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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

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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Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Majid Roohafza

October 5, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a Persian calligraphy workshop on Friday, October 5, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora. Persian calligraphy is a rich blend of Persian arts, poetry and history, and is an important aspect of Persian culture. In this interactive workshop, calligrapher Majid Roohafza will discuss different styles of calligraphy and their importance in Persian culture. Attendees will then have the chance to practice Persian calligraphy. Some experience with the…

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Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Majid Roohafza

October 6, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a second Persian calligraphy workshop with Majid Roohafza on Saturday, October 6. In this interactive workshop, calligrapher Majid Roohafza will discuss different styles of calligraphy and their importance in Persian culture. Attendees will then have the chance to practice Persian calligraphy. Some experience with the Persian language is recommended. (artwork pictured: “Dream of Global Peace” by Majid Roohafza)   Mr. Roohafza graduated from the Iranian Association of Calligraphers. His work has been featured in art exhibitions…

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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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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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Literature Workshop with Visiting Writers Ruth Awad and Shadab Zeest Hasmi

October 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Writing About Violence by Ruth Awad: When we look out at the world today, it is natural that we will inevitably write about violence and trauma. How do we handle these subjects without being a misery tourist, without adding to the violence by glamorizing or beautifying it? How can we write about violence without inadvertently contributing to it? Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize…

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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

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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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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December 2018

K-12 Workshop: Exploring Iran: Politics, Society, and Culture

December 1, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies on Saturday, December 1 for an exploration of Iranian culture, politics, and society. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers will deepen historical and contemporary understanding of Iran with sessions by preeminent scholars in Iranian studies and make connections to the Iranian community in North Carolina. Teachers will explore the factors that led to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, as well as the revolution’s impacts on the Iranian…

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January 2019

“Where the Body Lands” featuring poet Tariq Luthun

January 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This January, Duke Spoken Verb, Duke Muslim Students Association, & Duke Students for Justice in Palestine are joining hands to host the Emmy Award winning poet Tariq Luthun! Along with that astounding accomplishment as a poet, Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American analyst, strategist, community organizer, and is the founder of UNC Chapel Hill’s CUPSI team. Also, get the chance to participate in a workshop that Tariq is hosting from 5-6pm. And, of course, what would we be if we didn’t allow…

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February 2019

Community Organizing Workshop: One Voice “Add Your Voice” 2019 Tour

February 12, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The One Voice Movement is thrilled to be hosting a National Speaking tour in Spring 2019, bringing Israeli and Palestinian activists from our partner organizations, Darkenu and Zimam, to speak with American students and communities about the power of personal narratives in community organizing and conflict resolution efforts.  The workshop led here on UNC's campus will provide an opportunity for our community activists from Israel and Palestine to share their experiences working as community organizers and will include a Q&A session…

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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

Workshop: Chinese Arabic Calligraphy with Haji Noor Deen

March 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Hajji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang is an expert in Islamic calligraphy, specializing in the Sini style which originated from the Chinese Muslim tradition. Come learn the basics of calligraphy for FREE! You can also buy one of his art pieces and take it home as a gift for Spring Break. He will even write your name or the name of a loved one in this beautiful artistic style. Co-Sponsored by The Center for Muslim Life, Deen Arts Foundation, AMES Present, DISC,…

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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

Panel Workshops: Global Brexit and the Lost Futures of European Empires

April 4, 2019 - April 6, 2019
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join us in discussing global responses to the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit from the European Union, and in exploring the historical context of these events. The keynote panel will take place April 4, and workshop panels from April 4-6. For the full schedule and more information, please visit here. Middle East-related panels include: Panel Four | Friday, April 5 | 3:45-6:15pm: Promised Lands: the longue durée in the Middle East | FedEx Global Education Center, 4003 Panelists: Jon Parry (Prof. of Modern…

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July 2019

Weekend Seminar: Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order. This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in…

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September 2019

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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Webinar: Information on the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

September 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  uncJoin us September 23 for a webinar to learn more about how teachers can get student teams involved in the Learning through Languages High School Symposium, held December 5 at UNC Chapel Hill. Team applications are due in October, and those wanting to find out more details can register for the webinar using this form. In this research competition, NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment.…

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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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Panel Discussion: Careers and Graduate Schools in Public and International Affairs

October 3, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for an information session about graduate programs in international affairs and meet representatives from the following four professional graduate schools: Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The format for the information session will include a five-minute presentation by each admissions representative about the distinctive characteristics of each program, a group question…

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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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Workshop: More in Common

October 5, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States

  This workshop for student leaders, staff, and faculty will feature Heval Kelli and Chris Buckley, two unlikely friends from Clarkston, Georgia. Heval, a former Kurdish Refugee and now a cardiologist, and Chris, a small town Georgia native and US military veteran of the Iraq War, have developed an impactful friendship and now speak with communities about combating hate and bridging divides. There is a documentary film being made about the pair: https://www.clarkstonfilm.com/. Heval and Chris will share their experiences and then…

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Work Abroad Workshop: International Job Search Strategies

October 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Students: interested in working in a foreign country after graduating? Come plan your strategy for landing a job abroad. Bring a laptop to this hands-on workshop and learn how to market yourself and target countries where your skills would be most useful. Roderick Lewis, Senior Associate Director of University Career Services, will lead the session and share his experiences working in various countries. For more information, visit here.   Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Global Initiatives.   FedEx…

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K-12 Workshop: She Who Tells a Story: Women and Gender in the Middle East

October 28, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  K-12 teachers are invited to join the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina K-12, and the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to explore the topic of women and gender in the Middle East.  During this interdisciplinary, arts-integrated workshop, teachers will learn about how women have shaped political, social, and cultural life of the Middle East, while making connections to the Ackland’s special exhibition, She Who Tells a Story:  Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.   The workshop will highlight the diversity of…

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November 2019

Lecture: “Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics with Kaveh Madani”

November 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in…

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K-12 Workshop: Global North Carolina Bringing International Competencies to Teachers & Classrooms

November 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Expand global competencies and area studies knowledge in this one-day workshop. Sessions will address immigration trends, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, as well as diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of different global communities in North Carolina, preparing teachers to navigate global issues in the classroom. Workshop is free of cost; CEUs available. Space is limited; we have reached capacity for this program with our current registrants. Please complete this form to be added to the waiting list for the workshop. Sponsored by the…

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History Colloquium: “The Throne of Syria – Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order” with Adam Mestyan (Duke) and Michael Provence (UC San Diego)

November 13, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The third history department colloquium this fall will feature Adam Mestyan and Michael Provence, visiting from UC San Diego. Professor Mestyan will be presenting a draft article titled “The Throne of Syria - Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order," which will be the fifth chapter of his forthcoming monograph, Modern Arab Kingship. Professor Mestyan will be in conversation with Professor Provence, who is sharing the introduction and fourth chapter of his book, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle…

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MEDIUM Public Workshop

November 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Carolina Performing Arts Mellon DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellow, Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer is hosting a free workshop 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. The workshops are free, accessible, and with no prior performance history required.   A secondary component of the free workshops is to enhance diversity in performance and identity exploration at UNC Chapel Hill, within a safe space, open to all racial,…

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Workshop: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia 101

November 20, 2019 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Center for Muslim Life for our inaugural training on Muslims and Islamophobia. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. The learning objectives include: 1) To recognize stereotypes of Muslims and understand the diversity of racial backgrounds, practices, and experiences of US Muslims 2) To understand the critical role Islam and Muslims have played in the history of the US 3) To identify the…

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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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