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August 2018

Exhibition: ‘Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora’

August 22, 2018 - December 8, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora features select Persian artwork and artifacts that provide a glimpse into a culture that has cultivated an extensive legacy of art over the past 5,000 years. Many art forms have flourished through the millennia, including architecture, calligraphy, miniature painting, weaving, pottery, metalworking and sculpture. This exhibition explores Persian art through objects of everyday use borrowed from Iranian community members in North Carolina, as well as select reproductions from the Ackland Art…

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September 2018

Study Abroad Fair

September 7, 2018 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us this September for the UNC Study Abroad Fair! Held in the Great Hall of the FPG Student Union, this event showcases study abroad opportunities at UNC. Participants include: Dozens of representatives from our 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…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New look at Shahnameh” with Loghman Za’im

September 9, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 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 by Loghman Za’im on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   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…

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Global Education Fair

September 11, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Once a year, the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) hosts the Global Education Fair to give you convenient access to all the resources you need to start planning your study abroad or study away experience. Talk to Duke students, program faculty and staff, and academic advisors…all in one place! Sponsored by the Global Education Office. For more information, please visit here. Penn Pavilion Duke University

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Exhibition Opening Reception: ‘Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora’

September 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The exhibition Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora will be on display August 22 to December 8, 2018 at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free public reception celebrating the exhibition will take place on September 21, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center. Welcoming remarks by Carl Ernst, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and…

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October 2018

Wednesdays at the Center: “Betraying the Spectacle” with Rashida James-Saadiya

October 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

“Betraying the Spectacle” is a visual response to mass media constructions of the black body as one of turmoil or commodity. Fragments of everyday life will be captured through combining photography with personal narratives, creating a visual exhibit highlighting the intersections of blackness, spirituality and creative resistance in the lives of Black Muslim women living and working in the American South. Rashida James-Saadiya is a visual artist, writer, and cultural educator invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. Her…

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New date: Undergraduate Presentation: “Millennial Jihad” by Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair

October 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Do you like video games? Have you ever played Call of Duty? Then you have something in common with tens of thousands of young men terrorist groups have tried to recruit. Two PWAD Seniors, Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair, have spent the last several months (working with Communication Professors Cori Dauber and Mark Robinson) carefully studying the way Islamic State copies CoD in their propaganda videos – and the way other groups then copy IS in theirs. Join us for…

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Cultural Event: 33rd International Festival of Raleigh

October 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - October 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Discover the world in Raleigh. Over fifty local ethnic communities participate in the annual International Festival with great international food, cultural exhibits, ethnic crafts and lessons, and bazaars with varieties of international items for sale. For more information, please visit here. Organized by International Focus. Raleigh Convention Center

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November 2018

Cultural Event: 1001 Nights

November 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Come explore the greater Middle East through performances, delicious foods, calligraphy, and interactive cultural booths. 1001 Nights is brought to you by the UNC Persian Cultural Society. Free to attend. Free food from Flame Kabob will be served. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by the UNC Persian Cultural Society, UNC Persian Studies, UNC Mixed Asia/Pacific Islander Students’ Heritage, NC Hillel, Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, and UNC Arab…

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December 2018

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at the Book of Kings, Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

December 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   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…

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Cultural Event: Hindi-Urdu Cultural Night

December 7, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Students at NC State University will show their Hindi-Urdu language talent, proficiency skills along with cultural knowledge through various presentations, drama and dance performances.   Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The Hindi-Urdu Program, and EKTAA.   Titmus Theater NC State University

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January 2019

Cultural Event: Cuisine Marocaine and Cultural Exploration Community Dinner Fundraiser with Samia Touati

January 20, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Share a traditional Moroccan meal along with a personal story of the journey of a native Moroccan family. Our idea of la Cuisine Marocaine is to offer you a memorable experience to explore the flavors of traditional Moroccan vegetarian dishes, exclusively cooked in a Moroccan clay pot called tajine. Suggested donations between $10-$12. All proceeds will contribute to case expenses of Syrian refugee families, one Indonesian family and one Moroccan family. Please RSVP to Samia Touati, samiabenttouati@gmail.com. Arcadia Compound, 134 Circadian…

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Discussion: China’s Concentration Camps: What’s at Stake?

