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August 2016

Perceptions, Realities and the Changing Dynamics of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: A Lecture by Dr. Saeed Shafqat

August 10, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 4:35 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Time: Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm. Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, 4th Floor, UNC-Chapel Hill U.S.- Pakistan relations are a painfully enduring relationship. Over the decades, these nations have witnessed high and low points several times yet endured and not broken. The ‘terms of endearment’ have undergone changes during each decade. For example, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton described US-Pakistan relations as ‘transactional’ and not based on mutual trust. Some scholars have declared Pakistan an ‘unworthy ally.’ Others have…

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Challenging Racism and Islamophobia Forum

August 14, 2016 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
As-Salaam Islamic Center, 1214 E Lenoir Street
Raleigh, NC 27610 United States
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A forum will be organized at As-Salaam Islamic Center to explore the roots of Islamophobia or anti-Muslim discrimination. This forum will explore the following questions: How does Islamophobia operate in society? What are the links between Islamophobia and racism? How to understand the relationships between immigrant Muslims and African American Muslims? How can Muslims counteract racism and Islamophobia? This forum is free and open for all. Snacks will be provided. The forum will include speeches and break-out session. Email at…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina Presents: Dr. Pourzandi | Study of Sadegh Hedayat Part II

August 14, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 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 Amir Rezvani. The speaker is Dr. Pourzandi who will present part two in the study of Sadegh Hedayat, Iranian author who introduced modernist techniques into Persian fiction. He is considered one of the greatest Iranian writers of the 20th century. The presentation will be followed by discussion from 6-6:30pm. From 6:45-7:30 , there will be live music and poetry readings from your favorite poets. …

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Pakistan Independence Day Celebration

August 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Moore Square Park, 200 S Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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When: Sunday, August 14, 5:30 - 7:30pm Where: Moore Square Park, 200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Pakistan day – Aug 14th, 2016 (Pakistan Fest) We will have a very exciting commemorative day in the heart of Raleigh. All community members are invited to join us to enjoy this very festive day. Please bring snacks for your family and also to share with your friends. Suggested Food items: Sandwiches Chips Soft drinks and water Fruit (Mangoes will be great)…

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Focus Group: Provide Feedback on new Khayrallah Center Exhibit, “The Lebanese in America”

August 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Location: 332 Withers Hall, NC State University - 101 Lampe Dr., Raleigh, NC The Khayrallah Center is organizing a small focus group to provide feedback on their new traveling exhibit "The Lebanese in America." This small, portable exhibit will travel throughout the country to heritage and non-heritage communities to detail the story of the Lebanese community in America from 1870 through today. It narrates the journeys of Lebanese immigrants as they struggled to maintain their identity and strove to become Americans.…

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PlayMakers Repertory Company: ‘Draw the Circle’

August 24, 2016 | 7:30 pm - August 28, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Kenan Theatre, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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PlayMakers kicks off PRC2 season with world premiere of ‘Draw the Circle’ in Kenan Theater Funny, moving story of a Muslim-American family dealing with their daughter’s gender transition brings a human face to today’s headlines PlayMakers Repertory Company opens its 2016-2017 Season with the world premiere of Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s “Draw the Circle” directed by Chay Yew. Deen will perform his one-man show Aug. 24-28 as the first presentation in PlayMakers’ new PRC² second stage series. “Draw the Circle” is…

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Persian Lecture Series: Commentary on Gulshan-i Rāz with Professor Mohsen Kadviar

August 26, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Location: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005 We invite you to join us for a five-part lecture series on Gulshan-i Rāz, featuring commentary by Professor Mohsen Kadviar. Gulshan-i Rāz of Maḥmūd ibn ʻAbd al-Karīm Shabistarī (died 1320) is a classic Persian mystical text. Please note that this event is in Persian and open to all who speak Persian or love Persian mystical literature. The third season of our Persian lecture series focuses on the exploration of Gulshan-i rāz (“The rose garden of the secret”),…

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Urdu Majlis Meeting: Life and Works of Poet Ibn-e-Insha

August 26, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Friday August 26, 2016 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of poet Ibn-e-Insha (1927-1978). Ibn-e-Insha was a Pakistani Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer and newspaper columnist. Along with his poetry, he was regarded as one of the best humorists of Urdu. WHERE: Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 WHEN: Friday, August 26,…

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Turkey Today Lecture Series: “Beyond National Unity: The Future of Pluralist Democracy in Turkey” with Dr. Aykan Erdemir

August 30, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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AUGUST 30 AT 6:00 PM-7:30 PM | FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium Turkey has been scene to mass demonstrations of national unity in the aftermath of the abortive coup of July 15. Some see this new spirit of consensus as an opportunity to move beyond the polarization that dominated the Turkish political scene for the last decade. Others see these spectacles of conformity to be an alarming move toward authoritarianism and one-man rule. What are the implications of the…

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September 2016

New Exhibit: “Migration Narratives”

September 5, 2016 | 8:00 am - December 9, 2016 | 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Migration Narratives, a new exhibition at the FedEx Global Education Center, highlights the local impacts of global migration. The Carolina Connections portion offers a uniquely local perspective with interviews and photographs from three UNC system students, all Syrian refugees who have resettled in North Carolina. Their narratives touch on each individual’s journey to Carolina and the impact the state has had on them. The exhibition will be on display from Sept. 5 to Dec. 9, 2016. Please contact Ingrid Smith at ingrid.smith@unc.edu for more information.  This…

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For Students: Research Opportunity Information Session

September 7, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gross Hall, Located at the northeast corner of Science and Towerview
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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For Students Only: Join this Research Opportunity Information Session Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and organized by the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS). Location: Gross Hall 230. Duke University Syria is locked in a Civil War that shows no signs of ending. Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen are also once again war zones. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, and the U.S. are deploying resources into this strategic landscape to achieve strategic goals. The Resources and Resiliency project,…

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‘What’s Going On?’: Islamophobia & the Triangle Community

September 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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  http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/wgo3-islamophobiatc   Quail Ridge Books Now at North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road Open Mon - Sat 9 am - 9 pm; Sun 10 am - 6 pm 'What's Going On?': Islamophobia & the Triangle Community Quail Ridge Books invites the community to come out and talk about the social interaction problem in our community. We launched our discussions a year ago, but folks can join in any time.  On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm, we will have…

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Tar Heel Beginnings: Global Hangout

September 8, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Meet new friends from North Carolina and around the world in this highly interactive, fun-filled fest! This event includes international music, appetizers, activities and prizes. The prizes include two tickets to see Hossein Alizadeh in a masterful interpretation of classical Persian music. For more information, please contact the Writing Center at 919-962-7710.

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Combating Threats at Home & Abroad: A Conversation with Department of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson

September 8, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Fleishman Commons, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson will discuss threats at home and abroad. As the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson will discuss counterterrorism and homeland security policy in the context of the changing nature of the current conflict. Johnson has also served as General Counsel to the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force and as an Assistant United States Attorney. For more information, contact Aly Breuer at aly.breuer@duke.edu.…

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Hossein Alizadeh | Mystical Music

September 9, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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One of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian music, master composer, instrumentalist, conductor, researcher and teacher Hossein Alizadeh performs new interpretations of classical Persian music. Within this expansive tradition, he continues his incomparable reinventions of melodies handed down from master to student through generations.  A virtuoso player of the tar, sehtar and Azeri tar (Iran’s ancient plucked lutes), he has appeared throughout Europe and North America as a soloist and member of the Masters of Persian Music supergroup, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for…

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: Africa and the Middle East

September 12, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 4:00 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 in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2010 to learn more about study abroad opportunities with a focus on programs in these regions. For more information, please contact abroad@unc.edu.

