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January 2019

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: A Masterclass in Iraqi Cuisine

January 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Association for the Middle East's first event of the semester, A Masterclass in Iraqi Cuisine, January 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Chef's Kitchen! We have partnered with the local refugee community to bring in Umm Mustafa from Iraq to have a free, interactive cooking class in the Chef's Kitchen, cooking dolma and kibbah, two traditional dishes. This will be the first in a monthly series of culinary class events, highlighting different cuisines from the Middle East and North Africa. This will be first-come, first-cook. Parking can…

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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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February 2019

Lecture: “Find True Love and Make it Last” with Haleh Banani

February 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Learn what it takes to attract the right person to marry and make the love last a lifetime. How do we build and maintain healthy relationships? What is it we should look for in a partner? What are the current crises we're facing in marriages? Come and listen to Haleh Banani, a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience, answer these questions and discuss relationships in Islam. Haleh Banani has her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with 20 years experience. She…

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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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Lecture: “Islam in the Modern World” with Omar Suleiman (Southern Methodist University)

February 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us for a discussion on what it means to navigate Islam in the modern world led by Imam Omar Suleiman! The talk will discuss how to navigate and overcome challenges faced by Muslims in America. It will be followed an interactive Q&A session. Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist, and speaker named one of "25 Muslims changing America" by CNN. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research professor of…

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March 2019

Lecture: “The Agony of Mosul Under and After ISIS: A Researcher’s Diary” with Noor Ghazi (UNC Greensboro)

March 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Noor Ghazi is a graduate student in the Peace and Conflict Study Program at UNC-Greensboro. Her research interest is focused on refugee, war displacement, and immigrants. She had recently co-authored an article that was published on the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis titled “Stuck Between War and Europe: Syrian refugees in Turkey”. She visited Mosul, the city in northern Iraq which was occupied by ISIS to film a documentary and shed light on life during and after ISIS. She was chosen to…

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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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Exhibit: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

March 7, 2019
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This exhibit runs until March 29, 2019 and is part of the Visualizing Afghanistan program that takes place at Duke University from Feb 13-15, 2019. Hours of the exhibit are from 9AM-5PM, Monday thru Friday. Closed on weekends. 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…

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Workshop: Chinese Arabic Calligraphy with Haji Noor Deen

March 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Hajji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang is an expert in Islamic calligraphy, specializing in the Sini style which originated from the Chinese Muslim tradition. Come learn the basics of calligraphy for FREE! You can also buy one of his art pieces and take it home as a gift for Spring Break. He will even write your name or the name of a loved one in this beautiful artistic style. Co-Sponsored by The Center for Muslim Life, Deen Arts Foundation, AMES Present, DISC,…

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Cultural Event: “Celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz”

March 9, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina & Persian Students Association at Duke University for a celebration of Nowruz. This event to celebrate the Persian New Year will feature original music by Siavash Pourfazli, Shahram Mazhari, and Hamed Tabkhi; Persian dance; choir; and readings from the Shahnameh. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; please be on time. The Duke Divinity School is located next to the main Duke Chapel; parking is available in the nearby garage next…

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Lecture: “The Challenge of Being an Afro-Italian Writer” with Igiaba Scego

March 18, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Award-winning Italian author, academic, activist, and journalist, Igiaba Scego has produced wide-ranging work that plays a vital role in current debates on Italy's colonial past, its sexist and racist legacy, and the identity of Italians of African origins. It also raises the question of fiction's place in these discussions. Her parents came to Italy from Somalia and many of her works concentrate on the identities of a Muslim black woman in Italy. Her recent novel Adua reveals the connections between…

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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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Film Screening: A Camera, No Veil: Iranian Women and Demonstrations 1979

March 20, 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 a special screening of the feminist documentary "Mouvement de liberation des femmes iraniennes annee zero" about the Iranian Women's protests in March 1979 & conversation with the French feminist and correspondent for Le Monde, Claudine Mulard who documented the demonstrations which started on International Women's Day March 8, 1979. Co-Sponsored by The Trent foundation; the Literature Department; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and FHI.  For more information, please visit here. Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University…

