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August 2018

K-12 Outreach: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows

August 10, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

  This event will be the fourth site visit in the Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, aiming to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.   The North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) is a nonprofit organization that provides services to refugees, asylees,…

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Cultural Event: Building Bridges through Good Faith Closing Event

August 10, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Stop by the Museum of Durham History on Friday August 10th from 6:00-8:00PM, for the closing reception for the Building Bridges through Good Faith exhibit. We have been thrilled by the response and community dialogue surrounding the exhibit and programs. Please join us as we say “thank you” to our partners and the Bull City by celebrating the success of the exhibit. We look forward to following the continuing story of the Ar-Razzaq community! This event is FREE and open to…

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K-12 Outreach: World View Global Education Summit

August 14, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Buncombe County Schools and World View for a free global education professional development event. The Global Education Summit will feature a range of speakers and dynamic sessions focused on global issues, teaching strategies and resources for integrating global content into curriculum. This program serves educators in all grade levels and disciplines, including the cultural arts, STEM, the humanities and more from kindergarten through…

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

August 19, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Come to New West to learn about the course offerings and cultural activities of the Department of Asian Studies. Asian Studies teaches eight language and diverse cultures from a geographic area stretching from Japan in the East to the Middle East and North Africa in the west. Faculty and students from the department will be on hand to offer information about our programs as well as calligraphy, media and dance, and food.   Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies.…

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Exhibition: ‘Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora’

August 22, 2018 - December 8, 2018
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora features select Persian artwork and artifacts that provide a glimpse into a culture that has cultivated an extensive legacy of art over the past 5,000 years. Many art forms have flourished through the millennia, including architecture, calligraphy, miniature painting, weaving, pottery, metalworking and sculpture. This exhibition explores Persian art through objects of everyday use borrowed from Iranian community members in North Carolina, as well as select reproductions from the Ackland Art…

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Lecture: “Shaping Antiquity in the Long Eighteenth Century” with Dr. Daniel Orrells and Dr. Lindsay Allen (King’s College London)

August 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Lindsay Allen is a lecturer in Greek and Near Eastern History in the Department of Classics, King’s College London. Allen is a specialist on ancient Iran, particularly the Achaemenid Persian empire (c. 550-330 BC) and pre-Islamic Iran. Her research has expanded from Achaemenid Kingships in texts and material culture to include the history of scholarship and reception studies, particularly in relation to Persian history, the Ancient Near East and Alexander of Macedon. She previously held research fellowships at Wolfson…

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September 2018

Wednesdays at the Center: “The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump” with Professor Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

September 5, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map
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Film Screening: Docunight #49 [Durham]: “Weavers” & “Warm Breezes”

September 5, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Docunight presents two films at Duke University on September 5:   Weavers of Imagination, Directed by: Sadegh Jafari 2017 / 21 min, Persian with English Subtitles Winner of Special Narrative Award, ARC festival in Germany, The Grand Prix at the 4th International Documentary Film Festival and Transmedia (RIOS) in Portugal, The Best Documentary film at the Lifft India Awards in India, and The Best Foreign Language Documentary Film Award in 2017 Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales. 'Weavers of…

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Lecture: “After the Rebellion: Religion, Rebels & Jihad” by Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

September 6, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lilly Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Religion, rebels, and jihad were redefined in the aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion in South Asia. What it meant to belong to a particular religion—specifically Islam—came to signify one’s political leanings. In turn, religious concepts with long, multifaceted histories—specifically jihad—came to be synonymous with a religion and its religious community. This talk addresses how the events of 1857-1858 minoritized and racialized Indian Muslims, with particular attention to the use of jihad as a rhetorical concept in the colonial period.…

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Study Abroad Fair

September 7, 2018 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us this September for the UNC Study Abroad Fair! Held in the Great Hall of the FPG Student Union, this event showcases study abroad opportunities at UNC. Participants include: Dozens of representatives from our partner programs Faculty members leading upcoming study abroad programs Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors and other UNC students who have studied abroad Campus partners from: Office of Scholarships and Student Aid Center for Global Initiatives Honors Carolina International Travel Clinic and more!   Sponsored by…

