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August 2018

K-12 Outreach: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows

August 10, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

  This event will be the fourth site visit in the Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, aiming to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.   The North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) is a nonprofit organization that provides services to refugees, asylees,…

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K-12 Outreach: World View Global Education Summit

August 14, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Buncombe County Schools and World View for a free global education professional development event. The Global Education Summit will feature a range of speakers and dynamic sessions focused on global issues, teaching strategies and resources for integrating global content into curriculum. This program serves educators in all grade levels and disciplines, including the cultural arts, STEM, the humanities and more from kindergarten through…

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September 2018

Wednesdays at the Center: “The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump” with Professor Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

September 5, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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Discussion: “Human Rights in Practice – Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Developments and Challenges” with David Tolbert

September 20, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  David Tolbert will discuss current developments and challenges in the field of transitional justice, providing examples from his work in Colombia, Tunisia, and other contexts. He will share his insights into where the field of transitional justice is heading in the current difficult and challenging political context. Professor Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Senior Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney, Duke International Human Rights Clinic, will moderate.   The event is free and open to all. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please see…

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Book Talk: ‘Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition’ by Omid Safi

September 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular history that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading back to God. Our author will be in conversation with essayist and author Krista Bremer. Omid Safi is an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he…

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New Date: Interfaith Panel Discussion: “For a peaceful coexistence…”

September 23, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Interfaith Panel Discussion: “For a peaceful coexistence…”   Join the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies (IITS) at Cary and Divan Center for a panel to commemorate the tragic September 11 attacks as well as to honor the victims and the heroism of our first responders. Members of various religions will discuss their perspective about how to defeat radicalism that may infect any religious thought and how a peaceful coexistence atmosphere can be nurtured through interreligious and interfaith collaboration. A…

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New Date – Duke’s Global Studies Experience

September 24, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Interested in spending a summer or semester abroad engaged in academic study or research? Come hear the experiences of Duke undergraduate students who took their education abroad and meet some of the staff who can help you to follow in their footsteps or blaze your own trail. Food will be served. Free and open to students. For the latest information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies with support from the Duke…

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MSA Live: “Defining Patriotism” with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

September 28, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The UNC Muslim Students Association presents to you the 3rd annual MSA Live! With a social justice theme, MSA Live strives to represent various activists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s keynote speaker will be former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Come out to this year’s MSA Live to hear Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf speak about his experience being raised in the South during the Jim Crow era, personal conflict with identity, struggle with his health, which all happened to be a minor…

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October 2018

Seminar: “Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989” with Jeff Jones (UNC-Greensboro)

October 4, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Carolina 'Russia and its Empires' Seminar presents the second lecture in the fall 2018 series; "Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989" with Jeff Jones. This paper charts the flow of the Soviet-Afghan War on screen as the conflict raged, analyzing eight works--feature films, documentaries, and a television mini-series--in chronological order between 1983-1989.  The portrayal of the conflict in these media evolves in this period from hopeful, patriotic support to bitter disillusionment, presaging the coming…

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Event: Duke MSA Fall Banquet

October 14, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Help Duke Muslim Students Association welcome in the year! Come for free food and stay for speakers, fun, and individual and group performances from Dabket Al-Ahrar, Defmo, Amandla, Duke Out of the Blue, and Duke DBS Raas! Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Penn Pavilion is next to the Bryan Center. Walking from the main quad, walk past the Bryan Center with the BC…

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Lunch and Learn Talk: “The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan” with Dr. Sharon Stevelink (King’s College London)

October 15, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Stevelink is a lecturer in epidemiology at King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She is currently involved with a number of projects investigating the health and well-being of military personnel and veterans funded by the UK Ministry of Defense, the Forces in Mind Trust and the Royal British Legion. King’s College London has been a strategic partner of UNC-Chapel Hill since 2005. The partnership has allowed collaborations in diverse…

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Presentation on Architecture with Rodolphe el Khoury (University of Miami)

October 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center (in collaboration with the College of Design at NC State) invites you to join us for a presentation by the world-renowned Lebanese architect, Dr. Rodolphe el Khoury, Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Miami. Dr. el Khoury will be speaking about his vision of the architecture of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the College of Design.   Monday, October 15 | 6:00 p.m. Burns Auditorium NC…

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New date: Undergraduate Presentation: “Millennial Jihad” by Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair

October 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Do you like video games? Have you ever played Call of Duty? Then you have something in common with tens of thousands of young men terrorist groups have tried to recruit. Two PWAD Seniors, Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair, have spent the last several months (working with Communication Professors Cori Dauber and Mark Robinson) carefully studying the way Islamic State copies CoD in their propaganda videos – and the way other groups then copy IS in theirs. Join us for…

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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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Book Talk: Meet the Author Omid Safi, “Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition”

October 27, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Please join the Durham County Library for a reading and book signing by Omid Safi, whose book Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, was recently recognized as “New and Noteworthy” by the New York Times.  Director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center as well as a Duke alum, more on Dr. Safi and his writing can be found at https://islamicstudies.duke.edu. Sponsored by the Durham County Library. For more information, please visit here. Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Meeting Room 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham,…

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Lecture: “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide” with Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Laureate Nadia Murad

October 29, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad will give a free public talk at Duke University on Monday, Oct. 29. She will give the 2018 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide,” at Penn Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow her talk. Tickets are required and will be available at tickets.duke.edu starting Tuesday, Oct. 23. Paid parking will be available in the Bryan Center garage. Murad, 24, is a member of the…

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One Voice Lunch-n-Learn

October 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice for a free lunch from Panera Bread and a discussion in the campus Y next Tuesday 10/30 at our first lunch-n-learn event of the year!  This will be an educational, guided (but open!) discussion, and everyone with an interest is welcome regardless of their background with or prior knowledge of the conflict. We will be providing background information and answering any questions throughout the discussion. Space is limited, so please, RSVP by October 27th to secure your lunch through the Google form. The One Voice…

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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

Conversation: “Writing Elsewhere: Covering the World’s Rough Edges,” Public Talk with writers Marcello Di Cintio and Jonathan Katz

