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March 2019

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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Lecture: “The Arab World between Revolution and Counterrevolution” with Hicham Alaoui

March 28, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Pendulum in Motion: Seven years since the Arab Spring, the prospects for Middle East democracy have diminished markedly. Popular forces mounted uprisings but most didn't follow through. Authoritarians regrouped and reorganized themselves under the mantle of “enlightened despotism”, whose projects to deliver order and modernity masked a deeper effort to destroy opposition and atomize societies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi exposes how this counterrevolutionary campaign has lost its footing. But the prospects for democracy remain precarious, particularly as democracy…

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Lecture: “At a Crossroads, A New Perspective on US Involvement in the Middle East” with Robert Satloff (Washington Institute)

March 28, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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AGS welcomes Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for a conversation surrounding U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, U.S. policy toward democratization and reform in the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sponsored by the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy. For more information, please visit here.   Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m. Sanford 05 Duke University

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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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Symposium: “The Postcolonial Middle East”

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The field of postcolonial studies remains a primary site of radical political and cultural critique within the global anglophone academy.  In response to the geopolitical conflicts and crises of our post-9/11 world, critics and scholars variously located within the field have in recent years begun to turn their attention towards ‘the Middle East’ as a crucial new area for postcolonial inquiry.  Prominent themes to have emerged in the scholarship on this area include the politics of neo-imperialism, terror, and warfare;…

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