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September 2018

Seminar: “The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2003” with Joseph Stieb (UNC-Chapel Hill)

September 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join the Triangle Institute for Security Studies for a dinner-seminar featuring Joseph Stieb. Joseph Stieb is a Ph.D Candidate studying U.S. History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His main advisor is Wayne Lee. He received a B.A. in History from Trinity University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Before starting the history program at UNC, he taught history at Lenox High School in Massachusetts. His dissertation, “The Regime Change Consensus:…

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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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Duke on Gender Colloquium: “Black Muslims and the Black Arts Movement” with Ellen McLarney (Duke) and Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

September 21, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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The Duke on Gender Colloquium brings together Duke faculty from humanities and social sciences and visiting scholars to offer a multi-disciplinary space to develop and present current research and further critical conversations within gender and women's history, gender and queer theory, sexuality studies, transgender studies, and the study of feminism, social movements, and contemporary social issues and policy in a transnational world.   On Friday, September 21, join the Colloquium for a presentation by Ellen McLarney, Duke, Associate Professor of…

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October 2018

World View K-12 Global Education Symposium

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  World View’s K-12 global education symposium is held each October at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This day-and-a-half program explores significant global issues, offers best practices and resources in global education and provides educators an opportunity to develop a global action plan for their classroom, school or system. This program is designed to meet the global education needs of K-12 classroom teachers of all disciplines, administrators, media coordinators, other school professionals, central office and…

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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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November 2018

Symposium: “Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives”

November 1, 2018 - November 2, 2018
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The Kenan Institute and the Duke Library will hold a two-day symposium on entitled "Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives," showing how the accomplished Arabic medical writings of the medieval Middle East and Spain were discovered, translated, and assimilated by a previously wholly unsophisticated European world. The symposium will mark the opening of the exhibition of Arabic medical manuscripts at Perkins Library. A keynote lecture by Prof. Cristina Alvarez Millán of the UNED (Madrid), "Arabic Medicine…

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World View Community College Symposium: “The Global Economy: The Future of Work” 

November 14, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Organizations today are thinking differently about what it means to work. The global economy has greatly influenced this change in thought because exchanges by air, by sea and through technology serve to eliminate barriers that once existed. Physical location, language, culture and currency are all starting to become less difficult to navigate, yet their unique qualities remain important to acknowledge. As such, it is essential that educators explore the future of work so they can better prepare students to…

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UNC-CH Geography Colloquium Talk: “Being/Longing – Visualizing Belonging with Palestinian Refugee Children” with Dr. Sandy Marshall (Elon University)

November 30, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In September, 2018 the US ended all financial support to the UN Relief and Works Agency serving Palestinian refugees and is demanding the organization adopt a much narrower definition of who qualifies as a refugee and what rights they have. For many Palestinian refugees, their identities as refugees is not determined by legal status alone, but is reproduced intergenerationally through narrative and spatial practices. This talk will explore how Palestinian refugee children create and visualize their own sense of belonging…

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February 2019

Seminar: Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration. This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities. We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated…

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March 2019

World View K-12 Global Migration Seminar

March 20, 2019 - March 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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More details coming soon! Register at https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2019-migration-seminar/. Friday Conference Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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April 2019

Symposium: “The Postcolonial Middle East”

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The field of postcolonial studies remains a primary site of radical political and cultural critique within the global anglophone academy.  In response to the geopolitical conflicts and crises of our post-9/11 world, critics and scholars variously located within the field have in recent years begun to turn their attention towards ‘the Middle East’ as a crucial new area for postcolonial inquiry.  Prominent themes to have emerged in the scholarship on this area include the politics of neo-imperialism, terror, and warfare;…

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