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February 2017

Film Screening: “Under the Same Sun” with Sameh Zoabi in attendance

February 22, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Bingham Hall, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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The film is set in the near future and it looks back on how peace was made between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the story of two businessmen - one Palestinian and one Israeli - who struggle to set up a solar energy company. The film tells how they handle the hostility for collaboration from their respective communities. Filmmaker, Sameh Zoabi, will be in attendance. This event is the second in a series titled: “Language and Cultural Encounters: Arabs &…

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March 2017

Turkey Today Spring Lecture Series: “Feeling” the State: Alternative States and Territories of the Turkish-Muslim Diaspora in Germany with Devran Öcal

March 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In their current research, graduate student Devran Koray Öcal and adviser, Dr. Banu Gökarıksel, examine how the Turkish Islamic Union of Religious Affairs impacts the construction of  a Sunni Muslim Turkish community, identity, and space in Germany. In conjunction with faculty advisor Dr. Gökarıksel, Devran received a faculty-graduate student joint research award from CES in 2016. Join us for a presentation on the research findings. Devran Koray Öçal is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at UNC-CH. His research focuses on transnational…

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Performance: Ajoka Theatre | Dara

March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Known for staging socially critical performances, Pakistan’s renowned Ajoka Theatre is committed to ideals of peace and tolerance. Shahid Nadeem’s spellbinding play Dara tells the dramatic story of Dara Shikoh—eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. A crown prince, poet, painter and Sufi, Dara wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. Exploring the violent struggle between brothers, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara…

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Duke-UNC Islamic & Middle East Studies Graduate Student Conference: “Affect in Dissent: Past and Present”

March 4, 2017 - March 5, 2017
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Muslims across the globe - from the Middle East, North America, South Asia, and beyond - have been in constant engagement with the changing material and social conditions of human experience. The conference will explore the multiple ways that Muslims in various places have confronted and objected to these conditions historically and in the present. These changing conditions have been evaluated from a variety of vantage points, whether through sociological, theological, economic, historical, or artistic means. Studies of affect, comportment,…

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Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat: “The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the New US Administration”

March 6, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As the new US administration begins to interact with the Middle East region, and with Palestine and Israel specifically, what are some of the main challenges and potential successes Palestinians could face in the near future? What type of relationship can Palestinian leaders expect to have with the new administration? And what can be done to revive the political process and achieve peace? Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat of the PLO Delegation to the Unites States will share his thoughts and answer questions…

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Egypt: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

March 18, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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In collaboration with the African Studies Center and Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations Archaeologist Jennifer Gates-Foster will discuss how life in Egypt changed during the era of Greek and Roman rule (4th century BC-7th century AD). She will discuss changes in the administration and organization of the country and its cities, including Alexandria, as well as the transformations that took in religious practices, domestic settings and burial customs. Next, author and Arabic scholar, Doria El-Kerdany, will…

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Humanities Happy Hour: American Anxiety & Islamic Terrorism with Professor Charles Kurzman

March 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Top of the Hill – Back Bar, 100 East Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Join Professor of Sociology, Charles Kurzman at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on January 18 for Humanities Happy Hour. During this free casual event, Dr. Kurzman will discuss why American fears of Islamic terrorism are often exaggerated. Come raise a glass with one of Carolina’s finest faculty. Free snacks and a little bit of knowledge! For more information, visit http://humanities.unc.edu/event/humanities-happy-hour-american-anxiety-islamic-terrorism/. Sponsored by the UNC Program in the Humanities.

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Performance: Martha Graham Dance Company

March 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm - March 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Hailed for its commitment to the leading edge of modern dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs adventurous new works created by some of today’s top dance-makers side by side with the most profound and influential choreography by Martha Graham. Often compared with Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel, this revolutionary artist is an icon of 20th-century modernism. The Company embodies her uniquely American style of dance, which has influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide. This program features a CPA Commissioned Work by choreographer…

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Global Projects Showcase Lunch

March 28, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map
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Want to travel next summer? Looking to fund your global project? Enjoy a showcase of students’ research, experiences and travel stories from a variety of fields and global destinations. Learn more about past international summer projects the Center for Global Initiatives has funded from the students themselves. Lunch will be provided. This showcase will feature the following speaker and additional speakers TBD: – Jalyn McNeal, Global Studies major, Passport to Go! awardee and Foreign Language and Area Studies Award recipient…

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Performance: Sounds of Kolachi

March 31, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, the new 10-piece supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) blurs raga and western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. In this instantly listenable ensemble, South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs. Like the West’s Son Lux…

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April 2017

Lecture | Russia and Turkey: Between Cooperation and Discord, Dimitar Bechev (CSEEES Fellow)

April 3, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Drawing on his forthcoming book entitled Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press), CSEEES Fellow Dimitar Bechev will explore the complex political, security, and economic ties between Russia and Turkey. Starting from the early 1990s, the two former imperial rivals have developed a pragmatic relationship based on growing levels of interdependence in the area of energy as well as on converging foreign policy preferences. They have sought to minimize conflicts and frictions in the Black Sea region, the Balkans, and…

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Conference: GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

April 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Do you have plans to go abroad? Are you considering having a global opportunity? You should attend GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics. The free conference helps students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for community engagement, and develop intercultural competencies. The conference covers interdisciplinary topics for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether you have been abroad 100 times or this is your first time considering a global opportunity, come join us for a day full of…

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Performance: Sanam Marvi

April 12, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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With enthralling performances that draw deeply from one of the world’s great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s next inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk and Sufi texts. A vocal warrior for tolerance, pirituality and peace, her renditions balance immediacy and elegant ornamentation, lending new light to a cherished repertoire of Sufi, Ghazal, qawwali and folk songs. An in-demand artist too rarely heard outside émigré circles, this rising star’s revelatory interpretations of the sub-continent’s mystics reach across cultural borders…

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Carolina Gender, War and Culture Studies Series | Islamic State, Women and Violence: Dr. miriam cooke

April 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 | 5:30–7:00 pm • UNC Chapel Hill • Hamilton Hall 569 The millennial association of rape and war was challenged in 2001 when the ICTY decreed that rape in war constituted a crime against humanity. Although men in all parts of the world at war have not been dissuaded from attacking women and men sexually, their actions are now more likely to be publicized and sometimes even prosecuted. Above all, victims are no longer always shamed…

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