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December 2016

Urdu Majlis | Amjad Islam Amjad

December 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Friday December 16, 2016 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 Amjad Islam Amjad (b. 1944). The meeting will also feature original poetry by participants, followed by light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please contact Professor Afroz Taj at taj@unc.edu. This…

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January 2017

International Coffee Hour

January 12, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a social hour to bring together international UNC community members and students excited about global engagement. Chat about opportunities and challenges on campus. Meet staff from the hosting offices with great resources to share. This date is hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives and Study Abroad. For more information click here.   Sponsored by: Carolina Center for Global Initiatives, Study Abroad

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Contemporary Iranian Poetry (Part 3)

January 15, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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***Due to inclement weather on Sunday, January 8th, this event has been postponed to Sunday, January 15th. The Persian Art Center in Carolina program will begin with a social from 4-4:30pm, followed by a welcome and introduction by Amir Rezvani. The speaker for this event is Mr. Amin Azhdar. His presentation will be followed by discussion from 5:45-6:15pm. From 6:30-7:30, there will be live music and poetry readings from your favorite poets. The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors,…

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A Reading and Conversation with Habib Tengour

January 17, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We invite you to join us for a reading and conversation with Algerian author and public intellectual Habib Tengour. Born in 1947 in Mostaganem, Eastern Algeria, and raised on the Arab and Berber voices of marketplace storytellers, Tengour has since lived most of his life between Algeria and Paris. Trained as an anthropologist and sociologist, he has taught at universities in both countries, while emerging over the years as one of the Maghreb's most forceful and visionary contemporary Francophone voices.…

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Documenting the Middle East Film Festival: Censored Voices

January 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The first film in the semester-long “Documenting the Middle East Film Festival,” Censored Voices is a 2015 documentary from Israel.  The film will be introduced by Professor Shai Ginsburg (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. In Hebrew and English with English subtitles. This film won Best Documentary at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy in 2015. On June 5, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan amass on Israel's borders, threatening annihilation. Six days later, the war ends with Israel's…

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Humanities Happy Hour: Protest Music with Professor Michael Figueroa

January 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Top of the Hill – Back Bar, 100 East Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Join Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Michael Figueroa at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on January 18 for Humanities Happy Hour. During this free casual event, Dr. Figueroa will discuss protest music, which we may be seeing more of during the next four years. Come raise a glass with one of Carolina’s finest faculty. Free snacks and a little bit of knowledge! Michael A. Figueroa is an ethnomusicologist whose work resides at the intersection of music and political consciousness…

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Lecture: A Cold War Crusader on an Ideological Battlefield: Andrew Eiva, the KGB, and the Soviet-Afghan War

January 19, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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An analysis of Andrew Eiva’s role as a Cold War crusader based on material he wrote as a lobbyist, Western media accounts, and clandestine reports about him from the files of the Lithuanian KGB reveals his behind-the-scenes significance as an ideologically-driven individual outside of the confines of government helping to shape US policy during the Soviet-Afghan War. The conflict in Afghanistan, the final proxy war of the Cold War, began with the Soviet invasion in December 1979 and lasted until…

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Rights! Camera! Action! presents A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

January 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In Pakistan, more than 1000 women perceived as having compromised the "honor" of their families are reported to be killed each year. Families are often pressured to forgive and absolve the aggressors, which allows them to return to the community. Told through the lens of a love story, this Oscar-nominated documentary examines the tensions between modernism and tradition in Pakistan. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Oscar-winning Saving Face), the film follows Saba, a young Pakistani woman, who has survived her attempted honor killing…

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Urdu Majlis

January 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Friday January 20, 2017 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 Saghar Siddiqui. The event will also have original poetry by participants and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor…

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Performance: Eko Nugroho | Wayang Bocor

January 20, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Among the most arresting of Indonesia’s young contemporary artists, Eko Nugroho came to maturity during the upheaval and reform following the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the subsequent fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy in Indonesia. Deeply engaged with the culture of his time, he is committed to making socio-political commentary in his work. His creations are grounded in both local tradition and global popular culture, with influences from contemporary street art, graffiti and comics. Inspired by traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry, Wayang Bocor is a multimedia staged…

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Max Amini Live in Raleigh

January 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Iranian Students Association at North Carolina State University proudly presents a live standup comedy show starring the one and only Max Amini for the first time in Raleigh. Please, Join us for a night full of fun and laughter. Max Amini, born in Tucson Arizona, from a Persian heritage was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has over 50 film and television credits including…

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Panel: Middle Eastern Women Writers and Their Impacts

January 24, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a panel of two scholars on Middle Eastern women writers. The panelists will elaborate on the significance of women's writing in contemporary Middle East and the challenges they have faced on their way. Professor Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, Associate Professor and Director of Arabic Studies, DePaul University Transcending Boundaries and Painting with Words: Jordanian Women Writers Professor Akhtarkhavari will discuss Jordanian women writers and their contributions to the local and regional literary scene with a focus on the award-winning…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Community and Student Filmmaking in Palestine” with Nadia Yaqub

January 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a special screening of recent student and community-made films from the West Bank with a discussion led by Professor Nadia Yaqub, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Films to be presented will be "The Living of the Pigeons," (2015, 15 min.) by Baha Abu Shanab of the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture: an observational film about day laborers going through a security checkpoint and…

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Discussion with Joseph Smegel, “You Are Dead. You Are Here.”

January 25, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Joseph Smegel will share a short talk on Wed. Jan. 25 at 3p.m. in 203 Bingham Hall on his project "You Are Dead. You Are Here." The project looks at "Virtual Iraq", a cognitive therapy used to treat PTSD in parallel with a story of a young Iraqi girl. This play will be fully produced at UNC, Sept. 2017. A Seminar on the collaborative development of the multi-media play You Are Dead.  You Are Here., which will premiere at Swain Hall…

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North Carolina Interfaith Immigrant/Syrian Work Group

January 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm

The North Carolina Interfaith Immigrant/Syrian Work Group, formed in 2016, seeks to raise awareness of the challenges faced by immigrants, especially those, such as Syrian refugees, who are fleeing violence and oppression. We seek to educate our communities and provide avenues for people to join us in advocacy and support to our brothers and sisters who are starting new lives in the USA. This panel discussion will center on issues concerning refugees and immigrants in our region featuring:  Scott C.…

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Muslim Diasporas Working Group Meeting

January 27, 2017 | 11:30 am
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The next meeting of the Muslim Diasporas Working Group of Religions and Public Life at KIE will be on Friday, January 27 at 11:30AM, featuring a seminar by Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor of History: “The Philanthropic Nation – Solidarity and The Middle Classes in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Adam Mestyan is an historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism – The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017) presents a new story and…

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Counteracting Islamophobia: Rights, Policy, and Next Steps

January 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States

All are welcome to join the Duke Muslim Law Students Association for a timely conversation about the civil rights, policies, and incident reporting efforts that protect American-Muslims. Panelists will discuss how both the legal community and the American-Muslim community can utilize these methods to safeguard the rights of Muslims in America. Co-sponsored by Baker Botts.   Panelists: Darrell Miller, Professor at Duke Law; Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council Member; Hamza Butler, Creator of ProjectMawla.com. Moderator: Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor at Duke Law. For more information, please visit here.

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Performance: Nani | Topeng Losari

January 27, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The extraordinary range of dance forms in Indonesia is a reflection of the country’s huge diversity of cultures and ethnicities. Originating in Cirebon on the north coast of West Java, the Topeng Losari mask dance is rooted in indigenous Javanese culture. Award-winning seventh-generation mask dancer Nani is working to revive this highly dramatic, opulently costumed tradition. Demanding exceptional agility and stamina, the mask dances (“topeng” dances) of Losari are steeped in mysticism and magic, with the belief that masks transfer special powers to the wearer. Nani always…

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Global Careers Workshop

January 28, 2017 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Students- learn from both the employer’s perspective and from the applicant’s perspective, what should be included in your resume and cover letters, how to sell your international experience, and what it’s like to navigate the interview process. Dr. David Patton, Executive Vice President of the American Council for International Education, will lead the general session on the employer’s perspective. Breakout sessions according to world regions, led by UNC alumni, will follow. Coffee, pastries, and a pizza lunch will be provided.…

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Film Screening: Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal

January 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

As part of the annual NC International South Asian Film Festival, there will be a film screening of Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal. When a video of girls singing and clapping goes viral in a remote village in Northern Pakistan, the local tribal Jirga is accused of ordering their brutal murder. As the story goes from headlines to court rooms, it becomes clear that in a land of ancient traditions, the line between public and private can become fatally blurred…

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Film Screening: Hello My Friend

January 29, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Carolina Friends School, 4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC United States
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Please join the Afghan Sister School Partnership at the premiere of Hello My Friend, a short film chronicling two schools, a world apart, committed to building bridges of peace and friendship through the shared belief that peace and education are the rights of children everywhere. Special guest speaker, Noorin Nazari, will lead a discussion surrounding the film. Nazari is a longtime friend of the ASSP and has over 10 years of experience in the education sector in South Asia, including…

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Hima: Protecting the Environment in the Middle East

January 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Dr. Gary Nabhan will give a talk about his work on protecting the environment in the Middle East. Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan is an award-winning natural history writer, poet and journalist of Lebanese-American descent. In addition to his 28 books, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, World Monitor, Aramco World, Nature, Audubon, Orion, Mizna, Georgia Review, Gastronomica, Best Food Writing and Best Science/Nature Writing. As an agroecologist and desert plant explorer, he has done field…

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Cüneyt Özdemir Events at Duke

January 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - February 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Cüneyt Özdemir is a Turkish broadcast journalist with 28 years of international journalism experience, the author of 13 research books, a television producer, and anchorman. Özdemir hosts Turkey’s leading local and foreign affairs program 5N1K. “Journalism and Politics in Turkey” with Cüneyt Özdemir (CNN Türk) Monday, January 30 | 6:00pm Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library Rm 153 Duke University   Describing his twenty-year experience as a journalist in Turkey, Özdemir will explain the many challenges of reporting objective news under…

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: Africa and the Middle East

January 31, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Thinking about studying abroad? Interested in Africa or the Middle East? Come to this general information session to learn more about study abroad opportunities with a focus on programs in Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please contact abroad@unc.edu.

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Turkey Today Spring Lecture Series | Politics and Journalism in Turkey: Between the EU and Middle East with Cüneyt Özdemir

January 31, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for the first Turkey Today spring lecture with Mr. Cüneyt Özdemir! There will be a coffee hour starting at 4:30pm-5:20pm that students, faculty, staff and members of the general public are welcome to attend. A public lecture will follow 5:30pm-6:30pm. Cüneyt Özdemir is a Turkish journalist who has worked extensively on politics in Turkey and globally since the 1990s. He is one of the founders of CNN Turk and the host of the daily evening news program 5N1K…

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February 2017

Schooling the Black Muslim Body: Knowledge, Transmission and Dhikr among the Mustafawiyya with Youssef Carter

February 1, 2017 | 3:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Scholarly discourse on Islam in West Africa has focused on mobilities created through transnational Sufi networks, but only recently has attention turned toward the dissemination of religious knowledge and the rich legacies established from within West African intellectual traditions. Similarly, Muslims of African descent have, more often than not, been treated by diaspora scholars as impermeable communities with seemingly little interest in inter-diasporic exchanges that have taken place with regard to the configuration of identities, the transmission of religious knowledge,…

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Immigration Law and the New Administration

February 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc., Justice Initiatives, Inc., and the Town of Chapel Hill will co-sponsor an Open Forum for the University and the surrounding Community entitled: Immigration Law and the New Administration  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00 to 8:00 pm Carolina Union Auditorium on the Campus of UNC Chapel Hill Speakers Include the Following: • Professor Lynn Calder, Immigration Attorney and Supervisor, UNC School of Law Immigration Clinic • Richard Sin, Immigration Attorney, Law Office of Matthew Suczynski, Chapel…

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Panel Discussion: Challenging Anti-Muslim Sentiments

February 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Talley Ballroom, NC State University, Talley Ballroom, NC State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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The Leaders for Change program presents a panel discussion about the history and current religious climate of Islam. Panelists will provide an overview of the religion, discuss challenges that have arisen, and provide impactful solutions for change. The panelists presenting include: Fonda Muhammad, educator with over 20 years of experience; Shadi Sadi, activist and community outreach coordinator in the Triangle Area; Imam Abdullah Antepli, Islamic leader, Head of Muslim Affairs at Duke Divinity School; and Dr. Anne Bigelow, Associate Professor…

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The Persian Art Center in Carolina Presents: A Talk on Poetry and Literature

February 5, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:45 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Please join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a night of poetry and literature. The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30pm, followed by a welcome and introduction by Amir Rezvani. Audience participation and an open forum will follow from 4:45-6:30. Starting at 6:45, there will be live Persian music and poetry reading from your favorite poets.   The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. For more information, please…

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Lecture: Mohammed Abubakr, Sudanese Civil and Human Rights Activist

February 8, 2017 | 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Mohamed is a civil and human rights activist from Sudan with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Mohamed will come to Chapel Hill to share his personal story and to speak about the war in Darfur, the asylum seekers and refugees challenges across Africa, the Middle East and Europe in the current world climate. At the age of 14, he co-founded the SudanAid association, reaching over  1,500 children and other vulnerable groups. In 2012, Mohamed co-founded the…

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Lecture: Reese Erlich: “A reporter’s perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, and the failure of US policy”

February 9, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Based on numerous reporting trips to the region, freelance foreign correspondent Reese Erlich discusses the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of US policy. He provides up to date analysis and what the new US president will likely face after the November elections. Erlich is a Peabody winning journalist and author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (Foreword by Noam…

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Process Series Performance: Shattered Glass by Mohammad Moussa

February 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm - February 12, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Swain Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On February 10th, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in their home. In the aftermath people around the world are left with many questions. Who were Deah, Yusor, and Razan? What does it mean to lose your child, your sibling, or your friend? What do we do in the wake of disaster? And after our nightmares come alive, how do we remember how to dream? In this piece, the audience goes through…

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Performance: Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson | Words and Music in Two Parts

February 10, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Unique to Carolina Performing Arts, this program blends a rare musical collaboration between two giants of the avant-garde of the past 50 years—Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson—with one of Glass’s most important song cycles, Monsters of Grace. Longtime friends, Glass and Anderson will share musical moments and poetry readings followed by a selection of Glass songs featuring lyrics by 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, performed by The Philip Glass Ensemble and a cast of longtime Glass vocalists including Tara Hugo, Marie Mascari, Gregory Purnhagen and Peter Stewart. “Laurie…

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2nd Annual African Film Festival: ‘The Rooftops’ / ‘Es-Stouh’ (Algeria, 2015)

February 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Celebrate African cinema during the 2nd Annual African Film Festival! This first film focuses on Algeria. Light refreshments will be served before each screening. Free and open to the public. "The Rooftops" / "Es-Stouh" (Merzak Allouache, 2015, 92 min, France/Algeria, in Arabic w/ English subtitles):  An overcrowded city, with its endless traffic jams, its chaotic crowd, its rundown buildings, its old apartments piled up with families trying to survive... In this suffocating city, the terraces, progressively transformed into living spaces,…

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Preserving Culture at the Fringes in Authoritarian States

February 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Panel 1: Historical Perspectives 2:00-3:15 pm Michael Newcity, Duke University: “Minority Language Rights in the Former Soviet Union” Mustafa Tuna, Duke University: “How Religion Survives: Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Early Republican Turkey” Discussant: Eren Taşar, UNC-Chapel Hill   Panel 2: Contemporary Perspectives 3:30-4:45 pm Bill Bowring, University of London: “The Kremlin’s Project of Creating a ‘Rossiiskii Narod’: What Does This Mean for the Tatars” Sophie Roche, University of Heidelberg: “Muslim and Migrant in Moscow: Bazaar Workers from Tajikistan” Discussant: Shai…

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A Staged Reading of The Who and the What by Ayad Akhtar

February 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Playmakers Theatre Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

For the first time, we’re collaborating with our friends at PlayMakers Repertory Company in celebration of our Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey project. We’ll be presenting two readings of two plays at Historic PlayMakers Theatre this season that depict the tension between the sacred and the secular in contemporary Muslim life. Their stories give us an entry into the complexities of navigating everyday life amidst a rapidly changing cultural landscape.   Tickets just $10 Zarina, a talented Pakistani-American writer, has put her personal life on hold to finish her…

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Dr. Ali Al-Aufi: “How LIS in the Arab states is socially and intellectually organized”

February 17, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Presenter: SILS Visiting Scholar Ali Al-Aufi, PhD Abstract: The discipline of ‘library and information science’ has witnessed, for decades now, changes and debatable discussions about its social and intellectual organization. These epistemological changes share similarities as well as differences across the world. This talk will highlight issues that shape the status of library and information science in the context of the Arab states. It will highlight the characteristics of LIS in terms of social and intellectual organization, including aspects related…

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Urdu Majlis

February 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join for a meeting of the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Ali Sardar Jafri (1913-2000). The event will also have original poetry by participants and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For…

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Workshop: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Crisis: Reflections for a New President

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Immigration and refugee policy has reached a global crisis. More people are compelled to cross borders than ever in our planet’s history. Meanwhile, the role of nations in providing for economic and political refugees is increasingly uncertain. Join us for a day of roundtable dialogue with researchers, community practitioners, and policymakers working on key topics of immigration policy reform and refugee resettlement and services. With opportunities for discussion among leading experts, the event will explore what’s at stake in this…

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Book Signing with Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh

February 20, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bull’s Head Bookshop Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In this book presentation, Prof. Farzaneh will discuss the role of Islamic jurisprudence in political reform in Iran. Throughout the 1800s, Iran was challenged to politically modernize in order to undo the failed policies of its corrupt/absolutist monarchical system. Introduction of Western-style constitutionalism by secular Iranians brought about the establishment of the Islamic world's first parliament in Iran in 1906. However, that was the beginning of a long struggle between the proponents and the opponents of rule of law as…

