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February 2020

Documentary Screening & Discussion: The Romey Lynchings

February 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  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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Training: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia in the U.S.

February 26, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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  The Center for Muslim Life is offering a training on Muslims and Islamophobia in the United States this Spring. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. Registration required here to attend. All are welcome. Send questions to ma321@duke.edu. Thursday, Jan 30: 9:30-11:30am Wednesday, Feb 26: 9:30-11:30am Thursday, Mar 5: 5-7pm Thursday, April 2: 5-7pm   Sponsored by the Duke Center for Muslim Life.   Multiple trainings The Center for Muslim Life…

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Global Career Night

February 26, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Hear from a panel of extraordinary UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from a variety of UNC units will join the panelists and attendees. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus. Co-sponsored by the UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, the Carolina Asia Center, the UNC African Studies Center, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, the UNC Center for Middle…

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A Conversation: “Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey” with Duke Faculty & Guests

February 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Join us for this special program where Duke Faculty and guests will discuss the current challenges that face academic institutions across the globe. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to the Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.     Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University, East Campus

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A Conversation: “Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey” with Duke Faculty & Guests

February 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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  Join us for this special program where Duke Faculty and guests will discuss the current challenges that face academic institutions across the globe. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to the Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.   Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University, East Campus

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Panel & Roundtable: “Turkish Novel in Global Contexts”

February 28, 2020 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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  Panel presentation by Zeynep Uysal (Boğazici U.), Hülya Adak (Sabancı U.), Murat Gülsoy (Boğazici U.) and Efe Khayyat (Rutgers U.) on various academic themes and issues of the modern Turkish novel in global contexts as it pertains to their work and the field. This will be followed by Duke Faculty Roundtable with Nancy Armstrong, Shai Ginsburg, Anne Garreta, and Erdağ Göknar. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by…

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March 2020

Lunch Talk: Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University)

March 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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  Join the Center for Muslim Life and the Women's Center for lunch with Professor Kecia Ali, scholar of religion, gender, and ethics. Professor Ali's scholarship focuses on the study of Islamic Jurisprudence and Women in Early and Modern Islam. She is currently a Professor of Religion at Boston University, and her books include Sexual Ethics in Islam (2006), The Lives of Muhammad (2014), and Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010). Duke undergraduate Sarah Chaoui '21 will lead a…

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Lunch Seminar: “Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth” with Jodi Magness (UNC Chapel Hill)

March 4, 2020 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Pettigrew Hall, Suite 100, 172 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Each semester, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar. For more information and to RSVP, visit here. Guest speaker: Jodi Magness (www.JodiMagness.org) is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (category…

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Carolina Seminar: Varieties of Esoteric Islam in Post-Soviet Tatarstan with Agnes Kefili (Arizona State University)

March 19, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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After the collapse of the USSR, intellectuals from traditionally Soviet Muslim ethnicities began the complicated process of rethinking their religious identities, political philosophies, and worldviews. Although Western scholars often present this process as an unproblematic “return to Islam,” the newly religious thinkers of the 1990s engaged the rich philosophical universe of their time, incorporating and rejecting elements of New Age, occult, and esoteric systems in their efforts to formulate answers for the contemporary world. My paper focuses on the Tatars (the largest…

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April 2020

Film Screening: Tel Aviv on Fire

April 9, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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  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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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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