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September 2018

Wednesdays at the Center: “The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump” with Professor Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

September 5, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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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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Seminar: “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam” with Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan)

September 19, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us for the first event in this academic year’s Carolina Seminar on Transnational and Global Modern History.   Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Associate Professor and Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan, will be speaking on “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam,” on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30pm in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003. A reception will follow. For more information on Prof. Khabeer’s…

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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

Seminar: “Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989” with Jeff Jones (UNC-Greensboro)

October 4, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Carolina 'Russia and its Empires' Seminar presents the second lecture in the fall 2018 series; "Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989" with Jeff Jones. This paper charts the flow of the Soviet-Afghan War on screen as the conflict raged, analyzing eight works--feature films, documentaries, and a television mini-series--in chronological order between 1983-1989.  The portrayal of the conflict in these media evolves in this period from hopeful, patriotic support to bitter disillusionment, presaging the coming…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 6, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us Saturday, October 6, 2018 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Sudarshan Faakir (1934-2008). Sudarshan Faakir's ghazals and nazms have been sung by many leading vocalists of South Asia including Jagjit Singh and Begum Akhtar. 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…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Love in Persian Literature” with Dr. Qadamali Sarami

October 7, 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 on love in Persian literature by by Dr. Qadamali Sarami from Iran. 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 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Sarami followed by discussion. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry reading. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is…

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Event: Duke MSA Fall Banquet

October 14, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Help Duke Muslim Students Association welcome in the year! Come for free food and stay for speakers, fun, and individual and group performances from Dabket Al-Ahrar, Defmo, Amandla, Duke Out of the Blue, and Duke DBS Raas! Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Penn Pavilion is next to the Bryan Center. Walking from the main quad, walk past the Bryan Center with the BC…

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Lunch and Learn Talk: “The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan” with Dr. Sharon Stevelink (King’s College London)

October 15, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Stevelink is a lecturer in epidemiology at King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She is currently involved with a number of projects investigating the health and well-being of military personnel and veterans funded by the UK Ministry of Defense, the Forces in Mind Trust and the Royal British Legion. King’s College London has been a strategic partner of UNC-Chapel Hill since 2005. The partnership has allowed collaborations in diverse…

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Seminar: “Urbanity and Insurrection: Cities of the Arab Spring,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become, more than others, insurgent space? Focusing on some key cities in the region, Prof. Bayat will discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the…

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Presentation: “Afghanistan to Gaza: 21st Century Warfare” by Colonel Richard Kemp

October 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Christians United for Israel accompanied by other political groups on campus are hosting internationally known speaker and analyst, Colonel Richard Kemp. Col. Kemp was the commander of British forces in Afghanistan, and now testifies before the UN concerning Middle Eastern issues including the Gaza Conflict. Free admission for any students or faculty with valid ID from any university. No backpacks allowed. Not open to the public. Sponsored by Christians United for Israel. Union Auditorium UNC Chapel Hill

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Public Talk: “Women, Prayer, Feminism & Modern Israel” with Lesley Sachs (Executive Director of Women of the Wall)

October 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Lesley Sachs will speak about the struggle of "Women of the Wall": a group of Israeli women seeks the right for Jewish women to conduct prayer services, read from a Torah scroll while wearing prayer shawls, and sing out loud at the Western Wall- Judaism’s most sacred holy site. She will also discuss feminism in Israel, the tenuous situation at the Kotel and WOW's challenges and successes. This event is an important space to explore the intersection of faith and the state, the…

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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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Seminar: “Know and Defend Your Rights” with Azadeh Shahshahani and Manzoor Cheema of Project South

October 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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   Learn about your rights when approached by law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, ICE, etc.), and your rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. The presentation will also focus on the interconnection between anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant/anti-refugee bigotry, and other forms of oppression. The presenters will make a comparison between structural racism and institutional Islamophobia. They will also discuss strategies for building a stronger grassroots movement against racism and Islamophobia. The presentation will include practical examples of grassroots…