November 1, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join this public discussion with award-winning writers Marcello Di Cintio (whose most recent book isPay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine) and Jonathan Katz about the challenges of covering difficult and complex subjects. From Africa to the Caribbean to the walls that increasingly divide us, these writers will also talk about how they see the work of long-form journalism evolving. Moderated by Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute. Free and open to the…

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Discussion: “The Future of Israeli Security. Conversation” with Chuck Freilich (former Deputy Israeli National Security Advisor)

November 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

National security is critical to Israel, but the country has no formal national security strategy. Chuck Freilich, a former Deputy Israeli National Security Advisor and current Harvard Kennedy School professor, wants to change this. Come hear his plan for a strategy in an era of new technology, new policy, and the changing nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information, please visit here or contact Alex Frumkin at alexander.frumkin@duke.edu. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy and J Street U. Social Sciences 136 Duke…

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Middle East Film Series: “Naila and the Uprising” – Q&A with Emma Alpert

November 5, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most…

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Presentation: “Palestinian Art as Political Commentary” with Mohammad Sabaaneh

November 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, West Bank, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book garnered rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the…

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Panel Discussion: Democracy and Its Challenges: A Comparative Overview

November 7, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join our three speakers, who will focus on the rise of forces around the world that increasingly question basic democratic principles. Marcelo Leiras, from Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will talk about the Argentinian experience; Laia Balcells from Georgetown University will review recent developments in Europe, focusing on the Spain-Catalunya conflict; and Timur Kuran from Duke University will explore the rise of authoritarianism in Turkey. For more information, please visit here. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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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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Public Conversation: “Funny You Feel That Way: Bassem Youssef on the Role of Politics and Humor in Public Health”

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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When does an individual have the responsibility to act on behalf of a community? This is a central question for public health practitioners. It is also at the heart of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s story. Join the former cardiothoracic surgeon turned YouTube comedy sensation for a conversation on the role of politics and humor in public health. Moderated by Professor Beth Moracco, this event is a collaboration between Carolina Performing Arts and Gillings School of Global Public Health. (Talk: 12:30-2…

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Discussion: Theater and Politics in Contemporary Istanbul

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Speakers will present their experiences in their small theatre collective BuluTiyatro within the context of recent political history in Turkey. Based on their very own encounters, struggles, challenges, dreams and frustrations, inspirations and silences in Istanbul and Turkey, they will reflect upon and reconsider the notions of commons, urban transformation, the relationship between art and politics, interdisciplinarity and methodology (in both their work in theatre and elsewhere), and the political history of Turkey.   A light lunch will be…

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Discussion: “Are You Brave Enough to Tell a Joke?” with Sara Taksler

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

In her 2016 film “Tickling Giants,” documentarian Sara Taksler follows Egyptian comedian Dr. Bassem Youssef. After the Arab Spring, Youssef left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo to take up political satire. The documentary underscores the power of humor in oppressive regimes, and the film demonstrates Youssef’s nonviolent methods to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. Taksler describes her favorite way of tickling giants as “using comedy to find cathartic ways to process major bummers.”…

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Panel Discussion: “Does International Justice Have an Impact? The Legacies of Criminal Tribunals”

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a panel discussion of how criminal tribunals have influenced domestic political developments, victims' experience of justice, and acknowledgement of wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Cambodia, and other former conflict zones. Building on their professional past with criminal tribunals, Dr. Diane Orentlicher and Dr. David Tolbert will also discuss the broader implications of international justice for the ongoing civil war in Syria. Dr. Robert Jenkins (Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill) will moderate the discussion. For more information, please…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton

November 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an undercover operations officer in the foreign field including two tours as Chief of Station.  In Washington, Ambassador Crumpton held senior management positions, including a one-year assignment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Deputy Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section, 1998-1999. He led the CIA’s Afghanistan campaign in 2001-2002.  He was the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from 2005-2007.  He is the…

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Community Roundtable: “The Muslim Ban and Us”

November 8, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Muslim Ban in a 5-4 decision, this roundtable will cover the changing landscape of immigration policy, the role that racism and criminalization play in these policy changes, and the effects of bans on movement on transnational families and immigrant and refugee communities. Organized by UndocuCarolina and co-sponsored by: Humanities for the Public Good; UNC Global; the Consortium in Latin American Studies; Working Group on Im/migration, Illegality, and Citizenship; and the Islamicate Graduate Student Association.…

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Film Screening and Discussion: “Tickling Giants: Using Comedy to Stop Abuses of Power”

November 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Sara Taksler, documentarian and former producer of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, to view and discuss her 2016 film about comedian Dr. Bassem Youssef, who after the Arab Spring left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo, Egypt, to take up political satire. The documentary underscores the power of humor under despotic regimes, and challenges viewers to consider how it works in democratic ones.   This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, Duke…

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Panel Discussion: “Women in the Public Sphere”

November 9, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  This panel will offer a conversation on the role of women in the public sphere in contemporary Turkey. Turkey, a country of nearly 80 million, offers a case study on the role of Islam, multi-culturalism, minorities, diversity and the role(s) of women within these contexts. Despite turmoil in the country and the Middle East region more broadly, women in Turkey continue to play a vital role in the public sphere. Panelists: miriam cooke, Meyda Yegenoglu, Ebru Nihan Celkan Moderators:…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New look at Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

November 11, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Public Talk: “Making Sense of Saudi Arabia” with Dr. Toby Jones

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to a public talk by Dr. Toby Jones, an expert on the history of Saudi Arabia. Against the tragic backdrop of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi which has sparked international condemnation, Dr. Jones will address politics -- past and current -- in the Middle East's most important and influential oil producer. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State Middle East Studies Program, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and the NC…

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UNC-CH Geography Colloquium Talk: “Being/Longing – Visualizing Belonging with Palestinian Refugee Children” with Dr. Sandy Marshall (Elon University)