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The Parents Circle-Families Forum

February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join North Carolina Hillel for the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF). PCFF is a joint Palestinian and Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. The Parents Circle believes that we can only achieve peace by sharing our personal experiences. The event will bear witness to the personal pain of the conflict from an Israeli and a Palestinian member of the Parents Circle. For more information, please…

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Tournées Film Festival

February 21, 2017 | 8:00 am - March 9, 2017 | 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Department of Romance Studies for their two-week festival of new French films. The festival is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served before each film. Movies are in French with English subtitles. Two MENA-related films are highlighted below:   La Cour De Babel (School of Babel) Monday, February 27 | doors at 6:30pm, film at 7:00pm This film follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France…

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Lecture and Seminar with James McDougall

February 21, 2017 | 12:00 pm - February 22, 2017 | 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Public Lecture: "The Sacred Space of France, Race, Religion, Citizenship and Empire" Tuesday, February 21 | 12:00pm-1:30pm  229 Carr, East Camp    Lunchtime Seminar Wednesday, February 22 | 11:30am - 1:00pm Ahmadieh Family Conference Room 101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus RSVP for the lunch here   Dr. James McDougall, Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at the University of Oxford, will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public…

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Wars and Veterans: A Panel Discussion

February 21, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join UNC Persian Studies for panel on the variety of lived experiences and literary expressions of the Iran-Iraq War. The Evil Benevolence of War in Iranian Sacred Defense Literature Amir Khadem, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at University of Alberta Using examples from the pro-state Iranian literature during and after the 1980-88 war against Iraq, this talk will offer an analysis of the narrative schemes and thematic patterns of the genre called Sacred Defense Literature. While the agenda of this genre is generally…

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The Parents Circle: Bereavement and Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian and Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. The Parents Circle believes that we can only achieve peace by sharing our personal experiences. The event will bear witness to the personal pain of the conflict from an Israeli and a Palestinian member of the Parents Circle. Location: Westbrook 0012, Divinity School, Duke University Sponsored by J…

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Film Screening: “Under the Same Sun” with Sameh Zoabi in attendance

February 22, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The film is set in the near future and it looks back on how peace was made between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the story of two businessmen - one Palestinian and one Israeli - who struggle to set up a solar energy company. The film tells how they handle the hostility for collaboration from their respective communities. Filmmaker, Sameh Zoabi, will be in attendance. This event is the second in a series titled: “Language and Cultural Encounters: Arabs &…

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Public Lecture: “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies and Middle East Studies in the United States” by Dr. Zachary Lockman (NYU)

February 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Area studies is often simplistically depicted as little more than a Cold War form of knowledge, but its emergence as a component of the postwar American academic scene was in fact propelled and shaped by visions, exigencies and contingencies that were not initially or exclusively about the needs of the national security state. Zachary Lockman’s 2016 book Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States draws on extensive archival research to offer a different perspective on…

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Film Screening: On the Bride’s Side with Q&A

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The third film in the semester-long “Documenting the Middle East Film Festival,” On the Bride's Side is a 2015 documentary from Israel. The film will be introduced by Anna Kipervaser with a Q&A to follow. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden - and hopefully avoid getting themselves…

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Panel Discussion: Contending Visions of the Middle East

February 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This panel will use Zachary Lockman’s influential book, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (Cambridge, 2004), as a jumping off point to discuss the ways in which Westerners have examined and depicted Islam and the Middle East. The discussion will also address Lockman’s recent publication Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the US (Stanford, 2016), including the politics, controversies, and critical issues relating to the US and the Middle East. Participants…

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Persian Classical Music and Dance: in celebration of Khayyam

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Persian Students Association at Duke & Persian Art Center in Carolina delightfully invite you for a cultural night with Persian classical music & dance! This event honors Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), a Persian polymath, scholar, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. Performers include Siavash Pourfazli (tar, daf), Shahram Mazhari (santour, tombak), Reza Mahini (vocal, daf), Naim Montazeri (bass tar), Farzaneh Rezaei (dance).   Admission is free and open to public. Sponsored by the Duke Persian Students Association.  For more information, click here.

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Forum on Refugees/Immigration

February 26, 2017 | 1:00 pm

The Newman Catholic Center will hold a forum led by experts from UNC for us to understand the various issues related to refugees and immigration currently happening in our country. Besides learning about these issues, we will also explore how they impact the UNC community, how we might be able to respond through words and actions to support the UNC community members.   If you plan on attending, please take a moment to register here. Please contact the Newman Center…

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Public Lecture: “International Law for the Weak State: The Ottoman Empire”

February 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mostafa Minawi (Cornell University) introduces his book "The Ottoman Scramble for Africa” (Stanford UP, 2016). Professor Minawi will explore the role that the philosophy behind 19th-century notions of international law played in maintaining and expanding an exclusively European colonial possession in Africa and Asia. Using the Ottoman Empire's part  icipation in the Conference in Berlin (1884-85) as a case study, he will argue that Istanbul understood how positivist international law gave the upper hand to the Great Powers, but continued…

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Understanding Islam and Muslims: A Panel Discussion for Graduate and Professional Students

February 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations for a discussion about Islam and the variety of lived experiences of Muslim Americans. Panelists will answer FAQ’s, share personal experiences, discuss current challenges, and answer questions from participants. The event aims to help create a campus environment of understanding and inclusivity. As future professionals and academics who will shape the discourse in a variety of campus and professional communities surrounding issues of diversity, this will…

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March 2017

Wednesdays at the Center: “The War Against Rape as a Weapon of War” with miriam cooke

March 1, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Rape has always been part of war, but in the 20th century as military technology increased the scale of warfare so did the rate of rape. During the 1990s, the Serb rape camps holding Bosnian Muslim women in sexual bondage and then the rape camps of the Rwandan Genocide galvanized international action. The ICC trials led to the declaration that rape in war constitutes a crime against humanity. Activists were elated, yet rape remains an authorized weapon of war. This talk…

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Turkey Today Spring Lecture Series: “Feeling” the State: Alternative States and Territories of the Turkish-Muslim Diaspora in Germany with Devran Öcal

March 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In their current research, graduate student Devran Koray Öcal and adviser, Dr. Banu Gökarıksel, examine how the Turkish Islamic Union of Religious Affairs impacts the construction of  a Sunni Muslim Turkish community, identity, and space in Germany. In conjunction with faculty advisor Dr. Gökarıksel, Devran received a faculty-graduate student joint research award from CES in 2016. Join us for a presentation on the research findings. Devran Koray Öçal is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at UNC-CH. His research focuses on transnational…

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Docunight Film Screening: Sohrab, A Journey

March 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

In 1969, a young man of 26 years of age returns to his country Iran after years of studying cinema and going through the hardship of living abroad as a university student. He does not want to become a filmmaker in the commercial and valueless cinema of that time, so he chooses a different and - of course - a very hard path for the making of his films. The result of the daring choice is the two features A…

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Banning Burqas: A View from Postsecular Comparative Law – Ralf Michaels, Arthur Larson Professor of Law at Duke Law School

March 2, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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When France banned Islamic face veils in 2010, many considered this a French eccentricity. Now more and more countries are enacting, or at least considering, similar legislation. Taking the perspective of post-secular comparative law, the lecture looks at the ways in which Western legal systems understand and construct religious law and their own relation to it.  Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-sponsored by the Center for International & Comparative Law and the Office of the Law…

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A Musical Evening with Samy Youssef

March 2, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Samy Youssef is an award-winning Arabic Musician, composer and singer (best Arabic Song in America by ANA 1998 with Moroccan female singer Malika). Samy's style is sixties, Franko-Arab, European, American and Mediterranean oldies. Samy sings in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. He also plays music with his own instruments and creates different varieties Arabic songs.   Mr. Youssef's event sponsored by Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Asian…

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Performance: Ajoka Theatre | Dara

March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Known for staging socially critical performances, Pakistan’s renowned Ajoka Theatre is committed to ideals of peace and tolerance. Shahid Nadeem’s spellbinding play Dara tells the dramatic story of Dara Shikoh—eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. A crown prince, poet, painter and Sufi, Dara wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. Exploring the violent struggle between brothers, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara…

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Shadows of Devotion MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition, Salima Al-Ismaili

March 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shadows of Devotion is a look into the blurred lines of women’s gender roles as leaders in Islam. The exhibit includes a documentary photography series Nests of the Nu Ahong that journeys into nusi (women-only mosques) in China’s Henan province. The images work to capture the prayer and community of the elderly women that are served by nusi along with their women leaders known as nu ahong. Nests of the Nu Ahong is presented with an installation piece “من وراء  حجاب: From Behind a Veil” and a video performance “prayers”. Both pieces are personal…

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An evening of Arabic Music with Samy Youssef

March 3, 2017 | 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Samy Youssef is an award-winning Arabic musician, composer, and singer (best Arabic Song in America by ANA 1998 with Moroccan female singer Malika). His style is sixties, Franco-Arab, European, American and Mediterranean oldies. Samy sings in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. He also plays music with his own instruments and creates different varieties of Arabic songs. He will come for an Arab night with his wonderful Arabic songs on March 3. Also, former and current Arabic students will perform…

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Duke-UNC Islamic & Middle East Studies Graduate Student Conference: “Affect in Dissent: Past and Present”

March 4, 2017 - March 5, 2017
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Muslims across the globe - from the Middle East, North America, South Asia, and beyond - have been in constant engagement with the changing material and social conditions of human experience. The conference will explore the multiple ways that Muslims in various places have confronted and objected to these conditions historically and in the present. These changing conditions have been evaluated from a variety of vantage points, whether through sociological, theological, economic, historical, or artistic means. Studies of affect, comportment,…

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Jewish Food in the Global South

March 4, 2017 | 11:00 am - March 5, 2017 | 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies for their symposium on Jewish food in the Global South. Events are listed below:   Cooking Class at Southern Season Saturday, March 4 | 11:00am Author of “Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France” and ten other cookbooks, Joan Nathan is an award winning author and joins us to celebrate the upcoming May release of her latest title. Pre-registration is required. There are a limited number of seats are…

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MarHaba مرحبا for Syrian Families

March 4, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

We are happy to welcome you to a fun gathering for the children of new the Syrian immigrants (refugees) and their families. Lots of fun activities are waiting including: Art & Crafts, Music and Songs, ARABIC Books for ALL ages, and Games. Volunteers are needed! Please sign up on this Google Doc if you would like to volunteer. Please contact Doria el Kerdany doriayk@gmail.com at with questions.   New West, room 219 UNC-Chapel Hill

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CANCELLED: Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat: “The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the New US Administration”

March 6, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please note that this event has been cancelled, and is no longer occurring. As the new US administration begins to interact with the Middle East region, and with Palestine and Israel specifically, what are some of the main challenges and potential successes Palestinians could face in the near future? What type of relationship can Palestinian leaders expect to have with the new administration? And what can be done to revive the political process and achieve peace? Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat of the…

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CANCELLED: Panel Discussion: “Palestine and US Relations” with Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat and Duke Professors David Schanzer and miriam cooke

March 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please note that this event has been cancelled, and is no longer occurring. The US-Palestinian relationship has shaped much of Middle East politics for decades. Despite a close working relationship with Israel, the United States has often tried to serve the role of the ‘honest broker’ in handling the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has, in turn, necessitated an effective working relationship with Palestine. The relative strain on, or warmth of, this relationship has always been in flux and responsive to current…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

March 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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*edited by Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi   Please join us for a roundtable on our colleague Daanish Faruqi's new edited book called Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy (London: Oneworld Press, 2017).   Daanish Faruqi, PhD Student in History, will present the book, and then Frances Hasso and Michael Hardt will provide commentaries based on their readings of it, followed by an open discussion.   RSVP for the lunch and a copy of…

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CANCELLED: Public Lecture: “Two-State Solution vs. One-State Solution”

March 7, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please note that this event has been cancelled, and is no longer occurring. Perhaps one of the most resounding questions in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict is the configuration which any potential state would take. The Two-State Solution, proposing an independent Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, perhaps with a change in borders, has its proponents. Others advocate a One-State Solution, in which the Palestinian territories are fully integrated into Israel and Palestinians are extended the full legal rights of Israeli citizens.…

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Unani Medicine in India: Early Families, Colonial Contestations and Modern Practice

March 7, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Caldwell Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the South Asia Working Group for a talk by Professor Stewart Gordon, Senior Research Scholar at the South Asia Center of the University of Michigan. He has spent significant time travelling and researching in India. His dizzying range of research interests, his prolific publication output and his interest in developing new pedagogical techniques for teaching about South Asia and the world, will be of interest not only to faculty and students interested in Islamicate South Asia and alternative medical…

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Redefining Leadership with Dr. Alaa Murabit

March 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join DISC, the Center for Muslim Life, and Dr. Alaa Murabit as she speaks on redefining leadership in our current times. Alaa Murabit is a UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. She was recently named a 2017 “Forbes 30 Under 30” for her work in global health policy.  An Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest…

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Public Lecture: “Hebrew, Arabic, and Death: Palestine-Israel and the Global Novel” with Anna Bernard (Kings College London)

March 9, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Anna Bernard (Kings College London) introduces her book Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration, and Israel/Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2013). The crisis in Israel/Palestine has long been the world's most visible military conflict. Yet the region's cultural and intellectual life remains all but unknown to most foreign observers, which means that literary texts that make it into circulation abroad tend to be received as historical documents rather than aesthetic artefacts. Rhetorics of Belonging examines the diverse ways in which Palestinian and…

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Students: Advocacy Lunch with Dr. Alaa Murabit

March 9, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

DISC and the Center for Muslim Life invite you to come and join Dr. Alaa Murabit for a Student Advocacy Workshop. Dr. Alaa Murabit will teach students skills to advocate for themselves and the community. Lunch will be served.   This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students - to participate please fill out the following Qualtrics form here.   Duke West Campus Duke University

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Meet your Fellow American Muslims

March 11, 2017 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Raleigh Friends Meeting, 625 Tower St.
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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We open our doors with open hearts to have you at our annual open house. Here you will be able to meet your fellow American Muslim neighbors.  In addition you will have the opportunity to hear the call for prayer, observe one of the daily prayers, as well as hear Quran recitation by children, and meet the local Imam.  We are also proud to provide you with an opportunity to ask local scholars any question you may have about Islam. …

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Concert: The Nile Project

March 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Talley Student Union, NC State University, 2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
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Join NC State University for the Nile Project Concert | Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:30pm, Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union The first Nile Project U.S. tour in 2015 earned raves from coast to coast. The New York Times called them “a committed, euphoric international coalition,” and Afropop Worldwide said the Nile Project was “nothing short of revolutionary.” In 2017, the Nile Project launched their second U.S. tour with an extended residency at NC State from March 15 to 21.…

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Film Screening: The Common Link

March 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Common Link is a documentary project that that tells the stories of eight individuals living in Lebanon. It features people who have in some way transcended ethnic or religious boundaries to help one another – simply because of the one thing that connects us all: our shared humanity. Laila Knio, a senior Park Scholar born in Lebanon, traveled back to her birthplace to capture and share these stories: a Muslim Sheikh whose family provided flour to a blockaded…

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Lecture: “A Spring without Flowers: Perennial Egypt” with Dr. Margot Badran

March 17, 2017 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Durham Technical Community College, 1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703 United States
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  A look at Egypt and how social, cultural, and creative enterprises have flowed out of “revolution” as people, mainly youth, have been re-directing their energy and dreams from their days on the streets into fashioning new lives while holding onto their ideals.  Dr. Margot Badran is a recognized voice on Islamic feminism and its potential for furthering human rights and democracy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown…

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Egypt: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

March 18, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In collaboration with the African Studies Center and Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations Archaeologist Jennifer Gates-Foster will discuss how life in Egypt changed during the era of Greek and Roman rule (4th century BC-7th century AD). She will discuss changes in the administration and organization of the country and its cities, including Alexandria, as well as the transformations that took in religious practices, domestic settings and burial customs. Next, author and Arabic scholar, Doria El-Kerdany, will…

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The Persian Art Center in Carolina Presents: A Nowruz Celebration

March 19, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of Persian music in honor of the Persian New Year. The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30pm, followed by a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani. Live Persian music and poetry will follow from 5:00-7:30pm with a break for refreshments. The door will be closed upon the start of the program: please be on time!   The Persian Art Center in Carolina honors, respects and promotes Freedom…

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Panel Event: Environmental Futures in the Middle East

March 20, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Environmental insecurities are increasingly part of the political landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Citizens throughout the MENA experience a lack of access to water and sanitation, protracted drought, and conflict with links to natural resources. Speakers will address how they imagine environmental future in the MENA, taking into account climate change impacts on water resources, the role of environmental activists, human security, and ecosystem health. Speakers include Neda Zawahei, Associate Professor of Political Science at Cleveland…

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Lecture: Crisis in the Middle East: How Refugees and Families Cope and Look to the Future

March 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Please join the Program in the Humanities and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations for an evening with Bill Corcoran. ANERA President Bill Corcoran discusses the challenges and needs of Syrian refugees and poor Palestinian families in Gaza. From lack of clean water to out-of-school youth, several issues afflict these communities and can continue to do so for generations to come. As an expert in refugee aid and development in the Middle East, Bill…

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Lecture: “Trade and Family in the Middle East: A Private Archive from Upper Egypt” with Dr. Terence Walz

March 22, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Dr. Terence Walz is pioneering in studying "The al-Jawhari Papers" which is the only private cache of documents from nineteenth-century Upper Egypt surfaced so far. This is a small archive of family papers belonging to the al-Jawhari family of Asyut who were prominent in the trade of Upper Egypt between 1830 and 1865. They traded primarily in grain between the river towns of Upper Egypt and Cairo but they also dealt in Sudanese goods that came to the city…

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Opening Reception: Capturing the Moment: Centuries of the Passover Haggadah (An Exhibit from the Collections of the Duke University Libraries)

March 22, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Duke University Libraries invite you to the opening reception featuring Professor Kalman Bland (Duke Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies) for an exhibit of the Passover Haggadah, a Jewish text written for the Passover Seder meal.  This exhibit explores the long and interesting history of the Haggadot (pl. of Haggadah) and how their illustrations and texts shed light on cultural, religious and political changes.   For more information contact meg.brown@duke.edu.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the…

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Humanities Happy Hour: American Anxiety & Islamic Terrorism with Professor Charles Kurzman

March 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Top of the Hill – Back Bar, 100 East Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Join Professor of Sociology, Charles Kurzman at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on January 18 for Humanities Happy Hour. During this free casual event, Dr. Kurzman will discuss why American fears of Islamic terrorism are often exaggerated. Come raise a glass with one of Carolina’s finest faculty. Free snacks and a little bit of knowledge! For more information, visit http://humanities.unc.edu/event/humanities-happy-hour-american-anxiety-islamic-terrorism/. Sponsored by the UNC Program in the Humanities.

