Past News Articles

  • June 5, 2023

    Lecture: "Life and Legacy of Mohammad Farrokhi Yazdi" Wednesday, 7 June 2023 6:45-9:00pm (EST) Online at

  • May 10, 2023

    Wednesday, May 17 from 6:45-8:30pm Join online at

  • May 2, 2023

    Lecture: “Intertwined Histories of Social Justice within Middle Eastern American and African American Communities: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West” Friday, September 15 |5:30 - 7:00 pm  Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC - Chapel Hill Dr. Cornel West (Union Theological Seminary) will speak about the comparative movements, both historical and [...]

  • May 2, 2023

    Ali and Lila Paydarfar Lectureship: “Curing Mother Iran” with Dr. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targh Thursday, August 31 |5:30 - 7:00 pm  FedEx Global Center (4th floor) UNC - Chapel Hill Dr. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targh (University of Toronto) will speak about his (University of Toronto) new book “Curing Mother Iran,” which explores how the [...]

  • April 23, 2023

    CMEIS “Year End Celebration” Friday, April 28 |1:00 - 3:00 pm  FedEx Global Center (4th floor) UNC - Chapel Hill Please join us for UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic studies to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, staff, faculty, partners, and center work. We will have refreshments from [...]

  • April 17, 2023

    Cooking Workshop “Arabic Sweets” Friday, April 21 |12:00-2:00pm 241 Rosenau Hall (Nutrition Kitchen) UNC-Chapel Hill This workshop session will be in Arabic. Arabic students, speakers and learners are all welcome to attend. Bring your “Top Chef” spirit. For questions contact Professor Doria El Kerdany at Sponsored by UNC Department [...]

  • April 11, 2023

    Lecture “Constitutionalism in Iranian Perception” Wednesday, April 26 |6:45 - 7:30 pm  Aria Cultural Center Duke University Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh is associate professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. A multiple award-winner for his scholarship and service, Dr. Farzaneh’s The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership [...]

  • April 11, 2023

    Film Screening “Holy Spider” Friday, April 21 |7:00-9:00pm Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater Duke University A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so-called "Spider Killer", who believes he is cleansing the streets [...]

  • April 11, 2023

    Lecture "Solivagant Adventures: Behind the Lens of an Itinerant Documentarian in Iran" Wednesday, April 19 | 6:45-8:30 PM Online via Zoom The Duke University Emamian Lectureship presents a lecture by photographer Sia Yazdanfar. Yazdanfar is a freelance photographer. His current series of exhibitions focus on traditional women’s clothing in different [...]

  • April 11, 2023

    Gallery Exhibit "Restless Anahita" Saturday, April 15 | 4:00-7:00 PM Thomas Stevens Art Gallery 126 West King Street, Hillsborough, NC To celebrate World Art Day, Thomas Stevens Art Gallery in Hillsborough is unveiling its spring collection - exhibiting the work of photographer Sia Yazdanfar. The exhibit, named "Restless Anahita," features [...]

  • April 11, 2023

    Photography Exhibition: “Solivagant Adventures: honoring the women of Iran” Thursday, April 13 | 2:00-3:00pm Ingram Building, MC11-103 Durham Technical Community College Join local Iranian photographer Sia Yazdanfar as he discusses his current exhibition at the Thomas Stevens Gallery, named Restless Anahita, honoring the women of Iran. Through photographs drawn from [...]

  • April 10, 2023

    UNC Turkish Student Association presents a "Concert for Earthquake Relief in Turkey” Friday, April 28 |7:00 - 8:30 pm  Sonja Hayes Stone Center UNC - Chapel Hill Reserve tickets ($13 for students, $18 non-students) Please join us for UNC Turkish Student Association's Concert for Earthquake Relief in Turkey featuring performances [...]