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One Voice Lunch-n-Learn

October 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice for a free lunch from Panera Bread and a discussion in the campus Y next Tuesday 10/30 at our first lunch-n-learn event of the year!  This will be an educational, guided (but open!) discussion, and everyone with an interest is welcome regardless of their background with or prior knowledge of the conflict. We will be providing background information and answering any questions throughout the discussion. Space is limited, so please, RSVP by October 27th to secure your lunch through the Google form. The One Voice…

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November 2018

Conversation: “Writing Elsewhere: Covering the World’s Rough Edges,” Public Talk with writers Marcello Di Cintio and Jonathan Katz

November 1, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join this public discussion with award-winning writers Marcello Di Cintio (whose most recent book isPay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine) and Jonathan Katz about the challenges of covering difficult and complex subjects. From Africa to the Caribbean to the walls that increasingly divide us, these writers will also talk about how they see the work of long-form journalism evolving. Moderated by Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute. Free and open to the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Lost Stages and Words: A Historical Perspective of Ottoman and Turkish Theater”

November 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Speakers Ebru Nihan Celkan, Özge Ertem, Özlem Karadag will provide a historical overview of the development and changes that have occurred within Ottoman and Turkish theater from the late 19th century to the present. The changes that have occurred since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 are profound. While much literature delves into the politics, demographic shifts and transfers, the power of theatre is often neglected. Thus, how do theatre and history help each other to remember and…

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Public Conversation: “Funny You Feel That Way: Bassem Youssef on the Role of Politics and Humor in Public Health”

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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When does an individual have the responsibility to act on behalf of a community? This is a central question for public health practitioners. It is also at the heart of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s story. Join the former cardiothoracic surgeon turned YouTube comedy sensation for a conversation on the role of politics and humor in public health. Moderated by Professor Beth Moracco, this event is a collaboration between Carolina Performing Arts and Gillings School of Global Public Health. (Talk: 12:30-2…

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Public Talk: “Making Sense of Saudi Arabia” with Dr. Toby Jones

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to a public talk by Dr. Toby Jones, an expert on the history of Saudi Arabia. Against the tragic backdrop of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi which has sparked international condemnation, Dr. Jones will address politics -- past and current -- in the Middle East's most important and influential oil producer. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State Middle East Studies Program, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and the NC…

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One Voice UNC’s Lunch-N-Learn: Mapping the Region

November 30, 2018 | 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC for another lunch-n-learn event!  This time, we'll be looking at maps of Israel and Palestine, and discussing the worldviews they imply and the stories they tell. FREE lunch will be provided from Panera Bread. This will be an informational presentation followed by an open discussion -- community members at all levels of knowledge of Israel and Palestine are invited to come learn more about the politics of maps and exchange thoughts about the issues they raise.…

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January 2019

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

January 19, 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 Saturday, January 19 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 Khwaja Haider Ali ATISH (1764-1846), one of the giants of Urdu literature. 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. Parking is available under the FedEx Global Education Center. Co-sponsored by the…

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February 2019

Turkish Circle Event: “A Visual Journey from Turkey to the Triangle” with Dilara Maya and Irem Altan

February 5, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Turkish Circle at Duke & UNC & NC State presents Dilara Maya (Fullbright TA at Duke) and Irem Altan (Ph.D. Student, Chemistry, Duke University). They will share their stories as young scholars moving from Turkey to the Triangle through their paintings and photographs. There will be a potluck dinner. The Turkish Circle is a community group which meets every first Tuesday of the month and brings students and scholars interested in Turkey or the Ottoman Empire. Sponsored by the…

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Panel Discussion: “The War in Yemen: Implications for America and the World”

February 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The war in Yemen is defined by the U.N. as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, but remains chronically underreported. The war involves almost 10 countries, including the U.S., and has recently come into the limelight after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Once celebrated as a success story of the Arab Spring, almost eighty percent of the country now needs some form of humanitarian aid. This panel, through analysts at the Yemen Peace Project and Oxfam will trace the geopolitical significance of…