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Chuck Hagel and Dan Bolger: “Who is the Enemy in the Middle East?”

March 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Park Shops 200 NC State University, Park Shops 200 NC State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join retired Army lieutenant general Dan Bolger, a teaching assistant professor in NC State's Department of History, to discuss the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Chuck Hagel served as Secretary of Defense from 2013 - 2015 in the Obama administration. He served as a U.S. Senator from Nebraska from 1997 - 2009. He is the former chairman of the Atlantic Council; served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (2009–2012); was a Distinguished Professor…

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The United States Mission in Afghanistan: A View from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction

March 23, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sanford Building, Room 003, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  John Sopko, Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction, will speak at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, March 23. His discussion with Professor David Schanzer on "The United States Mission in Afghanistan: A View from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction," is free and open to the public. Mr. Sopko, who has held the position of Inspector General since 2012, will provide his insights on the United States' experience in Afghanistan and will speak about the…

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Film Screening: “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” with Q&A

March 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fourth film in the semester-long Documenting the Middle East Film Festival. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” is a documentary from Turkey. A Q&A with Didem Havlioğlu will follow the screening. The Turkish film industry “Yeşilçam” was both financially and structurally weak. But with the help of basically non-existing copyright law, Yeşilçam filmmakers started producing remakes of European, American, and Indian movies. But they did not simply remake the movies scene by scene, they were using the movies’ soundtracks or even special…

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“Namour” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

March 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on March 23rd for a film screening and discussion of “Namour.”  This screening is part of a debut screening event ahead the Netflix release. From Ava Durvernay’s ARRAY Films, A stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou. Chronicling the unraveling…

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Performance: Martha Graham Dance Company

March 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm - March 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Hailed for its commitment to the leading edge of modern dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs adventurous new works created by some of today’s top dance-makers side by side with the most profound and influential choreography by Martha Graham. Often compared with Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel, this revolutionary artist is an icon of 20th-century modernism. The Company embodies her uniquely American style of dance, which has influenced generations of artists and captivated audiences worldwide. This program features a CPA Commissioned Work by choreographer…

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Lecture: “The Was and There Was Not: Public Space in the Chimerical City; Beirut, 1990-2006″ by Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University

March 24, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Phillips Hall, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Keynote Speakers for the 3rd Annual Art Student Graduate Organization Symposium: Art, Media and Social Unrest Hasan Elahi, University of Maryland, College Park “The New Normal” AND Hannah Feldman, Northwestern University “The Was and There Was Not: Public Space in the Chimerical City; Beirut, 1990-2006″ March 24, 2017, 4:00 PM 265 Phillips Hall Elahi Bio Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. Elahi’s work has been presented in numerous…

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Dare to Dream: An Educational Conference on Peace and Justice

March 24, 2017 | 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, native of Bethlehem, will host a weekend conference on peace and justice in Palestine. Internationally recognized for his work as an educator, author, advocate for human rights and peace, he brings an update on challenges in the aftermath of US elections and how his community strives to instill hope, improve lives and promote the richness of Palestinian heritage and culture through social support programs and institutions that educate from childhood through college.   This event is…

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Dare to Dream: An Educational Conference on Peace and Justice

March 25, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, native of Bethlehem, will host a weekend conference on peace and justice in Palestine. Internationally recognized for his work as an educator, author, advocate for human rights and peace, he brings an update on challenges in the aftermath of US elections and how his community strives to instill hope, improve lives and promote the richness of Palestinian heritage and culture through social support programs and institutions that educate from childhood through college.   This event…

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Reform Cinema in Iran: A Book Talk by Author Blake Atwood

March 26, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Blake Atwood of the University of Texas at Austin will discuss his book Reform Cinema in Iran in a free public program at the Art Gallery in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union at UNC. A selection of recent additions to the UNC Library’s Persian collection will be on view during the program. Continue the celebration with the UNC Persian Cultural Society’s celebration of Nowruz, 5:30pm – 9:30pm in the Great Hall of the Student Union. For more information, please click here or…

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UNC Nowruz/Persian New Year Celebration

March 26, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Persian Cultural Society for their annual Nowruz/Persian New Year Celebration on Sunday, March 26th from 5:30-9:30PM in the Great Hall of the Student Union. Enjoy a full course dinner buffet (catered by Flame Kabob), performances, DJ, dancing, and more! Tickets are  $12/student, $25/non-student. Early-bird discounted prices through February! Click here to purchase tickets. Please also join UNC Libraries for "UNC's Persian Library Collections and Scholarship" from 4:30-5:30pm in the Art Gallery of the Union. Admission is free. For more information, please click here.   Great…

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Global Leaders Foreign Policy Lunch & Learn: Refugees & North Carolina

March 27, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Carolina Center for Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Please join Go Global NC on Monday, March 27 for an insightful and educational discussion on the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, the refugee admissions and resettlement process, the current composition and status of North Carolina’s refugee communities, and the history of Middle East-origin refugees in North Carolina.    Since 2008, Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding) has been at the forefront in preparing North Carolina legislators, business executives, and community leaders to address…

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Symposium on Muslim African Intellectual History

March 27, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please mark your calendars and join us in hosting a number of African scholars on Monday, March 27th, 2:00-5:00 for a small symposium on Muslim African intellectual history. Ousmane Kane, Harvard University will deliver the keynote, “Beyond Timbuktu: an intellectual history of Muslim West Africa.” This will be followed by a panel and discussion. Please click here for more information and the full schedule.   This event is sponsored by the History Department, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan…

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African Migration in Comparative Perspective Film Screening: ‘Fire At Sea’ (2016)

March 27, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for the kick-off to the 'African Migration in Comparative Perspective' conference with a screening of 'Fire at Sea.' An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by…

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Lecture: The Kitāb al-turjumān: a chronicle of a controversial scholar with an exclusivist political discourse in 20th-century Mali by Professor Mohamed Shaid Mathee of University of Johannesburg

March 28, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Kitāb al-turjumān is a long and important twentieth-century Timbuktu chronicle, which deserves the attention of modern scholarship. Order and stability are pervasive themes of the chronicle. However, the chronicle’s author, Muḥammad Maḥmūd wuld al-Shaykh, a first-rated scholar trained in the Muslim religious-intellectual tradition, was a man marred by controversy. His personal and political ambitions did him no favour either, to the extent that even astonishing exaggerations about him abound. Furthermore, wuld al-Shaykh agitated vociferously against the incorporation of…

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Global Projects Showcase Lunch

March 28, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Want to travel next summer? Looking to fund your global project? Enjoy a showcase of students’ research, experiences and travel stories from a variety of fields and global destinations. Learn more about past international summer projects the Center for Global Initiatives has funded from the students themselves. Lunch will be provided. This showcase will feature the following speaker and additional speakers TBD: – Jalyn McNeal, Global Studies major, Passport to Go! awardee and Foreign Language and Area Studies Award recipient…

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Conference: Islam and Muslims in Media

March 28, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In today’s political climate, how are Islam and Muslims portrayed in the media?  Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Carengie Corporation of New York sponsor this in-depth conference featuring insights and commentary from top journalists Mehdi Hasan, David Graham, and Abigail Hauslohner.   For more information, click here or contact Julie Maxwell.   Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson) Duke University

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Public Lecture: “Muslim Women in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism” with Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin)

March 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin) introduces her book Muslims in the Balkans Between Nationalism and Transnationalism (OUP USA, 2013). With the newly-gained religious freedom, and in the context of multiple structural and cultural transitions, Muslim communities underwent remarkable transformations. They sought to renegotiate their place in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies. They reclaimed their Islamic faith, practices, and identities in a complex geopolitical situation dominated (particularly after 9/11) by anti-Muslim sentiments. The rising…

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Lecture: “Muslim Women in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism” with Prof. Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College, Dublin)

March 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In spite of the powerful secularization processes under communism and the ensuing transformation of religious institutions, authorities, practices, and levels of faith commitment, the religious factor remained an important cultural force and identity marker in the Balkans. Moreover, religious outlooks continued to shape and inform gender regimes.  Postcommunist developments in the Balkans brought about a significant redefinition of the roles and status of Muslim women—both in the Muslim communities themselves and in the larger societies. Drawing on literature from the region…

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Lecture: “What drives U.S. foreign policy on the Palestine Israel conflict?” with Prof. Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco)

March 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Stephen Zunes, PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council…

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23rd Annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies: Dia.gnosis

March 30, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 1, 2017 | 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to welcome professors, students, and independent scholars to the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. Over the past twenty-two years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all over the globe present papers on literature, film, and interdisciplinary topics in…

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Seminar: Revisiting the Development-Security Nexus: Civilian and Military Perspectives

March 30, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dreyfus Auditorium, Research Triangle Park 27709 + Google Map

In the international community, addressing the global challenges of poverty, instability, violence, terrorism, disease pandemics, and state fragility is an enduring premise that calls for a combination of socioeconomic development and security interventions. Policy responses that join development and security involve the expertise and resources of national government agencies, international organizations, military and police forces, non-governmental organizations and civil society, plus academics and the research community. The policy analytic and operational frames applied to the development–security nexus influence what solutions…

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Lecture: “U.S. Policy towards Israel/Palestine and Fading Hopes for a Two-State Solution” with Prof. Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco)

March 30, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

For nearly a quarter century, the United States has played the contradictory role of chief mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the primary diplomatic, economic, and military supporters of the more powerful of the two parties. During this period, the United States has opposed substantive involvement by the United Nations, insisting that whether and to what extent the occupation should end could come only through the voluntary assent of the occupying power. Now, with the failure of the Trump administration…

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Palestinian Culture Night at Hanes Art Auditorium

March 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    Join Students for Justice in Palestine for a celebration of Palestinian culture that includes instrumentalist and filmmaker Sijal Nasralla, spoken- word artist Zaina Alsous, Emmy Award-winning poet Tariq Luthun, and a traditional Palestinian dance team (Dabkeh) headed by Sarena Triesh.   This event is sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, click here.   Hanes Art Auditorium, Room 121 UNC Chapel Hill

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Conference: “Performing Commemoration: Musical Reenactment and the Politics of Trauma”

March 31, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 2, 2017 | 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

At the heart of this project lies the question: What is it to perform commemoration? Many musicologists and ethnomusicologists over the past few decades have attended to the performative dimension of commemorative activity—through such critical lenses as national and transnational cultures, the transfer of social memory, and the relation between individual and collective expression in music. In this conference, we ask what it is to think of commemoration as a performed mode of remembrance, and how the commemorative mode serves…

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Lecture: “The Algerian Remake: Kamel Daoud and Bouasalem Sansal” with Prof. Corbin Treacy (FSU)

March 31, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This talk analyzes a trend in twenty-first century Algerian literature wherein authors rewrite canonical European works and situate them in Algeria. I focus on two examples by two controversial figures: Kamel Daoud and Boualem Sansal. Daoud's Meursault, contre-enquête (2013), a retelling of Camus's L'étranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother, was met with global critical acclaim and turned Daoud into something of a global literary celebrity. Sansal's recently published 2084: La fin du monde (2015) uses…

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Urdu Majlis

March 31, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us Friday March 31, 2017 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 Ghulam Rabbani Taban (1914-1992). The event will also have original poetry by participants and refreshments.   This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is…

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Performance: Sounds of Kolachi

March 31, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, the new 10-piece supergroup of vocalists and instrumentalists from Karachi (formerly known as Kolachi) blurs raga and western harmony, counterpoint and South Asian melodic lines, all without losing the groove. In this instantly listenable ensemble, South Asian classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi are on equal footing with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. Guiding the journey, composer, theorist and singer Ahsan Bari spins outrageous, bluesy, modal riffs. Like the West’s Son Lux…

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April 2017

Tea with Tagouri

April 1, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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UNC MSA presents Tea with Tagouri! Our special guest, Noor Tagouri, will be joining us the afternoon of April 1st as she shares a universally powerful message of acceptance and embracing individuality in a multi-cultural society.  Noor is a first-generation Libyan American and on-air journalist for Newsy with a social media following rapidly approaching one million. Since launching the viral #letnoorshine campaign in 2012, she has gained international attention, including a history-making appearance in the October 2016 “Renegades” issue of Playboy, in which…

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Lecture | Russia and Turkey: Between Cooperation and Discord, Dimitar Bechev (CSEEES Fellow)

April 3, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Drawing on his forthcoming book entitled Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press), CSEEES Fellow Dimitar Bechev will explore the complex political, security, and economic ties between Russia and Turkey. Starting from the early 1990s, the two former imperial rivals have developed a pragmatic relationship based on growing levels of interdependence in the area of energy as well as on converging foreign policy preferences. They have sought to minimize conflicts and frictions in the Black Sea region, the Balkans, and…

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Israel Fest 2017

April 4, 2017 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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An all-encompassing event that celebrates all things Israel! Come learn about the culture, language, technology, food, and other entities that make Israel a great and unique country! There will be free food and t-shirts; make sure to stop by! This event is open to all students, staff, friends, family, and the entire UNC Chapel Hill community. This event is co-sponsored by Chabad at UNC & Duke, North Carolina Hillel, CHAI: Chapel Hill Ahavat Israel Committee, J Street UNC, Heels for Israel, Project Krav Maga, The Hebrew…

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Brownbag Session with Mr. Courtney Brown on the Encompassing Wars in Syria

April 5, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Join Mr. Courtney Brown on April 5th to discuss the three encompassing wars in Syria: the war between the opposition and Assad, the war against ISIS (and how the US Government is approaching it), the war within the opposition (between moderate and extremist elements (consisting of al Qaeda). For the past five years, Courtney Brown has lived in Turkey managing humanitarian and non-lethal assistance programs for the US State Department inside Syria.  Working as part of the Syria Transition Assistance…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Iraqi Pioneer Art” with Dr. Nedda Ibrahim

April 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Iraqi Pioneer Art era began in the 1930s and flourished throughout the mid-century until its abrupt end in the 1990s. Dr. Ibrahim's presentation will introduce the main pioneer artists of the movement, focus on the Iraqi diaspora’s artists, and on the impact of the current political situation towards the future of Iraq's cultural heritage. Dr. Ibrahim's grandfather, Mohammed Saleh Zeki, and uncle, Zaid Saleh Zeki, were both active in the Iraqi Pioneer art movement and instrumental in advancing the…

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Public Talk: ““Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” with Gül İnanç

April 5, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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What is the cost of learning for refugee youth? On April 5, scholar Gül İnanç will give context to the question as part of a talk hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 5, İnanç will present “Against All Odds: Access of Refugee Youth to Higher Education” in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. The talk will focus on the current situation of refugees and their access to education in the Southeast…

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Film Screening: Little Gandhi

April 5, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join the Arab Student Organization for a screening of the Little Gandhi Movie followed by a discussion with its director, Sam Kadi, on Wednesday, April 5th at the Union Auditorium. Little Gandhi documents the story of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, whose brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent uprisings in modern history. It has been shown in Congress, the Canadian Parliament, and across the…

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Panel Discussion: Understanding and Combating Islamophobia

April 5, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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The People’s Teach-­in Series presents "Understanding and Combating Islamophobia." A panel discussion with - Dr. Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar of Islamic Studies Dr. Sarah Shields, Associate Professor in history and Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor Dr. Charlie Kurzman, Associate Professor in Sociology and Middle East Studies Khadiga Konsouh, UNC Muslim Student Association Vice President Fatema Ahmed, Muslims, for, Social, Justice Carolina Legal Services Hosted by Respect For All Tar Heels, a graduate and professional…

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Film: Docunight #36: Sonita

April 5, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Sonita, Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015 / 91 min, Persian with English Subtitles   If the 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother! She is a dreamer, always writing things about her big dream of becoming a famous rapper in her scrapbook. This, given the fact that women are not even allowed to sing in Iran! So for the time being, her only fans are the other teenage…

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Lecture | “Translation as an Ideological State Apparatus: The Universal Library of the Turkish Cultural Revolution” with Dr. Fırat Oruç, Georgetown University- Qatar

April 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Fırat Oruç Firat Oruc is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2010. His teaching specialties include contemporary global literature, 20th century Anglophone writing, literatures of the Middle East, and world cinema. His current book project is a comparative study of world literature and institutions of translation in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran.   This talk is presented by the Carolina Seminar…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Asiyeh

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Asiyeh An intelligent, no-nonsense bonesetter in northern Iran…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Waiting for Hassana

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Waiting for Hassana Jessica, an escapee, recollects a…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm - April 9, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. There are several Middle East-related films this year. Please click the links below for more information.   Thursday, April 6 — 4:00 pm Cinema 1 | Asiyeh…

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Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke

April 6, 2017 | 5:00 pm - April 8, 2017 | 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

SAVE THE DATE! Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke April 6–8, 2017 Duke University The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies is honored to announce an international conference to honor Professor miriam cooke’s multifaceted career on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. cooke’s colleagues and friends will gather to address issues of relevance to miriam’s artistic and scholarly interests including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mediterranean cities, Islamic feminism, gender and conflict, and literature. Each of the…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Zaatari Djinn