November 30, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In September, 2018 the US ended all financial support to the UN Relief and Works Agency serving Palestinian refugees and is demanding the organization adopt a much narrower definition of who qualifies as a refugee and what rights they have. For many Palestinian refugees, their identities as refugees is not determined by legal status alone, but is reproduced intergenerationally through narrative and spatial practices. This talk will explore how Palestinian refugee children create and visualize their own sense of belonging…

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December 2018

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

December 1, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Saturday, December 1 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of "The Poet of the East" - Allama Iqbal (1877-1938). Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was a poet, philosopher and politician, as well as an academic, in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others.…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at the Book of Kings, Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

December 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Film Screening: Docunight #52 [Durham]: “Death and the Judge”

December 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Death and the Judge Director: Hassan Khademi 2018 / 53 min Persian with English Subtitles With more than 4,000 death sentences passed down in 45 years, Judge Azizmohammadi not only holds the record for the number of death sentences issued in Iran, but also the entire world. "Death and the Judge" is a powerful documentary about Iran's most infamous and feared criminal judge. It offers an intimate but chilling portrait into the professional and private life of Judge Azizmohammadi.  …

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January 2019

Lecture: “Being Muslim: Women of Color in/and American Islam” with Dr. Sylvia Chan Malik (Rutgers)

January 15, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Sylvia Chan-Malik will give a lecture based on her recently published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. In her lecture, Professor Chan-Malik will discuss the ways U.S. Muslim women's identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition. Drawing on archival images, cultural texts, popular media, and interviews, she will show how communities of American Islam became sites of safety, support, spirituality, and social activism, and how women…

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Discussion: Black Muslim Talkspace presents #BeingBlackandMuslim

January 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Black Muslim Talkspace presents #BeingBlackandMuslim a discussion led by Dr. Jamilah Karim. At our normal Black Muslim Talkspace time we will be having a discussion led by Dr. Jamilah Karim. Food will also be served. Sponsored by Center for Muslim Life at Duke and Duke Islamic Studies Center. For more information, please visit here. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture 404 Chapel Dr, Durham NC 27708 Duke University

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

January 19, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Saturday, January 19 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Khwaja Haider Ali ATISH (1764-1846), one of the giants of Urdu literature. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available under the FedEx Global Education Center. Co-sponsored by the…

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Public Talk: “A Journalist’s First-Hand Report – What’s Wrong with US policy in Iran” with Reese Erlich

January 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle and National Public Radio. His articles have appeared in Politico, Foreign Policy, VICE News and The Progressive. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide. Erlich writes a syndicated…

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Film Screening: “The Muslim Next Door”

January 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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A local and national perspective is taken on what it means to be Muslim American in the age of media, political crises, and the constant development of what it means to be a Muslim living in America. Join us for popcorn and Q&A after the film screening of Katie Couric's “The Muslim Next Door”. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the MSA at NC State. Withers Hall, 140 NC State University 

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Discussion: China’s Concentration Camps: What’s at Stake?

January 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Credible reports have revealed that China has detained 1-3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps, where they are forced to denounce their religion and ethnic identity. An Uyghur survivor of the camp system, Mihrigul Tursun, will provide testimony of her experiences. This event will shed light on the situation in East Turkestan/Xinjiang - specifically on China’s ethnic cleansing of Uyghurs, mass surveillance state, crackdown on religion, internment camps, a brief history of the region, as well as…

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Discussion: “Assessing the Fight Against ISIS: A conversation with Brett McGurk”

January 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join AGS Director Peter Feaver for an evening conversation with Brett McGurk as they discuss the United States’ fight against ISIS. Serving as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL from 2016-2018, McGurk led a global coalition of 68 members to coordinate all aspects of U.S. policy related to the ultimate destruction of ISIL. McGurk’s long tenure of government service spans numerous administrations -  His previous assignment was Deputy Special Presidential Envoy from September 2014 until…

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Discussion: One Voice Coffee and Conversation – Airbnb and the West Bank

January 30, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Let One Voice at UNC-CH buy you a drink at the Meantime Coffee Co. and learn more about Airbnb's decision not to allow listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  We will be discussing such questions as: what are settlements, and where are they? Why can they be controversial? What laws apply to settlements?  There will be an informational presentation led by our One Voice fellows, followed by a discussion/question-and-answer session. Even if you can't stay the whole time, drop in…

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February 2019

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at Shahnameh, Haft Khan-e Rostam” with Loghman Zaiim

February 3, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on Haft Khan-e Rostam by Loghman Zaiim, as retold by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020) in Shahnameh ("Book of Kings"), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature. This is event is in Persian. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be…

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Roundtable Presentation and Discussion with Joseph Sany, Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360

February 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Joseph Sany is the Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360. In this capacity, he supports and advises on innovative approaches related to training, programming, human and institutional capacity strengthening, as well as programming in the areas of youth development and livelihoods, countering violent extremism, civil society development and peacebuilding in fragile and post-conflict environments. Sany is an international development, peacebuilding and peacekeeping specialist with 20 years of proven experience supporting and advising local and…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures: Threats to Bio and Ethnic Diversity” with Robin Visser (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 12, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Dr. Visser’s current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020), analyzes the growing prominence within Chinese-language literature of ecological perspectives from China’s border cultures. It includes works by Mongolian, Tibetan, Taiwanese Indigenous, Kazakh, Uyghur, and Han Chinese writers. Set in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Southwest China, and Taiwan, they feature diverse ecologies rapidly transforming due to unprecedented rates of development and domestic migration. The talk analyzes literary depictions of rapidly changing regional ecosystems and compares distinct ways of imagining relational dynamics between…

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Panel Discussion: “The Legacies of Soviet & US Occupations of Afghanistan”

February 14, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A Panel Presentation with Jennifer Fluri (U. Colorado, Boulder), Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison U.), Jeff Jones (UNCG) | Chaired by Eren Tasar (UNC). Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the…

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Book Talk: “The Snow Leopard Project and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation” with Alex Dehgan

