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January 2019

Study Abroad Fair

January 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Study Abroad Fair has representatives from all over the world, study abroad staff, and past study abroad students are available to answer your questions about studying almost anywhere in the world! Come and see what opportunities await you! The Study Abroad Office will also staff a general information table just inside the entrance to the fair. Please come prepared with questions! Note: The Study Abroad Office in the FedEx Global Education Center will be closed the day of the…

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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

Seminar: Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration. This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities. We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated…

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Lecture: “Cyclical Sanctity and Ismaili Identity: A Framework for Rethinking Conversion to Shi’I Islam in the Iranian World” by Dr. Daniel Beben (Nazarbayev University)

February 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

How are minority religious communities able to successfully endure and proselytize under adverse conditions of persecution? Through analyzing the Ismaili Shi’i community of Central Asia, Dr. Beben will investigate the inter-related practices of patronage and the elaboration of religious conversion narratives connected with Ismaili saints, demonstrating how these practices intersect within a process of appropriation and re-appropriation to address  the paradox of why Ismailism is a literary and intellectual tradition that has its deepest roots in “peripheral” regions. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: “Blood and Oil”

February 25, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Global Studies Students Association for the Middle East installment of this semester's documentary series! Anyone interested in learning and understanding the timeline of events that has lead us to the modern day conflict in the Middle East should watch this film created by Marty Callaghan. 'Blood and Oil' is a detailed account about the motivation behind the birth of the Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil. It examines the devastating conflicts and Western political intrigue that laid the…

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Lecture: “How Peshawar revived Bukhara’s Sanctity: The Remarkable Story of Hazrat Jio Sahib Peshawari (d. 1816)” with Waleed Ziad (Yale University)

February 28, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

From the mid-18th century,  the political landscape of the Persianate world underwent dramatic transformations. While decentralized states gradually emerged across Central Asia, the Durrani Afghans began carving out an empire from eastern Iran to north India. This turbulent period also witnessed the proliferation of an intricate network of shrines, Sufi centers, and madrasas associated with the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (lit., ‘revivalist’) Sufi order, which had originated in the Mughal heartlands. This talk will focus on the career of one of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi scholars-saints…

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March 2019

16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Muslims, Motherland, and Minoritization”

March 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This conference aims to explore how categorization by governing bodies create and influence ethno-religious identities as a component of subjecthood. Questions to explore include: How do the state and other actors influence religious and/or racial minority identity? What roles do power, gender, race, and sexuality play in these identity formations? How have standards of normativity been constructed and projected onto Muslim bodies? The conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. Free…

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Lecture: “Interreligious Polemics, Anti-Sufism, and Shī‘ī Intellectual History in Late Safavid Iran: the Contribution of ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām (d. early 18th C.)” with Alberto Tiburcio (Philipps University of Marburg)

March 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Interreligious polemics, especially those from the post-classical period, are often dismissed as formulaic and unoriginal, with no more than a fringe testimonial value. In this talk, Alberto Tiburcio will argue that the polemical work of the Portuguese-born convert ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām offers us a unique window into various facets of religious, political, and intellectual life in late Safavid Iran. Jadīd al-Islām’s work responds to a polemical cycle that linked late seventeenth/early eighteenth century Iran to early seventeenth century India…

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REEL Israel Documentary Film Festival

March 10, 2019 - March 14, 2019
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed films that explore Israel from angles rarely seen in the news: heart-wrenching stories about family and friendship, life and death, and revelations of the past. Films were selected by Duke University Professor and film scholar Shai Ginsburg. Several post-film discussions will be scheduled with Professor Ginsburg and other scholars. For more information, showtimes, and to purchase tickets please visit here or call 919-929-8428. Seating is limited. Films: The Ancestral Sin, 2017 (88 minutes). A film by Doron…

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Lecture: “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements” with Dr. Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

March 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sitterson Hall (Computer Science Bldg), UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As part of Syria Solidarity Month, Students Organize for Syria at UNC presents “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements,” by Dr. Charles Kurzman. Dr. Kurzman is a professor of sociology and co-director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies. He has written extensively about the Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Syrian Revolution. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm in Sitterson Hall to learn more about how the history…