April 7, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Zaatari Djinn This incandescent portrait documents four children…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Last Men in Aleppo

April 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Last Men in Aleppo Urgent and harrowing, this…

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Conference: GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

April 8, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Do you have plans to go abroad? Are you considering having a global opportunity? You should attend GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics. The free conference helps students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for community engagement, and develop intercultural competencies. The conference covers interdisciplinary topics for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether you have been abroad 100 times or this is your first time considering a global opportunity, come join us for a day full of…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Botanist (ботаник)

April 8, 2017 | 4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Durham Convention Center, 301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The Botanist (ботаник) This breathtaking short follows Raimberdi…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | I’M OKAY

April 8, 2017 | 4:20 pm - 6:00 pm
Durham Convention Center, 301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. I’M OKAY Adult themes unfold through the perspective…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Black Out

April 8, 2017 | 4:40 pm - 5:30 pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. Black Out School children in Guinea are willing…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | City of Ghosts

April 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. City of Ghosts Captivating in its immediacy, City…

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Challenge

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Carolina Theater, Carolina Theater, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC United States
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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The Challenge Miles of barren desert provide the…

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From Durham, To Syria With Love: A Benefit for Displaced Syrian Refugees at Motorco Music Hall

April 9, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC United States
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Bands and artists from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill Music Community have partnered with the local chapter of Americans for Refugees in Crisis (ARC) to raise awareness about how Americans can engage, adopt and change the lives of Syrian refugee families living in crisis. Funds raised from the event will go towards ARC’s sponsored Syrian family, the Diab's. Together we can help them leave a refugee camp in Lebanon and move into safer, cleaner and healthier apartment environment, while they…

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Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment

April 10, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi examines Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution as an attempt to write the history of the present without binding commitments to a teleological historiography. Is it possible for a people to envision and desire futures uncharted by already existing schemata of history? Is it possible to think of dignity, justice, and liberty outside the cognitive maps and principles of the Enlightenment?   Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is Associate Professor of Sociology and History. He is the author of Islam and Dissent…

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Understanding Islam and Muslims: A Panel Discussion

April 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the UNC Campus Y, and the UNC Muslim Students Association for a discussion about Islam and the variety of lived experiences of Muslim Americans. Panelists will answer FAQ’s, share personal experiences, discuss current challenges, and answer questions from participants. The event aims to help create a campus environment of understanding and inclusivity. Panelists include: -Mariam Baaj, Education Chair, UNC Muslim Students Association -Dr. Carl Ernst, William…

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Duke University’s Race Workshop presents: Acting Muslim – Religious identity performance and the 1stAmendments during the war on terror and the Trump moment with Khaled Beydoun

April 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

    Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. A Critical Race Theorist, Professor Beydoun’s research examines the legal construction of Arab and Muslim American identity, the foundational and modern development of Islamophobia, and the intersection of national security policy, civil liberties and citizenship.   Race Workshop is supported by the Sociology department, the African…

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Making Moderate Islam: a Conversation with Dr. Rosemary Corbett

April 11, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Rosemary Corbett joins us to discuss her recently published book, "Making Moderate Islam: Sufism, Service, and the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Controversy". Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque," Dr. Corbett traces the broader history of pressures placed on religious minorities in the last century to conform to dominant American frameworks for race, gender, and political economy. These include the encouraging of community groups to provide social services to the dispossessed…

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Lecture: The Arabic Collection in the Library of Congress with Dr. Muhannad Salhi

April 12, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Dr. Muhannad Salhi is an Arab World Specialist of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the The Library of Congress. Dr. Salhi will provide an overview of the history and present state of the collection. This event is part of the History Department’s "Archives of Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean" Program. A light lunch will be provided.   Sponsors: Professional Affairs Committee of the Librarians Assembly of Duke University; Triangle Seminar on the Histories of Muslim Societies & Communities.…

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Europe Week Film Screening and Q&A: Fire at Sea

April 12, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for an introduction by Dr. John Pickles, Earl N Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies in the UNC Department of Geography, and the film afterwards. About Fire at Sea: An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a…

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Performance: Sanam Marvi

April 12, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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With enthralling performances that draw deeply from one of the world’s great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s next inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk and Sufi texts. A vocal warrior for tolerance, pirituality and peace, her renditions balance immediacy and elegant ornamentation, lending new light to a cherished repertoire of Sufi, Ghazal, qawwali and folk songs. An in-demand artist too rarely heard outside émigré circles, this rising star’s revelatory interpretations of the sub-continent’s mystics reach across cultural borders…

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Music on the Porch: Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks

April 13, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join the Center for the Study of the American South for a free outdoor concert series, Music on the Porch. CSAS is proud to be a stop on the River Kings 2.0 tour, which spans from New Orleans to Brooklyn. One of the featured artists, Marco Pave, has been described as a "millennial Muslim from Memphis." Marco conducts workshops around the country on hip-hop and social justice, and he advocates greater support for the arts. For more information, click here.…

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Documenting the Middle East Film Festival: The Wanted 18 & a 10-minute trailer for Al-Nakba and the City of Lyd: A Work in Progress

April 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Wanted 18 will be introduced by Nancy Kalow (Center for Documentary Studies) and the trailer for Al-Nakba and the City of Lyd will be introduced by the director Sarah Friedland. After both, there will be a Q&A with Nancy Kalow, Sarah Friedland, and Sofia Farah, a UNC graduate student from a town near where The Wanted 18 takes place!   In The Wanted 18, it is 1987, and the first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank is rising.…

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Poetry Reading from “Nomadologies” by Erdağ Göknar

April 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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Award-winning translator and Turkish scholar Erdağ Göknar comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new collection of poetry, Nomadologies. The poems in Nomadologies connect moments of separation and union in a life lived between Turkey and America. Taking its organizing principle from the grammar of nomadic life, Nomadologies reveals that mobility is the most efficient strategy for sustaining contradictory existences. Here, we learn that poetry is a landscape of inhabitation, and perpetual exile is one's…

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Turkish Music Night- A Fundraiser for ATA-NC

April 15, 2017 | 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tallulah’s Restaurant Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a night of live music at Tallulas Restaurant in Chapel Hill to raise money for ATA-NC, including events like the annual Children's Day Festival of Cary, Nazım Hikmet Poetry Festival, and national holiday celebrations.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Joining us from Istanbul, ney (Turkish reed flute) virtuoso Burcu Karadağ will be accompanied by New York-based oud (ud) player Yücel Üstündağ and keyboardist Zafer Çakadur as these three talented musicians play…

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Meet the Authors: Nahida Halaby Gordon and Samia Halaby

April 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Authors Nahida Halaby Gordon and Samia Halaby will be presenting readings from their books at the Whole Foods community room, Ridgewood shopping center on Wade Avenue in Raleigh. Nahida Halaby Gordon, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in Probability and Statistics at Case Western Reserve University has a deep interest in Palestine, which motivated her to serve as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Birzeit University, Palestine. And with the support of a US Congress, Fulbright-Hayes Senior Scholar Program grant engaged in an exchange program…

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Soup for Syria: A lunchtime presentation with Janet Cowell

April 18, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Glenwood, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612 United States
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You are invited to a captivating lunchtime presentation from former State Treasurer Janet Cowell. She has just returned from Jordan where she learned first-hand about the Syrian refugee crisis, its effect on children and the humanitarian efforts to help them. We will have soups honoring traditions from around the world, salads and breads for lunch, and all proceeds will go toward QuestScope.org to support its work helping Syrian children in Jordan. Please bring your CHECK for $25 (or more!) made…

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Mr. Essam El-Din Ibrahim: “The relationship between the Ancient Egyptian language and the Egyptian colloquial”

April 18, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Mr. Essam El-Din Ibrahim is a Director of the Department of Technical Support and Electronic Communication at the Ministry of Antiquities Technical Office, and a former director of the Egyptian museum.   Mr. Essam El-Din Ibrahim will give a lecture from Egypt via Skype on Tuesday, April 18 in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Beginning at 6:30 PM, students in Arabic classes at UNC will  compete in Qur’an and calligraphy competitions. Winning…

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Islam and Black Feminism with Dr. Jamillah Karim

April 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join us as we welcome Dr. Jamillah Karim for her talk, “Islam and Black Feminism”. Karim is a former Professor of Religion at Spelman College who specializes in Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity. She is also the author of "American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender" and the co-author of "Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam".…

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Film Screening: White Helmets

April 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

No Lost Generations is an national campus organization that has just started up this year at UNC to spread awareness about refugees and support organizations that are rising to aid displaced persons, with special emphasis on Middle Eastern refugees in light of the Syrian crisis. We will be showing the Oscars winning White Helmets in Bingham 121 and later lead a discussion on the movie's topic. Sponsored by: No Lost Generations. Contact No Lost Generations president Rain Brennan at nolostgenerationunc@gmail.com with…

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Cultural Event: Mimouna Celebration

April 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Carolina Hillel, 210 West Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Hebrew Program at UNC and UNC Hillel invites you to Mimouna, a Moroccan Style Celebration at the End Passover. Mimouna is the post-Passover celebration of friendship, brotherhood, and unity that is observed in Moroccan Jewish communities. It is a twenty-four hour celebration which begins immediately with the conclusion of Passover. It is viewed by many as the formal return to “chametz” (leavened bread) after such foods was forbidden over the course of the holiday. The theme of Mimouna is…

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An Economy of Knowledge in the Eastern Mediterranean with Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College

April 20, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This presentation, focused on intellectual life in the Eastern Mediterranean around 1500, will show how much Renaissance Italy owes to earlier scholars located in Islamic societies. The link between the Renaissance and earlier centuries was a network of Jewish scholars who bridged the Ottoman Empire, Candia (on Crete), and the Veneto.  These scholars exchanged information on topics that included astronomy, astrology, medicine, philosophy, and religious thought.  Although historians of science have been most attracted to the possibility of explaining the…

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Tea & Talk Series: Samee Siddiqui: Pan-Islamism and Anti-Colonialism in the Interwar Period: The Career of Muhammad Barkatullah (1864-1927)

April 20, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This talk will look at the life of an Indian Muslim figure, Muhammad Barkatullah (1864-1927), who midway through his career transitioned from being a cosmopolitan intellectual to an anti-British revolutionary. Not only was his career based almost entirely outside of British India (including the United States and Japan), he helped connect the overseas Indian nationalist network to Pan-Islamists, Pan-Asianists, the Irish Republicans and the Bolsheviks. Through the lens of this Indian revolutionary, this talk will explore anti-colonialism, Pan-Islamism, race and civilizational discourse from the late…

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Carolina Gender, War and Culture Studies Series | Islamic State, Women and Violence: Dr. miriam cooke

April 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 | 5:30–7:00 pm • UNC Chapel Hill • Hamilton Hall 569 The millennial association of rape and war was challenged in 2001 when the ICTY decreed that rape in war constituted a crime against humanity. Although men in all parts of the world at war have not been dissuaded from attacking women and men sexually, their actions are now more likely to be publicized and sometimes even prosecuted. Above all, victims are no longer always shamed…

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The James P. Gorter Annual Lecture presents: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

April 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Khizr Khan, a Muslim American Gold Star father, entered the national spotlight when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Khan is a lawyer and holds degrees from Punjab University and Harvard Law School. His work deals with the fields of immigration and international business law and founded a pro bono project to provide legal services for the families of men and women serving in the military.   James P. Gorter Lectureship honors Jim’s contributions as founder and…

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Conference: Middle East and North African Migration Studies in a Time of Crisis

April 21, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host an international scholarly conference on Middle East and North African migration on April 21 & 22, 2017. The conference will be held at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) in  Withers Hall, Room 331. This conference will consider the problematics of studying human movement to, from, and within the Middle East and North Africa in a time of mass displacement and multiple refugee “crises.” The region has long been defined by…

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The Triangle Institute for Security Studies’ Thirteenth Annual Honor Student Dinner

April 21, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The Triangle Institute for Security Studies cordially invites you to come and listen to the presentations of four of the Triangle’s finest undergraduates at its Thirteenth Annual Honor Student Dinner. The event will take place in the Willow Lounge at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Reservations required. Please visit the event page and sign up no later than April 19th.   Invited speakers: Alexandra Gombar, UNC-Chapel Hill: UN Peacekeeping Responses to Genocide James Ferencsik, Duke: Counterterrorism and Salafi-Jihadist Radicalization Networks…

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NC Persian Festival

April 22, 2017 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Kerr Scott Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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Come join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a full day of fun! There will be cultural dance and music, art, poetry and cultural celebrations, as well as Persian food. Admission is $5. For more information please contact Freydoun Naeymi-rad at nismuc@hotmail.com.   Kerr Scott Building, NC State Fairground Raleigh, NC

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De-Constructing/Re-Constructing the Refugee Experience Monologues

April 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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On April 23, a group of Duke undergraduates will share spoken narratives of refugee life curated from interviews during a month of research with refugees in Jordan. The event, held at 6 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art, is part of a culmination of the students’ participation in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeImmerse program, which explores the dynamics of the global refugee crisis and the challenges it poses for refugees, host communities and international law. Each monologue will share aspects about…

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: Africa and the Middle East

April 24, 2017 | 12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Thinking about studying abroad? Interested in Africa or the Middle East? Come to this general information session to learn more about study abroad opportunities with a focus on programs in these regions.   Sponsored by the UNC Study Abroad Office.   FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2008 UNC-Chapel Hill

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Ancient Egyptian Language Workshop

April 24, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Mr. Essam El-Din Ibrahim is a Director of the Department of Technical Support and Electronic Communication at the Ministry of Antiquities Technical Office, and a former director of the Egyptian museum. In this workshop on April 2, 5:30-6:30pm, Mr. Ibrahim will build upon the previous lecture given April 18 on the "Relationship between the Ancient Egyptian Language and the Egyptian Colloquial". Following the lecture at 7:00 PM, the Best Dish competition will begin with the former, current and new Arabic students…

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Lecture: Mark Farha, ‘The Contagion of Confessionalism in the Middle East: Historical Sources and Political Remedies’

April 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Carolina Seminar on Global and Modern Transnational History for a talk by Mark Farha on 'The Contagion of Confessionalism in the Middle East: Historical Sources and Political Remedies'. Mark Farha obtained his PhD from Harvard University in 2007 where he also served as a Head Teaching Fellow with distinction.  From 2008-2015, he served as Assistant Professor of Government at the School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. He is a fellow of the University of Bielefeld and was…

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Lecture: “Soft and Hard Power in Islamic Political Thought” with Dr. Vasileios Syros

April 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Dr. Vasileios Syros is currently a Maurice Amado Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland. This presentation seeks to introduce a new perspective on Islamic debates on violence, by focusing on Islamic political advice literature on good government and the origins and effects of oppressive or arbitrary rule. In particular, it will explore how the distinction between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power can serve…

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Panel Discussion: Turkey’s 2017 Constitutional Referendum

April 27, 2017 | 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On April 16, 2017, the Turkish government passed a national constitutional referendum that significantly increases the power of the president. What does this mean for Turkey and what might happen next? Join us for a panel discussion tomorrow. Panelists include: Murat Sevinç, Professor of Constitutional Law Banu Gökariksel, Associate Professor of Geography, UNC Cemil Aydin, Associate Professor of History, UNC Didem Turkoglu, PhD Candidate, Sociology, UNC This event is sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Carolina Center…

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Workshop: The Trauma of Islamophobia and the Ethics of Social Justice in Practice and Policy with Anderson Al Wazni

April 28, 2017 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Freedom House Recovery Center, 102 New Stateside Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The Pro Bono Counseling Network Education Series Presents: The Trauma of Islamophobia and the Ethics of Social Justice in Practice and Policy The purpose of this workshop is to present the rise of Islamophobia within the United States as it relates to issues of social justice, advocacy, and clinical work with Muslim clients. The basic beliefs and demographics of the Muslim faith will be presented before examining the history of both U.S. policy and social activism in relationship to perpetuating myths…

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Triangle Conference on the History of Muslim Societies

April 28, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Franklin Humanities Institute, The Garage Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
Durham, NC United States
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For the full conference program, visit here. The Keynote Speech, “Religious Authority and Social History in the Islamic Near East Medieval Problems, Modern Solutions,” will be given by Jonathan Berkey, Davidson College on Friday afternoon at 3pm. Subsequent panels over the two-day event will include: Constructing Muslim Identities, Historical Legacies, The Levant in Historical Perspective, Muslims under Non-Muslim Rule, and Visual and Material Culture.   Food will be served on Saturday, April 29th- Please RSVP to mustafa.tuna@duke.edu. Sponsored by Triangle…

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Urdu Majlis Meeting

April 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dear Friends, Please join us Friday April 28, 2017 for the Aril meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Rais Amrohvi (1914-1988).   WHERE: Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 7:00 Saghar Siddiqui 8:00 Original poetry etc. by participants 9:00 Refreshments 9:30 Building closes   THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC This event is co-sponsored by the…

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Languages Across the Curriculum Workshop

April 29, 2017 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join UNC and Duke for a Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Professional Development Workshop. The workshop facilitator will be Dr. Suronda Gonzalez of Binghamton and chair of the CLAC Consortium. UNC-CH’s LAC Program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the language and literature curricula. The program aims to promote a better understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines. For more information about…

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May 2017

New Book Roundtable with Mona Hassan, Richard Bulliet & Vincent Cornell

May 1, 2017 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Please join us for a roundtable discussion of our colleague Mona Hassan’s new book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, December 2016) with Richard Bulliet (Columbia University) and Vincent Cornell (Emory University). Richard Bulliet and Vincent Cornell will present on the scholarly interventions of Longing for the Lost Caliphate followed by Mona Hassan’s response as the author and an open discussion of the book among those in attendance. In the United States and Europe, the…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Liberated Women in Shahnameh (the Book of Kings): The love story of Bijan and Manijeh”

