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September 2018

MSA Live: “Defining Patriotism” with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

September 28, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The UNC Muslim Students Association presents to you the 3rd annual MSA Live! With a social justice theme, MSA Live strives to represent various activists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s keynote speaker will be former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Come out to this year’s MSA Live to hear Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf speak about his experience being raised in the South during the Jim Crow era, personal conflict with identity, struggle with his health, which all happened to be a minor…

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October 2018

Lecture: “An architectural lingua franca: Italian imprints in the urban landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean” with Paolo Giarardelli

October 2, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As a region of encounter and exchange, the Eastern Mediterranean was for millennia an environment of linguistic creolization. The so-called lingua franca is only one of the many instances of this process: a vehicular idiom used for mercantile transactions, originating from Latin presence in the Middle East since the time of the Crusades, and combining a basic Italic or romance template with words from Greek, Arabic, Turkish and beyond. This lecture will show how and why a similar expressive hybridity…

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Lecture: “No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, & Decolonization” with Yoav Di-Capua (University of Texas, Austin)

October 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

It is a curious and relatively little-known fact that for two decades—from the end of World War II until the late 1960s—existentialism’s most fertile ground outside of Europe was in the Middle East, and Jean-Paul Sartre was the Arab intelligentsia’s uncontested champion. In the Arab world, neither before nor since has another Western intellectual been so widely translated, debated, and celebrated. By closely following the remarkable career of Arab existentialism, this talk reconstructs the cosmopolitan milieu of the generation that…

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Presentation on Architecture with Rodolphe el Khoury (University of Miami)

October 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center (in collaboration with the College of Design at NC State) invites you to join us for a presentation by the world-renowned Lebanese architect, Dr. Rodolphe el Khoury, Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Miami. Dr. el Khoury will be speaking about his vision of the architecture of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the College of Design.   Monday, October 15 | 6:00 p.m. Burns Auditorium NC…

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Seminar: Syria in Transition – A Dialogues Seminar

October 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Civil War in Syria is one of the most complex conflicts in the Middle East, and few outsiders understand its origins or its wide-ranging effects on the people who live there. This special Dialogues seminar will examine the historical causes of the devastating Syrian violence and give particular attention to the plight of refugees who have fled the country or struggled with the massive internal displacements that have shattered Syrian communities and families. A distinguished historian of the…

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Lecture: “Islam and the Musical Expression of Faith in Contemporary Senegal” with Prof. Samba Camara (UNC)

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Samba Camara is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and serves as the Coordinator of the African Language Program at UNC’s African Studies Center. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts, with concentration in African literature and performance. Professor Camara’s teaching and research interests follow an interdisciplinary path, cutting across literature, film, and performance studies. He is currently working on two book projects. One is a monograph entitled, Beyond the Praise…

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Presentation: “Pay No Heed to the Rockets” by Marcello Di Cinto

October 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join us Wednesday, October 31 for a talk by award-winning author Marcello Di Cinto. Di Cinto will speak about his exploration of the Palestinian experience through first-hand reporting about what art and literature mean to modern Palestinians. Di Cinto’s books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments to follow.   This event is presented by Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the FOCUS program, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the…

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