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Women Without Men

September 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The first film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Women Without Men is a 2009 drama from Iran. Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’etat, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace, and companionship. In Persian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), the Screen Society, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), AMES Presents,…

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Early Lebanese American Writers and the Cultural Politics of Orientalism, a lecture by Wail S. Hassan

September 13, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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In his book, Immigrant Narratives: Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature, Hassan draws upon postcolonial, translation, and minority discourse theory to investigate how key writers have described their immigrant experiences, acting as mediators and interpreters between cultures, and how they have forged new identities in their adopted countries. This lecture will focus on the very different work of three major writers from the early twentieth century, Ameen Rihani, Kahlil Gibran, and Abraham Rihbany. For more information, please…

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Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s with Dr. Salim Yaqub, UC-Santa Barbara

September 15, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map

Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations—a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other’s lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural, and even physical encroachments of the other. Throughout the seventies, these impressions aroused striking antagonism between the United States and the Arab world. Over the same period, however, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia grew more respectful of Arab…

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Oil-Gotten Gains: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab American Activism, 1973-1981: A Lecture by Dr. Salim Yaqub

September 15, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 PM Location: 4003 Global Education Center, UNC-CH In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U.S. economy. The influx of Arab petrodollars drew mixed reactions from Americans. Some feared that wealthy Arabs were “buying up America” and gaining control over the nation’s political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. Others welcomed Arab investment as a boon…

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Turkey, the EU and the U.S. – Disaster Looming?

September 15, 2016 | 5:15 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Ambassador W. Robert Pearson (former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey),  Dr. Erhard Busek (former Vice-Chancellor of Austria), and  Dr. Gönül Tol (founding director of the Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute in D.C.) Dramatic developments in Turkish, European Union and U.S. relations in 2016 have led to serious crises between Turkey and its two traditionally strongest Western supporters.  After the July 15 attempted coup, Turkey is demanding that the U.S. extradite to Turkey the alleged mastermind of the attempt, Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric living…

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Public Lecture: “Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees” with Professor Aamir Mufti, UCLA

September 15, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Aamir R. Mufti is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has recently published Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures (Harvard University Press, 2016). His research interests focus on a range of forms of inequality in the contemporary world and how they impede the possibilities for historically autonomous action by social collectivities. His work also explores the possibilities of critical knowledge of these societies within the dominant practices of the modern humanistic disciplines. Sponsored by the…

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Book Discussion: Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures with Professor Aamir Mufti, UCLA

September 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map

Aamir Mufti will discuss his latest book, Forget English! (Harvard University Press, 2016), and how he has scrutinized claims made on behalf of world literature by its advocates. Mufti is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Novel Project at Duke, the Program in Literature, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. For more information, click here. To RSVP to this event, please email mideast@duke.edu.

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Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s with Dr. Salim Yaqub, UC-Santa Barbara

September 16, 2016 | 3:00 pm
Bull’s Head Bookshop, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The UNC Chapel Hill Bookstore will host Salim Yaqub for a reading from his book, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s (Cornell University Press, 2016), on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm at the Bull’s Head Bookshop. The book explores the complex legacy of Arab petrodollars in American life. In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, and the influx of…

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Persian Lecture Series: Commentary on Gulshan-i Rāz with Professor Mohsen Kadviar

September 16, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We invite you to join us for a five-part lecture series on Gulshan-i Rāz (“The rose garden of the secret”),featuring commentary by Professor Mohsen Kadviar. Please note that this event is in Persian and open to all who speak Persian or love Persian mystical literature. Gulshan-i rāz is the most eminent poetry work of a renowned 14th century Persian Sufi poet and gnostic, Mahmoūd Shabestarī, one of the most prominent scholars of the Islamic mysticism.  His poetry, very concisely, sheds light on a broad range of topics…

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Ping Chong + Company | Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

September 18, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Ping Chong + Company’s interview-based theater production Beyond Sacred delves into the diverse stories of young Muslims who came of age in a post-9/11 New York City. The participants personify a range of Muslim identities, from converts to Islam to those who have drifted from their beliefs, from secular or cultural Muslims to stringent observers of the faith. Coming from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds, they differ in many ways but share similar experiences and emotions in a time of increasing Islamophobia. Beyond Sacred illuminates the daily lives of Muslim Americans in…

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UNICEF Speaker Series: Lucia Mock Munoz de Luna

September 19, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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UNICEF at Carolina is having its first Speaker Series event this coming Monday September 19th at 6:30 pm in Dey Hall Room 313 with guest speaker Lucia Mock Munoz de Luna! Ms. Mock earned her master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and is now a doctoral student at UNC School of Education. She will be speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis and her time as a counselor at the American Community School at Beirut. Additionally, she'll be…

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“Women in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel,” a Lecture by Susan Ackerman

September 19, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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SUSAN ACKERMAN, (Dartmouth College), will discuss how the Hebrew Bible is a book that was primarily written by men, for men, and about men, and thus the biblical text is not particularly forthcoming when it comes to the lives and experiences of women. However, this lecture looks at the ways in which scholars have been able to combine a careful reading of the biblical text with anthropological and archaeological data, and with comparative evidence from the larger biblical world, to reconstruct certain features of ancient Israelite…

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Immigration, Terrorism, and Islam: A Panel Discussion

September 19, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

In this current presidential election, the question of Islam and terrorism has at the forefront of issues for both candidates and many Americans. However this clashing narrative between Muslim Americans and “American” Americans can often be uninformed. Join Dr. Anna Bigelow, Dr. Akram Khater and Dr. Charles Kurzman as they lead a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience about Islam, immigration and terrorism and the rhetoric of the 2016 elections. For more information, please contact the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese…

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Migration Studies Social

September 21, 2016 | 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Learn about programs, research, study abroad opportunities and courses at UNC Chapel Hill related to regional and global migration studies. When: 5:30pm Wednesday, September 21 Where: The FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, 4th floor rooftop Light refreshments served   Sponsored by: The Latino Migration Project, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, The Center for Global Initiatives, the Graduate Certificate in Global Transmigration Studies, The Curriculum in Global Studies, UNC Study Abroad in Guanajuato Mexico, APPLES Global Course Guanajuato, the…

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This Whole Election is About me: An American Muslim Perspective on 2016 with Haroon Moghul

September 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Haroon Moghul is a commentator and broadcaster who has appeared on all major media networks and has been published at the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz and Boston Review. He’s the author of a novel, The Order of Light, and an upcoming memoir, How to be a Muslim: An American Story. Haroon has been a Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, the New America Foundation and is currently with the Shalom Hartman Institute. As President…

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A Conversation with the Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper

September 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kenan Flagler Business School, 300 Kenan Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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You are cordially invited to a public presentation featuring The Honorable James R. Clapper, DNI. For more information and to register, please click here. Registration is not required, nor will it guarantee you a seat at this event. However, it will permit us to notify you of any last minute changes in the program, and enable us to assess interest. Date and Time: September 27 at 6:00 PM. Location: Koury Auditorium, Kenan Flagler Business School, UNC-CH campus James R. Clapper…

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Islamophobia Forum: Unpacking the Sources of Anti-Muslim Fear and Hostility

September 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hyde Hall, United States + Google Map

Please join the Parr Center for Ethics for a discussion of the multiple causes and effects of anti-Muslim fear and hostility in the United States. Our panel will include Juliane Hammer, Charles Kurzman, Timothy Marr, and Melody Moezzi, with Joseph Kennedy moderating. Instead of giving separate talks, our panelists will have a wide-ranging discussion on the issue. We will then open the floor for audience participation as well. This event is free and open to the public.