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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

tgiFHI Series: “Modern Hebrew: A History Revisited” with Shai Ginsburg (Duke University)

March 1, 2019 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am. About the presentation: Scholars concur that modern Hebrew emerged as an everyday spoken language in Ottoman Palestine during the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century. Whereas they differ on exactly when, where, and how…

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Panel Discussion: “A Thematic Conversation on Minority Issues in China”

March 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Dr. Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University), Dr. Ralph Litzinger (Duke University), Janice Hyeju Jeong (Duke University) and Aydin Anwar (Duke University) This thematic conversation will revolve around two aspects: in the fall of 2018 Duke University Libraries acquired the personal photo album of Sir Percy Sykes, the famous British Brigadier-General and Diplomat of his travels to Kashgar in 1915. The album details the culture and topography of Kashgar, one of the centers of the large Muslim minority in China.…

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Public Talk: “When the Exile Brings a Key” with Professor Maurice Ebileeni (Dept. of English and Literature at the U. of Haifa, Israel)

March 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The purpose of this presentation is to configure a poetics of Palestinian imaginings of return. Drawing on linguistically diverse memoirs, Ebileeni explores the conceptual tensions between national imaginings of “al-awdah” and their disruptive impact on virtual realizations of this desire, while simultaneously, revealing the authors’ culturally distinct experiences of exile. Palestinians’ points of departure may appear identical since they share conceptions of “home” that are deeply rooted in a unified national configuration of more or less similar memories or narrations,…

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Dinner and Reception with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of American University of Beirut

March 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut-NC Chapter, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies cordially invite you to attend an event with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. Click here to register and purchase tickets ($75/person).Please mark your calendars and note that an RSVP is required. For more information, please visithttps://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora…

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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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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

Lunch Talk: “Refugee Access to Higher Education through Digital Innovation” with Heba Ledwon

April 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University 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 labor markets. Heba Ledwon holds a Master degree from Freie Universität Berlin in the fields…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Political Islam, Justice and Governance”with Mbaye Lo (Duke)

April 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

“Political Islam, Justice and Governance” (Palgrave, 2019) argues that political Islam (represented by its moderate and militant forms) has failed to govern effectively or successfully due to its inability to reconcile its discursive understanding of Islam, centered on literal justice, with the dominant neo-liberal value of freedom. Consequently, Islamists’ polities have largely been abject, often tragic failures in providing a viable collective life and sound governance. This argument is developed theoretically and supported through a set of case studies represented…

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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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Wednesdays at the Center: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” with Abdul Sattar Jawad (Duke)

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shakespeare is regarded in the Arab world as the greatest world poet and playwright. His plays and poems were used and taught on all levels of education. The speaker will through a new light on the reception, teaching, translating, and performing Old Will even in the Arab vernaculars to popularize him and his works. Some of Jawad’s essays and works are included in Shakespeare Library Collection in Stratford-upon- Avon. Abdul Sattar Jawad, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and…

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Book Talk: “Radical Love: Teachings from Islamic Mystical Tradition” with Omid Safi

April 17, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi for a reading and signing of his new book, "Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition." For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him. "Radical Love" is a stunning collection that showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original…

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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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Student Talk: “I am here, waiting – Narratives of Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian Refugees”

April 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics this Saturday, April 20 as eight DukeImmerse students recite the experiences of Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugees. The program begins at 5:30 PM in the Nasher Museum and will be followed by a reception. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. For more information, please visit dukeethics.org.   Nasher Museum of Art Duke University

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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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September 2019

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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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops 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. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops 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. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 18, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops 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. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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Seminar: “Macro Policy for Fragile States: What Really Works?” with Ralph Chami, Institute for Capacity Development

