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October 2019

Discussion: “Teaching Palestine: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Academic Freedom” with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

October 21, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is an internationally-known scholar and a distinguished professor and researcher. She is the Director and Senior Scholar in the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies at the historic College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Her scholarship, pedagogy and public activism focuses on Palestine,…

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Public Talk: “Business in the Middle East: Opportunities and Perils” with Naijad Fares

October 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Mr. Nijad Fares will deliver a talk on business issues in the MENA countries, highlighting advantages and resources as well as potential challenges including the cultural, religious, bureaucratic, and geopolitical landscapes. Mr. Fares is the Director of WEDGE Group Incorporated and Chief Executive Officer of WEDGE Equities. He is Chairman of Link Group, L.L.C., as well as Chairman of Ultraflote Corporation. Mr. Fares serves as Vice-Chair of the American Task Force for Lebanon. In 2011, Mr. Fares was named to the Board of…

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A Conversation: “Israel, the United States & the Middle East: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities” with former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni

October 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Livni is a former Foreign Minister of Israel, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Leader of the Opposition. Over the course of her career in government service, Lizni has held critical portfolios, serving as Minister of Justice, Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, and Minister for the Promotion of the Diplomatic Process. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. She was also selected for the Quality of Governance…

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Discussion: “US-Israel Relations: Between the White House, Congress, and the Israeli Government” with Amir Tibon

October 29, 2019 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  There is a growing split between Democrats and Republicans, as well as between the White House and Congress, on the issue of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, Israel went through two elections within five months, and could have another one quite soon. Israeli journalist Amir Tibon will discuss recent events in Washington, DC and in Israel and the impact they could have on the U.S.-Israel relationship, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the broader Middle East. For more information, contact…

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November 2019

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

November 6, 2019 | 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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Conversation: “Razia’s Ray of Hope: Girls Education in Afghanistan” with Razia Jan

November 6, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Founder of a school for girls in Afghanistan, Razia Jan, will be speaking about the school and her efforts to support girls education in Afghanistan. The K-12 girls’ school, the Zabuli Education Center, provides more than 670 girls with free education as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The Zabuli Education Center is located 30 miles outside of Kabul in Deh’Subz. An Afghan staff of 37 teachers and administrators is supported by a small, US-based foundation team. For more…

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Public Talk: “Brothers Behind Borders: Islamism and Nationalism in the Middle East” with Abdullah Al-Arian (Georgetown University, Qatar)

November 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In the wake of the 2010-2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the emergence of Islamist parties as leading political actors in the post-authoritarian transitions, Western analyses were teeming with predictions that not only would groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and similar movements in other Arab countries sweep to power in their respective states, but that they would come together to form a unified front of Islamist-led governments from Morocco to Yemen. This paper seeks to interrogate the logic…

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