February 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A story about creating Afghanistan’s first national park and the startup to make it happen. Featuring Alex Dehgan, T’91, followed by a reception in Fuqua’s Kirby Reading Room. Please, RSVP here. Postwar Afghanistan is fragile, volatile, and perilous. It is also a place of extraordinary beauty.  Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Alex Dehgan arrived in the country in 2006 to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program, and preserve and protect Afghanistan’s unique and extraordinary environment, which had been decimated after decades of…

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Panel Discussion: “The War in Yemen: Implications for America and the World”

February 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The war in Yemen is defined by the U.N. as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, but remains chronically underreported. The war involves almost 10 countries, including the U.S., and has recently come into the limelight after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Once celebrated as a success story of the Arab Spring, almost eighty percent of the country now needs some form of humanitarian aid. This panel, through analysts at the Yemen Peace Project and Oxfam will trace the geopolitical significance of…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Why are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?” with Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 26, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

featuring Charles Kurzman, Philip Stadter Distinguished Professor of Sociology All programs are held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS and receive a discount on the purchase of all ten lectures. Program Tuition: Advance registrants pay $18 per lecture ($13 for GAA members) or can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS—register for all 10 events for $135.00 ($100.00 for GAA members). To check your membership status…

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Conversation: “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” featuring Michal Hochberg and Osama Elewat (Combatants for Peace)

February 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On February 27th, at 6 PM in Social Sciences 139, J Street U brings to campus Combatants for Peace, a grassroots organization of Israelis and Palestinians that takes direct action to pursue mutual non-violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each member has played a direct role in the cycle of violence in this conflict. We will be joined by Osama Elewat and Michal Hochberg from the organization, and they will spend time talking about CFP and their thoughts on the conflict,…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Hear from a panel of stellar UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from Honors Carolina, the Peace Corps, UNC Career Services, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Study Abroad, the UNC Campus Y, and the US Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Panelists include: Anthony Dest, University of Texas at Austin Andrea Felder, American University Erin O’Connor, Raytheon International, former US Department of State Justin…

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March 2019

tgiFHI Series: “Modern Hebrew: A History Revisited” with Shai Ginsburg (Duke University)

March 1, 2019 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am. About the presentation: Scholars concur that modern Hebrew emerged as an everyday spoken language in Ottoman Palestine during the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century. Whereas they differ on exactly when, where, and how…

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Panel Discussion: “A Thematic Conversation on Minority Issues in China”

March 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Dr. Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University), Dr. Ralph Litzinger (Duke University), Janice Hyeju Jeong (Duke University) and Aydin Anwar (Duke University) This thematic conversation will revolve around two aspects: in the fall of 2018 Duke University Libraries acquired the personal photo album of Sir Percy Sykes, the famous British Brigadier-General and Diplomat of his travels to Kashgar in 1915. The album details the culture and topography of Kashgar, one of the centers of the large Muslim minority in China.…

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Public Talk: “When the Exile Brings a Key” with Professor Maurice Ebileeni (Dept. of English and Literature at the U. of Haifa, Israel)

March 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The purpose of this presentation is to configure a poetics of Palestinian imaginings of return. Drawing on linguistically diverse memoirs, Ebileeni explores the conceptual tensions between national imaginings of “al-awdah” and their disruptive impact on virtual realizations of this desire, while simultaneously, revealing the authors’ culturally distinct experiences of exile. Palestinians’ points of departure may appear identical since they share conceptions of “home” that are deeply rooted in a unified national configuration of more or less similar memories or narrations,…

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Turkish Circle: “Like the Father’s Home: The Intimate State of the Turkish-Sunni Diaspora in Germany” with Devran Koray Ocal (UNC Chapel Hill)

March 5, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Devran Ocal's research( PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, UNC) focuses on a faith-based civil society organization, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), and engages with the Turkish-Sunni diaspora’s complex construction of intimate state in Germany. DITIB is a Sunni-Islam based umbrella civil society organization. However, the Turkish-Sunni diaspora does not consider DITIB as simply a civil society organization, but instead attribute a highly complex role of statehood to it. For them, DITIB reflects a ‘paternalist’ and ‘familial’ version of the Turkish…

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Presentation and Discussion: “Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Zionism”

March 6, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC-CH as we discuss the recent controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweets and the broader national and international framework in which they fit. The presentation will interrogate the relationship between AIPAC and American politics, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and the language of public figures regarding Israel in the United States. No prior knowledge of the topic is necessary, and all are welcome to attend and engage in a discussion session after the presentation.  Coffee, pastries, and fruit will be provided. We…

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Discussion: “Direct from the Refugee Camps: Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon Share their Story”

March 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Featuring journalist and great grandaughter of Nakba survivors, Amena Ashkar and 89 yr old Nakba survivor, Mariam Fathalla whose ancient Palestinian village al Zeeb was leveled. Time stopped in 1948 for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Many of them and their descendants live in the same refugee camps created when Zionist forces expelled them from their villages. Stateless and without the benefits of citizenship, these vulnerable Palestinian refugees have very few rights decades later in Lebanon, where they continue to…

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Panel Discussion: “Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?”

March 19, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Visualizing the Muslim Gandhi” with Professor Tim Dobe (Grinnell College) and Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)

March 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Timothy Dobe and Sumathi Ramaswamy will present, compare and discuss several visual images of M.K. Gandhi, each of which embodies important dimensions of Islamic traditions.  They will consider, for example, images of Gandhi by the Indian Sufi writer, Khwaja Hasan Nizami from the 1920s, drawn during Gandhi's rise to fame, and by three iconic Muslim artists of modern India, who to are drawn to painting the Mahatma.  This interdisciplinary conversation will draw on material religious studies and the historiography of…

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Public Talk: “Hip hop, Islam and Enlightenment” with Mona Haydar

March 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
high point High Point, NC + Google Map

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American rapper, activist and artist. Haydar will be giving a talk that is open to the public on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in Webb Conference Center (located in the campusGreek Village). Haydar’s talk, titled “Hip hop, Islam and Enlightenment,” will focus on her spiritual activism and the merging of her faith, her feminism, and her music. The event is sponsored by High Point University’s Media Fellows Program, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and…

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Public Talk: “Palestine is Here” with Eran Efrati