September 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The seminar will highlight the unique characteristics of fragile states, the challenges facing policy formulation in such circumstances, and reflect on how to identify “pivotal moments” that offer corridors to normalcy. Finally, the seminar will discuss macroeconomic policies that help such countries exit from fragile situations and what the international community can do to help increase the odds of exiting fragility for these countries and enhance their resilience. Ralph Chami is currently Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity…

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Conversation: Mumu Fresh

September 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  In this free lunchtime talk at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and emcee Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) sits down with Crystal Taylor (Beats n Bars) to discuss her career, influences, Muslim-American heritage, and the role that women have played in shaping contemporary hip-hop. Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. For more information, visit here. Part of Duke Performances’ three-year Building Bridges: Muslims in America initiative, Mumu Fresh’s residency will culminate in a full-band performance at The…

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Discussion: “Start Up Nation: Cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States” with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

September 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy for a conversation with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States. Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chairman of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and its Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab and the principal investigator on FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project. Her expertise includes cyber, military and political power, sanctions…

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South Asia Colloquium: “Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from ‘Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’” with Mansoor Ahmed, Government College University, Faisalabad

September 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The South Asia Colloquium brings faculty and grad students from all the Triangle Universities together for a potluck dinner and to discuss an article/chapter in progress. The featured paper of this discussion is by Mansoor Ahmed, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad.  His paper is titled: Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from 'Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’, and is part of Mansoor's recent EHESS, Paris dissertation which he revising…

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October 2019

Wednesdays at the Center: “Black Arts, Black Muslims: Race, Religion, and Culture” with Professor Ellen McLarney (Duke University)

October 2, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Recent, cutting edge scholarship on Black Power and its “spiritual sister” the Black Arts Movement chronicles an important era in the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. This literature, however, does not fully account for the catalytic role played by Islamic mobilization, Islamic movements, and Islamic arts in what is now known as the “civil rights era.” Islamic commitments are equated with a retrograde and reactionary black nationalism systematically understood as violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic—in…

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Lecture: “The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba: Architecture, Memory, and the Future” with Professor Michele Lamprakos (University of Maryland)

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Most scholars know the Great Mosque of Cordoba as one of the great monuments of Islamic civilization. But for almost eight centuries, it has been the city's cathedral. Unlike other mosques on the Iberian peninsula, which were demolished and replaced by cathedrals and churches at some point after the Christian conquest, the Great Mosque of Cordoba survived. In the 16th century, a massive choir and presbytery began to rise from the middle of the building. Over the course of…

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Language Event: Arabic Language Table

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a casual conversation to practice your Arabic language skills with Arabic faculty and students while enjoying Moroccan tea and dessert. For more information, please contact amal.boumaaza@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Arabic Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Duke University.   John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall) Duke University

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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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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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Public Conversation with Rafiq Bhatia, Building Bridges: Muslims in America

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  A member of heralded experimental pop trio Son Lux, Rafiq Bhatia — a Raleigh native and the son of Muslim immigrant parents — joins Duke Music professor Anthony Kelley at The Pinhook for a discussion of his new project, Breaking English, which blends avant-jazz, soul, strings, electronics, and visual projections to create an enveloping piece of musical cinema.  A light lunch will be served – free and open to the public.   Rafiq Bhatia is presented as part of…

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January 2020

Seminar: “Mainstream and Popular Ottoman-era Muslim Apocalypses” with David Cook (Rice University)

January 9, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The first Providential Modernity seminar of the spring 2020 semester will be held from 1:00-2:30PM on Thursday, January 9, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke Building, room 101). The seminar will feature David Cook (Religion, Rice University) discussing his project, “Mainstream and popular Ottoman-era Muslim apocalypses.” There has been comparatively little work on Ottoman apocalyptic narratives, other than Cornell Fleischer’s work on imperial apocalypse. This lecture and discussion will focus upon several apocalyptic narratives chosen because of their representative nature of the material overall.…

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Candlelight Vigil

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke for a candlelight vigil in memory of flight PS-752 victims. For more information, contact me@emamian.com.   Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.   Duke Chapel lawn Duke University

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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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