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Community Event: Interfaith Vigil for Christchurch

March 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the UNC Muslim Student Association for an interfaith vigil honoring those who lost their lives in the New Zealand mosque mass shooting. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Student Association. The Pit UNC Chapel Hill

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Conference: Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip,…

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Cultural Event: Festival of Spring 2019, Nowruz Concert

March 23, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special Nowruz celebration. Celebrating Nowruz and appreciating members of our community for their outstanding service and dedication for promoting our culture and heritage! The event will feature Persian music and dance with the Delbaan Ensemble. Free Parking available at the end of Bell Tower Dr. This is a ticketed event. $50 VIP, $25 General Admission; $10 Students. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Ms. Maria Thoenen (919) 280-8256,mathoenen@gmail.com,…

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Cultural Event: Norooz (Persian New Year)

March 24, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Persian Cultural Society for a Norooz (Persian New Year) celebration on Sunday, March 24 from 5:30-9:30 PM in the Great Hall of the Student Union. Enjoy a diverse program of performances, a delicious Iranian dinner, and dancing at the end of the night. There will be a DJ! Come support our performers and engage in our vibrant, long-lasting traditions! Tickets: $15 - Kids (Aged ≤ 18) + Students (with valid ID) | $30 - Adults – to purchase tickets, visit here.…

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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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Cultural Event: Oriental Dance Workshop

March 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Arabic program at UNC Chapel Hill for an evening of Arabic snacks  (Maamoul with dates, Zeit wa Zaatar & Pita & olives, Halva, tea....etc.) and an oriental dance workshop with Ana Bennet. Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program. New West, Room 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Sufism in the Delhi Sultanate as a “Social Field”: An Experimental Approach for Analyzing the Sociocultural History of Sufism” with Prof. Ayako Ninomiya (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo)

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This presentation is a brief introduction of a larger project to analyze the development of Sufism as a composite of social and cultural institutions during the Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526 CE), through applying a set of “thinking tools” of Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The presentation defines Sufism during the Delhi Sultanate period as a field, i.e., a ‘social space’ – like, for example, politics, education, arts, science – which is relatively autonomous from other fields and has its own unique…

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April 2019

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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A Conversation: “Refugee Access to Education Through Digital Solutions” with Heba Ledwon (Kiron Open Higher Education)

April 2, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, 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 labour markets. Particularly, her previous position as a policy officer and credential evaluator at the Standing…

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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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Panel Workshops: Global Brexit and the Lost Futures of European Empires

April 4, 2019 - April 6, 2019
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join us in discussing global responses to the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit from the European Union, and in exploring the historical context of these events. The keynote panel will take place April 4, and workshop panels from April 4-6. For the full schedule and more information, please visit here. Middle East-related panels include: Panel Four | Friday, April 5 | 3:45-6:15pm: Promised Lands: the longue durée in the Middle East | FedEx Global Education Center, 4003 Panelists: Jon Parry (Prof. of Modern…

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Lecture: “Whither Sephardic Music” with Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

April 4, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As Sephardic studies develop with great impetus as a new field within American Jewish Studies the question of how musicology participates in them remains open. Surveying the present state of Sephardic music research, this lecture will explore some future prospects in this area of musical inquiry not only in its Jewish contexts but beyond them, in Hispanic and world music perspectives. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. For more information, please visit here.…

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Lecture: “Alexander in Jerusalem: A Brief Survey” with Ory Amitay (University of Haifa)

April 8, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The extensive body of research on the story of Alexander's visit to Jerusalem, made up in antiquity and persistently popular ever since, has been focused so far mainly on the version of Josephus. The Alexander in Jerusalem project takes a different approach, giving an equal share of attention also to the epsilon recension of the Alexander Romance and to two distinctly different rabbinic versions. The talk will offer a brief survey of conclusions concerning the chronology and tendencies of the…

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Lecture: “A Fair Start for Children, ACEV’s Experiences in Program Replication in Turkey and Internationally” with Suna Hanöz-Penney