May 7, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30, followed by a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani. The speaker is Mrs. Maryam Tabibzadeh who will lead a discussion on the powerful role of women in expressing themselves and demanding rights in Shahnameh, followed by the powerful and emotional love story of Bijan and Manijeh as an example. The presentation will be followed by live music and poetry readings from 6:30-7:30. The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors,…

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Feminist Geography Conference 2017: Insides and Outsides of Feminism

May 19, 2017 | 9:00 am - May 20, 2017 | 12:20 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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At this conference, there will be two sessions on geographies of Muslim women and several individual papers on the Middle East and Islam. Saturday, May 20: 9:00-10:30am: Muslim women's geographies - decolonizing discourses, re-writing everyday lives (Part I) FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005 *Awal, Akanksha: “Modernity, Mobility and Muslim young women in North India” *Herbert, Lily: “Is Hijab for Kazakh Girls?”: Shifting the Borders of Kazakh Nationhood and the Modern in Almaty, Kazakhstan” *Kamran, Sidra: “Desiring and resisting the…

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Turkish Food Festival

May 20, 2017 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Divan Center will host the 5th annual Turkish Food Festival. The event will feature delicious Turkish food, face painting, Turkish tea, water marbling, and Turkish coffee. It does not matter if you come to taste Turkish food for the first time or you just come back for more, the most important thing is to be together and have a good time. As the Turkish proverb says: "Neither coffee nor the coffeehouse is the heart's behest. The heart seeks friendship; coffee is…

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Syrian Refugee Picnic Potluck

May 20, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carrboro Carrboro, NC United States + Google Map

Join Muslims of the Triangle LIST, United Church of Chapel Hill and Zakat Foundation of America in welcoming our new Syrian neighbors at a picnic potluck! Please bring a vegetarian side dish or dessert to share (please don’t use alcohol or gelatin in the preparation of your dish). Syrian families will be preparing main dishes for all to share.  A $5-$10 donation per person is requested to offset cost. If you are able to help drive refugee families to and…

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June 2017

Nations in Transition: Mexico & Turkey – A Dialogues Seminar

June 3, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Mexico and Turkey are key nations in the recent social and political upheavals that have shaken public life in North America and Europe, yet outsiders often misunderstand the complex changes that are transforming both of these countries.  Join us for a Dialogues seminar with UNC Professors Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo and Cemil Aydin to explore the tensions within Mexican and Turkish societies and the influence of these nations on contemporary politics in the United States and Europe. Our seminar will include a comparative discussion of why the transitions in Mexico and Turkey are…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina Presents: The Secret World of Omar Khayyam, Rumi, and Sohrab Sepehri

June 4, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4:00-4:30    Social 4:30-4:45    Introduction:  Dr. Amir Rezvani 4:45-6:00    Speakers: Dr. Ali Kasiri 6:00-6:30    Discussion 6:30-6:45    Break and refreshment 6:45-8:00    Live music and poetry reading by the audience   You can park at any parking space that is Not Marked Reserved and is not numbered. The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. Organized by: The Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information: 919-259-0959. 400 Oak Tree Drive (The Club House) Chapel…

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Ramadan Solidarity Iftar

June 4, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Join ANERA on June 4 for a benefit iftar and spoken word performance by Omar Offendum. A full course dinner will be served. ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) is a leading development organization improving the lives of Palestinian refugees and poor families in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera /…

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Parviz Sayyad va Samadash – I LOVE TV

June 22, 2017 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano, 101 Science Drive, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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by Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC)   The one and only, Parviz Sayyad, our celebrated Persian comedian, actor, director and screenwriter will present his latest comedy. Tickets: $20 general, $10 students ** Above prices include all the service charges.** - Student ID is required and will be validated at the entrance. Please feel free to invite others to the event, and hope to see everyone there!   Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium – Duke University 101 Science Drive Durham,…

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Annual Conference: Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy

June 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) brings together an active and lively community from various social sciences. Middle East-related conference sessions will include: Thursday, June 22 | 5-7pm: Welcome and Panel on Immigration Professor Deborah Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill Paul Cuadros, Associate Professor in the School of Media and Journalism, UNC Chapel Hill Friday, June 23 | 8:45am: Tuba Agartan, “New…

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Lethal Aid and Human Security: Exploring the Impact of Military Assistance to Fragile States and Nonstate Actors

June 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gerrard Hall Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Free and open to the public.   Security assistance–providing weapons, training, advising, and other forms of assistance to foreign government and non-state armed forces–is playing an increasing role in US security strategy. How does the provision of military assistance impact governance, human security, and peacebuilding in fragile states? What steps can donor states take to prevent the misuse or diversion of their weapons transfers and lessen adverse impacts on societal welfare?   Colonel Carl Kelly, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, and Matt…

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Chaand Raat/Eid Bazaar

June 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Seasons @ Tandoor, 5410 Greenwood Commons Shopping Center
Durham, NC 27713 United States
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Join us for an evening of shopping, henna, face painting, music/karaoke and much more. Come and enjoy the evening get-together with your family and friends and do last minute shopping for this coming Eid. This event is for the entire family and all are welcome. Light iftar will be provided at no cost, courtesy of the Faruqi family. Admission: General Admission $2.00 ; free for kids below 5.   For more information and vendor inquiry please email seemafaruqi@hotmail.com or call 919-475-1425.…

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Palestine Nature and Peace Studies Tour Featuring Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

June 28, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mediterranean Deli, 410 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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An Update from Palestine with Mazin Qumsiyeh: Reception and Fundraiser Wednesday, June 28 | 8-9:30pm Mediterranean Deli 410 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and Director of Palestine Museum of Natural History and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity Research at Bethlehem University, will talk about biodiversity and environmental threats in Palestine. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by June 20 to 919-942-2535 or msmisch@gmail.com. Lecture: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Holy Land Thursday, June 29 | 7-8:30pm Science…

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July 2017

Persian Art Center in Carolina presents: A Night of Persian Poetry and Live Music Performance

July 9, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an analysis of poetry of two great contemporary Persian poets, Fereydoon Moshiri and Ahmad Shamloo. Speakers will include Dr. Amir Rezvani and Mr. Yousef  Amiri. The program will begin with a social from 4-4:30, followed by a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani. From 4:45-6:00, there will be presentations by Rezvani and Amiri, followed by an open forum and discussion. From 6:45-7:45 there will be live Persian music and poetry…

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August 2017

History of Durham’s Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center

August 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join the Museum of Durham History for a look back at the rich history of this local institution. Started in the 1950s, the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, formally Muhammad’s Mosque #34, is one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. Naomi Feste, Community Curator, and Katie Spencer, Curator, Museum of Durham History, will introduce this ongoing research project, and welcome stories about its development from the local community. Sponsored by the Durham County Library. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham…

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Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day Celebration

August 19, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC United States
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  The North Carolina Pakistani American Anjuman invites you to Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day Celebration featuring the amazing band, Kaarma Nation at the Cary Arts Center. For more information and tickets, contact 919-274-9373.   Media partner: Geet Bazaar Radio. Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511

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Week of Welcome: A Taste of Asia and the Middle East

August 20, 2017 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Come to New West, home to UNC's Department of Asian Studies, to try some Asian and Middle Eastern delicacies, engage in cultural activities, and learn about courses and programs of study focused on the largest and most populous continent in the world. For more information, please contact Hanna Sprintzik at hannasp@email.unc.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies. New West UNC Chapel Hill

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Cries from Syria Documentary Screening and Discussion

August 23, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Please join us for a screening of the documentary "Cries From Syria" by award winning filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky. The film will be introduced by Duke professor of Political Science Dr. Abdeslam Maghraoui. After the film, Mr. Afineevsky will skype in live from L.A. for a questions. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited: please register at 919.969.1414. The film contains some mature content. It should not be viewed by children under the age of 14…

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The International Block Party

August 27, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Held at City Plaza, the heart of downtown Raleigh, this free event offers a comprehensive experience that allows participants to interact with multicultural arts in a fun and safe atmosphere through visual arts, dance, music, cuisine, and traditional expression from around the world. Food, Desserts, Bazaars, Dances and Live Bands from around the world in downtown Raleigh! Come see a vibrant and affluent downtown! Travel the world without flying or driving ... Just walking! Click here or email bearta@internationalfocusnc.org for more information. Raleigh City…

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Memorial Service for Rula Quawas, 1960-2017

August 28, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us for a memorial service for Dr. Rula Quawas, professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Jordan. Dr. Quawas, an accomplished scholar and champion for women’s rights in the Arab World, maintained close ties with UNC Chapel Hill where she mentored students and collaborated with faculty on a number of projects. Friends, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Quawas are encouraged to join us in remembering this exceptional scholar and human being.…

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September 2017

Turkey Today | Lecture: “Affective geopolitics: Entanglements of geopolitical lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey”

September 1, 2017 | 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The war in Syria is transforming bodies and territories well beyond the sites of the fighting. Today, there are over 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and very few of these refugees live in camps while most live in cities. For Turkey, the war has reconfigured (geo)political and spatial imaginaries in ways that both express and exceed the real conditions of the crisis. In this talk, Dr. Banu Gökarıksel  will address the embodied, affective geopolitics of the Syrian war from…

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“The Ethics of Stories in Contested Terrain” with Ben Ehrenreich

September 4, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On Sept. 4, journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich will discuss his most recent book, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, which the New York Times calls, “Both heartbreaking and eye-opening.” As a writer who works across genres, he will also discuss he broader challenges of expressing truth when few agree on the basic terms of a debate. In his reporting for the book, Ehrenreich traveled to and lived in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in…

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Discussion: How Do We Approach the Problem? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion Today

September 5, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  How do experts from different fields approach important problems facing us today? Author Moustafa Bayoumi and UNC professors from across campus will discuss the complex issues raised by Bayoumi’s book, How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. Faculty from the sciences and the humanities will join Bayoumi for a dynamic conversation of these issues and questions raised by the audience.   Sponsored by UNC’s new Integrated Curricula Program, in conjunction with the 2017…

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New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye (Discussant: Ahmed Mansour)

September 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A program introduced by Center for Documentary Studies instructor Nancy Kalow of six recent short films by university students residing in Gaza, using a variety of forms from documentary to experimental. The films are a uniquely vital commentary on today’s closed Gaza; kinetic performance footage of parkour, for example, is contrasted with expressive reflections on daily challenges. Films were made by students at Al Aqsa University, Al Azhar University, and Birzeit University. A NYU documentary graduate student from Gaza, Ahmed…

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Presentation: Moustafa Bayoumi, author of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America & Book Signing

September 6, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Join Moustafa Bayoumi, author of the 2017 Carolina Summer Reading selection, How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, for insight into the book and where the characters are today. Hear his stories of what living in America post-September 11th was like and often still is for many Arab-Americans today. Information about tickets for this event will be posted in mid-August. Get your copy of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in…

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Film: Docunight #41: Out of Focus/ Promised Land

September 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Out of Focus, Directed by Shahriar Siami Shal 2014 / 52 min, Persian with English Subtitles Out of Focus profiles the artist Afshin Naghouni. Born and raised in Iran, he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a birthday party in Tehran when he fell from the seventh floor of a building while trying to escape from Iranian police. He was able to move to Great Britain seventeen years ago for treatment and has rebuilt his life, getting married and…

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UNC Study Abroad Fair

September 7, 2017 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Study Abroad Fair has representatives from all over the world, study abroad staff, and past study abroad students are available to answer your questions about studying almost anywhere in the world! Come and see how you can join the #Heelsabroad network! Please come prepared with questions. For more information, please visit here. Great Hall, Student Union UNC Chapel Hill

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Turkey Today | Public Talk: Authoritarian Backlash: An Interregional Comparison of Turkey and Venezuela

September 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In this public talk, former US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson and Former US Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy will provide a comparative analysis of authoritarian government, civil society, and political crisis. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact mideast@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Political Science. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East…

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Film Screening: Changing the World, One Wall at a Time

September 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As the largest religious minority in Iran, The Baha'is have been persecuted by the government since the Revolution in 1979; Baha'i students are systematically barred from attaining higher education. Join us for a film screening about one of the largest street art campaigns that emerged as part of a larger movement to call attention to these human rights violations and call for a change in the conditions of the Baha'is in Iran. The film is an hour long and you can…

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Free Documentary Screening: The Eye of Istanbul

September 9, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

 THE EYE OF ISTANBUL tells the story of Ara Güler, the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer, through the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul. At 87 years old, Ara is a complex and unforgettable character; he is still sharp, irreverent, funny and philosophical. Although he is mostly recognized for his black and white photographs of Istanbul, he has enjoyed an international career, which has spanned over sixty years and has generated more than 1 million photographs. Presented by the American-Turkish Association of…

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A Night for Palestine

September 9, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Come hear from diverse speakers who have recently visited the West Bank and/or Gaza Strip. A buffet dinner will be served at 6pm. Honored speakers include Matthew Hoh, Atrayus Goode, and Serene Alsous, followed by a performance by Palestinian-American artist Sijal Nasralla and the Baladna Dabkeh group. We will be paying tribute to Palestinian culture with music and dance performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here or visit www.cpwj.org. Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean 5400 S Miami Bvd Ste 138. Durham,…

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Eid Banquet

September 9, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke Muslim Students' Association in celebrating Eid-al-Adha with the annual Eid Baquet!  Come for free food catered from Flame Kabob and local Durham bakers, stay for individual and group performances, dancing and fun!  Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour) and the Allen Lot (free). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be provided at 7:00 (first come, first served).   For more information…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Iranian Poetry and Music

September 10, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of poetry and music featuring Hayla Siddiqui. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Mr. Shahram Mazhari. From 6:45-7:45pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings.   The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please…

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Lecture: Muslims in South Asia with Ali Mian, Ph.D.

September 13, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Professor Mian will speak on the emergence, expansion and contemporary condition of Muslims in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Ali Altaf Mian is assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. He completed his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2015 from Duke University. His research interests include: Islam in South Asia; Islamic law and ethics; gender and sexuality; feminist theory and practice; Sufism and comparative mysticism; continental philosophy; comparative religion; theory and…

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Visiting Lebanese Scholars: Reception and Presentation

September 14, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies invites you to join us September 14th for a reception and presentation of the research of 7 visiting Lebanese scholars. For more information, please contact kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. 1911 Building (NCSU), Seminar Room 125 North Carolina State University

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Turkey Today | Film: Middle East Film Festival: Kedi

September 14, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Kedi, directed by Ceyda Torun (2017), 79 mins English | Rating TV-PG Witness the ancient city of Instanbul through, not the eyes of humans, but through the eyes of cats and kittens. This film highlights the daily lives of seven stray cats that have roamed the streets freely, enriching the lives of people that they come into contact with. Sponsored by Duke University Middle East Studies Center. For more information, visit here. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East…

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Performance: Closer Than They Appear and Panel Discussions

September 14, 2017 | 8:00 pm - October 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

*September 14–17, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 20–24, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm *September 27–October 1, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm Closer Than They Appear tells the colliding stories of Michael, an African American veteran undergoing virtual reality therapy for PTSD, and Zaynab, a teenager from Fallujah blogging during the Iraq war. It explores the haunted human lives—both American and Iraqi—that shadow the digital surfaces through which we wage, view, and recover from war. The play blends…

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Hajj: Legacy of Abraham- An Epic Journey through History

September 18, 2017 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Islamic Association of Raleigh would like to open its doors and invite you as guests as we explore the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, and the Legacy of Prophet Abraham through an Islamic perspective in an effort to better inform ourselves about the shared roots of the Semitic religions. We hope you will our enjoy our presentation about the pilgrimage and how it honors the legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family, booths that showcase Muslim…

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Panel Discussion: DACA in Crisis

September 18, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  On Monday, September 18, there will be a panel discussion and information session titled “DACA in Crisis,” which brings together five panelists working on various aspects of DACA and undocumented issues on campus and in the community. The purpose of this panel is to provide information about the current status of DACA, its impending repeal, and related undocumented student concerns on campus. Being undocumented comes with its own obstacles and this requires special attention from university faculty, staff, and…

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Reception and Talk: Meet Minister Gebran Bassil

September 20, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  You are cordially invited to a reception for Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Mr. Gebran Bassil. (Part of his address will be in Arabic.). This event is sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Center, Embassy of Lebanon, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. RSVP Required. For more information, please contact 919.515.5058 or at kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Triangle Lebanese Center, 241 Horizon Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

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Meet the Author: Zeynep Tufekci

September 22, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library welcome in authors and literary figures on a regular basis to read from their works, speak with members of the audience, and share refreshments. Join us for a book talk by author Zeynep Tufecki on Friday, September 22. Her new book, Twitter and Tear Gas; The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, examines political movements and how governments have responded to the rise of digital tools with their own methods. For more information, please…

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Urdu Majlis: The life and works of Akhtar Sheerani (1905-1948)

September 22, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum for a conversation on the life and works of Akhtar Sheerani (1905-1948).  Akhtar Sheerani is considered to be one of the leading romantic poets of Urdu language. 7:00 Akhtar Sheerani 8:00 Original poetry etc. by participants 9:00 Refreshments 9:30 Building closes Free parking is available under the building. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact taj@email.unc.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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Art Exhibit: Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE

September 25, 2017 - November 3, 2017

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the number of displaced people has reached over 65 million globally. Through images created by five internationally acclaimed artists, REFUGEE is a multimedia art exhibit exploring the lives of refugees from a host of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit features photographs taken in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States. This timely exhibition of 125 portrait photographs, stories, and accompanying film allows audiences…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism with Professor Banu Turnaoğlu, University of Cambridge

September 25, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. For more information, please contact europe@unc.edu. Turkey Today is cosponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Duke History Department; and is supported by funding from the European Union. DeBerry Boardroom 3009, FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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The Middle East and Islam in Global History: Three New Books