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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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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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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: Docunight #55 [Durham]: “October 13, 1937”

April 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

October 13, 1937 Directed by: Baktash Abtin | 2018 / 67 mins | Persian with English Subtitles “October 13, 1937” is a documentary about Iranian-Armenian maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor. He is one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Armenia and Iran. Tjeknavorian himself said the film is about a mad person, and "I have always said that the mad people make the world and the wise ruin it". "When I was told they were…

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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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Short Films: MADVO Collection (Jacques Madvo)

April 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In 2014, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) received a donation of a 200-reel collection of the films and outtakes of local documentary filmmaker Jacques Madvo. Madvo travelled the world from the 1960s to the 1980s, shooting 16mm footage that made its way into the People and Places documentaries he produced for TVO. The footage is a treasure trove of documentation of international culture and life from almost a half-century ago. With the assistance of an Initiatives Grant…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Political Islam, Justice and Governance”with Mbaye Lo (Duke)

April 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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“Political Islam, Justice and Governance” (Palgrave, 2019) argues that political Islam (represented by its moderate and militant forms) has failed to govern effectively or successfully due to its inability to reconcile its discursive understanding of Islam, centered on literal justice, with the dominant neo-liberal value of freedom. Consequently, Islamists’ polities have largely been abject, often tragic failures in providing a viable collective life and sound governance. This argument is developed theoretically and supported through a set of case studies represented…

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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
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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
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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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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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Lecture: “History of Persian Civilization from Avicenna to Hatef Esfahan and it’s Impact on the Western World” with Professor Masood Khatamee

April 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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GSAID and co-sponsors have invited Dr. Masood Khatamee, M.D., FACOG, for a lecture at Duke University. Dr. Khatamee is a Clinical Professor at New York University Medical Center (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Executive Director of Fertility Research Foundation in NY, NY. He will be talking about History of Medicine in Ancient Persia. Dr. Khatamee was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for his extensive work in educating under developed nations against the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Joining Dr.…

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Lecture: “The Media Matters : Muslim American Portrayals and the Effects on Mass Attitudes” with Professor Nazita Lajevardi, J.D./ Ph.D. (Michigan State University)

April 23, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Muslim Americans are increasingly racialized and may be experiencing a backlash in the American news media and by the public. No study to date, however, empirically assesses the sentiment of the news coverage of Muslim Americans over anextended period of time and evaluates its effects on mass attitudes. I address the following questions: How does the U.S. news media portray Muslim Americans in its coverage? And to what extent, do media portrayals impact American public opinion? I demonstrate that the media…

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Lecture: “Words and Other Materials: Fascist-Era Italian Architecture and Its Historiography,” with Mia Fuller (UC Berkeley and National Humanities Center) 

April 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mia Fuller is the author of Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (International Planning History Society Book Prize Winner), which marked a turning point in discussions of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, as well as of Italian colonialism. As suggested by her article titles, including "Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya," "The Medina and the Islamic City: Colonial Terms and Postcolonial Legacies," and "Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects' Designs in…

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May 2019

Film Screening: Docunight #56 [Durham]: Puzzleys

May 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Puzzleys Directed by: Mehdi Ganji 2017 / 70 mins Persian with English Subtitles "Puzzley" is the name of a four-member group of IT students who, in spite of suitable job opportunities and the opposition expressed by their families, want to start up their own business. Other than their education and determination, all they have is an idea. They need backing, experience and business knowledge, so they leave their small town to go to the capital city of Tehran to realize…

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June 2019

Docunight #57 [Durham]: Flax to Fire

June 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  "Flax to Fire” Directed by: Bahram Azimpour, 2017 / 52 mins Persian with English Subtitles   Flax to Fire depicts the life and work of Aliasghar Hajibaba, an elite Iranian industrialist and entrepreneur. Originally trained as a quiltmaker in his youth, he manages to start an independent business in the midst of a tumultuous life. With the help of his family, he successfully pursues his endeavors to the point that he eventually becomes known as a founder of Iran’s…