April 11, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

FPG is pleased to welcome Suna Hanöz-Penney with the Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV) in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work involves building and maintaining collaborative partnerships, while she manages the transfer and implementation of ACEV’s educational programs through partnerships with local organizations in numerous countries including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Lao PDR, and Brazil. Her work focuses on both designing and supervising the early intervention programs for children and families implemented at both the national and international fields. Suna, has co-authored ACEV’s Preschool…

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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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Cultural Event: Dabka Dance رقص الدبكة

April 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Join the UNC Arabic program for a dabke dance event with the UNC Debka dance team & Rawad Nasralla (Lebanese Debka), a Levantine folk dance performed by many people across the Middle East. Tea and Arabic Snacks will be served. Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program. For more information, please contact Doria El Kerdany,elkerdan@email.unc.edu.   New West 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Youssou Ndour: A Griot Sufi Poet” with Prof. Mamarame Seck (IFAN, Dakar, Senegal)

April 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Graham Memorial 39, 2204 Erwin Rd
Durham, 27705
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Dr. Seck is a researcher in the Department of Languages and Civilizations at IFAN (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Among his research interests are the Wolof language, culture, French linguistics, Islamic discourses in West Africa and the functions of Sufi oral discourse in the practice of Islam in Senegal, in particular in the socialization of Sufi disciples and their relationship with the Shaykh. Free.   Please contact Ayana Brown ayanab@email.unc.edu for more information. Sponsored by the…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

April 20, 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 on Saturday April 20, 2019 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 Khumar Barabankvi (1919-1999), Urdu poet and lyricist. 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. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian…

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Lecture: “Going West to Find the “East”: Japanese Architect Itō Chūta’s Travels Throughout the Ottoman Empire and His Thought on “Oriental / Tōyō” Architecture” with Miyuki Aoki Girardelli (University of Toronto)

April 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Itō Chūta (1867-1954), the architect who created the Japanese word “Kenchiku” as a translation of the English word “Architecture” in Meiji Japan, is also the first historian of Japanese architecture. On 29 March 1904 he embarked on a world trip lasting 3 years and 3 months to prove his own theory. During his trip passing through China, Burma, Malay, India, the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the United States, Itō Chūta gradually changed his thoughts and started to think about what…

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Lecture: “When power symmetry doesn’t advance negotiations: Discussing the failure of the peace process between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 2009-2015” with Arin Y. Savran (University of Notre Dame)

April 24, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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= In 2006 secret talks began between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK rebels with the aim of negotiating a political solution to the armed struggle. The negotiations lead to significant progress that concluded in a ceasefire and PKK withdrawal from Turkey. In 2014 the process arrived at a turning point as the consequences of the war in Syria reconfigured the power dynamics between the two sides, ultimately leading to the collapse of the ceasefire in the summer of 2015. The Turkey-PKK case challenges conventional wisdom on…

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Cultural Event: Eritrean Fashion Show

April 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This dinner and fashion show will support women’s empowerment projects in Eritrea. The event will raise funds to support women empowerment through the development of a Women's Training Center in Eritrea, seeking to improve adult literacy, computer skills, and leadership for Eritrean women. Admission price includes traditional Eritrean food. Advanced tickets: $15 for 2 people, $10 for 1. Door tickets: $20 for 2 people, $12 for 1. Purchase advanced tickets by emailing htesfas1@live.unc.edu. Dinner will be served 6:00-7:00pm, with…

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May 2019

Performance: Zara

May 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Zara is a one person show about race, religion, and identity in the American South. Andrew Aghapour was raised by immigrant parents in a multi-racial and multi-religious household. Zara is a comedic account of an anxious, asthmatic Muslim kid’s search for meaning and the chance encounters that impacted him. Drawing on personal stories, philosophy, and the history of monotheism, Zara is a story about how identity is inherited and remade in 21st-century America. The project won the Durham Arts Council’s Catalyst Grant, a program supported by…

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July 2019

Weekend Seminar: Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order. This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in…

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August 2019

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

August 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday August 17, 2019 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 Jigar Moradabadi (1890-1960), Urdu poet and ghazal writer. 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…

