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March 2019

Lecture: “Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts” with Dr. Nuray Yurt (Peace Islands Institute)

March 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Cultural Center invite you to a short lecture on Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts. The talk will address misconceptions about Muslim women by answering the three main questions: Do Muslim women feel oppressed because of religion? Is there inequality between men and women in Islam? How can we explain different verses from Qur’an that appears to place women in an inferior position? Please join us as we…

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September 2019

POSTPONED Lecture: “The Instrumental Traditions of North India” with George Ruckert

September 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

*The George Ruckert musicology lecture scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to Dorian. New time/date TBD. Senior Musicologist George Ruckert will give a lecture Thursday, Sept. 5th, 7:00-8:30pm. It is the first Price Music Center Lecture of the 2019-20 academic year, and will be held in Price Music Center, Room 110, 2620 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27695. The title of the lecture is, "The Instrumental Traditions of North India: An Ancient World Transforms itself into a Modern Concert Experience."…

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Lecture: “Method and/or Madness: How to ‘do’ ‘Jewish Art History’” with Marc Epstein

September 8, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Marc Michael Epstein, Professor on the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) & Norman Davis Chair in Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College and Vassar's first Director of Jewish Studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His…

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Book Talk: “Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran” with Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University)

September 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Negar Mottahedeh, author of "Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran," for a reading and book signing. The author will be joined in conversation by Charles Kurzman. Published with the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the women's protests that followed on its heels, "Whisper Tapes" re-introduces Kate Millett's historic visit to Iran and lays out the nature of her encounter with the Iranian women's movement. For more information, visit here.   This event is…

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Performance: Mumu Fresh

September 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Maimouna Youssef’s “regal combination of black power and Native American pride” (NPR Music) became most apparent on 2017’s pliant Vintage Babies LP, capturing her and collaborator DJ Dummy dream weaving in and out of upbeat soul jams and activist-inspired dirges. As “a divine music healer” (Rolling Out), Youssef, or Mumu Fresh, grew up pivoting between genres and styles — singing gospel, jazz, and African-inspired songs with her mother in an African American Muslim household in Baltimore, and gleaning religious…

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October 2019

Cultural Event: Middle Eastern Meal at Al Maghreb Fall Festival

October 5, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  Share a meal prepared by Syrian and Moroccan mothers at the first Al Maghreb Fall Festival. The menu includes tabouleh salad, kabsah, ouzi rice, Moroccan vegetarian tagines, raghayef, fresh mint tea, and more. All dishes prepared with family recipes. Donation cost is $10/plate (additional donations accepted). All proceeds from the Syrian and Moroccan menu will be shared equally among the contributing refugee - immigrant families. For more information, contact Samia Touati, samiabenttouati@gmail.com.   Sponsored by Arab Heritage Learning.  …

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A Study of Mysticism in Persian Poetry and Literature with Mr. Sadegh Hosseini

October 13, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a study of mysticism in Persian poetry and literature. 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 Sadegh Hoseini followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina. The…

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Film Festival: Home Is Distant Shores

October 16, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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  The film festival Home Is Distant Shores looks at the experience of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and the Triangle. The three-part series includes fictional and documentary pieces from local filmmakers, expert panel discussions, and a celebratory reception. For more information, visit here.   October 2 My Story Five short films of personal experience and a panel discussion with immigrants and refugees. Middle East-related films include: Scent of Geranium by Naghmeh Farzaneh, Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy by Joshua…

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Public Talk: “Business in the Middle East: Opportunities and Perils” with Nijad Fares

October 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Mr. Nijad Fares will deliver a talk on business issues in the MENA countries, highlighting advantages and resources as well as potential challenges including the cultural, religious, bureaucratic, and geopolitical landscapes. Mr. Fares is the Director of WEDGE Group Incorporated and Chief Executive Officer of WEDGE Equities. He is Chairman of Link Group, L.L.C., as well as Chairman of Ultraflote Corporation. Mr. Fares serves as Vice-Chair of the American Task Force for Lebanon. In 2011, Mr. Fares was named to the Board…

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November 2019

Conversation: “Razia’s Ray of Hope: Girls Education in Afghanistan” with Razia Jan

November 6, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Founder of a school for girls in Afghanistan, Razia Jan, will be speaking about the school and her efforts to support girls education in Afghanistan. The K-12 girls’ school, the Zabuli Education Center, provides more than 670 girls with free education as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The Zabuli Education Center is located 30 miles outside of Kabul in Deh’Subz. An Afghan staff of 37 teachers and administrators is supported by a small, US-based foundation team. For more…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema” with Ehsan Sheikholharam

November 10, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a talk on “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema.” 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 Ehsan Sheikholharam followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by…

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December 2019

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Dancing of Words and Tones: The Fusion of Music and Poetry in the Persian Culture” with Hamid Yazdani

December 8, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “Dancing of Words and Tones: The Fusion of Music and Poetry in the Persian Culture.”   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 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hamid Yazdani followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by Persian…

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January 2020

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez

January 12, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez, followed by live Persian music.   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 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hossein Vaez followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored…

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Lecture: “A window towards Shahnameh” with Dr. Sarami

January 18, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
lewisville, nc lewisville, NC + Google Map

  This lecture by Dr. Sarami will explore human beings and the effect of stories on its psychology, as well as review of the Shahnameh. At the beginning of the session, we will be remembering the victims of the flight PS-752 by versing poetry with live music. For more information, contact me@emamian.com.   5 to 6 PM Social gathering (food and  soft drink will be served) 6 to 6:15 Introduction 6:15 Start of the lecture and live music   Sponsored…

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