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W@TC – What Duke’s Collections Can Do for You – Sean Swanick, Duke Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian

September 28, 2016 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This presentation will provide an overview of Duke’s Middle East and Islamic Studies collections; what has been collected, what will be collected and how collections are developed, particularly in conjunction with UNC. There will also be some discussion about the practical aspects of making collections available and the processes involved. Sean Swanick is the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian. He previously worked at McGill University as the Islamic Studies Liaison Librarian. He holds a MA in Middle East history…

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Workshop: How to Defeat Islamophobia

September 28, 2016 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gerrard Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Performance can help us to examine substantive issues of the day and can be a catalyst for dialogue and learning. The Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey project for example, offers a variety of performances and events that reveal the plurality of Muslim identity and refute monolithic thinking. In a time of increasing Islamophobia, there is an urgent need to address misrepresentations of Islam and Muslims as well as identify means of intervention. That’s why Carolina Performing Arts is collaborating with the…

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Catherine or Body of Passion : An Ethnographic Documentary, Screening and Q & A

September 29, 2016 | 4:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Emma Aubin-Boltanski, the social anthropologist from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, will present her most recent ethnographic documentary , with Q & A to follow. Aubin-Boltanski works on religious practices of the Middle East, and especially interrelations between Muslim and Christian communities. In recent years, she has turned to the tool of film, and made several ethnographic documentaries. This latest, Catherine Body of Passion, filmed in Lebanon, is representative of her work pursued…

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Graduate School Info Session: International Affairs

September 29, 2016 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Interested in international affairs? Attend this information session on graduate programs in the field. Representatives from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, and Tufts University will be present. These representatives will discuss academic programs, admission requirements, financial aid, and career opportunities with graduate degrees in international affairs. For more information, please contact the Curriculum in Global Studies at nancys@email.unc.edu.

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Lebanese Artist, Lena Merhej: Public Talk

September 29, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Talley Ballroom, NC State University, Talley Ballroom, NC State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Between September 26 and 30, Lebanese artist Lena Merhej will visit NC State to offer workshops to students, display her art work, and give public talks on the state of the arts in Lebanon and the Middle East. You are cordially invited to attend the public talk and exhibit of our inaugural Lebanese artist in residence, Ms. Lena Merhej. Place: Talley Ballroom, Talley Student Center, NC State Date: Thursday, September 29 Time: 6 PM Parking is available at the Reynolds Coliseum parking…

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A Staged Reading of The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour

September 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Playmakers Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

For the first time, we’re collaborating with our friends at PlayMakers Repertory Company in celebration of our Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey project. We’ll be presenting two readings of two plays at Historic PlayMakers Theatre this season that depict the tension between the sacred and the secular in contemporary Muslim life. Their stories give us an entry into the complexities of navigating everyday life amidst a rapidly changing cultural landscape.   Tickets just $10   In 1967, as the map of the Middle East is about to be redrawn,…

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“Veiled Threats: Women and Jihad” presented by Dr. Mia Bloom

September 29, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Meredith College, NC United States + Google Map

The Department of History and Political Science at Meredith College will host Mia Bloom, internationally renowned expert on terrorism and extremism and author of Bombshell: Women and Terror. Dr. Bloom will be giving a lecture titled “Veiled Threats: Women and Jihad.” The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. Reception to follow. The lecture and reception are both free and open to the public. Presented by the Meredith College Department of History and Political Science with support from The…

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Carolina Global Photography Competition Submission Deadline

September 30, 2016 | 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The submission period has opened for the 17th annual Carolina Global Photography Competition. This amateur competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and showcases Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service work. The competition closes September 30, 2016. Each photographer may submit up to three photos. Photos may represent any world region, and there is no restriction on the time period in which the photograph was taken. Entries will…

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October 2016

Great Cities in the Middle East: Tehran and Istanbul

October 1, 2016 | 9:00 am - 12:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Program in the Humanities will kick off its fall Dialogues series by putting two great Middle Eastern cities, Tehran and Istanbul, into conversation with each other. Omid Safi will use Tehran as a backdrop for a discussion of the significant changes that have taken place in the 20th and 21st century contexts. Next, Banu Gökarıksel will take us through Istanbul and discuss the shifting role of religion within the Turkish context where Islam, secularism, gender, and consumer capitalism are fiercely contested. The…

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Iraqi Cultural Night

October 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Iraqi Cultural Nights will feature a performance of Iraqi music and dance. Food will be served. More information to come. Please visit the event’s Facebook page for more information here.  

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Iranian Poetry

October 2, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 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 Amir Rezvani. The speaker for this event is Mr. Amin Azhdar. His presentation on Iranian poetry will be followed by discussion from 6-6:30pm. From 6:45-7:30 , there will be live music and poetry readings from your favorite poets.  The event will end with an open forum regarding planning for the future from 7:30-8:00pm. The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Where Do We Go Now?

October 3, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The second film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival, “Where Do We Go Now?” is a 2011 comedy/drama from Lebanon. It was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result…

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An Evening of Sufi Music with Oruç Güvenç

October 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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Dr. Güvenç is a Turkish Sufi musician, a clinical psychologist and music therapist, whose albums such as Ocean of Remembrance present a palette of musical textures through vocals, saz, ney, oud, and rebab, producing a hypnotic effect. Free and open to the public - parking will be available at no charge adjacent to the Nasher Museum. the concert will take place in the museum auditorium. For more information, please contact Julie Maxwell at julie.maxwell@duke.edu. Co-Sponsors Center for European Studies, Religions…

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Dr. Oruç Güvenç: An Evening of Sufi Music

October 6, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gerrard Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 6:00-7:30pm Gerrard Hall, UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Güvenç is a Turkish Sufi musician, a clinical psychologist and music therapist, whose performances present a variety of musical textures through vocals, saz, ney, oud, and rebab, producing a hypnotic effect. Dr. Güvenç will give a performance of Sufi music at UNC-Chapel Hill, accompanied by commentary about his music and therapy work. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact harver@email.unc.edu for more information. Co-Sponsors:…

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Lunch and Learn

October 8, 2016 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Islamic Center Raleigh, Islamic Center Raleigh, 808 Atwater St.
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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Too often we find ourselves listening to second-hand sources that encourage the creation of walls and segregation within our delicate society. Unfortunately, this narrative can sometimes erode the bridges and partnerships between family and friends to create a world none of us would want to live in. As such, the Islamic Association of Raleigh cordially invites you to a unique open house event - our first annual Lunch and Learn. The community is welcome to break bread and sample a host…

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Interfaith Series: Who are Our Muslim Neighbors?

October 9, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Road
Raleigh, NC 27613 United States
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This October, the St. Francis of Assisi Church will host an interfaith series that will attempt to bring people together for respectful encounter, dialogue, and increased understanding. The goal is to move closer to the possibility of peace in our communities and world. Join the St. Francis of Assisi Church for "Who are Our Muslim Neighbors," a conversation with members of the Muslim community in the Triangle: Mohammad Abu-Salha, MD, Krista Bremer, and Farris Barakat. With Special Guest Host: Bishop Michael…

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Never Can I Write Of Damascus: History, Memory, and Shared Life in Iraq and Syria

October 11, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak will share historical analysis and ethnographic insights from their new book, Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home. Beginning in 1999, the educators witnessed what the severe UN sanctions did to every aspect of Iraqi life. When the US moved from sanctions to invasion and occupation, they made a critical decision to move from New York to Damascus in 2005 and to live and teach where a million Iraqis had sought safety.…

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Explaining the Rise of Modern Science: A Connective History?