March 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Eran Efrati, investigative researcher and director of Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA), will speak on the exchange programs between US police departments and the Israeli military. Since 2002, thousands of US law enforcement officials have trained with Israeli military forces in the context of the "War on Terror," learning about Israeli methods and technologies of surveillance, racial profiling, and suppression of protest. Why are US police departments training with the Israeli military? How do we resist the militarization of police…

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Conversation: “The Iranian Revolution and Women’s Demand for Freedom and Equal Rights” with Kateh Vafadari

March 27, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us for an hour-long conversation with Kateh Vafadari, one of the central organizers of the March 1979 women’s demonstrations which took place immediately after the Iranian Revolution. Kateh Vafadari is a veteran civil and political rights advocate, a defender of women’s rights, and a protagonist of independent socialist politics since the early 1970s.   The six day women's demonstrations she organized were the largest women’s action in the history of the Middle East. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial…

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A Conversation with Hicham Alaoui

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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You are cordially invited to join Hicham Alaoui for a tea/coffee conversation with students and faculty on Wednesday, March 27 starting at 4 p.m. This conversation will occur the day prior to his public talk on the Arab Spring. Please feel free to come at any time between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Hicham Alaoui is a Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, specializing in issues of comparative democratization. He is currently working on two new research projects on the…

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April 2019

Lunch Talk: “Refugee Access to Higher Education through Digital Innovation” with Heba Ledwon

April 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University 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 labor markets. Heba Ledwon holds a Master degree from Freie Universität Berlin in the fields…

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Discussion: “Israeli Politics 101 & Upcoming Elections” with Amir Tibon

April 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On April 9, 2019, Israelis will go to the polls. But now that the Israeli Attorney General recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, how will it impact the upcoming elections? Who are the other parties and personalities running for election? What will happen to the Israeli political landscape if Netanyahu is replaced? And how will this impact U.S.-Israel relations? Join Amir Tibon for a conversation about these issues and…

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Christian Zionism: Exploration of History, Theological Basis and Political Agenda

April 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Internationally recognized scholar, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, author, Director of the UK's Peacemaker Trust, explores the historical roots, theological basis and political impact of Christian Zionism on Israel's settlements in the West Bank. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice, Salaam Shalom Support Group and Abrahamic Initiative for the Middle East. Church of Reconciliation 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

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In Conversation: Rahill Jamalifard and Lenaya Lynch of Habibi

April 3, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Brooklyn-based rock band Habibi has made a name for itself through an infectious juxtaposition of surf pop and riff-heavy punk. In this free lunchtime conversation at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, Habibi frontwoman Rahil Jamilifard and guitarist Lenaya "Lenny" Lynch sit down with Negar Mottahedeh (Duke Program in Literature) for a wide-ranging discussion exploring the band's influences and embrace of Persian culture. Habibi's residency, part of Duke Performances' ongoing 'Building Bridges: Muslims in America initiative', will culminate in a full-band…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

April 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This feature documentary follows an international team of open-source investigative journalists trained in social media mining, reconstruction techniques, and visual analysis to shed light on news stories that are shrouded in secrecy, conspiracies, and state-sponsored political spin. These range from the downing of the MH17 passenger airplane over Ukraine in the summer of 2014, the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War, and most recently, the poisoning of a former Russian secret agent in the United Kingdom. The screening will be…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Open Forum Discussion on Persian Poetry and Literature

April 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of Persian poetry and literature. If you would like to present a 15 minute session on Persian poetry and literature, please contact Amir Rezvani,  amirrezvani65@gmail.com. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be presentations on Persian literature and poetry followed by discussion. From 6:30-7:30pm, there will be refreshments and poetry readings by the audience.…

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A Conversation with Gen. H.R. McMaster

April 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Gen. H.R. McMaster in a conversation with Wayne Lee, chair of the UNC curriculum in peace, war and defense. They will discuss "Strategic Narcissism and the Need for Historical Perspective in Foreign Policy and National Security" as the opening talk for the TISS conference. McMaster (Ph.D. history '96) is a retired U.S. Army general. In 2017, he became the 26th national security advisor, serving under President Donald Trump. One of our nation's most famous warrior scholars, McMaster served as…

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Public Talk: “Anti-Israelism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism” with Dr. Marc Dollinger

April 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join UNC Hillel on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the North Carolina Hillel building in Chapel Hill as we hear from Dr. Marc Dollinger, professor at San Francisco State University and author of "Black, Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960’s." One of the thorniest questions in contemporary American Jewish life, the boundaries between anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism, and anti-Semitism are now the subject of university policy debates as well as proposed state and federal action. Dr. Dollinger’s…

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Public Talk: “Black Muslim Talk Space: Sacred Activism and Black Poetics” with Rashida James-Saadiya

April 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This workshop is an introduction to spiritual activism within the works of contemporary Black poets with a focus on Muslim women. It highlights writers who use language as a form of not only activism, but also of spiritual realignment. This poetry draws on both written and oral traditions to reflect on issues confronting this generation. James-Saadiya explores this writing as an act of resistance within the U.S. and beyond. Dinner will be served.  For more information, visit here. Sponsored by the…

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Discussion: “Islam and Intersectionality” with Linda Sarsour

April 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano, 101 Science Drive, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  Linda Sarsour is an American political activist. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March, and is a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.   For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Duke MSA and Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.   Monday, April 15 |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building Duke University

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” with Abdul Sattar Jawad (Duke)

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shakespeare is regarded in the Arab world as the greatest world poet and playwright. His plays and poems were used and taught on all levels of education. The speaker will through a new light on the reception, teaching, translating, and performing Old Will even in the Arab vernaculars to popularize him and his works. Some of Jawad’s essays and works are included in Shakespeare Library Collection in Stratford-upon- Avon. Abdul Sattar Jawad, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and…

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Book Talk: “Radical Love: Teachings from Islamic Mystical Tradition” with Omid Safi

April 17, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi for a reading and signing of his new book, "Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition." For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him. "Radical Love" is a stunning collection that showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original…