January 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Credible reports have revealed that China has detained 1-3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps, where they are forced to denounce their religion and ethnic identity. An Uyghur survivor of the camp system, Mihrigul Tursun, will provide testimony of her experiences. This event will shed light on the situation in East Turkestan/Xinjiang - specifically on China’s ethnic cleansing of Uyghurs, mass surveillance state, crackdown on religion, internment camps, a brief history of the region, as well as…

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February 2019

Exhibit and Opening Reception: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

February 13, 2019 | 5:30 pm - March 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit, a…

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Exhibition Opening: Beirut, Photographs by John Bechtold

February 22, 2019 | 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until February 22, 2019

Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

View photographs of Beirut by John Bechtold, UNC PhD student in the American Studies program. This past summer, Bechtold went to Beirut to begin his Arabic language journey. While there, he photographed his experiences. The exhibit will open at Horse and Buggy Press in Durham on Saturday, January 26. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Horse and Buggy Press.   Saturday, January 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (exhibit on display through Feb. 22) Horse & Buggy Press 1116 Broad…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Hear from a panel of stellar UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from Honors Carolina, the Peace Corps, UNC Career Services, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Study Abroad, the UNC Campus Y, and the US Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Panelists include: Anthony Dest, University of Texas at Austin Andrea Felder, American University Erin O’Connor, Raytheon International, former US Department of State Justin…

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March 2019

Presentation and Discussion: “Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Zionism”

March 6, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC-CH as we discuss the recent controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweets and the broader national and international framework in which they fit. The presentation will interrogate the relationship between AIPAC and American politics, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and the language of public figures regarding Israel in the United States. No prior knowledge of the topic is necessary, and all are welcome to attend and engage in a discussion session after the presentation.  Coffee, pastries, and fruit will be provided. We…

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Exhibit: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

March 7, 2019
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This exhibit runs until March 29, 2019 and is part of the Visualizing Afghanistan program that takes place at Duke University from Feb 13-15, 2019. Hours of the exhibit are from 9AM-5PM, Monday thru Friday. Closed on weekends. Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic…

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GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics 2019

March 30, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  REGISTRATION opens Tuesday, February 19! GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities, and develop intercultural competencies. First-time travelers and experienced globetrotters alike can benefit from session topics like “Voluntourism” + the White Savior Complex, The Ethics of Healthcare Abroad, Race + Ethnicity in a Global Context, Local Global Opportunities, The World We See: Global Photography, and Gender + Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Travel.…

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April 2019

Cultural Event: Near and Far Festival

April 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Celebrate global culture within Chapel Hill at this fun and funky street party! Community and campus cultural groups share their heritage through crafts, activities and interactive experiences.  Music, dance, and spontaneous arts performances will fill the stage and street.  The flavors of the world will be on offer at food trucks and downtown Chapel Hill’s diverse restaurants. Bring the whole family for this unforgettable afternoon of education, appreciation, and celebration of global cultures. Interactive exhibitors include a UNC Global booth,…

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May 2019

Persian Art Center in Carolina: Saadi’s Look to the World with Dr. Ghadamali Sarami

May 5, 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 presentation on Saadi, prominent Persian poet and writer of the medieval period. Saadi is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition, earning him the nickname “Master of Speech” or “The Master.” 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…

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June 2019

Cultural Event: Chaand Raat 2019

June 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join the Faruqi family for this year's Chaand Raat, a festival marking the end of Ramadan and the coming of Eid. Chaand Raat is Sunday, June 2. All are invited. Free light iftaar will be served to those present at the venue around maghrib, courtesy of the Faruqi family. Stalls and other activities: Community based food vendors, Paan, Faluda and Kulfi, Henna, Clothings, Jewelry, face painting and karaoke. Admission: General Admission $3.00  FREE for kids below five. For more information and vendor inquiry please email,  seemafaruqi@hotmail.com or call @  919-475-1425.…

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August 2019

Cultural Event: Pakistan’s Independence Day

August 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Azaadi Mela: SHOPPING, FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC Please bring your Frisbee, badminton, soccer, Cricket Kit and any other sports to enjoy with your family. Enjoy Desi shopping, Desi Food and LIVE MUSIC by a professional singer from New Jersey. Free entry. Sponsored by the Pakistani-American Anjuman. For more information, contact Nadeem at usa786@yahoo.com. 5814 Cricket Pitch Way Morrisville, NC 27560

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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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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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