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October 2018

Seminar: “Urbanity and Insurrection: Cities of the Arab Spring,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become, more than others, insurgent space? Focusing on some key cities in the region, Prof. Bayat will discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the…

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Seminar: Syria in Transition – A Dialogues Seminar

October 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Civil War in Syria is one of the most complex conflicts in the Middle East, and few outsiders understand its origins or its wide-ranging effects on the people who live there. This special Dialogues seminar will examine the historical causes of the devastating Syrian violence and give particular attention to the plight of refugees who have fled the country or struggled with the massive internal displacements that have shattered Syrian communities and families. A distinguished historian of the…

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Presentation: “Afghanistan to Gaza: 21st Century Warfare” by Colonel Richard Kemp

October 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Christians United for Israel accompanied by other political groups on campus are hosting internationally known speaker and analyst, Colonel Richard Kemp. Col. Kemp was the commander of British forces in Afghanistan, and now testifies before the UN concerning Middle Eastern issues including the Gaza Conflict. Free admission for any students or faculty with valid ID from any university. No backpacks allowed. Not open to the public. Sponsored by Christians United for Israel. Union Auditorium UNC Chapel Hill

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Film Screening and Discussion: “Documenting the War in Afghanistan” with Meg Mackenzie Prior

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Meg Mackenzie Prior is a combat photographer and filmmaker who has embedded with US Army Infantry, Combat Aviation, and Special Forces Units to record the missions and operations conducted by International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan beginning in 2010 with the Surge. Over the past 10 years, Meg has filmed and photographed US Military and the Afghan population with uncompromising clarity and attention to detail as to the nature of the conflict in Afghanistan. She has deployed with units for…

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Public Talk: “Women, Prayer, Feminism & Modern Israel” with Lesley Sachs (Executive Director of Women of the Wall)

October 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Lesley Sachs will speak about the struggle of "Women of the Wall": a group of Israeli women seeks the right for Jewish women to conduct prayer services, read from a Torah scroll while wearing prayer shawls, and sing out loud at the Western Wall- Judaism’s most sacred holy site. She will also discuss feminism in Israel, the tenuous situation at the Kotel and WOW's challenges and successes. This event is an important space to explore the intersection of faith and the state, the…

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Presentation: “Pay No Heed to the Rockets” by Marcello Di Cinto

October 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join us Wednesday, October 31 for a talk by award-winning author Marcello Di Cinto. Di Cinto will speak about his exploration of the Palestinian experience through first-hand reporting about what art and literature mean to modern Palestinians. Di Cinto’s books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments to follow.   This event is presented by Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the FOCUS program, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the…

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November 2018

Public Conversation: Arabic Language Town Hall with Bassem Youssef

November 8, 2018
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio   Bassem Youssef invites members of the local Arabic-speaking community to join him in a town hall-style setting for a candid discussion of their experiences. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts.   123 W. Franklin Street, Building C UNC Chapel Hill

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