October 13, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map

In his recent study, The Rise of Modern Science Explained: A Comparative History, Floris Cohen argues that three modes of nature-knowledge – realist mathematical, kinetic corpuscular and face-facting experimental – combined to produce modern science. Cohen sees these as transformations of earlier European traditions. This talk traces them to three outside influences on Renaissance Europe – the computational techniques of the Indian number system, the Arabic optics of Ibn al-Haytham, and the flow of mechanical technologies from China. This event is…

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Persian Lecture Series: Commentary on Gulshan-i Rāz with Professor Mohsen Kadviar

October 13, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We invite you to join us for a five-part lecture series on Gulshan-i Rāz (“The rose garden of the secret”), featuring commentary by Professor Mohsen Kadviar. Please note that this event is in Persian and open to all who speak Persian or love Persian mystical literature. Gulshan-i rāz is the most eminent poetry work of a renowned 14th century Persian Sufi poet and gnostic, Mahmoūd Shabestarī, one of the most prominent scholars of the Islamic mysticism.  His poetry, very concisely, sheds light on a broad range of topics…

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Entangled Soviet and Central Asian Discourses on Gender, Youth, and Consumption, 1955-1985: Kathryn Dooley

October 13, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In the decades after World War II, Soviet Central Asia became home to a nascent consumer culture fueled by the consumption of a wide array of traditional-style goods, Soviet-produced novelties, and global imports. The Soviet state’s fear of a rising tide of consumer acquisitiveness and “bourgeois” mentalities created a situation in which Central Asian tradition and ethno-cultural specificity could be reframed as potentially healthy influences, bolstering Soviet values in their struggle against excessive consumerism and dissolute youth culture. This presentation…

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Raleigh International Festival

October 14, 2016 | 8:00 am - October 16, 2016 | 5:00 pm
Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Raleigh international festival celebrates the many languages, cultures, and nations represented in North Carolina. Don't miss three days packed with exhibits, performances, food and shopping! There will be several Middle Eastern cultures represented throughout the festivities. For more information, please visit here.

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“Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” | Annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Conference

October 14, 2016 | 9:00 am - October 16, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Hyde Hall, United States + Google Map

This event is one of two conferences to be held in conjunction with the 2016-2017 season of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA)  at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The CPA season will include a festival on Sufism titled “Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey.” Read more about this program here. Please find the program, information about speakers and sponsors at the conference website: http://islamworkshop2016.web.unc.edu/. Recent decades of research in historical, cultural, and social studies of religion have produced a body of…

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MSA Live: The Legacy of Our Three Winners

October 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

We invite you to join the UNC Muslim Students Association for a night of remembrance and reflection in MSA Live: The Legacy of Our Three Winners. With us for the night is prominent civil rights activist Linda Sarsour and Farris Barakat, the brother of Deah Barakat and Executive Director of Project Lighthouse, who will be describing their vision for honoring the legacies of Our Three Winners. Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken…

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Solo Performance of ‘ud Music: Issa Boulos

October 15, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hyde Hall, United States + Google Map

Please join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a concert of ‘ud music on Saturday evening featuring Palestinian-American musician and composer Issa Boulos. This solo performance will include excerpts from Boulos’ extended work al-Hallaj (2000), a series of composed Sufi poems penetrating the philosophy and tragic ending of Abu al-Mughith al-Husayn Ibn Mansur al-`Hallaj. This performance is part of a multidisciplinary conference on “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” on Oct. 14-16 at UNC. This conference has received the generous…

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Interfaith Series: St. Francis as Model of Dialogue

October 16, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Road
Raleigh, NC 27613 United States
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This October, the St. Francis of Assisi Church will host an interfaith series that will attempt to bring people together for respectful encounter, dialogue, and increased understanding. The goal is to move closer to the possibility of peace in our communities and world. Join the St. Francis of Assisi Church for “St. Francis as Model of Dialogue" - A conversation with Fr. Michael Calabria, OFM – Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University. There is…

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Public Lecture: “Turkey’s Improbable Journey to Modernity: State, Society and Identity” with Professor Reşat Kasaba, University of Washington

October 17, 2016 | 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Turkey is living through one of the most difficult periods in its history. Having survived a terrifying coup attempt, the country is trying to deal with multiple internal and external crises with tools and institutions that are weak and becoming weaker by the day. Academia and the press, two pillars that would normally protect and reinforce democratic politics, are under attack by the government while the Kurdish conflict is on the verge of turning into a full-fledged civil war. While…

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Screening & Discussion of I Bring What I Love

October 17, 2016 | 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a screening of I Bring What I Love, a portrait of pop star Youssou N’Dour and his efforts to record Egypt, an album in response to negative perceptions of Islam. This event is free and open to the public. More info about Youssou can be found here: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/ros_perf_series/sufi-songs-youssou-ndour/

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Turkey: The 2016 Coup Attempt and its Aftermath and Implications

October 18, 2016 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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A coffee hour will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm before the talk. Please join us in the atrium of the FedEx GEC to meet and speak with Professor Kasaba. A failed coup d'état in Turkey on July 15, 2016 made world headlines and left hundreds dead or injured. Nearly a month later, tens of thousands of military personnel, journalists, judges, prosecutors, professors, university administrators and teachers have been fired or forced to resign and some have been arrested. Continuing instability…

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Flourishing the Negev Desert

October 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Flourishing the Negev Desert Tuesday, October 18, 7:00pm Global FedEx, Room 1005 An evening about Israeli local produce, cultivation in the desert, and innovative irrigation systems. Israeli snacks will be served. Please note that this event is open to UNC students only. For more information, contact Hanna Sprintzik, Hebrew Lecturer: hannasp@email.unc.edu. This event is part of "The Israeli Cultural Salad Israeli Popular Food & Immigration" series. These events are made possible by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and a…

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Public Lecture: “Gaming in support of the ME peace process” with Professor Rex Brynen of McGill University

October 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Rex Brynen is Professor of Political Science at McGill University. In addition to his extensive work on peace, conflict, and Middle East politics, he is a serious game designer and senior editor of the conflict simulation website PAXsims (http://www.paxsims.org). For more information, contact Shai Ginsburg (shai.ginsburg@duke.edu).  Free and open to the public.  A light dinner will be served.   Sponsored by Duke’s Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department.

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Conference: The Middle East in Latin America

October 21, 2016 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America — whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia), Jewish, Christian, or secular — in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly…

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Nests of the Nu Ahong, Graduate Arts Exhibit Reception

October 21, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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2016-2017 Graduate Arts Fellow Salima Al-Ismaili is an Omani documentary artist working primarily in film and photography. Her previous documentaries explored issues of migration and displacement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Jordan. Al-Ismaili’s current focus explores the constructed and blurred assigned gender roles of women within religion, and the role of women’s leadership in Islam over time. She received her BSc in Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar in 2013 and is pursuing an M.F.A. through the Duke University program in Experimental and…

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National Dabke Festival – 2016

October 22, 2016 | 12:00 pm
NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC United States
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The Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the Triangle Lebanese American Center and Dabketna.com are pleased to invite you to the 1st Annual National Dabke Festival. This event will feature dabke troupes from across the US and Canada for a day of dance, friendly competition and prizes! The competition will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA), and it will include four age groups: Children Group  6-9 years Youth Group 10-14 years Young Adults Group 15-18 Years Aduts Group 18+…

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Bridge Panel Discussion: Peace in an Age of Terror

October 24, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke Chapel Quad, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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In a world worried about terror – acts of violence with political ends – how is it possible to live in peace? A Duke Chapel “Bridge Panel” conversation takes up the question of what spiritual, political and communal resources are available to seek peace in an age of fear. The panelists include Professor Valerie Cooper, associate professor of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School; Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law; and Professor Omid…

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Visual Language in the Landscapes of Urban Senegal | Prof. Fiona McLaughlin