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Student Talk: “I am here, waiting – Narratives of Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian Refugees”

April 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics this Saturday, April 20 as eight DukeImmerse students recite the experiences of Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugees. The program begins at 5:30 PM in the Nasher Museum and will be followed by a reception. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. For more information, please visit dukeethics.org.   Nasher Museum of Art Duke University

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May 2019

Reading Group Discussion: Touch by Adania Shibli featuring Nadia Yaqub (UNC)

May 14, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Carolina Public Humanities is hosting a Great Books Reading Group discussion on Touch, a beautiful novella by Palestinian author and playwright Adania Shibli, on Tuesday, May 14. This two-hour discussion is led by Nadia Yaqub, Professor and Chair of Asian Studies, and will take place from 10am-12pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registration is required as seats are limited. The registration fee of $25 includes a copy of the book and refreshments.   “Celebrated young Palestinian writer Shibli – a playwright,…

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August 2019

Film Screening & Panel: The Value of Immigration

August 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This panel follows the Center for European Studies' Welcoming Immigrants to America video competition from Spring 2019. Videos were submitted by UNC students, with their best arguments as to why the US should welcome refugees and immigrants. Winning films will be screened. The panel following will explore the value of immigration to society, both in the US and in Europe. Opening remarks will be given by Professor Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, UNC Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs. For more information,…

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September 2019

Discussion: Ashura

September 8, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ashura commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his family at the Battle of Karbala on the 10th day of Muharram in the year 61 AH. This Sunday program will consist of a video, a short talk and a Q&A session with a local speaker. Come learn why many Muslims will be mourning on the Day of Ashura. Sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life.  For more information, contact Maryam Arain at maryam.arain@duke.edu. Center for…

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Lecture: “How We Win, Defeating Extremism” with Farah Pandith

September 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor David Schanzer will lead a conversation with Farah Pandith, an expert on countering violent extremism. They will discuss Pandith's book How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy (AGS), Duke American Grand Strategy Program, and Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  For more information, please visit here. Sanford 04 Duke University

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Public Book Talk: Elisha Waldman

September 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join author Elisha Waldman for a discussion of his book "This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem."   Dr. Waldman is currently the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He will talk about what it means to care for seriously ill children in the exceedingly complex context of Jerusalem and the Middle East, what lessons he's learned from that work, and how it carries over…

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Discussion: “Sepphoris: Past, Present and Future”

September 15, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  We celebrate the conclusion of the Duke excavations at Sepphoris, "the ornament of all Galilee." Professors Eric Meyers, Carol Meyers, and Benjamin Gordon will offer remarks on the importance of the excavation project. Prof. Chad Spigel will speak about the digitization of the dig archives. Sepphoris was an important Galilean site during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. It served as Herod Antipas's capital of Galilee in the early 1st century C.E., and the Sanhedrin (the supreme Jewish authority)…

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Seminar: “Macro Policy for Fragile States: What Really Works?” with Ralph Chami, Institute for Capacity Development

September 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The seminar will highlight the unique characteristics of fragile states, the challenges facing policy formulation in such circumstances, and reflect on how to identify “pivotal moments” that offer corridors to normalcy. Finally, the seminar will discuss macroeconomic policies that help such countries exit from fragile situations and what the international community can do to help increase the odds of exiting fragility for these countries and enhance their resilience. Ralph Chami is currently Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity…

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Refugees Insights into Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

September 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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  Join a conversation between Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Susan Stigant (UNC ’05), Director for Africa Programs, US Institute of Peace, to gain a deeper understanding of why there are now more displaced people around the world than ever before. There will be moderated Q&A with the audience following Grandi and Stigant’s conversation.   Filippo Grandi has been engaged in international cooperation for 33 years, primarily with the United Nations. He was born in Milan…

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Book Talk: “Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran” with Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University)

September 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Negar Mottahedeh, author of "Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran," for a reading and book signing. The author will be joined in conversation by Charles Kurzman. Published with the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the women's protests that followed on its heels, "Whisper Tapes" re-introduces Kate Millett's historic visit to Iran and lays out the nature of her encounter with the Iranian women's movement. For more information, visit here.   This event is…

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Conversation: Mumu Fresh

September 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  In this free lunchtime talk at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and emcee Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) sits down with Crystal Taylor (Beats n Bars) to discuss her career, influences, Muslim-American heritage, and the role that women have played in shaping contemporary hip-hop. Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. For more information, visit here. Part of Duke Performances’ three-year Building Bridges: Muslims in America initiative, Mumu Fresh’s residency will culminate in a full-band performance at The…

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Human Rights @ Duke Annual Lecture: “Human Rights, Faith, and the Border” with Imam Omar Suleiman

September 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us in welcoming Imam Omar Suleiman for the Human Rights @ Duke Annual Lecture. Imam Omar Suleiman is a world renowned scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. Most recently, he was recognized by CNN as one of the 25 most influential Muslims in America and included amongst the Fredrick Douglass 200 most influential Americans…

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Poetry Reading by Jess Rizkallah

September 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Every September the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State (in collaboration with Arts NC State) hosts a Lebanese or Lebanese American artist for a week long series of events and workshops. This year, our artist in residence is Lebanese American poet Jess Rizkallah, who has recently won the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize for her book the magic my body becomes. This event will be Ms. Rizkallah's public presentation of her work. Parking available on Hillsborough Street…

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South Asia Colloquium: “Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from ‘Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’” with Mansoor Ahmed, Government College University, Faisalabad

September 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The South Asia Colloquium brings faculty and grad students from all the Triangle Universities together for a potluck dinner and to discuss an article/chapter in progress. The featured paper of this discussion is by Mansoor Ahmed, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad.  His paper is titled: Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from 'Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’, and is part of Mansoor's recent EHESS, Paris dissertation which he revising…

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October 2019

Discussion: “The Back Channel: Reflections on a Career in Diplomacy” with Ambassador Bill Burns

October 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy for a conversation with Ambassador Bill Burns on reflections on a career in diplomacy. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as undersecretary for…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Black Arts, Black Muslims: Race, Religion, and Culture” with Professor Ellen McLarney (Duke University)

