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August 19, 2014

Visual Reactions: A View from the Middle East

“Visual Reactions: A View from the Middle East” features more than 20 illustrations by Kuwaiti artist and graphic designer Mohammad Sharaf. Inspired by current events, Sharaf’s designs address controversial political and social topics. Sharaf’s illustrations will be on display in the UNC FedEx Global Education Center from Aug. 19 to Oct. 31.

September 23, 2014

UNC Students for Justice in Palestine presents: the UNC-Israel Connection

Join UNC Students for Justice in Palestine as they discuss the connections UNC has with institutions and academic programs in Israel, and what we can do as students to break these ties.

Israeli academic institutions function as a central part of a system that has denied Palestinians their basic rights. Palestinian students face ongoing discrimination, including the suppression of Palestinian cultural events, and there is sanctioning and ongoing surveillance of Palestinian students and faculty who protest Israeli policies.

UNC as an institution should support academic freedom, or “protected rights of students, scholars, and peoples everywhere to freedoms of expression, thought, and movement”. Its ties to Israel make this promise even more difficult. From study abroad programs to conferences abroad, join them as they discuss UNC’s connection to Israel.

For more information, contact Layla Quran at quran@live.unc.edu or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Sponsored by UNC Students for Justice in Palestine.

September 25, 2014

Film Actor Rahul Bose: “The relationship between popular film and activism in India”

UNC Chapel Hill is excited to announce that film actor and social activist Rahul Bose will be visiting our campus on Sept. 25. This event is FREE and open to the public. Rahul Bose will discuss the relationship between popular film and activism in India. He will also discuss his work with Pratham, the child-literacy organization, and possibilities for student service projects in India.

Students and community members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Afroz Taj at taj@unc.edu.

Sponsors: Pratham USA Raleigh-RTP Chapter, UNC Department of Asian Studies, and Geet Bazaar Radio

 

October 1, 2014

UNC Asia Film Series: “Bol” (Pakistan)

This film series is sponsored by the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center and The Indus Cinema Club. All films are shown in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street (Corner of McCauley and Pittsboro Streets on the UNC Campus). All screenings are free and open to the public. Tonight’s feature is “Bol” from Pakistan.

October 2, 2014

Prof. Eren Tasar: The Official Madrasas Of Soviet Uzbekistan

Eren Tasar in an historian of modern Central Asia in the Department of History at UNC Chapel Hill. Before coming to Carolina last year he served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis. His current book project Soviet and Muslim: the institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia analyzes Soviet policies toward Islam in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan from World War II until 1991.

In this paper he describes the evolution of three officially sanctioned madrasas in Uzbekistan during these decades, arguing that they acquired increasing and unexpected importance for both the Soviet state and Central Asia’s ‘ulama or Islamic scholars.

Eren Tasar’s paper is available here. For more information, see here. Event will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003.

Sponsors: Carolina Seminar, Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies.

October 7, 2014

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film: “Al Helm (The Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine”

View a screening of “Al Helm (The Dream): Martin Luther King in Palestine” directed by Connie Field (Documentary / USA / English / 96 min. / 2014).

In March 2011, Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, travelled to the Holy Land to film his play about King as it is performed by the Palestinian National Theatre and an African-American gospel choir and presented to audiences all over the West Bank. The resulting cultural exchange, creatively exciting, often emotionally charged, and not without tension or tragedy, gives each group a greater understanding of the other and unites them in the common and inspiring bond of artistic endeavor. “Al Helm” illustrates the transformative power of art and how it can move us towards understanding.

October 17, 2014

Interrogating Change: Central Asia Between Timelessness and Mutability

Co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the UNC-CH Department of History, and the Social Science Research Council.

October 22, 2014

UNC Asia Film Series: “Children of Heaven” (Iran)

This film series is sponsored by the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center and The Indus Cinema Club. All films are shown in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street (Corner of McCauley and Pittsboro Streets on the UNC Campus). All screenings are free and open to the public. Tonight’s feature is “Children of Heaven” from Iran.

October 24, 2014

2014 International Strategic Crisis Negotiations Exercise (Sudan)

Registration Required! Register Here by October 17, 2014

Scenario: Seven years from now, a resumption of the crisis between the Sudan and South Sudan triggers a series of international negotiations to calm the escalating violence.

Location: UNC-Chapel Hill (Details will be provided to registered participants)

Dates: October 24-25 (~ 3:00 pm on 10/24 – ~2:30 pm on 10/25)

On October 24-25, the UNC-TISS National Security Fellowship Program and the Duke Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program will host its third “International Strategic Crisis Negotiations Exercise” on the UNC-CH campus. The simulation, exported and facilitated by the Army War College, provides undergraduate and graduate students from UNC, Duke, NCSU, NCCU, and NDU-CISA (Fort Bragg, NC) with the opportunity to experience the complexity surrounding international negotiations. Further, the involvement of current and retired Diplomats and military personnel (of the above-mentioned Fellowship programs and of students enrolled at the National Defense University campus at Fort Bragg) encourages a wide array of perspectives and experiences during the negotiation process, which provides a far more realistic experience than most university programs are able to offer.

This year, the exercise will simulate a crisis in the Sudan. The scenario is set seven years into the future, and the negotiations process is triggered by the resumption of conflict between the Sudan and South Sudan. The negotiation is set-up and controlled under a UN/AU Aide Memoir that encapsulates a chapter system for listing and framing issues, however with no restrictions on which chapters are open to discussion and negotiation. Negotiations are hosted in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, and delegations include the Sudan, South Sudan, China, Ethiopia, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Uganda, and the United States.

Senior military officers from the fellowship programs above-listed will serve as Chiefs of Staff for each delegation, and students participating in the event can apply separately to serve as the head of one of the delegations. The simulation is expected to involve 65-75 students from the various campuses.

This event is co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the UNC Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and the Duke Program for American Grand Strategy.

Please contact Jennifer Akin (Jennifer.akin@duke.edu) for additional information.

November 5, 2014

UNC Asia Film Series: “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia)

This film series is sponsored by the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center and The Indus Cinema Club. All films are shown in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street (Corner of McCauley and Pittsboro Streets on the UNC Campus). All screenings are free and open to the public. Tonight’s feature is “Wadjda” from Saudi Arabia.

November 17, 2014

What is the Meaning of Bagels and Falafel?

Shaul Stampfer, professor at Hebrew University and author of books on Eastern European Jewry including Families, Rabbis and Education and Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century, will point out the history and hidden symbolic meaning behind two classic modern Jewish foods: bagels, an iconic food of American Jewish cuisine, and falafel, which has a similar role as an Israeli Jewish food.

February 23, 2015

The Landscape of Monotheism

Baruch Halpern, the Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies at University of Georgia, co-director of archeological excavations of the ancient city Megiddo in Israel and author of various books including David’s Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, will discuss how and why monotheism was institutionalized in ancient Judah and Jerusalem, how this ideological strand continued after the exile, and influenced evolving Judaism as a whole, and then Christianity and Islam, what occasioned the idea and its socialization and governmental imposition, and what it signaled to religious traditionalists.

March 5, 2015

Sanam Marvi, Pakistani Sufi/folk singer – “Songs From the Land of Five Rivers”

Songs From the Land of Five Rivers is part of the “Streams of Spirit” series curated by Afroz Taj, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, for the Carolina Performing Arts Arts@TheCore Initiative.

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