October 24, 2016 | 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Fiona McLaughlin, of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida, will present a talk on Senegal in relation to Youssou N’Dour’s performance of Sufi music. McLaughlin’s primary areas of research in linguistics are the phonology, morphology and sociolinguistics of Wolof, Pulaar and Seereer-Siin, three Atlantic (Niger-Congo) languages spoken in Senegal. Her current areas of investigation are language contact in urban Senegal, reduplication and ideophones and information structure. A secondary interest is Islam and popular culture, especially popular music, in Senegal. This…

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“A True-to-Life Muslim? Knowledge of Islam & the Islamic World : The Case of Honorat Bovet in Pre-Modern France”

October 25, 2016 | 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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A joint talk with Emilie Picherot,  Université de Lille, and Helen Solterer of Duke University on the Case of Honorat Bovet in Pre-Modern France. An opportunity to delve into the debate – who knew what when? And to consider early chapters in this long, rich, conflicted encounter between cultures. Sponsored by: Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies, and Duke Romance Studies. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

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Youssou N’Dour | Sufi Songs

October 25, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Throughout a 30-year recording career, Youssou N’Dour’s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained the hallmark of his artistic personality. Transforming his native mbalax music with influences from Cuban rumba, reggae, hip hop, jazz and soul, he is a daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove.” N’Dour and his high-energy band Super Etoile fashion a sound that is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking—a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. This performance features a selection of songs from the Sufi tradition including music…

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An Early Arabic Library : Manuscript 774 from France’s National Library with Emilie Picherot

October 26, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University, NC United States + Google Map

“It is impossible to understand the particular relationship of France to the Arabo-Muslim world”, Picherot writes, “without returning again to the earliest tradition of studying Islam in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. The evidence of this practice is given concrete form by collections of Arabic manuscripts put together carefully by several scholars of the Arab world – and this long before Antoine Galland, and his contemporary Pétis de la Crois, the French scholars of the Arab world usually identified as…

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Film Screening: In Search of Israeli Cuisine

October 26, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Varsity Theater, Varsity Theater, 123 E Franklin St,
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Location: Varsity Theater, 123 E Franklin St. A film screening with Director Roger Sherman. This event is open to UNC students and the general public. In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The feature-length documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the cultures that make up Israel today. A rich and human story of the people emerges. Learn more about the…

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Shi’ism: Commonalities & Misconceptions

October 26, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The UNC Muslim Students Association is hosting a talk on Shia Islam. This event is meant to foster understanding, unity, and an appreciation of diversity within the Muslim community. We will be hosting Imam Mehdi Hazari from IABAT in Durham who will give a brief overview of Shia practices and answer your questions about Shi’ism. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion. Here is the link to the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1775916212696247/#

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At the Crossroads of Work and War: New Mobilities for the Tunisian Precariat

October 27, 2016 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Friedl 225, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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This week, ICS will be sponsoring a workshop on an article in progress, entitled "At the Crossroads of Work and War:  New Mobilities for the Tunisian Precariat"--a chapter from Alyssa Miller’s thesis on Youth and Precarity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia--as part of an event series on Youth, Democracy and Dissent.  Ellen McLarney will be responding to the paper, and lunch will be served for attendees. This will be in workshop format so please RSVP to get a copy of the paper…

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Re-Framing Global Studies: Oceans, Islands, and Impact

October 27, 2016 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Using Pacific Studies as her entry point, Dr. Kahn will demonstrate the importance of rethinking binaries, particularly the dichotomy of global and area studies, and will explore new ways to envision global studies and its impact. Based on "Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research" (Indiana University Press, 2014), she will share insights into global scholarship and its broader role in the internationalization of curricula and campuses. Dr. Khan is the Assistant Dean for Strategic Collaborations and Director of the…

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The Call to Islam and Early Warning Systems: ​The Art of Overhearing in Bangladesh

October 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Carolina Hall, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

This paper uses the natural disaster warning systems in place in Bangladesh as a springboard for considering how poor people, specifically those living on shifting islands or chars in the River Jamuna, receive and assess information from centers of expertise and authority.  The mode of "overhearing" emerges as the most productive means of anticipating and materializing threats and promises, ranging from floods to relief.  At the same time these very channels of communication bring in other sounds and messages from diverse…

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Urdu Majlis

October 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Urdu Majlis is the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of the poet Meeraji (1912-1949) and feature original poetry by participants. For more information, please contact Afroz Taj at taj@unc.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies.

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Susan Deyhim | The House is Black

October 28, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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Inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers, this stirring multimedia piece sheds light on the importance of Iranian contemporary arts. Iranian American performance artist/composer Sussan Deyhim examines the prophetic vision of Farrokhzad, whose message is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when she died at the age of 32. Co-directed by award-winning director Robert Egan, The House is Black features Deyhim’s striking visual projections along with archival footage including Farrokhzad’s 1965 interview with Bernardo Bertolucci. The original score…

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Film Screening: Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements with guest: Rami Alayan

October 30, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us for a film screening of the Palestinian film, “Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements,” with a discussion featuring the film’s co-producer Rami Alayan. Film synopsis: Mousa gets into the trouble of his life when he steals the wrong car. What he thought was an Israeli car and an easy way to make money in his impoverished Palestinian refugee camp turns out to be a load of misfortune when he discovers a kidnapped Israeli soldier in the trunk. Sponsored…

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November 2016

The Future of NATO as a Force for Global Stability: post-Brexit & post-Turkish Coup: Admiral James Stavridis

November 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm
Nasher Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Admiral James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander of NATO and former commander of the U.S. Southern Command, will speak at Duke University on Tuesday, Nov. 1. His talk, “The Future of NATO as a Force for Global Stability: post-Turkish Coup and post-Brexit,” is free and open to the public. The talk will be the first lecture in a new speaker series at Duke on the challenges of global governance funded by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship. Stavridis is…

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Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem

November 1, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The third film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem is a 2014 Israeli-French drama. It was the nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards and the winner for Best Film in the Israeli Film Academy Awards in 2014. The film will be introduced by Professor Rachel Harris (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) with a Q&A to follow. An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett)…

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Don’t Make Me Laugh: The Role of Humor in Turkish Society: Melike Eğilmezler Boylan

November 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For the past 35 years, Turkish humor has evolved and responded in creative ways to the socioeconomic conditions of the times. Drawing on inspiration from witty and absurdist folk traditions, Turkish humorists have used satire, irony and class symbolism to confront everything from rising conservatism and corruption to the July 2016 failed coup d’état attempt. Melike Eğilmezler Boylan is a Turkish sociologist specializing in contemporary satire. Her first book, Güldürme Beni! Mizah Üstüne Ciddi Söyleşiler (Don’t Make Me Laugh! Serious Conversations About…

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Dabke Dance: Levantine Style

November 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trent Hall, Room 124​, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Dabke dance is a Levantine, Iraqi, Northern Saudi Arabian, and Kurdish circle dance for both males and females. The word دبكةis an Arabic word which presents the sounds that happen during the dance, it comes from the root د-ب-ب and the sound ‫دب Click here for more information. Organized by: Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Middle East Studies Center, and Arabic Dining Table.