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Kaplan-Bruer Lecture: “How Biblical Poetry Works” with Jacqueline Vayntrub, Yale University 

August 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  What makes the poetry of the Bible different from other ancient poetic traditions? Placed in its ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean context, Professor Vayntrub highlights the unique characteristics of biblical poetry and shows how novices and experts alike can appreciate the beauty and insights of these texts. Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School and affiliated faculty in Judaic Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its…

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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

UNC Study Abroad Fair

September 6, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This study abroad fair showcases study abroad opportunities at UNC. Participants include: Dozens of representatives from partner programs Faculty members leading upcoming study abroad programs Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors and other UNC students who have studied abroad Campus partners from: Office of Scholarships and Student Aid Center for Global Initiatives Honors Carolina International Travel Clinic and more!   Sponsored by the UNC Study Abroad Office. For more information, visit here.   Student Union Great Hall UNC Chapel Hill

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

September 14, 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 on Saturday, September 14, 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 Nasir Kazmi (1925-1972), Urdu poet from Pakistan and one of the renowned poets of his era. 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. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: The Life and Poetry of Wise Sanai with Maryam Tabibzadeh

September 15, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on Sanai, a Persian poet who lived in Ghazni between the 11th century and the 12th century in ancient Iran. 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 Maryam Tabibzadeh followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the…

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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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Conference: TISS Twentieth Anniversary New Faces Conference

September 20, 2019 - September 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Join the Triangle Institute for Security Studies for the Twentieth Annual New Faces Conference. The event includes a presentation on Friday, September 20, 11:25am – 12:35 pm, on “The Lebanese Wars: Civil Conflict and International Intervention, 1975-85” by Emily Whalen, Harvard University (International History). Faculty Discussant: Paul Chamberlin, Columbia University (History) NF 2009. Graduate Student Discussant: Robert Allred, Duke University (Political Science). Chair:  Bruce Jentleson, Duke University (Political Science).   Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. For…

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Exhibition: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

September 20, 2019 | 8:00 am - December 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  During this critical time for Iran and the Arab world, as national and personal identities are being dismantled and rebuilt, contemporary photography reflects the complexities of unprecedented change. One of the most significant trends to emerge is the work of women photographers, whose remarkable and provocative images provide insights into new cultural landscapes, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern and Arab identity. “She Who Tells a Story” brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists,…

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Webinar: Information on the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

September 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  uncJoin us September 23 for a webinar to learn more about how teachers can get student teams involved in the Learning through Languages High School Symposium, held December 5 at UNC Chapel Hill. Team applications are due in October, and those wanting to find out more details can register for the webinar using this form. In this research competition, NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment.…

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K-12 Educator Open House featuring “She Who Tells a Story”

September 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Explore the She Who Tells a Story exhibition and the Ackland’s collection during this special evening for educators! Engage with area educators and Museum staff in conversation about the art, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and take a tour of the exhibition. Participants will leave with teaching ideas to use in the classroom or in the Museum. All grade levels and disciplines welcome! She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab…

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October 2019

Panel Discussion: Careers and Graduate Schools in Public and International Affairs

October 3, 2019 | 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 an information session about graduate programs in international affairs and meet representatives from the following four professional graduate schools: Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The format for the information session will include a five-minute presentation by each admissions representative about the distinctive characteristics of each program, a group question…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 5, 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 on Saturday, October 5, 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 Ahmed Faraz (1931-2008), widely known as one of the best modern Urdu poets of the last century. 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…

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Workshop: More in Common

October 5, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States

  This workshop for student leaders, staff, and faculty will feature Heval Kelli and Chris Buckley, two unlikely friends from Clarkston, Georgia. Heval, a former Kurdish Refugee and now a cardiologist, and Chris, a small town Georgia native and US military veteran of the Iraq War, have developed an impactful friendship and now speak with communities about combating hate and bridging divides. There is a documentary film being made about the pair: https://www.clarkstonfilm.com/. Heval and Chris will share their experiences and then…

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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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Discussion: Through Her Lens: Modern Arab Women Telling Their Stories through Art and Literature