October 2, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Recent, cutting edge scholarship on Black Power and its “spiritual sister” the Black Arts Movement chronicles an important era in the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. This literature, however, does not fully account for the catalytic role played by Islamic mobilization, Islamic movements, and Islamic arts in what is now known as the “civil rights era.” Islamic commitments are equated with a retrograde and reactionary black nationalism systematically understood as violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic—in…

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Lecture: “The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba: Architecture, Memory, and the Future” with Professor Michele Lamprakos (University of Maryland)

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Most scholars know the Great Mosque of Cordoba as one of the great monuments of Islamic civilization. But for almost eight centuries, it has been the city's cathedral. Unlike other mosques on the Iberian peninsula, which were demolished and replaced by cathedrals and churches at some point after the Christian conquest, the Great Mosque of Cordoba survived. In the 16th century, a massive choir and presbytery began to rise from the middle of the building. Over the course of…

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Language Event: Arabic Language Table

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a casual conversation to practice your Arabic language skills with Arabic faculty and students while enjoying Moroccan tea and dessert. For more information, please contact amal.boumaaza@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Arabic Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Duke University.   John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall) Duke University

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Public Talk: “Relentless: Making the Impossible Inevitable” with Tolu Olubunmi

October 8, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Tolu Olubunmi is the CEO of Lions Write, an advocacy organization with founding principles stipulating that "those directly affected by the problems we aim to solve be active participants in the process." She has also been a featured speaker at the UN, the White House, the World Bank, and Congress. She is a global advocate for migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people. Originally from Nigeria, Tolu was the first and only “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher…

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Palestine Solidarity Week

October 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This week of events, hosted by the Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, is devoted to an exploration of Palestine including film screenings, poetry, discussions, and more. Remaining events include:   Thursday October 17, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Know Your Rights with Palestine Legal, Social Sciences 119. Friday October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Keynote Address with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Social Sciences 111.   Hosted by Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.   October 11-18, 2019 Duke University

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Discussion: Careers in the Middle East

October 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Julie Maxwell, DISC Program Coordinator at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke will be joining us for a discussion on pathways to a potential career in the Middle East or related to Middle Eastern studies. Careers range from the public or private sector and are related to religious studies, cultural studies, international relations, public policy, national security, business, and more. Maxwell will discuss resume building as well as resources to connect students to these careers. Come join us…

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CANCELLED: A Conversation: “The Current Crisis within the Gulf” with Abdullah Baabood, National University of Singapore

October 18, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

**Event reschedule TBD Abdullah Baabood is currently a visiting professor at the Middle Institute, National University of Singapore and he has previously held the positions of the Director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University and the Director of the Gulf Research Center at the University of Cambridge, UK.  Abdullah’s teaching and research interest focus on the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their economic, social and political development as well as their external relations. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please…

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Palestine Solidarity Week

October 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This week of events, hosted by the Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, is devoted to an exploration of Palestine including film screenings, poetry, discussions, and more. Remaining events include:   Thursday October 17, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Know Your Rights with Palestine Legal, Social Sciences 119. Friday October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Keynote Address with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Social Sciences 111.   Hosted by Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.   October 11-18, 2019 Duke University

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Discussion: Borders and Brownies

October 20, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a Duke Association for the Middle East General Body Meeting and discussion on recent developments in the Syrian War. DAME seeks to increase Duke student engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region's history, culture, and politics, as well as to connect students to Duke resources in service of objective. Food will be served. For more information, visit here.   Sponsored by Duke Association for the Middle East.   Bostock Library, Edge Project Room…

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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 Nijad 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…

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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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Ackland Film Forum: The Blessed

October 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Sofia Djama, Qatar, 2017 Introductory Remarks by Juliane Hammer (History, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Algiers, a few years after the civil war. Amal and Samir have decided to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary in a restaurant. While on their way, their share their views on Algeria: Amal tells about lost illusions and Samir about the necessity to cope with them. At the same time, their son Fahim and his friends Feriel and Reda are wandering about in a hostile…

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November 2019

Book Talk: “Domestic Violence, Islam and Feminism: A Difficult Conversation” with Dr. Juliane Hammer

November 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. Juliane Hammer will be speaking at UNC on November 4th at 5:00 pm in the FedEx Global Education Center (room 4003) on her newest book Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts Against Domestic Violence. Through interviews with Muslim advocates, service providers and religious leaders, she details the different strategies that Muslim American organizations use to address domestic violence within their communities, and the effects that Islamophobia has on this important work. Dr. Hammer contends that in some instances in…

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Ackland Film Forum: Mussolini’s Sister

November 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Juna Suleiman, Palestine, 2018 Introductory Remarks by Yaron Shemer (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   In a documentary with a dash of fiction, we enter the mind of the elderly Hiam, a Palestinian woman from Nazareth. We see her at the hairdresser’s, waxing her upper lip and shuffling her way to bed. The mundanity of everyday life acquires extra layers of meaning because the filmmaker Juna Suleiman—her granddaughter—accompanies many scenes with internal monologues from Hiam. Gradually we gain a…

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CANCELED: 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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Panel Discussion: “Southbound: War and the Recreation of Culture”

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  How do we understand those who have been displaced by war? In this FSP@PPG panel discussion, we explore the roles that anthropological research, community-engaged language learning, and documentary photography play in how we view displaced persons and the new communities that they create. Cultural anthropologist Nadia El-Shaarawi will discuss the everyday lives of refugees in the Middle East, Europe, and Durham. Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies professor Maha Houssami will share her work connecting Duke students with resettled…

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Public Conversation with Rafiq Bhatia, Building Bridges: Muslims in America

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  A member of heralded experimental pop trio Son Lux, Rafiq Bhatia — a Raleigh native and the son of Muslim immigrant parents — joins Duke Music professor Anthony Kelley at The Pinhook for a discussion of his new project, Breaking English, which blends avant-jazz, soul, strings, electronics, and visual projections to create an enveloping piece of musical cinema.  A light lunch will be served – free and open to the public.   Rafiq Bhatia is presented as part of…