September 27, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join us for a major book launch event with three authors: -Cemil Aydin (UNC), The Idea of the Muslim World (Harvard UP, 2017) -Will Hanley (FSU), Identifying with Nationality (Columbia UP, 2017) -Adam Mestyan (Duke), Arab Patriotism (Princeton UP, 2017)   For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153 Duke University

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Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories Featuring Mark Gonzales

September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Center for Muslim life for Reclaiming and Retelling our Stories. In today's world, it is more important than ever that we are able to vocalize our own narratives. But what does it mean when the narratives/stories that were given to you either no longer fit your reality. Or they are not the ones you choose to accept or pass on. Join us as we explore what it means to recreate your narrative. After the conversation, we will be physically…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | The Anthropologist and the Settler: Updates From the Field in Israel/Palestine, Joyce Dalsheim

September 28, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Who are Israeli settlers? What is the Israeli settlement project? Is settlement synonomous with occupation? Having recently returned from fieldwork in Israel/Palestine, anthropologist Joyce Dalsheim will share insights from the field. She will discuss the case of religiously motivated Jewish settlers, the question of what constitutes Israeli Occupation, and Israeli opposition to ongoing settlement in post-1967 Israeli occupied territories. Her talk will raise questions about how perceived social, religious, and political divisions among…

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Public Talk: Before Kaepernick: Dissent, Human Rights, and the Black Muslim Athlete – A talk with Zareena Grewal

September 28, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker at Yale University whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her first film, By the Dawn’s Early Light:…

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Reception and Talk: Lebanese Artist Joumana Medlej

September 28, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

As part of its Artist-in- Residence program, the Khayrallah Center is hosting Ms. Joumana Medlej. Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of her work and a talk titled Art in Times of Crisis. Parking available in parking deck opposite the Crafts Center. RSVP Required. For more information, please contact 919.515.5058 or at kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Sponsored by: Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies & Arts NC State. Crafts Center, 210 Jensen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606 NC State University

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How Did Humans Come to be on Planet Earth and Where to Next – Dr. Firouz Naderi

September 28, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke proudly presents a public speech by Dr. Firouz Naderi that "traces humans' cosmic roots to present and discusses where we, or our robotic emissaries, will be headed next and the exponential technology that will disrupt our future, for better and worse". Dr. Naderi was a member of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1979 until 2016 and served as NASA's Program Manager for Mars exploration between 2000-2012. For more information, visit here. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006)

September 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States

Film Screening: Ahlaam (Dreams, 2006) Country: Iraq 2005 | 110 min. Baghdad 2003, two days before the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Three people are trying to survive amidst the bombed-out ruins and have found temporary refuge in a psychiatric hospital. Through their memories we discover something about their past. The student Ahlaam was just about to get married when she was stunned by the arrest of her fiancé, a soldier. Medhi is an idealist, a natural outcome of his…

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Symposium: The Corpse Exhibition : Iraqi Literature after 2003

September 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The American occupation of Iraq produced a boom in dystopian novels and short stories. Trauma from two preceding wars, sanctions, and draconian censorship by the Ba’athist regime flood these works. This symposium brings together writers and scholars to discuss the role of cultural production in reflecting upon the symposium in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. Please join us (September 28-9, 2017) for a unique opportunity to take part in The Corpse Exhibition: Iraqi Literature after 2003. A film screening…

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In Memoriam: Remembering the Life of Dr. Ali Paydarfar

September 30, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This event is a memorial for Dr. Ali Paydarfar, a sociologist who was for many years associated with social science research at UNC, and who is also well known for his pioneering demographic research in Iran. It will be an opportunity for family and friends to share memories of a much admired personality. Parking is available in underground lot accessible by Pharmacy Lane (the alley branching off from McCauley Street). For a map, see https://maps.unc.edu/ and search for "global.”   This event…

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October 2017

Paper Presentation: “Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape”

October 1, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Paper Presentation: “Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape" Friday, September 29 | 4:30-6:00 pm Person Hall UNC Chapel Hill John Caldwell will be presenting a paper on "Performing Hostility: the Wagah Border Soundscape" Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:00 pm on the UNC Campus as part of the Annual Conference of the South Central Graduate Music Consortium (UNC, Duke, and UVA). For more information, please visit here. Friday, September 29, Panel 1: 4:30-6:00 PM: A Century of Ethnography Victoria Clark, University of Virginia “So…

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Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes

October 2, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Lecture: Ashley Anderson, Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill, "Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes." Ashley Anderson, Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC-Chapel Hill presented a session on "Networked Revolutions: Understanding Protest Mobilization in Middle East and North African Regimes." Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill. 271 Hamilton Hall UNC-Chapel Hill

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Still Life: Experiences of a Palestinian Exile, Diana Allan

October 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The importance of place and memory in preserving a people’s history are crucial to Diana Allan’s illuminating documentary. Still Life examines the role that a series of personal photos that survived the 1948 displacement play in the life of Said Ismael Otruk, an elderly Palestinian from Acre now living in exile in Lebanon.  These images play a central role as Said recalls his childhood and the halcyon days of his youth. His memories are not always accurate, so he relies…

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Cyber Sufism: Lessons from the Landscape of American Digital Islam with Dr. Rob Rozehal

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Within the hybrid, multicultural landscape of American religious life, Cyberspace offers tech-savvy Muslims an alternative platform for narratives and networking, piety and performance. Since the adoption of the printing press, Sufis have demonstrated a remarkable ability to adopt and adapt to emerging media technologies. Even so, the expanding use of the Internet by global Sufi communities remains largely unexplored by academic scholarship. What is 'new' about new media, and what is the future of digital religion? Drawing on new research,…

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Photography Exhibition Opening Reception: Garmsir Marines

October 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival for lunch and Q&A with photographer Louie Palu. The Garmsir Marines Photography Exhibition is an outdoor exhibition of large format portraits of U.S. Marines taken on the front line in Afghanistan. The exhibition will be on display in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Battle Park October 1-15. For more information, please visit here. Presented by Arts Everywhere and Click! Photography Festival. UNC Partners: Department of Military Science, North Carolina Botanical Garden, School of Media & Journalism, Student Affairs, UNC…

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Lecture: Hanuman’s Tunnel: Space, Geography and the Unseen in the Indian Ocean before European Colonialism, Prof. Scott Reese (Northern Arizona University)

October 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Scott Reese (PhD in African and Islamic History, University of Pennsylvania, 1996; MA in African Studies, Ohio University, 1990) is a historian of Islam in Africa and the western Indian Ocean. Reese focuses specifically on comparative history aimed at breaking down many of the regional and geographic categories currently in use across the academy. His main research interests are comparative Sufism, modern Muslim discourses of reform, and the construction of world systems both in fact and imagination since 1500. He currently…

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Turkey Today | Lecture: Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

October 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A lecture by Prof. Brett Wilson (CEU). Increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey dating back to the early nineteenth century. In 1925, the Turkish state abolished Sufi orders (mystical brotherhoods) and shuttered their lodges in what was, for the 1920s, among the most radical interventions by a state in the everyday practice of Islam. This act marked the culmination of a century religious reforms in the late Ottoman Empire and…

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Film Screening and Discussion: The Syrian Conflict and its Everyday Heroes

October 4, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You read Rasha’s story of emigrating from Syria in How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? and often hear about Syria in the news today. Join the Carolina Summer Reading Program and Student Life & Leadership to learn more about the current Syrian war and the civilians who risk their lives to help others. Professor Navid Bapat from Political Science will provide groundwork for a viewing of the Netflix Original Documentary The White Helmets. For more information, please visit here. Carolina Union Auditorium…

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Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network

October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network is an interdisciplinary conference involving an international group of scholars dedicated to the study of the Nag Hammadi Codices as well as significant related Coptic and early Christian and late ancient literature. Each year the NHGN meets on a different university campus (Yale 2011; Princeton 2012; Laval 2014; Harvard, 2015; Austin, 2016) to connect doctoral students with junior and senior scholars working on this material. The conference is organized around the presentation…

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Film Screening: My name is Khan

October 5, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join us for the next film in the Fall South Asia Film Series. “My Name is Khan” tells the story of Rizwan Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan) whose family struggles with Islamophobia and racism in America. In Hindi-Urdu with English subtitles - free admission. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Carolina Union, and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. For more information, please contact Afroz Taj, taj@unc.edu. 103 Bingham Hall UNC Chapel…

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Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst

October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

See the schedule here Carl Ernst has devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally. From his first book, Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985), to his most recent book, co-edited with Fabrizio Speziale, Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions (2017), he has focused on how Islamic concepts have traveled across time and space. This conference, organized around themes in Islamic studies that Ernst’s work has addressed, evokes and expands on the major contributions of this fertile, creative…

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Concert: An Evening of Persian Music, Rohab Ensemble with vocalist Sepideh Raissadat

October 6, 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

As part of the event, “Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst,” join us for an evening of Persian Classical Music. The Rohab Ensemble brings three acclaimed maestros from the celebrated Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Saeed Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle), and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum), together with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute). The Rohab Ensemble is accompanied by the entrancing, lilting voice of Sepideh Raissadat. Together, they offer a repertoire of…

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Tribute to Forough Farrokhzad with Dr. Farzaneh Milani

October 8, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The celebration will include a speech by Professor Farzaneh Milani of the University of Virginia followed by a Persian classical music by Syavoosh Pourfazli (tar) and Shahram Mazhari (santoor, tonbak and vocal). Farzaneh Milani completed her graduate studies in Comparative Literature in 1979 at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her dissertation, “Forugh Farrokhzad: A Feminist Perspective” was a critical study of the poetry of a pioneering Iranian poet. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women…

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Film Screening: Dalya’s Other Country

October 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to attend the premiere screening in North Carolina of Dalya's Other Country, and to a conversation with the co-producer Moustafa Zeno. In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their…

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Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump – A talk with Khaled Beydoun

October 11, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, along with the Duke Islamic Studies Center, host its second event Oct. 11 as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S. Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, will present the talk, “Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in…

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Presentation: Raising Moderate Voices: A Conversation with Obada Shtaya

October 11, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice at UNC as we hear from Obada Shtaya, a Palestinian working for the OneVoice Movement in Washington, D.C. He will provide a brief introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, share his personal experiences as an activist, and discuss what OneVoice is doing to promote grassroots efforts in the region. Sponsored by OneVoice at UNC. For more information, please visit here. Student Union Room 3411 UNC Chapel Hill

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Lunch Discussion with Ambassador Cofer Black

October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Ambassador Cofer Black is an internationally recognized authority on counterterrorism, cyber security, national security, and foreign affairs, with private sector experience and expertise in international business development and strategy, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. In a government career spanning thirty years and serving at the highest levels of the CIA and the State Department, Ambassador Black conceived and executed highly effective programs of international significance. Ambassador Black received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest award for achievement. This…

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Webinar: The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mark your calendars; we are thrilled to partner with the National Humanities Center to offer this webinar for educators on Thursday, October 12, 2017,  7:00–8:30 pm EDT, featuring Professor Ellen McLarney, Duke University. This seminar explores the historical contexts leading to the eruption of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring in early 2011. After a brief introduction to politics in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, we turn to the flowering of music, art, graffiti, poetry, film, and digital media that…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugee Protection Today: Conflict and Potential COURSE #3504

October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The protection of refugees today stands at a precarious place. The number of refugees worldwide is at a high point while the commitment to protect them continues to drop. Liberal democracies face challenges between their stated commitment to helping refugees as part of a larger human rights agenda and their increasingly restrictive rhetoric and action. This tension raises many difficult political and ethical questions but also offers the opportunity to rethink what refugee protection can and should look like. Niklaus…

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Cultural Event: “Celebrating Resistance Bonfire”

October 14, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The "Celebrating Resistance Bonfire” by Muslim Women For will feature various performances embracing culture and history, such as hip hop performances, step teams, Palestinian Dapka, spoken word, etc. There will also be prominent members from our community who will speak and ground our space, which will be shared with various community organizations and nonprofits. This will also be a kid-friendly event with social justice story time for children of all ages. Ticket Information: Tickets are $5 and can be either purchased…

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Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Trita Parsi: “Why Diplomacy Succeeded with Iran”

October 17, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Iran Nuclear deal prevented both a war with Iran and an Iranian nuclear weapons option. The road to this historic achievement was long and arduous. Today, the current administration has threatened to kill the deal, bringing the US and Iran once again to the brink of war. Trita Parsi, who advised the Obama administration on the talks, tells the story of how diplomacy succeeded in his new book - as well as what is at stake if the administration…

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Lecture: Frederick Fleitz, “The Growing National Threat from Iran”

October 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Fred Fleitz is Senior Vice President of the Center for Security Policy, a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan national security think tank, where he focuses on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, nonproliferation, the Middle East, terrorism, and intelligence reform. Fleitz served in U.S. national security positions for 25 years with CIA, DIA, the Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff.  During the administration of President George W. Bush, Fleitz was chief of staff to John Bolton, then…

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Panel Discussion: The US, Iran & the Nuclear Issue: Sanctions versus Diplomacy

October 18, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Trita Parsi, Omid Safi, and Bruce Jentleson as they discuss the US, Iran & the nuclear issue: sanctions versus diplomacy. Free and open to the public. Trita Parsi's newest book "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy" will be available for purchase and signing. Trita Parsi - https://www.tritaparsi.com/about Omid Safi - https://islamicstudies.duke.edu/message-director Bruce Jentleson - https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/jentleson-bruce-w Sponsored by: UNC Persian Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC…

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Lecture: An Italian Jesuit in Canton and the War on the Chinese: ‘Orientalism,’ Conquest, and the Eastern Indian Ocean in the 16th Century

October 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Why Did Matteo Ricci of the Society of Jesus lie about the Muslims of China? This talk presents and discusses a passage in one of Matteo Ricci's earliest reports on China in which he describes the Muslims of the city of Canton. I will analyze the passage against the broader context of the Portuguese and Ming China in the late 16th century explaining how Ricci addresses keys issues such the "problem" of Islam and Muslims in the Indian Ocean and…

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Lecture: An Arab Jew in Rome: “Zionism” and “Islamophobia” in the 16th century and Now – Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU)

October 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk revisits the story of David Ha-Reuveni, an impostor that showed in early 16th century Rome with grandiose plans to defeat Islam, and the Ottoman Empire for the small fee of a large navy and Palestine for the Jews. Against a line of interpretation that situated David within the contours of Jewish history and Jewish mysticism, this talk situates the story within the broader context of a global 16th Century "Theater of Operation" that brings together Europe, the…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Refugees: Pathways, Experiences, and Resettlement COURSE #3505

October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Co-presenters Scott Phillips and Josh Hinson Scott’s presentation: Refugees welcomed to the United States come from all over the world, represent a variety of religions, and are invariably hard-working individuals. This session will explore and examine the realities facing refugees resettling in the US, in particular North Carolina; as well as provide updates on current political contexts, such as the travel ban. The session will provide an overview of the refugee issue at the local level with an exploration…

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Film Screening: “Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory”

October 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mohanad Yaqubi's "Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory" will be shown at 7 pm at the Richard White Auditorium (Duke East Campus). The Q&A will be led by Professor Nadia Yaqub of UNC-CH. The trailer is here: http://idiomsfilm.com/movies/off-frame/. This documentary film beautifully edits together rare footage from the Palestine Film Unit's films made from 1968 to 1982. For more information, please contact Nancy Kalow, nancy.kalow@duke.edu. Richard White Auditorium (Duke East Campus) Duke University

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The 32nd Annual International Festival of Raleigh

October 20, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The International Festival of Raleigh provides a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and multicultural artists to present international art in downtown Raleigh. Our yearly, three-day event serves over 25,000 attendees annually and is a key component of the City’s arts tradition. The Festival’s artists are both professional and amateur, and represent Raleigh’s diverse population. More than 71 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of high-quality arts through dance and musical performances, ethnic cuisines, dance, and global cooking workshops,…

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Conference: Against the Use of Drones in Warfare

October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Pre-Conference Event – October 15, 12:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church The Wounds of Waziristan, film and discussion with film maker Madiha Tahir Viewing of documentary Wounds of Waziristan, and discussion with documentarian Madiha Tahir. The film highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan since drone attacks began there in 2004 and in their own words. Sponsored by the Board of Church and Society, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Duke Human Rights Center…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation, Lisa Hajjar

October 20, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Israeli government’s approach to controlling the West Bank and Gaza and changes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past fifty years involve evolving official reinterpretations of international humanitarian law (IHL) as well as human rights laws. These einterpretations, while intellectually sophisticated, deviate significantly from international consensus about the status of the occupied territories and the rights and duties of an occupying state. The reinterpretive project has been undertaken in order…

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Talk: Pilgrimage to Peace program

October 22, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (www.cmep.org)  and Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations Farm near Bethlehem as they discuss peace and reconciliation efforts in Israel-Palestine. Free open to the public. Sponsored by: Coalition for Peace with Justice. For more information, please contact information@cpwj.org. St. Francis UMC 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary NC  27518

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Public Talk | Amir Soltani: “Religious Freedom and Hypocrisy in Iran: An Activist’s Guide to Changing the World”

October 24, 2017 | 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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What is religious persecution? What forms does a modern inquisition take? Who enforces it and how? What is the role of language? What does it mean to be changed as a heretic, to spread corruption on earth, or to wage war against God? How do you resist? These are some of the questions Amir Soltani will consider through prism of the struggle for religious freedom in Iran. Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American writer, journalist and human rights activist who has…

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A TISS Dinner-Seminar: “Google, ISIS, and anti-Muslim Sentiment” featuring Christopher Bail, Duke University

October 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Chris Bail is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke. His research examines how non-profit organizations and other political actors shape public discourse by analyzing large groups of texts from newspapers, television, public opinion surveys, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Sociological Review, and other leading publications. In 2017, he was one…

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K-12 World View Symposium: Human Rights and Social Justice

October 26, 2017 | 8:00 am - October 27, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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This global education symposium for K-12 educators will feature short plenary talks and sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and to provide pedagogical strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching. Click here for more information and to register. Omid Safi will give a keynote presentation, “Need for Social Justice and Finding Peace.” Omid Safi is a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University,…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Posting While Palestinian: Shifting Bounds for Expression in the West Bank and Israel, Amahl Bishara