October 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum to explore the ways in which Modern Arab Women are speaking out through art and literature. Celebrate female storytellers with Nadia Yaqub, professor of Asian Studies, in a lively discussion of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English. Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programming, will then guide us through their newest exhibition, She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran…

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Performance: Munni Begum Ghazal and Qawwali

October 11, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join world-renowned vocalist Munni Begum for a live concert, SHAAM-E GHAZAL (an evening of song). Munni Begum is a Pakistani ghazal singer. She began her career as a singer in Karachi in the 1970s and released her first album of ghazals in 1976. For information, contact Afroz Taj at 919-999-8192 or taj@unc.edu. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center with funding from The UNC Performing Arts Special Activities Fund and the South Asia Faculty Working Group. Hanes Art Center Auditorium UNC Chapel…

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UNC World View K-12 Global Education Symposium: The Sustainable Development Goals: Classroom Connections

October 16, 2019 - October 17, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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In 2015 almost 200 governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to guide what must be done to improve the health and well-being of the world’s population. During UNC World View’s 2019 annual global education symposium educators will explore the 17 global goals and their importance. Educators will leave with strategies for integrating global content across curriculum and other global education resources. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Jackson, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Education at Asia Society Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2019…

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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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Work Abroad Workshop: International Job Search Strategies

October 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Students: interested in working in a foreign country after graduating? Come plan your strategy for landing a job abroad. Bring a laptop to this hands-on workshop and learn how to market yourself and target countries where your skills would be most useful. Roderick Lewis, Senior Associate Director of University Career Services, will lead the session and share his experiences working in various countries. For more information, visit here.   Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Global Initiatives.   FedEx…

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Artist Talk: Photographer Rania Matar

October 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Rania Matar is a Lebanese/Palestinian/American documentary, portrait and fine art photographer. She photographs the daily lives of girls and women in the Middle East and in the United States, including Syrian refugees. She will discuss her work in conjunction with the She Who Tells a Story exhibition. She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula…

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Lecture: “When Sacrifice Began: Sacrifice and Narrative in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature” with Joseph Lam (UNC)

October 24, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Carolina Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Joseph Lam, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill, is  a scholar of the languages, texts, and literatures of the ancient Near East, focusing on the diverse written traditions of the Levant (Syria-Palestine) in the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, including the Hebrew Bible and the texts from ancient Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra). He studies the elucidation of ancient religious thought and practice through the analysis of (sometimes difficult-to-decipher) written sources. Lam maintains an active engagement with general questions…

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Art Exhibition Event: Family and Friends Sunday at the Ackland Art Museum

October 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us as we explore the Ackland’s traveling exhibition, She Who Tells a Story. She Who Tells a Storybrings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition features over 80 photographs, lent by the artists, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the collection of James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach. -Enjoy…

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K-12 Workshop: She Who Tells a Story: Women and Gender in the Middle East

October 28, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  K-12 teachers are invited to join the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina K-12, and the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to explore the topic of women and gender in the Middle East.  During this interdisciplinary, arts-integrated workshop, teachers will learn about how women have shaped political, social, and cultural life of the Middle East, while making connections to the Ackland’s special exhibition, She Who Tells a Story:  Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.   The workshop will highlight the diversity of…

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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

Lecture: “Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics with Kaveh Madani”

November 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in…

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Performance: Latif Bolat

November 1, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Ackland warmly welcomes you to a pop-up performance by Latif Bolat, Turkish singer, composer, and scholar of Turkish music and folklore. Learn more about Latif Bolat's music here. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested. RSVP here.   Sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum.   Ackland Art Museum UNC Chapel Hill

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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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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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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” series: Signature lecture by Ken Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Kenneth S. Stern, director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of Hate, is an author and attorney. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S.…

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Photo Books Pop-Up: Rare and Special Photo Books from the Sloane Art Library Collection

November 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Presented in connection with She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World. She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition features over 80 photographs, lent by the artists, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the collection of James Keith Brown…

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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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Lecture: “Jews, Muslims, and the French Republic” with Steven Kramer (National Defense University)