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Religion and Nationalism in Asia: Perspectives on Japan and the Muslim World

November 3, 2016 | 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Today, appeals to nativism and political mobilization rooted in religious ideals are motivating systemic change and fomenting social upheaval across the world. In this one-day symposium, participants in two panels will present case studies from Japan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and other Asian nations to discuss contentious and frequently under-examined dynamics that shape the region today. Discussion inspired by the detailed case studies offered by this symposium's presenters will further inquiry into the religious underlay of nationalisms that are taking shape in…

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Indigenous Affinities: A Comparative Study in Mayan and Palestinian Narratives: Amal Eqeiq

November 3, 2016 | 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Amal Eqeiq is a native Palestinian born in the city of Al-Taybeh. She is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College. Her research interests include: Modern Arab Literature and Popular Culture, Palestinian Studies, Feminism(s), Performance Studies, Translation, Indigenous Studies in the Americas, Literature of the Global South and Creative Writing. Amal is the receipien of several fellowships and awards, including a writing residency at  Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change, a dissertation fellowship from the American Association…

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Migration Narratives Panel Discussion and Reception

November 3, 2016 | 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a reception and panel discussion on Nov. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition, Migration Narratives, on display at the FedEx Global Education Center through the end of the year. The panel discussion will feature representatives from the projects highlighted in the exhibit. Project contributors featured in the discussion include Katy Clune ’15 M.A., representing Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, North Carolina and Carolina Connections; Zubair ’18 and Bahij ’17, current UNC students and former Syrian refugees featured…

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From al Qaeda to the Islamic State: The Evolution of Violent Extremism in the Middle East, with Seth Cantey

November 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Social Sciences 228, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join the Duke Asian and Middle East Studies Center in welcoming Seth Cantey to discuss violent extremism in the Middle East. Seth Cantey is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he focuses on international security, American foreign policy, and Middle East Politics. The author, most recently, of The Middle East and South Asia, 2016-2017 (Rowman & Littlefield 2016), his current book project focuses on the role of strategy in negotiations between states and non-state…

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Riyaz Latif: Archiving Knowledge in Sacred Earth- Madrasa in the Marinid Chella

November 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Join Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Carolina for a Dorothy Ford Wiley lecture presented by Riyaz Latif (History of Art, Vanderbilt). Professor Latif will present his lecture “Archiving Knowledge in Sacred Earth: Madrasa in the Marinid Chella” on Nov. 4 at 6pm in Hamilton 569. Co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Art, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies  

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Iranian Poetry (Part 2)

November 6, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 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 Amir Rezvani. The speaker for this event is Mr. Amin Azhdar. His presentation on Iranian poetry will be followed by discussion from 6-6:30pm. From 6:45-8:00, there will be live music and poetry readings from your favorite poets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QUFGAGr7Dw The Persian Poetry Group in Chapel Hill honors, respects and promotes freedom of speech and expression. For more information, please call 919-259-0959 or visit Kodoom.com. Location: 400…

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Cancelled: Civility and Charisma in the Islamic Ecumene: A Socio-Historical Approach

November 7, 2016 | 4:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

**we are sorry to share that this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances Armando Salvatore is Professor of Global Religious Studies and Keenan Chair of Interfaith Studies at McGill University, Montreal. From 2017 he will be a Professor at the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies of the Australian National University, Canberra. His work as a social scientist explores the Islamic ecumene’s socio-political trajectories as well as transcultural interconnections with Western and Eastern traditions and civilizations. He has…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Rachida

November 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fourth film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Rachida is a 2002 drama from Algeria. The film was also the first 35mm full length feature directed by an Algerian woman that was released wide-spread. The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. The young teacher Rachida is teaching at a school in Algiers, when she is stopped in the street by a group of youths who demand she take a…

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1001 Nights: Cultural Event

November 9, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Location: Great Hall, UNC-CH Student Union This event is FREE to attend! Come explore the greater Middle East through performances, delicious food, calligraphy, and interactive cultural booths, brought to you by the Persian Cultural Society. Hosting: Arab Student Organization, Iranian Student Organization of NC State, UNC Davis Library Sponsored by UNC Persian Studies.

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Film Screening: The Garden of Eden

November 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us for a screening of the documentary The Garden of Eden (Ran Tal, 2013, Israel), with an introduction by Prof. Yaron Shemer, Asian Studies. This documentary tells the story of Gan HaShlosha, better known as the “Sakhne,” one of the largest, most famous and most visited parks in Israel. During the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons of one full year, the film documents the park’s transformation, and with a spectacular expression of cinematic beauty, it tells the stories of the people who visit…

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Jara’id 2.0: Indexing the Early Arabic Public Sphere | A Workshop and Events in Arabic Digital Humanities

November 11, 2016 | 12:00 pm - November 14, 2016 | 3:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Digital Humanities Talk: 11 November, Friday, 12:00-13:00, D106 LSRC Workshop: 12 November 2016, Saturday, 9.00 – 14.00, Rubenstein 249 Seminar: 14 November Monday, 10-12, Rubenstein 249 Book talk: 14 November Monday, 1-3, Rubenstein 249 This digital humanities workshop brings together historians, librarians, literary scholars, and IT experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US in order to discuss the 2.0 update and redesign of Jara’id – Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Arabic Periodicals. Jara’id is a digital platform and website which…

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Persian Lecture Series: Commentary on Gulshan-i Rāz with Professor Mohsen Kadviar

November 11, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We invite you to join us for a five-part lecture series on Gulshan-i Rāz (“The rose garden of the secret”), featuring commentary by Professor Mohsen Kadviar. Please note that this event is in Persian and open to all who speak Persian or love Persian mystical literature. Gulshan-i rāz is the most eminent poetry work of a renowned 14th century Persian Sufi poet and gnostic, Mahmoūd Shabestarī, one of the most prominent scholars of the Islamic mysticism.  His poetry, very concisely, sheds light on a broad range of topics…

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UNC MSA Presents: Late Night with Hasan Minhaj

November 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Get ready for a night full of laughs, because Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj is coming to UNC! Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He is a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’. His critically acclaimed one man show ‘Homecoming King’ played a sold out Off-Broadway run last winter, and is now touring nationally. A 2014 Just For Laughs ‘New Face’, he was selected by the Sundance Institute to…

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A Master Class for Graduate Students in Sources for Modern Middle East History

November 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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As part of the Jara’id 2.0 workshop we are offering a seminar discussion about using 19th-century Arabic periodicals in modern historical research for graduate students who intend to use Arabic sources. This occasion shall be a “master class” type discussion with Prof. Hala Auji (American University of Beirut), Omar Cheta (Bard College), Mona Hassan (Duke) and Adam Mestyan (Duke) who will present examples from their own experience.  The students will learn of both methodological and practical challenges and solutions in…

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Book Talk: Printing Arab Modernity (Leiden: Brill, 2016)

November 14, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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As part of the Jara’id workshop, Hala Auji will hold a talk on her book, Printing Arab Modernity. For more information, please visit the Jara’id 2.0 Website. Printing Arab Modernity  investigates and analyses the American Missionary Press in Beirut in the early 20th century. In doing so, she analyzes these publications as important visual and material objects that provide unique insights into an era of changing societal concerns and shifting intellectual attitudes of Syria's Muslim and Christian populations.   This event is sponsored by the…

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Can the Middle East Learn from Southeast Asia? A Comparative Analysis of Political Transitions in Volatile Regions | Book talk with authors Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and James M. Dorsey

November 14, 2016 | 4:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A book Launch talk with authors Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and James M. Dorsey Embroiled in vicious cross-border sectarian wars, the Middle East dominates daily headline news. Turmoil in the Middle East contrasts starkly with encouraging signs of democratic transition in Southeast Asia even if at times, it seems fragile as in Myanmar. The Philippines and Indonesia have completed their transition and developed relatively open but messy, flawed and highly contested political systems. Thailand’s authoritarian resurgence highlights the threat of democratic reversals. What…

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“Not My Life” Film Screening & Panel Discussion