October 26, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad The Internet and social media once seemed to hold the promise of liberation and free expression for all those who accessed it. For Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, the Internet is a critical field of expression and organizing, especially because Palestinians are geographically fragmented, largely due to Israeli policies. However, the Internet is by no means free of dangers. This talk looks at what recent campaigns against Palestinian expression…

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Book Talk by Larry Wolff (NYU): “The Singing Turk – Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon”

October 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk takes place in the Music Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building, East Campus. Prof. Wolff discusses his new book "The Singing Turk" (Stanford UP, 2016) about the image of the Turks in 18th century operas. Larry Wolff is Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. He is the author of "Paolina's Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova's Venice," "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: Film Screening, Salam Neighbor COURSE #3506

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join us for a film screening of Salam Neighbor, a 2016 award-winning feature documentary that shares stories of the heartbreak and hope of refugee life, as told through the experiences of two American filmmakers. Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple were the first allowed by the United Nations to set up a tent and live among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s refugee camp. The session will include a discussion led by Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr.…

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Film Screening: “Broken: A Work in Progress”

October 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mohammed Alatar's documentary about the Wall, "Broken: A Work in Progress," will be at the Richard White Auditorium, also at 7 pm. The Q&A will be led by Professor Amahl Bishara of Tufts University. When the International Court of Justice elevated the Israeli-Palestine conflict to a new level of visibility in 2004, many saw it as turning point in the history both of Palestine and of International Law. But will history turn? BROKEN is a filmmaker's journey across three continents,…

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Banquet Presentation | MSA Live: Ibithaj Muhammad

October 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the UNC Muslim Students Association for the second annual MSA Live Banquet. With us for the night is the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics and the first female Muslim American athlete to win a medal, Ibtihaj Muhammad. Also joining us for the event is award-winning journalist Sean Maroney, who served as the Voice of America's correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan before returning to Raleigh to serve as a…

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Festival of New Student Films from Palestine

October 28, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a Festival of New Student Films from Palestine, presented by AMES 204FS. This screening of 18 films will be in two blocks, at 11 am and 1 pm. Lunch will be served in between the screening blocks. The event is at the Center for Documentary Studies auditorium, 1317 W. Pettigrew St, Durham. For more information, please contact Nancy Kalow, nancy.kalow@duke.edu. Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium Duke University

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 28, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Saturday, October 28 | 2:30pm Please join us Saturday, October 28, 2017 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 Iftikhar Arif (b. 1943), an Urdu poet, scholar and littérateur from Pakistan. Please plan to arrive promptly at 2:30 PM as a courtesy to the other participants who arrive on time. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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November 2017

Exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey

November 1, 2017 | 8:00 am - March 12, 2018 | 5:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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“Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey” details the extensive collections held by Duke University Library. The Library’s Turkish satirical journals and cartoons span from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition highlights three themes: Historical change, Political Satire, and Gender. Each of these themes is detailed by the different cartoonists and satirists interpretations of events current to their time. Each epoch or simply decade provides an array of differing opinions, voices, dissent and contestation. Exploring…

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Film Screening: HUMAN FLOW: WHEN THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO, NOWHERE IS HOME.

November 1, 2017 | 4:00 pm - November 2, 2017 | 9:00 pm
Carolina Theater of Durham, 309 West Morgan St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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  Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.  Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.    Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23…

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Film Screening: Docunight #43 [Durham]: Boys With Broken Ears

November 1, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Directed by: Nima Shayeghi 2013 / 78 mins Persian with English Subtitles BOYS WITH BROKEN EARS is an intimate look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranian wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives; the world championship in Europe. It’s a social tale set against the qualms of committing one’s life to a dream at a young age. With unprecedented access to the national youth team, the film follows five characters…

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Turkey Today | Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Annual Conference: Yasak/Banned: Print Media and Cultural Spaces from Abdülhamit to Erdoğan

November 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - November 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States

  The Yasak/Banned Duke-UNC Middle East Studies Consortium Conference examines socio-political transformation and cultural representation in late Ottoman and Republican Turkey with an interdisciplinary focus on print media and cultural spaces. The conference begins Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 PM with a Vernissage of the related Duke libraries exhibit: Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from late Ottoman and Republican Turkey (The Mary Duke Biddle Room). At 6:30 PM, Professor Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University, History) will present a Keynote entitled, Sultan Abdülhamid II: Founding Father of the Turkish State? in the Bostock Library…

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Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Conference Keynote Speaker: Edhem Eldem

November 2, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Sultan Abdülhamid II: Founding Father of the Turkish State? Edhem Eldem teaches at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University and holds the international chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has taught as visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, at the EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Among his fields of interest are the Levant trade, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the development of Istanbul, the Imperial Ottoman Bank,…

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Refugees: A Global Crisis: In Our Backyard: The Realities of Post-Resettlement Life and Community-Based Approaches to Rebuilding Home COURSE #3507

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Real-life stories – beyond the facts/figures, de-bugging some of the myths. What are the realities of daily life as a refugee? What are the barriers to refugee support efforts, how do we make them sustainable, what are the benefits and challenges of academic/community partnerships, and what solutions can we provide within the local community, to integrate refugees and respond to the need? Join us as we engage with refugee community leaders, share their stories, celebrate successes, and learn ways the…

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Presentation: Beyond Borders: Environmental Cooperation in Israel

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a presentation by The Arava Institute, a leading environmental and academic institution in the Middle East that tries to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict. Their program brings students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and around the world to collaborate on environmental studies. Two speakers (Israeli and Jordanian program alums) will present their stories, speak about their interest in the institute work, and how joint environmental projects can help solving conflicts in the Middle East. The event is co-sponsored…

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Rights!Camera!Action! Film Screening: Fire at Sea

November 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian documentarian whose previous work has taken him to the Ganges River, the California desert and inside the Mexican drug trade. Fire at Sea is the fruit of an extended sojourn on Lampedusa, an island that, while part of Italy, is closer to Tunisia than to Sicily. Recently, it has become the landing spot for boatloads of refugees and other migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is a hard, empathetic look at reality, which contains…

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The Balfour Declaration Forum

November 4, 2017 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Learn the story of this fateful historical decision made in 1917, the consequences we have witnessed, and  future implications. Speakers: Cemil Aydin, PhD, Professor of Modern Middle East History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss factors that led up to the Balfour Declaration. Sarah Shields, PhD, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss consequences of the Balfour Declaration for Israeli colonization and the Occupation. Mubarak Awad, PhD,…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Dr. Erami

November 5, 2017 | 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 by Dr. Erami. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Erami. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is not numbered. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please call 919-259-0959. 400…

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Public Lecture | David Schanzer, “Counterterrorism in the Age of Trump”

November 7, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, on November 7th at 4:30 pm at Flyleaf Books for a lecture on Counterterrorism in the Age of Trump. Presidential administrations may change, but many of the national security concerns facing the United States and its allies remain. Chief among these is the threat of terrorist attacks from ISIS and their affiliates and other groups intent on disrupting the global order. The lecture will analyze continuities and challenges…

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Public Talk: The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack

November 7, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Gardner Hall, Gardner, Room 105, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join UNC Students for Justice in Palestine in welcoming attorney Rahul Saksena from Palestine Legal, an independent organization dedicated to protecting the rights of those who speak out for Palestinian freedom. Mr. Saksena will discuss the legal challenges as they pertain to recent bills proposed and passed by a number of states (including North Carolina) and the federal government forbidding state-contracted companies from boycotting Israel. Organized by UNC-CH Students for Justice in Palestine. For more information, please contact zkhatib@live.unc.edu. Gardner Hall, 105 UNC Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Law, Dynasty, and Islam in Arab Monarchies, 1860s-1930s” (Dr. Adam Mestyan)

November 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This talk focuses on the legal codification of dynasties in Arab monarchies between the 1860s and 1930s. In a sweeping survey, it compares how the succession order and the members of the ruling family were defined in laws, decrees, and constitutions in the new national kingdoms of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia with comparisons to older monarchies, equally impacted by European imperialism, such as Morocco and Oman. The argument I would advance is that constitutionalism prompted dynastic codification which…

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Public Talk by Professor Céline Regnard: Marseille and Arab Immigration (1890-1910)

November 8, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies for a talk by Professor Céline Regnard, Aix-Marseille Université on “Marseille and Arab Immigration (1890-1910). Please visit http://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/ for more information. Room 331, Withers Hall North Carolina State University

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Human Rights on Camera in the Palestinian West Bank, Helen Yanovsky

November 9, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad In 2007, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) launched its camera project, distributing video cameras and providing camera training to Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank, where tensions run high and clashes are commonplace. Israeli filmmaker Helen Yanovosky, a core member of the B'Tselem video project, will discuss the history of the project and the importance of cameras and filmmaking…

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Rights!Camera!Action! Film Screening: The Boy from H2

November 9, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Boy from H2 follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement - by pedestrians and by car - of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. In Area H2, soldiers routinely detain children on suspicion of stone-throwing. Muhammad, who has nine siblings, is one of those children. His life revolves around his crowded home and the street, where he must deal with the…

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International Conference: TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM TODAY: How do the Transatlantic Allies deal with Terrorism?

November 9, 2017 | 4:30 pm - November 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Transnational terrorism has become one of the major global threats of the 21st century. The countries of North America and the member states of the European Union feel particularly vulnerable and exposed. Attempts to agree on a sober transatlantic policy to deal with transnational terrorism have been made for quite a few years. So far, however, the transatlantic allies have not been able to develop a united and comprehensive strategy toward transnational terrorism. Confronting Al-Qaida was difficult enough. The…

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Cultural Event: “1001 Nights”

November 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This annual event will give UNC students the opportunity to immerse themselves within Middle Eastern culture, music, poetry, and food. The event will feature an array of student dance and musical performances as well as cultural booths with cultural tokens, light food, and refreshments. The PCS cultural booth will have Persian cultural items and a Persian calligrapher to demonstrate Persian calligraphy to attendees. The event is a joint effort between the Persian Cultural Society, the Arab Student Organization, Hillel, the…

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Film Screening: Letters from Baghdad

November 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

(Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum, 2016, 95 mins, UK/USA/France, in English & Arabic w/ English subtitles, Color, Digital)  Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using never-seen-before…

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Lecture: Sebastian Gorka on US-Israel relations and Middle Eastern affairs

November 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Sebastian Gorka, former Deputy Assistant to President Trump, will be speaking at UNC on Monday, November 13th. Join us for a riveting conversation on US-Israel relations and Middle Eastern affairs under the Trump administration.   The event will take place in Genome 100. Doors open at 5:15 PM and the event begins at 6:00 PM. Students and faculty must present a valid UNC ID at the door. No backpacks or signs will be permitted.   Sponsored by: Christians United for…

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Industry Night: International Careers

November 14, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Connect with professionals that have experience working internationally. Learn about international career opportunities. Gain information to help with your career decision-making journey. RSVP in Handshake.  Business Casual Attire. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by University Career Services. For more information, please visit here. Atrium, Fed Ex Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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Documentary Screening: Open Bethlehem

November 14, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join One Voice at UNC as we screen Open Bethlehem, a documentary by Leila Sansour. In the words of the filmmakers: "Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?, Daniel Seidemann

November 16, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Thursday, November 16 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm            Fifty years since 1967, and the dissonance between official Israel and much of the rest of the world is stark. With the former celebrating the jubilee of "a united Jerusalem," other stakeholders are commemorating fifty years of the occupation of East Jerusalem. What is the state of play in Jerusalem? Is it undivided, occupied - or perhaps both? What is the current trajectory of the conflict in the city, and how…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?, Daniel Seidemann

November 16, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Fifty years since 1967, and the dissonance between official Israel and much of the rest of the world is stark. With the former celebrating the jubilee of “a united Jerusalem,” other stakeholders are commemorating fifty years of the occupation of East Jerusalem. What is the state of play in Jerusalem? Is it undivided, occupied – or perhaps both? What is the current trajectory of the conflict in the city, and how does it interface with the broader geopolitical dynamics between…

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Urdu Majlis: The Life and Works of Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’ (1936-2012)

November 18, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday November 18, 2017 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Akhlaq Mohammad Khan 'Shahryar' (1936-2012) the famous poet who penned the ghazals in the 1981 film "Umrao Jaan". Khan was  an Indian academician, and a leader of Urdu poetry in India. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept.…

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Urban Topography and Political Economy in the Middle East: A Digital Humanities Workshop Comparing Istanbul and Cairo

November 20, 2017 | 5:00 pm - November 21, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This innovative workshop organized by the Archives of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean program at the History Department, Duke University, brings together leading historians and scholars of the modern Middle East with experts in visualization technology. The main focus is visualizing urban development of Istanbul and Cairo in a comparative angle. The workshop consists of four parts: 1) An introductory keynote address 2) a panel on topographical data, 3) a panel on visualization technologies, and 4) a concluding discussion comparing…

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December 2017

Conference: Documentary and Palestine

December 1, 2017 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join AMES 204FS for a conference at the Center for Documentary Studies! 10:00 - 11:30 am: AMES 204FS Student Documentary Projects with Discussant Soraya Albuelhiga, University of California, San Diego. 11:30 - 12:30: Lunch 12:30 pm - 2:30: Presentations by Soraya Abuelhiga, University of California, San Diego; Razan AlSalah, Temple University; and Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Presented by AMES 204FS with support from the David L. Paletz Course Innovation Fund, the Center for Documentary Studies,…

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Lecture: Sound, Architecture, and Islamic Reform: The Attenuation of Ritual Resonance in the Built Environment of Cairene Saint Veneration, Dr. Michael Frishkopf

December 1, 2017 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Dr. Michael Frishkopf's latest edited volume brings together the perspectives of ethnomusicology, Islamic studies, art history, and architecture to investigate how sound production in built environments is central to Muslim religious and cultural expression. Join us for a discussion about this exciting new book as well as Dr. Frishkopf's own work on participatory music culture. Sponsored by: Carolina Asia Center, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC…

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K-12 Workshop: Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics

December 2, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Ottoman Empire was a vast and diverse entity that spanned centuries and across Anatolia, the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe. In this day-long workshop, teachers will explore the historical, political, and cultural aspects of the Ottoman Empire as well as its legacies and Turkey today (recommended for secondary educators). Teachers will learn about Ottoman history, architecture, art, and cuisine , engage with scholars from Duke Univeristy and UNC Chapel Hill, visit an exhibit of political cartoons from late Ottoman…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh

December 2, 2017 | 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 by Loghman Zaiim. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is not numbered. Organized by: Persian Art Center in Carolina. For more information, please call 919-259-0959. Sunday,…

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Concert: Echoes of the Silk Road

December 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  $10 regular $5 students & children under 18   A night of live Turkish and Iranian music presented by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina, the Iranian Cultural Society of NC, the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation, and the NC State Turkish Student Association. Our lineup features local and international talent, including ney (Turkish reed flute) player Burcu Karadağ and qanun (Middle Eastern zither) player Serkan Mesut Halili, both joining us from Istanbul. Triangle-based artists Anatoly Larkin (piano)…

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Summer FLAS Fellowship Info Session

December 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The purpose of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship is to permit students to study one of the less- or least-commonly-taught languages of the Americas or of the Middle East on an intensive basis. Undergraduate students must place at the intermediate level or above of language study. The fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses, plus up to $5,000 to cover tuition and fees for one summer session. Graduate, Professional School, and Undergraduate students…

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“50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures” | Enabler or Peacemaker? U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lara Friedman

December 5, 2017 | 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's West Campus Quad Irrespective of intentions, U.S. leadership has done more to enable the entrenchment and expansion of occupation than to end it. Looking to the future, can the United States act as an effective leader or steward of a political process that can end the occupation, regardless of the political outlook of the person occupying the Oval Office? And absent U.S. leadership, what options are available to change the status quo on the…

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Public Student Film Showings: Inspired by Iranian Cinema

December 5, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

As part of the EE course requirement and grade, Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi’s “ASIA 124: Iranian Post-1979 Cinema” students made 8-minute films related to the themes of the class with an original idea of theirs. Students received guidance from both Dr. Yaghoobi and the course GRC, Che Sokol. The campus and public community are invited on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 2017, at 12:30 pm to a public screening and Q&A of the student films. For more information, please contact Dr.…

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Film Screening: Docunight #44 [Durham]: Scorpio & Javad (2 films)

December 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Scorpio Directed by: Faride Saremi, Omid Hashemlu, 2010 / 43 mins,Persian with English Subtitles In 1971 three young musicians set out to perform the euphoric rock’n roll and Latin hits of their time on the stages of Tehran. Bahram Amin Salmasi (bass guitar), Baram Saidi (guitar) and Eini Keivanshokooh (drums), along with Eric Arconte (percussions) and Andranik Asatourian (piano) formed the band ‘Scorpio’. Through their covers, they soon became very popular amongst enthusiasts of popular western music. They covered almost…

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Research presentations by Mideast Center Carnegie Fellows

December 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join the Mideast Center for two talks by our visiting Carnegie Fellows, Mariam Alkazemi and Shimaa Hatab. The event will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact mideast@unc.edu. This event is part of the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, supported by the Carolina Seminars program. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Carnegie Fellowships in Support of…

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

December 9, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Makhmoor Saeedi (1938-2010), an Urdu poet, writer, translator and journalist from Tonk, Rajasthan, India. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119…

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Benefit Event: Sounds of Palestine

December 9, 2017 | 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Please join us for an evening to celebrate and support an amazing organization Sounds of Palestine, a program using music education to improve the lives of disadvantaged Palestinian children, many of whom live in surrounding refugee camps. The event will kick off with a yoga class led by 200hr Certified Kunga Yoga Teacher Jackie Cook. Following class, doors will open for guests to enjoy light refreshments, drinks, enter a raffle, and settle in to experience local Palestinian musical performances. Guests…

