connections to a Global World in partnership with Cabarrus County Schools

August 15, 2019 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

  World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Cabarrus County Schools and World View for a free global education professional development event. “Real Connections to a Global World” aims to highlight best practices in global education and introduces strategies for bringing global themes, content and skills into the K-12 classroom including a session on teaching about the Middle East through the arts. Program themes include real-world applications, local to global connections,…

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