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September 2019

Film Screening: Docunight #60 [Durham]: Finding Farideh

September 4, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

#60: Finding Farideh Directed by: Kourosh Ataee, Azadeh Moussavi 2018 / 88 mins, Persian with English Subtitles Iran’s entry for the international feature film category in the 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars) in 2020. “Finding Farideh” is a feature-length documentary about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who had been abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran when she was 6 months old in 1976, and then she got adopted by a Dutch couple and left Iran to the Netherlands to…

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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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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
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  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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Cultural Event: MSA Fall Banquet

September 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Help us welcome in the year! Come for free food and stay for guest speaker Isra Chaker, a civil rights activist, campaigns and advocacy expert fun, and a public speaker, as well as group performances from Defmo, Raas, Duke Out of the Blue, and Amandla! There will also be an open mic section for anyone wanting to perform.   Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors…

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Discussion: “Start Up Nation: Cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States” with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

September 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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Join the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy for a conversation with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States. Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chairman of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and its Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab and the principal investigator on FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project. Her expertise includes cyber, military and political power, sanctions…

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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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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
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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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Film Screening: Docunight #61 [Durham]: The Broker

October 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - October 9, 2019 | 9:00 pm
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#61: The Broker, Directed by: Azadi Moghadam 2018 / 61 mins Persian with English Subtitles Inside this traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are determined to find their clients a husband — regardless of their personal feelings or preferences. Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it’s the man who gets to choose and that a woman without a spouse doesn’t have an identity. Even a…

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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
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  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
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**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
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  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
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  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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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
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  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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Conference: Cultures of Reading in the Ancient Mediterranean

October 28, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This international, interdisciplinary research program is an exploration of ancient "reading cultures" or "reading communities" that seeks to extend the work in William Johnson's Readers and Reading Cultures in the High Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Oxford University Press, 2010). This approach insists that scholars embed consideration of texts and text-based practices in the larger socio-cultural realities in which they gained currency. In this afternoon conference, four scholars, selected from a group who responded to an international call…

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November 2019

K-12 Workshop: Global North Carolina Bringing International Competencies to Teachers & Classrooms

November 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Expand global competencies and area studies knowledge in this one-day workshop. Sessions will address immigration trends, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, as well as diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of different global communities in North Carolina, preparing teachers to navigate global issues in the classroom. Workshop is free of cost; CEUs available. Space is limited; we have reached capacity for this program with our current registrants. Please complete this form to be added to the waiting list for the workshop. Sponsored by the…

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

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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  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
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  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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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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Film Screening: Docunight #62 [Durham]: Homework

November 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  Homework, Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami, 1989 / 86 mins, Persian with English Subtitles   "Homework" is a documentary Abbas Kiarostami directed in 1989 after realizing he was having difficulties assisting his son with his homework. Kiarostami interviewed young male students at a local school to find out what kind of problems kids faced completing their homework, which in Iran requires a great deal of parental assistance (or did at the time). For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by…

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Performance: Rafiq Bhatia Breaking English, Building Bridges: Muslims in America

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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  A member of heralded experimental pop trio Son Lux, Rafiq Bhatia — a Raleigh native and the son of Muslim immigrant parents — was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most intriguing figures in music today.” The guitarist and composer’s 2018 album Breaking English finds a visceral common ground between ecstatic avant-jazz, mournful soul, tangled strings and building-shaking electronics, using surprise and contrast to fuel a meticulous, hybrid style all his own. It’s an enveloping piece of musical cinema, demonstrating just how challenging and exciting Bhatia’s songcraft can be…

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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
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  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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History Colloquium: “The Throne of Syria – Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order” with Adam Mestyan (Duke) and Michael Provence (UC San Diego)

November 13, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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  The third history department colloquium this fall will feature Adam Mestyan and Michael Provence, visiting from UC San Diego. Professor Mestyan will be presenting a draft article titled “The Throne of Syria - Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order," which will be the fifth chapter of his forthcoming monograph, Modern Arab Kingship. Professor Mestyan will be in conversation with Professor Provence, who is sharing the introduction and fourth chapter of his book, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle…

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Film Screening: Bollywood film – Raazi