November 14, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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UNICEF at Carolina in conjunction with the UNC Geography Department will be showing a film screening of Not My Life. Not My Life is an independent documentary film that documents human trafficking in 13 countries across the globe as well as various forms of slavery, including involuntary servitude in US, military use of children in Uganda, and sex trafficking in Europe and Southeast Asia, among others. After the film screening, the public will have the opportunity to connect with survivors and advocates as they lead us through the many facets…

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Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival: Mustang

November 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The fifth and last film in the semester-long “Reel Women Directors of the Middle East Film Festival,” Mustang is a 2015 drama from Turkey. The film will be introduced by Professor Didem Havlioğlu (AMES) with a Q&A to follow. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into…

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UNC Global Passport Drive

November 15, 2016 | 10:00 am - November 16, 2016 | 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Each year, hundreds of Carolina community members obtain or renew a passport at the annual Passport Drive hosted by UNC Global. Officials from the U.S. Department of State are on campus once a year to accept passport applications and renewal applications and to answer questions from Carolina students, faculty, staff and their families. Application forms are available at the event, or can be downloaded from the U.S. State Department website. You can have passport photos taken at the event for $7 (cash…

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Panel Discussion: Hashtag Journalism and Social Media Movements in Tunisia

November 15, 2016 | 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Students, scholars, and community members who are interested in the Middle East, social movements, and journalism will want to engage in this panel discussion about how social media can be used as a watchdog on the government as well as for journalistic purposes. Also, this panel will address the trending topic of the interplay between media, social movements, and human rights, particularly in Tunisia. This lunchtime panel discussion will feature Amna Guellali, the Tunisian and Algerian Researcher for Human Rights…

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Two Ways Immigration & Food Experiences

November 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Tuesday, November 15, 7:00pm Global FedEx, Room 1005 Israeli community members will share their experiences with Israeli and multicultural food. Student presentations on Israeli food will be showcased and an Israeli dinner will served. This event is open to UNC students only. Please note that this event is open to UNC students only. For more information, contact Hanna Sprintzik, Hebrew Lecturer: hannasp@email.unc.edu. This event is part of "The Israeli Cultural Salad Israeli Popular Food & Immigration" series. These events are…

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Human Rights and Counter Terrorism in Tunisia

November 16, 2016 | 12:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Join Amna Guellali, a Tunisia and Algeria Researcher of the Middle East and North Africa Division at the Human Rights Watch, for a lecture titled "Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in Tunisia." In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in protest, which served as a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the broader Arab Spring. Nearly six years on and in an increasingly securitized environment, this event will focus on human rights and counter-terrorism and…

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The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich

November 16, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Award winning writer, Ben Ehrenreich, who has lived on and off in West Bank villages and towns since 2011, relates his experiences and reasons for writing this book of memoir, journalistic observations and interviews  with Palestinians and their everyday struggles under the Occupation. For more information, please contact Basel Quran at basel@live.unc.edu.   This event is sponsored by UNC-CH Students for Justice in Palestine.  

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Annual Arabic Lecture | Dr. Rula Quawas

November 16, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please note that this event is for UNC students. The Arabic program at UNC strongly encourages all students of Arabic to attend this semester’s Arabic lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 PM in the Nelson Mandela auditorium of the GEC. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Rula Quawas, a professor from the University of Jordan in Amman, and the topic of her lecture will be “مقاومة جديدة في الاردن؟” The lecture is appropriate for students from all levels, from…

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Film Screening: Battle of Algiers

November 16, 2016 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Dr. Max Owre and his students on UNC’s campus for a special film screening of the Battle of Algiers the night before the event, "Politics and Violence in North Africa: Franco-Algerian Conflicts from Colonialism to the Arab Spring." If you haven’t seen the Battle of Algiers, the Criterion Collection describes it as “one of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s.…

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Politics and Violence in North Africa: Franco-Algerian Conflicts to the Arab Spring with Maximilian Owre

November 17, 2016 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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France and Algeria share a unique but painful history. From the French conquest in 1830 to Algerian independence in 1962, the relationship between subjects and citizens was complicated by the existence of a favored mixed-European minority (the “pieds-noirs”) in Algeria, and from the 20th century on, a large population of Algerians living in France. Join Maximilian Owre, Executive Director, Program in the Humanities and Lecturer in History, as he explains the violent history of French colonialism in Algeria, the growth of…

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Urdu Majlis | Neelam Bashir

November 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Urdu Majlis is the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Neelam Bashir, who will be our guest of honor. The meeting will also feature original poetry by participants. For more information, please contact Afroz Taj at taj@unc.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. WHERE: Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center 7:00 Neelam Bashir 8:00 Original poetry etc.…

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Abrahamic Table Panel Discussion: Thanksgiving

November 20, 2016 | 3:00 pm
The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies – NC (IITS-NC), 1391 SE Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC 27511 United States
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Three monotheistic faiths in the world (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) accept Abraham as the father of all nations. The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies brings community leaders and clergy from the three Abrahamic faiths to engage in a dialogue about the commonalities of and common issues concerning the Abrahamic communities over delicious food. Each speaker gives a brief interpretation on the given topic from their own background followed by a collective discussion over the topic. Although this event represents…

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Khalid Albaih and Culturunners, “A US Road Trip & Art and Social Media from the Middle East”

November 28, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a presentation and conversation on the art and social media interventions of this great artist based in Qatar. Albaih will also share a new video produced for The Guardian, including recent RV adventures across the United Stated with the Culturunners. Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist born in Bucharest, Romania. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar, where he has been based since 1990. He publishes his cartoons on social media under “Khartoon!,” a…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “The Koran in English: A Biography” with Bruce Lawrence

November 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Bruce Lawrence is a Professor Emeritus of Duke University where he taught for four decades and was the inaugural director of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center. Lawrence holds a PhD in History of Religions from Yale University and has been awarded honorary ThDs from both Virginia Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School. He is the author of numerous publications on religion and Islam, including Who Is Allah? (2015), The Qur’an: A Biography (2006), New Faiths, Old Fears (2002), and Sufi Martyrs of Love (2002). This event is…

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December 2016

UNC Arabic Calligraphy Competition

December 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
New West, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

You are invited to attend the first Arabic calligraphy competition for UNC Arabic students this Thursday. The event will contain Debkah dance and Arab songs with some Arab homemade food and attendees will vote for the winners. Family, colleagues, and other students are welcome to attend. Materials and gifts for students are sponsored by Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East studies. The event is in New West #219 second floor and open to public. For more information, please contact Farida Badr at fbadr@email.unc.edu.  …

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“After ISIL: Stability and Spillover” Conference

December 2, 2016 | 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The purpose of this one-day conference is to help the Special Operation Forces (SOF) community’s strategic planning and forward posturing by accessing academic expertise. The underlying premise of this event is that defeating ISIS militarily, retaking Mosul, Raqqa, and other territory in Iraq and Syria, will not completely eliminate them as a threat. Therefore, the intellectual motivation for this conference is this question: what are the greatest challenges and opportunities to peace and stability after the military defeat of ISIS?…

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Feminism Here and Now Conference

December 2, 2016 | 11:15 am - 3:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

As part of the Feminism Here and Now Conference, there will be two panels focusing on issues related to the Middle East:   Representation of Women’s Rights and Female Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature Friday, December 2 | 11:15 am – 12:45 pm Graham Memorial Hall, room 038   Surviving Toxic Law: Negotiating Gender and Sexual Non-Conformity in Iran and Uganda Friday, December 2 | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Graham Memorial Hall, room 035   For more information and…

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Persian Lecture Series: Commentary on Gulshan-i Rāz with Professor Mohsen Kadviar