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Seminar: “The Regime Change Consensus: Iraq in American Politics, 1990-2003” with Joseph Stieb (UNC-Chapel Hill)

September 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Join the Triangle Institute for Security Studies for a dinner-seminar featuring Joseph Stieb. Joseph Stieb is a Ph.D Candidate studying U.S. History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His main advisor is Wayne Lee. He received a B.A. in History from Trinity University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Before starting the history program at UNC, he taught history at Lenox High School in Massachusetts. His dissertation, “The Regime Change Consensus:…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

September 8, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Saturday September 8, 2018 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 Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810), the leading Urdu poet of the 18th century, and one of the pioneers who gave shape to the Urdu language itself. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New look at Shahnameh” with Loghman Za’im

September 9, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Za’im on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Performance: Didar – “Beholding the Beloved” with Amir Koushkani and Seemi Ghazi

September 9, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Amir Koushkani and Seemi Ghazi as they play Persian music and share stories of beholding the beloved. Amir Koushkani is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer and instructor of traditional Persian stringed instruments Tar and Setar.  Dr. Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan.  Amir Koushkani holds a Master’s Degree in Western Musical Composition and he also received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University,…

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Global Education Fair

September 11, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Once a year, the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) hosts the Global Education Fair to give you convenient access to all the resources you need to start planning your study abroad or study away experience. Talk to Duke students, program faculty and staff, and academic advisors…all in one place! Sponsored by the Global Education Office. For more information, please visit here. Penn Pavilion Duke University

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Research Presentation: Lebanese Fulbright Scholars

September 11, 2018 | 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center invites you to join us for the 3rd annual research presentation by Lebanese Fulbright scholars in residence at NC State University. These scholars specialize in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and come from across the spectrum of Lebanese universities. They have spent the summer at NC State working on developing advanced teaching and research skills with faculty mentors, and this presentation will be the culmination of their work. So, please join us for a reception…

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Postponed – Lecture: “17 Years at War” with General Stanley McChrystal

September 14, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  General Stanley McChrystal, retired Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counter-terrorism efforts, will reflect on the U.S. since 9/11 during a free public talk on Friday, Sept. 14, at Duke University.   A four-star general, McChrystal led the Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military's most sensitive forces. His leadership of the JSOC is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and the death of…

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Seminar: “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam” with Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan)

September 19, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us for the first event in this academic year’s Carolina Seminar on Transnational and Global Modern History.   Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Associate Professor and Director of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan, will be speaking on “From Muslim Cool to Umi’s Archive: Thinking with Black Islam,” on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30pm in the FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003. A reception will follow. For more information on Prof. Khabeer’s…

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Discussion: “Human Rights in Practice – Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Developments and Challenges” with David Tolbert

September 20, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  David Tolbert will discuss current developments and challenges in the field of transitional justice, providing examples from his work in Colombia, Tunisia, and other contexts. He will share his insights into where the field of transitional justice is heading in the current difficult and challenging political context. Professor Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Senior Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney, Duke International Human Rights Clinic, will moderate.   The event is free and open to all. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please see…

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Lecture: “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States” with Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

September 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Drawing on over two years of ethnographic research, Su'ad Abdul Khabeer illuminates the ways in which young and multiethnic U.S. Muslims draw on Blackness to construct their identities as Muslims. This is a form of critical Muslim self-making that builds on interconnections and intersections, rather than divisions between "Black" and "Muslim." Thus, by countering the notion that Blackness and the Muslim experience are fundamentally different, Muslim Cool poses a critical challenge to dominant ideas that Muslims are "foreign" to the United…

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Duke on Gender Colloquium: “Black Muslims and the Black Arts Movement” with Ellen McLarney (Duke) and Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

September 21, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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The Duke on Gender Colloquium brings together Duke faculty from humanities and social sciences and visiting scholars to offer a multi-disciplinary space to develop and present current research and further critical conversations within gender and women's history, gender and queer theory, sexuality studies, transgender studies, and the study of feminism, social movements, and contemporary social issues and policy in a transnational world.   On Friday, September 21, join the Colloquium for a presentation by Ellen McLarney, Duke, Associate Professor of…