November 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Raazi  - राज़ी/ راازی 2018, 140 minutes, Hindi/subtitles Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal   Raazi (willing) is a story of a Kashmiri girl who agrees to marry a Pakistani army officer in order to spy on Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. It is based on the novel "calling Sehmat." by Harinder Sikka. Chai and samosas will be served. For more information, contact Kusum Knapczyk, Ph.D.  at kusum.knapczyk@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Hindi program in AMES and Duke…

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Lecture: Rudnick lecture welcomes David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari

November 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the annual Rudnick lecture proudly welcomes David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari, senior fellows at The Washington Institute. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the event.   David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze…

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Workshop: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia 101

November 20, 2019 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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  Join the Center for Muslim Life for our inaugural training on Muslims and Islamophobia. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. The learning objectives include: 1) To recognize stereotypes of Muslims and understand the diversity of racial backgrounds, practices, and experiences of US Muslims 2) To understand the critical role Islam and Muslims have played in the history of the US 3) To identify the…

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Lecture: Colonizing Imagination: Early Photography and Palestine with Professor Issam Nassar

November 22, 2019 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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  This lecture will focus on the representation of Palestine in early photographic practices and will reflect on how such representation might have played a role in constructing and image of Palestine as a land that needs to be redeemed.   Dr. Issam Nassar is a professor of Middle East history at Illinois State University and author of a number of books and essays on early photography in Palestine and the Ottoman world including a forthcoming new co-authored book: Camera…

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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
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  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
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  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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Film Screening: #63: The Story of Boulevard / The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan

December 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  #63: The Story of Boulevard / The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan Directed by: Davood Ashrafi / Sam Kalantari 2019 / 2015 / 40 / 32 mins Persian with no subtitles The Story of Boulevard is a documentary about Keshavarz Boulevard, one of Tehran’s important streets, The film is in effect a line-up of histories, events, and narratives of the place and it’s deep-rooted desires and contradictions waxing and waning, a course that makes Boulevard a collective belonging. Davood…

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January 2020

Seminar: “Mainstream and Popular Ottoman-era Muslim Apocalypses” with David Cook (Rice University)

January 9, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The first Providential Modernity seminar of the spring 2020 semester will be held from 1:00-2:30PM on Thursday, January 9, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke Building, room 101). The seminar will feature David Cook (Religion, Rice University) discussing his project, “Mainstream and popular Ottoman-era Muslim apocalypses.” There has been comparatively little work on Ottoman apocalyptic narratives, other than Cornell Fleischer’s work on imperial apocalypse. This lecture and discussion will focus upon several apocalyptic narratives chosen because of their representative nature of the material overall.…

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Film Screening: “Synonyms” 2019 | Nadav Lapid

January 16, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  "Synonyms" (Nadav Lapid, 2019, 123 min, France/Israel, French & Hebrew w/ subtitles, Color, DCP)   Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Synonyms" features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Halaqa & Arabic Reception

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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  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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Candlelight Vigil

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke for a candlelight vigil in memory of flight PS-752 victims. For more information, contact me@emamian.com.   Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.   Duke Chapel lawn Duke University

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Lecture: “Religion and State in Israel: The End of the Status Quo” with Tomer Persico (UC Berkeley)

January 19, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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  Religion and State relations were never simple in Israel, yet over the last three decades they've entered a dramatic overhaul. The famous "Status Quo", agreed between Ben-Gurion and the Ultra-Orthodox in 1947, is today a dead letter, highlighting the growing gap between public opinion in Israel and the formal word of the law. The Chief Rabbinate has lost public legitimacy, and diverse "Judaisms" challenge the traditional divisions in Israeli society. We shall examine the social conditions for these developments,…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Conversations with Duke’s Religious Life Leaders featuring Brother Joshua Salaam (Duke University)”

January 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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  This conversation will feature Chaplain Joshua Salaam from the Center for Muslim Life. The discussion will include the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. For more information, visit here. Joshua Salaam is the Director and Chaplain at the Duke University Center for Muslim Life. Before starting at Duke in July 2018, Joshua worked with youth and families for 11 years at one of the largest Muslim communities in America. His diverse background gives him…

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