November 12, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This talk explores the complex, triangular relationship between the French Republic and France’s Jews and Muslims, to better understand the situation of French Muslims by comparing them with French Jews. Can France create a harmonious relationship with a population whose ancestors suffered much from French colonialism? What does that say about Europe’s ability to integrate Muslims?   Steven Kramer is Professor of History and co-director of the program of European studies at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.  …

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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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UNC World View Community College Symposium: Confronting Poverty Globally and Locally

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Poverty is a worldwide threat. It has a direct impact on North Carolina where the poverty rate remains above historical averages (North Carolina Poverty Report, 2018). This symposium will explore topics and strategies that address poverty globally and locally. Through engaging interactive breakout sessions, plenary talks, and panel discussions, educators will learn about resources and build a network of colleagues who are passionate about this work. This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines, as well…

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Multimedia Piece: Charles Renfro: EXIT (With Overlays)

November 13, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Charles Renfro makes a rare appearance at UNC-Chapel Hill for a multimedia investigation of campus architecture, in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow Jonah Bokaer Choreography, and UNC Professor Charles Kurzman, Stadter Distinguished Professor in the UNC Department of Sociology. During his visit, Renfro will continue Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s exploration of the geopolitical dimensions of public space worldwide, and specifically on UNC’s campus. He will present an illustrated lecture on his studio’s work that will include a screening…

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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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MEDIUM Public Workshop

November 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Carolina Performing Arts Mellon DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellow, Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer is hosting a free workshop for the UNC community. These are movement-based workshops that are broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing body and spatial awareness into academic-style talks. The workshops are free, accessible, and with no prior performance history required.   A secondary component of the free workshops is to enhance diversity in performance and identity exploration at UNC Chapel Hill, within a safe space, open to all racial,…

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Performance: A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography at the Ackland, Premiere of New Commission Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions and Performance of Odalisques

November 16, 2019 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow Jonah Bokaer. This day of dance at the Ackland, on Saturday, November 16, will feature both a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance choreographed and danced by the artist. These events are hosted in partnership with…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

November 16, 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 on Saturday, November 16, 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 Kalim Ajiz (1920-2015), Indian writer of Urdu literature, academic and chairman of the Urdu Advisory Committee of the Government of Bihar. 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…

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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

Cultural Event: Turkish Pop Party

December 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join the party celebrating popular Turkish songs along with Turkish snacks. Practice your Turkish language skills and learn about the Turkish programs at UNC and Duke University. Sponsored by the UNC-Duke Turkish Circle. For more information, please contact Didem Havlioglu, didemh@email.unc.edu. FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009 UNC Chapel Hill

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

December 7, 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 on Saturday, December 7, 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 Mustafa Zaidi (1930-1970), Pakistani Urdu poet. 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…

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Performance: Celebration of Winter Solstice کنسرت جشن یلدا

December 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University and the Persian Cultural Society at UNC Chapel Hill for a celebration of the Winter Solstice, featuring Persian music, poetry, and dance with the Pendar Academy of Arts. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact: Somayyeh Soltanian Zadeh: s.soltanian.zadeh@duke.edu, Parisa Shirzadi: shirzadi@live.unc.edu, or Ms. Forooz Salim (919-539-5709, Forooz_salim@yahoo.com, or online here: Tickets: $50 VIP, $25 General Admission; $10 Students. Free parking at the end of Bell Tower…

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January 2020

“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: Urdu Majlis

January 18, 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 January 18, 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 Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-1984, Pakistani poet and author in Urdu. He was one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan. Among other accolades, Faiz was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature and won the Lenin Peace Prize. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to…

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Ethical Concerns and Global Research: Contemporary Europe in Focus

January 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This student panel will explore ethical concerns related to global research. Research has historically been framed as the production of new knowledge. But what happens when researchers based in one region are producing knowledge about another? How should the information be framed and used? This panel discussion features student researchers Lucía Mock (UNC School of Education), Shreya Parikh (UNC Department of Sociology), and Kellan Robinson (Contemporary European Studies and Global Studies, UNC Class of 2020). A moderated Q&A will…

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