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March 2017

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to most foreign observers, which means that literary texts that make it into circulation abroad tend to be received as historical documents rather than aesthetic artefacts.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@