December 2, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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We invite you to join us for a five-part lecture series on Gulshan-i Rāz (“The rose garden of the secret”), featuring commentary by Professor Mohsen Kadviar. Please note that this event is in Persian and open to all who speak Persian or love Persian mystical literature. Gulshan-i rāz is the most  eminent poetry work of a renowned 14th century Persian Sufi poet and gnostic, Mahmoūd Shabestarī, one of the most prominent scholars of the Islamic mysticism.  His poetry, very concisely, sheds light on a broad range of topics…

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Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies | Abdel-Baset Athamneh

December 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations invites our faculty and graduate students to attend a meeting of the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, “Gender Differences in Unemployment and Poverty at Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan” with our visiting Carnegie Fellow, Abdel-Baset Athamneh, on Monday, December 5 from 12:00-2:00pm in the FedEx Global Education Center, room 3024. Lunch will be provided. Lunch will begin at 12pm, with the presentation beginning at 12:30. Female refugees at…

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Docunight Film Screening: Residents of One Way Street

December 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Residents of One Way Street is a documentary about the lives and memories of six residents of one street in Tehran: The current 'Si-ye Tir' or the former 'Qavam-o-Saltaneh' Street, located in District 12 of Tehran. The street was originally named 'Qavam-o-Saltaneh' because the residence of Qavam os-Saltaneh, a prominent politician of the Qajar and Pahlavi eras, was located on it. After the Revolution in 1979, the street was re-named as Si-ye Tir (30th of Tir) to commemorate those who got martyred…

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Panel Discussion: Service Learning and Local Refugee Populations

December 8, 2016 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Three local practitioners will speak about service learning, volunteerism, and local refugee communities. The speakers are as follows: Ryan Nilsen, Program Officer, Student Programs | Carolina Center for Public Service Ellen Andrews, Director, Durham Immigration & Refugee Program | Church World Service Kelly Owensby, Project Director, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm | Orange County Partnership for Young Children This event will take place in the FedEx Global Education Center Room 3009. Hosted by the Center for European Studies. This event has…

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Urdu Majlis | Amjad Islam Amjad

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

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January 2017

International Coffee Hour

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

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

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

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A Reading and Conversation with Habib Tengour

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

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Documenting the Middle East Film Festival: Censored Voices

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

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

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Humanities Happy Hour: Protest Music with Professor Michael Figueroa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Urdu Majlis

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

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Performance: Eko Nugroho | Wayang Bocor

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

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Max Amini Live in Raleigh

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

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

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Panel: Middle Eastern Women Writers and Their Impacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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North Carolina Interfaith Immigrant/Syrian Work Group

January 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

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

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Muslim Diasporas Working Group Meeting

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

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

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Counteracting Islamophobia: Rights, Policy, and Next Steps

January 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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All are welcome to join the Duke Muslim Law Students Association for a timely conversation about the civil rights, policies, and incident reporting efforts that protect American-Muslims. Panelists will discuss how both the legal community and the American-Muslim community can utilize these methods to safeguard the rights of Muslims in America. Co-sponsored by Baker Botts.   Panelists: Darrell Miller, Professor at Duke Law; Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council Member; Hamza Butler, Creator of ProjectMawla.com. Moderator: Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor at Duke Law. For more information, please visit here.

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Performance: Nani | Topeng Losari

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

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Global Careers Workshop

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

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Film Screening: Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal

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

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

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Film Screening: Hello My Friend

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

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Hima: Protecting the Environment in the Middle East

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

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Cüneyt Özdemir Events at Duke

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

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

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: Africa and the Middle East

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

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

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

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February 2017

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

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

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

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Immigration Law and the New Administration

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

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

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Panel Discussion: Challenging Anti-Muslim Sentiments

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

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

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

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Lecture: Mohammed Abubakr, Sudanese Civil and Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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Process Series Performance: Shattered Glass by Mohammad Moussa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preserving Culture at the Fringes in Authoritarian States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Urdu Majlis

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

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

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

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Book Signing with Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh

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

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

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The Parents Circle-Families Forum

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

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Tournées Film Festival

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

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Lecture and Seminar with James McDougall

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

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

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Wars and Veterans: A Panel Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: Contending Visions of the Middle East

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

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Persian Classical Music and Dance: in celebration of Khayyam

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

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

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Forum on Refugees/Immigration

February 26, 2017 | 1:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Docunight Film Screening: Sohrab, A Journey

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

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

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

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

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A Musical Evening with Samy Youssef

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

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

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Performance: Ajoka Theatre | Dara

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

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

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

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

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An evening of Arabic Music with Samy Youssef

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

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

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

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Jewish Food in the Global South

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

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MarHaba مرحبا for Syrian Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redefining Leadership with Dr. Alaa Murabit

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

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

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

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

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Students: Advocacy Lunch with Dr. Alaa Murabit

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

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

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Meet your Fellow American Muslims

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

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Concert: The Nile Project

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

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Film Screening: The Common Link

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

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

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

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

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Egypt: Then & Now – A Dialogues Seminar

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

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

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The Persian Art Center in Carolina Presents: A Nowruz Celebration

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

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

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Panel Event: Environmental Futures in the Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Namour” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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

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Performance: Martha Graham Dance Company

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

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

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

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Dare to Dream: An Educational Conference on Peace and Justice

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

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

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Dare to Dream: An Educational Conference on Peace and Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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UNC Nowruz/Persian New Year Celebration

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

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

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

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Symposium on Muslim African Intellectual History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Global Projects Showcase Lunch

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

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

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Conference: Islam and Muslims in Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Palestinian Culture Night at Hanes Art Auditorium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Urdu Majlis

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

Please join us Friday March 31, 2017 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Ghulam Rabbani Taban (1914-1992). The event will also have original poetry by participants and refreshments.   This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is…

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Performance: Sounds of Kolachi

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

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April 2017

Tea with Tagouri

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

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

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

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Israel Fest 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Film Screening: Little Gandhi

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

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

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Panel Discussion: Understanding and Combating Islamophobia

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

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Film: Docunight #36: Sonita

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

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

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

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Asiyeh

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Waiting for Hassana

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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

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

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Dissident Subjects: A Conference in Honor of Professor miriam cooke

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

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Zaatari Djinn

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Last Men in Aleppo

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

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Conference: GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Botanist (ботаник)

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | I’M OKAY

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | Black Out

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | City of Ghosts

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

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival | The Challenge

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

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

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

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Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment

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

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

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Understanding Islam and Muslims: A Panel Discussion

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

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

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

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

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Making Moderate Islam: a Conversation with Dr. Rosemary Corbett

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

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

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

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

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

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Performance: Sanam Marvi

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

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Music on the Porch: Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks

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

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

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

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

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

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Poetry Reading from “Nomadologies” by Erdağ Göknar

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

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Turkish Music Night- A Fundraiser for ATA-NC

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

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

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Meet the Authors: Nahida Halaby Gordon and Samia Halaby

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

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

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Soup for Syria: A lunchtime presentation with Janet Cowell

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

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

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

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Islam and Black Feminism with Dr. Jamillah Karim

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

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Film Screening: White Helmets

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

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

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Cultural Event: Mimouna Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NC Persian Festival

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

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De-Constructing/Re-Constructing the Refugee Experience Monologues

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

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: Africa and the Middle East

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

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Ancient Egyptian Language Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discussion: Turkey’s 2017 Constitutional Referendum

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

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

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

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Triangle Conference on the History of Muslim Societies

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

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Urdu Majlis Meeting

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

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

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Languages Across the Curriculum Workshop

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

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May 2017

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

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

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

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

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Feminist Geography Conference 2017: Insides and Outsides of Feminism

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

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Turkish Food Festival

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

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

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Syrian Refugee Picnic Potluck

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

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

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June 2017

Nations in Transition: Mexico & Turkey – A Dialogues Seminar

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

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

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

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

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Ramadan Solidarity Iftar

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

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

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