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Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

December 13, 2017
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher, including heritage speakers, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. They will choose a topic relevant to four research tracks with regional focuses: Contemporary Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Middle East and North Africa. Teams will write a research paper and present…

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January 2018

Lecture: “Muslim Spaces, Jewish Pasts: Genealogies of the Split Arab/Jew Figure” with Ella Shohat, NYU

January 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Community lecture with Ella Shohat of New York university. Details TBA. This event is organized by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. For more information, please visit here. UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education UNC Chapel Hill

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

January 13, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Mehshar Badayuni (1922-1994), one of the leading Urdu poets of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh (Part Two)

January 14, 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 by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is…

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Community Event: Community Conversations with Foreign-born Residents of Chapel Hill

January 20, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

This is an opportunity for members of the community to share their experiences and recommendations for local government and services with conversations in Arabic, Burmese, English, and Russian Languages. *Wheelchair accessible**All residents welcome**Childcare provided**We will not record the meeting or request identification/registration* Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities is a collaborative project of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, and foreign-born residents. We seek newcomer perspectives to improve leadership opportunities, communication, and services in Chapel Hill. For more information and to…

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Public Talk: “The Emergence of Terrorism: A New Paradigm” with Dr. Marc Sageman

January 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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Dr. Marc Sageman will give a public talk based on his most recent book, "Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). The book discusses various campaigns of political violence spanning two centuries and four continents. Dr. Marc Sageman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of Terrorism. This lecture is part of the Bass Connections project Networks of Cooperation and Conflict in the Middle East within…

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Public Talk: “Arabs in America’s Fairs, 1876-1896” with Dr. Linda Jacobs

January 24, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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  The Khayrallah Center invites you to attend a talk and conversation with Dr. Linda Jacobs, titled: "Creating Illusions: Arabs in America's Fairs, 1876-189." This talk explores Arab participation in world exhibition and fairs (attended by nearly 50 million Americans) and the effects these experiences had on early Arab immigration and immigrants in nineteenth century America. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. For more information, please contact kristen_porter@ncsu.edu. Withers Hall, Room 331 NC State University

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Book Talk and Signing: Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner

January 25, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join co-authors Zubair Rushk and Daniel Romm as they discuss their new book, Escape from Hell: Based on the True Story of a Syrian Political Prisoner. Escape from Hell is a powerful and enlightening historical political thriller that chronicles Rushk’s motivations for leaving Syria, the horrors he faced, and his journey to the United States. Co-authors Rushk and Romm will discuss the main arguments presented in the book including: the US administration’s travel ban, torture in political prison, war effects on the…

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Book Talk by Didem Havlioğlu: “Mîhrî Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History

January 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The early modern Ottoman poet Mihrî Hatun (1460–1515) succeeded in drawing an admiring audience and considerable renown during a time when few women were accepted into the male-dominated intellectual circles. Her poetry collection is among the earliest bodies of women’s writing in the Middle East and Islamicate literature, providing an exceptional vantage point on intellectual history. Havlioglu’s astute and nuanced portrait will give audience members a fascinating glimpse into the life of a woman poet in a highly gendered…

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Persian Lecture Series: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

January 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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 **Due to inclement weather on 1/19, this lecture has been rescheduled for 1/26.** Join us for a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global…

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Talk with Amir Muhammad: “African Muslims in the Carolinas”

January 27, 2018 | 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

This event will take place as part of the broader “17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration” at the North Carolina Museum of History. Amir Muhammad, owner, Collections and Stories of American Muslims Inc. (CSAM), will give a talk as part of the CELEBRATE Education and Heritage program, 11:45am-4:00pm. Mr. Muhammad, author of eight books, has had several exhibitions hosted at various venues throughout the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Dr. Habeebah Muhammad, have dedicated themselves to documenting…

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Talk with Amir Muhammad: “Muslims’ Contributions in the Making of America”

January 28, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Please join author, historian, and co-founder of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center as he discusses “Muslims’ contributions in the making of America”. Mr. Muhammad, author of eight books, has had several exhibitions hosted at various venues throughout the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Dr. Habeebah Muhammad, have dedicated themselves to documenting untold stories of Muslim life in America. Presented by the As Salaam Islamic Center and Cultural Enrichment Services. A $10.00 Donation is suggested. For…

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Book talk by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi: “Intertwined Histories and Perspectives: Contrapuntal Reading of ʿAṭṭār”

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Can modern concepts such as transgression, inclusion/exclusion, self/the other help us to better understand medieval subjectivity? Can medieval works shed light on our understanding of modern subjectivity? By looking at ʿAṭṭār’s poetry contrapuntally with medieval European literature and modern theory, this talk will map out the ways ʿAṭṭār’s poetry interacts with itself within the Persian cultural and historical framework as well as with medieval European culture and modern Western theoretical perspectives in regard to the concepts of transgression and the…

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Public Talk: “Muslims Beyond the Arab World: Language, Arts and Music in Senegal” by Dr. Fallou Ngom

January 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a conversation with Dr. Fallou Ngom, Director of the African Studies Center at Boston College, about Islam in contemporary Senegal. We will explore the ways in which Islam is lived in the country and its connections to language, the arts, and social life. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Mbaye Lo, Interim Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.  A light lunch will be served.  Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Forum…

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Talk with Julia Ebner, Author of “The Rage”

January 30, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far Right Extremism explores the interaction between the "new" far right and Islamist extremists and considers the consequences for the global terror threat. Based on first-hand interviews, this book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalization and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed – with potentially disastrous consequences - in the UK, Europe and the U.S. The author will be available to sign copies of the book after her talk (books…

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Jennifer Bryson & Ismail Royer, “Insights into Extremism: Experiences of a former Guantanamo Bay interrogator & a convicted jihadist”

January 30, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Fourteen years ago, he was a convicted jihadist. Ismail Royer was part of the “Virginia Jihad Network” and was indicted on terrorism-related charges in January 2004 with other members of the group. Now he’s fighting radical Islam steps from the White House. Join Jennifer Bryson, director of operations at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom, and Ismail Royer as they share their insights into current extremism issues. SAVE THE DATE - DETAILS PENDING! Sponsored by the Duke University Program…

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February 2018

EVENT POSTPONED: Public Talk: “Muslims in Public Discourse: Competing Narratives, Monsters, and Heroes” by Dr. Sophia Arjana

February 1, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Originally scheduled for Thursday, February 1, please note that this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled, date and time TBD.  For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its third event Feb. 1st as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series,…

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Workshop: inTransit, Arts & Migration around Europe

February 1, 2018 | 5:00 pm - February 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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How does the history of migration around Europe change when we consider early modern Muslims? When we consider other dispossessed peoples across French and Flemish territories in premodern times? Migrants from the South to the North, and from the Mediterranean across the British Channel or immigrants from west and north Africa? What are the artistic expressions and engagements accounting for their uprooting experiences? How are we to interpret them when we listen to the past to understand the present, while…

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Public Talk: “The “Military-Civilian Divide:” On War, Citizenship, and Obligation” by Nadia Abu El-Haj

February 5, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Nadia Abu El-Haj is Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia. Her publications include Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society, and The Genealogical Science. The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology. Her current work focuses on the field of psychiatry, exploring the complex ethical and political implications of shifting psychiatric and public understandings of the trauma of soldiers.  For more…

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Duke History Department Colloquium: “The City and the Wilderness: Indo-Persian Travel Writing and the Edge of the Mughal World” by Arash Khazeni, Pomona College

February 5, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This paper explores the travels of Mir ’Abd al-Latif Khan, an itinerant scholar and merchant from Iran, across the Indian Ocean from Basra in the Persian Gulf to Calcutta in the Bay of Bengal in 1788 during the waning of the Mughal Empire and the onset of East India Company rule in India. In his book of travels Tuhfat al-’Alam (Rarity of the World), written in Hyderabad in 1802, ’Abd al-Latif draws upon longstanding Mughal views of the wondrous nature…

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Public Talk: “Realistic & Principled: An Argument for American Support of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East,” a conversation with Elliott Abrams

February 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the American Grand Strategy for "Realistic & Principled: An Argument for American Support of Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East," a conversation with Elliott Abrams. Abrams is CFR Senior Fellow, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. A small group meeting is planned for 4:30pm and dinner at 7:15pm after the event. Here are links to sign up and for more information: Small Group: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zExVlHU1uJmzuR Dinner: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41vcjfJ5LzvS5il Sponsored by: Duke Program in American Grand Strategy,…

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Book Talk and Signing: Crusade and Jihad: The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North

February 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Drawing on more than half a century of experience as a historian, policy planner, diplomat, peace negotiator, and businessman, Dr. Polk's new book, Crusade and Jihad, explains centuries of hostilities between the Muslim world and Global North and the impact on current conflicts. Book signing to follow. This event is sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) Contact Sarah Neill: sarah.elaine.neill@duke.edu, 919-660-2421. Perkins Library 217 Duke University, West Campus

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15th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Map, Territory, Boundary”

February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Geography and territoriality are not only the subjects of ongoing contestation, but also compelling paradigms to engage with broader interrelated questions pertaining to the modern makeup of the Middle East. This conference seeks to spark a discussion on the myriad of ways the themes of map, territory, and boundary open up new possibilities of insight in the contexts of the Middle East, Muslim communities, and their connected geographies. For more information and the two-day program, please visit http://islamicstudiesconf2018.web.unc.edu/. Please RSVP at http://go.unc.edu/gradconf2018.…

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Persian Lecture Series Part II: Treatise of Three Principles of Mulla Sadra

February 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for Part II of a Persian Lecture Series focusing on the philosopher Mulla Sadra presented by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Dr. Kadivar is an Iranian philosopher and research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. Free and open to the public. Lectures will be in Persian. Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill

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Performance: Shattered Glass – Three Years Later

February 9, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shattered Glass is a 45-minute multimedia spoken word performance about the tragic shootings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that fuses together poetry, images, and videos. On February 10th, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in their home. In the aftermath, people around the world are left with many questions. Who were Deah, Yusor, and Razan? What does it mean to lose your child, your sibling, or your friend? What do we do in…

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Literary Forum: Urdu Majlis

February 10, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday, February 10, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Iqbal Azeem (1913-2000), Urdu poet and scholar of Urdu language. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For more information, please call: Afroz Taj  919-851-1119 / 919-999-8192. Room…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A new look at Shahnameh (Part Three)

February 11, 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 third presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE. The program will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Loghman Zaiim. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry readings by the audience. Parking is available in any space that is not marked…

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Furst Forum: “Modifying Language, Modifying Space: Multilingualism in Arab-American Literature and Film”

February 12, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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    Join Rachel Norman for the annual Furst Forum in Comparative Literature. A PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, Rachel Norman researches multilingualism in Latina/o literature and Arab North American literature in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.   She has presented her work at conferences held by the Modern Languages Association, the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, the Arab American Studies Association, the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and the Carolina Conference for Romance Languages. Her publications include a book…

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Lecture: “Bridges, Not Walls: The Life and Legacy of Forugh Farrokhzad” with Dr. Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia)

February 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?” Muriel Rukeyser asked. Her response was short: “The world would split open.” And Adrienne Rich, who believed “Lying is done with words, and also with silences,” argued, "When a woman tells the truth, she is creating the possibility of more truth around her." The Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad (1934-1967) made a rope out of words and pulled herself up from segregated spaces and the burrows in which women’s…

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Wednesdays at the Center: Duke Undergraduate Working Group on MENA

February 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  More than 35 Duke undergraduate students spent their 2017 summer vacation studying or volunteering in the Middle East and North African (MENA). Josh Curtis (Duke junior) and Bryan Rusch (Duke sophomore) will lead a roundtable discussion with six students who participated in DukeEngage in Lebanon, and Duke in the Arab World (Morocco) in the summer of 2017. Moderated discussion will include topics such as: classroom study vs. real-life experience, the people of MENA, cultural encounters, food, and lessons upon…

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Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Orientation

February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, from visiting a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, to dining at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte, to attending a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, this program aims to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy. Fellows will first attend a two-day orientation…

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Discussion: The Grey Wolf & Bear – Turkish-Russian Relations

February 16, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Grey Wolf & Bear: Turkish-Russian Relations will be held at the Forum for Scholars and Publics on Friday, February 16th at 12:00-1:30 PM. Speakers will include: former ambassadors Jack Matlock (Russian perspective), Robert Pearson (Turkish perspective) as well as Dimitar Bechev (visiting scholar) who will be giving the IR perspective. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit here or contact: griffin.orlando@duke.edu. 011 Old Chem, West Campus Duke University

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Visualizing Suffering: Tracking Photojournalism and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

February 16, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  On 2/16, Professor Astrid Giugni’s and graduate student Jessica Hines’s Data+ students from Duke University will be presenting a project tracking photojournalism of the Syrian refugee crisis, followed by a discussion on undergraduate research in digital humanities. Robbie Ha (Computer Science, Statistics), Peilin Lai  (Computer Science, Mathematics), and Alejandro Ortega (Mathematics) spent ten weeks analyzing the content and dissemination of images of the Syrian refugee crisis, as part of a general data-driven investigation of Western photojournalism and how it has contributed to our…

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Lecture: Malachi Hacohen (Duke University), “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations”

February 19, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, will give this year’s Graduate Student Network academic lecture, titled “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael : The Future of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Relations.” The Holocaust and the State of Israel transformed the traditional paradigms of Jews’ Relations with non-Jews. Jacob & Esau, typologically Jews and Christians and traditionally enemies, have reconciled. Isaac & Yishmael, typologically Jews and Muslims and traditionally less hostile, have grown apart. This talk provides a panoramic overview of the changing dynamics…

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Global Open House + Global Career Night

February 20, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join students, staff and faculty from the Global Education Center and affiliated programs to discover where global experiences and intercultural competence can lead. The reception will feature an art opening and showcase the global opportunities available to students, followed by a panel at 6:00pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.   On the panel, UNC alumni will speak about diverse career trajectories and possibilities. The panel will include: Cecilia Polanco | CEO, So Good Pupusas and Founder, Pupusas for Education…

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Public Talk: “Visual Qur’an: A Conversation with Sandow Birk”

February 20, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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At a time when the United States was involved in two wars against Islamic nations and declared itself to be in a cultural and philosophical struggle against Islamic extremists, American artist Sandow Birk’s latest project considers the Qur’an as it was intended – as a universal message to humankind. If the Qur’an is indeed a divine message to all peoples, he ponders, what does it mean to an individual American in the 21st Century? How does the message of the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: American Qur’an with Sandow Birk

February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This presentation will outline Birk’s project of hand-transcribing the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and illuminating the text with relevant scenes from American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world. Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well-travelled graduate of the Otis/Parson’s Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on…

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Film Screening and Panel: The Other Side of Hope

February 21, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Released in 2017, The Other Side of Hope depicts the fictional story of a traveling salesman’s friendship with a recently arrived Syrian asylum seeker. The panel will include Professor Banu Gökarıksel (Geography), Professor Priscilla Layne (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Dr. Niklaus Steiner (Director, Center for Global Initiatives). Professor John Stephens (Political Science and Director, Center for European Studies) will moderate the conversation.   This event is part of “Crises of Citizenship: Global Spotlight Week 2018.” The…

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Public Talk: “Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Shattering Myths about Islam in South East Asia” by Dr. Khairudin Aljunied (Georgetown University)

February 22, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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    DISC welcomes Dr. Khairudin Aljunied, Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia:: Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.   This talk seeks to deconstruct present-day images and stereotypes embedded in the works of “media pundits” and “terrorist experts” that Muslims in Southeast Asia are prone to conflict and violence. Based on my recent book Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asian Islam in Comparative Perspective (2017), I will show that cosmopolitan ideals and pluralist tendencies have been…

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Documentary Screening: Budrus

February 22, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity (CAGE) as we screen Budrus, an award-winning feature documentary film about Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join them in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by the separation barrier. The event will be on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Union Room 3411, and dinner will be provided.   Sponsored by OneVoice UNC, Feminist Students United (FSU), and…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

February 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

The UNC Arabic Program is pleased to announce an amazing Workshop about Arabic Calligraphy, with usthath Lahcen Omar. Students will learn about the different calligraphy styles and have an opportunity to practice. The workshop is open to students from all Arabic sections as well as others who are interested in this subject. For more information, please contact Doria El Kerdany, Arabic Program Coordinator, elkerdan@email.unc.edu. Thursday, February 22 | 6:00-8:00pm  New West 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Public Talk: “Situating Cosmopolitanism” with Amy Mills, University of South Carolina

February 23, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Since the turn of the millennium, rapid globalization has generated debates about whether a universal “cosmopolitan ethic” is possible, compelling us to examine the extent to which globalized relations are conditioned by locality. Yet, cosmopolitanist debates originate in the Global North, and the concept of cosmopolitanism itself does not travel across contexts without friction. This talk situates local understandings of “cosmopolitanism” in Istanbul, a city whose geographic location, and Byzantine and Ottoman imperial histories, ground common imaginations of the city…

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Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators

February 24, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then…

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Global Spotlight Week: Omar Offendum in Concert

February 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Omar Offendum is a Los Angeles-based Syrian-American hip-hop artist, activist and architect. His music and poetry, which he performs in both Arabic and English, are infused with historical, geographical and religious references and intermixed with personal accounts of faith, politics, and growing up in Washington, D.C. Omar Offendum’s focus on Syria and uprisings in the Middle East expose American audiences to a little-understood region. His poetry and music build on American Hip-Hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues…

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International Legal Conference: Emergency Legal Cultures and Imperial Legacies

February 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

    In recent years, “The State of Emergency” as a philosophical, critical and meta-legal concept, has received much attention, particularly through the work of Giorgio Agamben and a revived interest in the German jurist Carl Schmitt. In turn, legal scholars have turned their attention to emergency legislation as a concrete legal practice, particularly in Imperial and post-Imperial contexts. They have often neglected, however, to i