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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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