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February 2020

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

February 22, 2020 | 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 on Saturday, February 22, 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 Saleem Ahmad (1927-1983). Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or…

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Documentary Screening & Discussion: The Romey Lynchings

February 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a screening of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about prejudice and racial violence against Arab immigrants in the United States. Produced by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were indicative of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Lebanese immigrants who came to America to work and build a…

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Krasno Global Events Lecture Series: “Ambassadors Forum- On the Brink of War?: Conflict and Rivalry in the Middle East”

February 25, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Krasno Global Events series for a talk & discussion with two former U.S. ambassadors based in the Middle East; Ambassador David Litt (U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, 1995-1998), and and Ambassador Marc Sievers (U.S. ambassador to Oman, 2016-2019). The event will be moderated by Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill). ​The Krasno Events Series is a series of regular lectures, talks and discussions at UNC-Chapel Hill to enhance our understanding and comprehension of global affairs, past and…

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Global Career Night

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

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Open House: International Students, Scholars, and Faculty

February 27, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  International students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the UNC College of Arts & Sciences for an open house on February 27, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Global health scares, new federal travel policies, and international geopolitical tensions have prompted questions and concerns. The College, ISSS, and student support offices will come together to share information, review resources, and answer queries – and have some cookies.   Sponsored by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences.   FedEx Global…

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Conference: “Who Speaks for Islam? Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” – 17th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference in Middle East and Islamic Studies

February 29, 2020
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The 17th Annual Duke-UNC conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. This year’s conference “Who Speaks for Islam?: Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” will be held in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Keynote speaker Professor Kecia Ali will speak to gendered citational politics and structures of authority within the academy.   For more information, please visit the conference website. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium…

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March 2020

KF Sephardic Studies Lecture: “Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora” with Devi Mays (University of Michigan)

March 2, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Devi Mays received her BA in Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her PhD in History and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2013.  Dr. Mays works on transnational Jewish networks in the Mediterranean and global contexts, with a focus on Sephardic Jews.   Her dissertation, “Transplanting Cosmopolitans: The Migrations of Sephardic Jews to Mexico, 1900-1934,” deals with Sephardic migrants between the Ottoman Empire, its successor states, and Mexico, studying the transnational identities,…

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

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

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Seminar: “Reciprocity in Business-Government Relations: A Comparative Perspective—Turkey, Japan, and France” with Patrick Fridenson (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

March 16, 2020 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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On Monday, March 16, 3:30-5:00, in Hamilton 569, Professor Patrick Fridenson (of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) will offer a seminar on his current research: “Reciprocity in Business-Government Relations: A Comparative Perspective—Turkey, Japan, and France.” Professor Patrick Fridenson has taught at a number of American universities. His research deals with the strategies, innovations, ethics, structures, and performances of business enterprises in relation to consumers and to the regulatory and social environment in international perspective. He has published extensively…

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Nowruz Celebration

March 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Student Research Forum at 1:00 p.m. Reception at 2:00 p.m. Lecture at 3:00 p.m.   Enjoy traditional refreshments in recognition of the Persian New Year. Program will feature student presentations and a talk, “The Last Iranian Americans? Bans, Sanctions, and Immigrant Disintegration,” by Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto.   Sponsored by the UNC Libraries, co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.   Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room UNC Chapel Hill

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

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

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K-12 Teacher Training: Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Orientation

March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a funded, eight-month intensive fellowship for teachers to explore Middle Eastern and African history, cultures, and diaspora through structured experiential learning experiences across North Carolina. Running March to December 2020, this program aims to enhance teacher expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies in part by making relevant connections to local communities. Participation is  through competitive application process.   Participants will attend a two-day orientation workshop, Friday, March 20…

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Symposium: Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora

March 28, 2020 | 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This one-day symposium is an attempt to provide a safe space for public discussions of the nuances around discourses of love and desire in modern Iran, challenging and contributing to the dominant discourses on key topics. From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one…

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April 2020

17th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference: Voices of Peace

April 4, 2020 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us on 4 April 2020 for the 17th Annual Rotary Spring Conference. The theme this year is "Voices of Peace". Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research and sharing examples of hope, peace-making, and positive change from every corner of the world. The conference will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus, from 8.30 am to 4:00 pm. Parking will be available for free in the McCauley Parking Deck,…

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Film Screening: Tel Aviv on Fire

April 9, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC Department of Asian Studies for a screening of Tel Aviv on Fire, a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama satire film directed by Sameh Zoabi and co-written by Zoabi and Dan Kleinman. The film premiered internationally at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, where Kais Nashef won the Best Actor award. The Israeli premiere was at the Haifa International Film Festival, where the film won the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards. The film directly and intelligently addresses sensitive topics related…

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Public Talk: “Help a Woman, Help the Planet” with Annie Griffiths

April 14, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Photographer Annie Griffiths will present a 60-minute talk entitled Help a Woman, Help the Planet, followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. Guest Speaker: Annie Griffiths | National Geographic Photographer | Founder and Executive…

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