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Discussion: ISIS Status and Trajectory: A presentation by NCTC subject experts

November 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  NCTC subject experts will lead this timely discussion of ISIS - its status and trajectory. All are welcome but please register. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact pumphrey@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.   Thursday, November 7 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Hamilton Hall 569 UNC Chapel Hill

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Roundtable Discussion: The Life and Writings of Omar ibn Sayyid

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Please join us for a roundtable discussion focusing on the Arabic writings of Omar ibn Sayyid (1770-1864), who in 1831 wrote an autobiography in Arabic while enslaved in Bladen County, North Carolina.   The discussion and presentations will address over a dozen manuscripts about his enslavement from West Africa/ Senegal, his tumultuous life journey in the Carolinas, his Muslim faith and training in Islamic sciences, the Qur’an and the Bible and the controversy over the supposed conversion of Omar…

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Public Talk: Literary Tropes and Ambiguity in the Iranian Revolution

November 7, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  One of the important distinctions of the Iranian revolutionary movement was in the way it expressed itself through allegorical language of poetry and literature. Although a radical political discourse informed the movement, it was those symbolic references to "the good society" that generated an unprecedented mass participation in the revolution. Through an autobiographical contemplation, in this talk I would raise a number of historiographical questions on how to write a history of a revolution that allows us to capture…

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K-12 Twitter Chat: International Education Week

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate International Education Week by joining us for a special #NCisGlobal Twitter chat on November 7th from 8:00 - 9:00 PM!  This Twitter chat is co-hosted by the NCDPI Global Education Committee, UNC-Duke Consortium for Latin American And Caribbean Studies, Center for European Studies, Carolina Navigators, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Carolina Asia Center, and the African Studies Center! This chat will follow the Q1/A1 format. Use #NCisGlobal, #NCIEW, and @NCGlobalEd  to follow the conversation on your Tweetdeck or…

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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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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema” with Ehsan Sheikholharam

November 10, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a talk on “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema.” This is event is in Persian.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be a presentation by Ehsan Sheikholharam followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by…

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Global Careers Meet-and-Greet

November 12, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Interested in a career in the State Department, global non-profits, or international development? Join a conversation with two experts in global diplomacy and service, and learn about their career trajectories and what skills and experiences were most useful for their professional paths. This informal discussion will provide ample time for questions and networking. Light refreshments provided. For more information, please contact harver@email.unc.edu.   Speakers include: Annie Pforzheimer – Senior Associate at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Former Acting Deputy…

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Panel Discussion: “US-Taliban Negotiations: Background, Process, and Potential Impact”

November 12, 2019 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The US and the Taliban have been fighting for 18 years. While there have been a number of diplomatic attempts over the years to end the conflict, it was only in September 2019 that the Trump administration began public negotiations with the Taliban. What prompted the current US administration to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and why would the Taliban agree to talk? How was the connection made between the parties and what specifics were discussed in these meetings?…

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Ackland Film Forum: Women Without Men

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Shirin Neshat, Iran, 2009 Introductory Remarks by Ehsan Mashhadi (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Made in collaboration with her partner, filmmaker Shoja Azari, Neshat’s Women Without Men is an adaptation of the novel by Shahrnush Parsipur, a book banned in Iran by the censors of the Islamic Republic. Both novel and film recount the journeys of four single women of varying age and social status who wind up meeting in a garden outside of Tehran during the summer of 1953–the…

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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” series: “Painful Hope: An Israeli Settler and Palestinian Activist in Dialogue”

November 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Toy Lounge, UNC, Toy Lounge, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Israeli, and Shadi Abu Awwad, a Palestinian, as they share the successes and challenges of their groundbreaking grassroots organization, Roots: A Local Palestinian Israeli Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation. This event is part of the Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences initiative. Learn more at college.unc.edu/counteringhate.   Sponsored by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.   Wednesday, November 13 | 7:00  p.m. Toy Lounge, Dey Hall UNC Chapel Hill  

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Ackland Film Forum: 3000 Nights

November 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Mai Masri, Palestine, 2016 Introductory Remarks by Nadia Yacub (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Accused of helping a teenage boy on the run, newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, Layal finds herself incarcerated in a top security Israeli prison for Palestinian and Israeli women. After Layal discovers that she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her…

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December 2019

A Conversation: The Education of an Idealist with Samantha Power (former US Ambassador to UN)

December 3, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join AGS for the Fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture: AGS Director Peter Feaver will join Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the UN, in conversation to discuss her newly released memoir, "The Education of an Idealist." Power, who began her career as a war correspondent, is currently a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in…

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Residency: “Celebrating Queerness in Modern Turkey”

December 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - December 7, 2019 | 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This week-long experimental artist residency is meant to be a reminder that unheard voices and creativity play an outsized role in authentic community-building. Through the lived experiences of 3 Turkish queer activists and performers, the Duke community is offered a unique glimpse into how struggle and expression help intimately connect stories and lay the groundwork for sustainable community. Our residency will feature panel discussions, a film screening, drag workshop, drag show, and class visits all exploring how shameless creativity…

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January 2020

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez

January 12, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez, followed by live Persian music.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hossein Vaez followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored…

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“The Assassination of General Qasem Soleimani: Context and Implications for Iran and the United States” with Prof. Charles Kurzman (UNC)

January 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  On January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani. What do the United States, Iran, and the Middle East region gain and lose by the death of Gen. Soleimani? How will this impact US-Iran relations? Join us for a presentation by and Q&A with Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC. Prof. Kurzman is the author of The Missing…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Halaqa & Arabic Reception

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Arabic Program at Duke for “A Journey with the Oud into Arab Music” featuring Dr. Azeddine Chergui. Dr. Chergui will play the Oud and talk about its prominent role in Arab music. Come meet Arabic students and faculty at Duke. Free and open to the public. Dinner refreshments provided.   Sponsored by Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.   Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, room 240 John Hope Franklin Center Duke University

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