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Lecture: “Combined Arms Warfare in the Mongol Empire” with Dr. Timothy May (University of North Georgia)

September 21, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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The typical image of the Mongol conquests is one of fur-clad warriors on horseback pillaging and plundering with swords and shooting their enemies with bows and arrows. While not 100% inaccurate, it misses not only the complexity of the Mongol military system as well as the Mongol Art of War. In addition to highly mobile armies of light horse-archers, the Mongols also field armies of what might be termed as combined arms. This went beyond the oft-cited “60-40” mix of…

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Exhibition Opening Reception: ‘Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora’

September 21, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The exhibition Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora will be on display August 22 to December 8, 2018 at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free public reception celebrating the exhibition will take place on September 21, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center. Welcoming remarks by Carl Ernst, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and…

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Book Talk: ‘Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition’ by Omid Safi

September 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular history that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading back to God. Our author will be in conversation with essayist and author Krista Bremer. Omid Safi is an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he…

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Performance: جشن مهرگان Mehregan Festival

September 22, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  A festival of love!  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University (GSAID) and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Duke University for Persian Folk music and dance this Saturday in Goodson Chapel.  The performance will feature Bahram Osqueezadeh on santur, Bahram Dehghany on ney, Dr. G. Ali Sarami as the vocalist, Nadia Sabet on percussion, Siamak Bozorgi on tar, Mazda Shahani as composer, and Yasaman Khademi dance.   This performance is free and open to…

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New Date: Interfaith Panel Discussion: “For a peaceful coexistence…”

September 23, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Interfaith Panel Discussion: “For a peaceful coexistence…”   Join the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies (IITS) at Cary and Divan Center for a panel to commemorate the tragic September 11 attacks as well as to honor the victims and the heroism of our first responders. Members of various religions will discuss their perspective about how to defeat radicalism that may infect any religious thought and how a peaceful coexistence atmosphere can be nurtured through interreligious and interfaith collaboration. A…

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New Date – Duke’s Global Studies Experience

September 24, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Interested in spending a summer or semester abroad engaged in academic study or research? Come hear the experiences of Duke undergraduate students who took their education abroad and meet some of the staff who can help you to follow in their footsteps or blaze your own trail. Food will be served. Free and open to students. For the latest information, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies with support from the Duke…

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Middle East Film Series: Starless Dreams

September 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. Director Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran's most prominent filmmakers, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond, and reveal-with playfully disarming honesty-the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. They have killed their father, robbed a bank, or were arrested for carrying 651 grams of…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition” with Professor Omid Safi (Duke University)

September 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Dr. Omid Safi will highlight his new book, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition (Yale University Press, 2018). The collection brings together sayings from the Qur’an, Hadith and Hadith Qudsi, the poetry of Rumi, Sa’di, Hafez, and stories from ‘Attar, Abu Sa‘id-e Abi ‘l-Khayr, Kharaqani, Sulami, and others. Dr. Safi hopes Radical Love anthologizes Sufi poetry in a way that is both faithful to the original and poetic in translation. Omid Safi is the Director of the Duke Islamic Studies…

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MSA Live: “Defining Patriotism” with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

September 28, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The UNC Muslim Students Association presents to you the 3rd annual MSA Live! With a social justice theme, MSA Live strives to represent various activists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year’s keynote speaker will be former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Come out to this year’s MSA Live to hear Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf speak about his experience being raised in the South during the Jim Crow era, personal conflict with identity, struggle with his health, which all happened to be a minor…

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Performance: Youssra El Hawary

September 29, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Egyptian singer-songwriter, Youssra El Hawary, writes music that is as personal as it is socially aware – compositions that innovate as much in content as they do in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, El Hawary continues to be a bellwether of everyday life. With charismatic charm, her lithe sound captures the stories of Cairo, and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin, all led by the…

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October 2018

Presentation: “Embracing Impurity: Modern Migrancy

October 1, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Mohsin Hamid is a novelist whose first novel, "Moth Smoke" (2000), tells the story of an ex-banker and heroin addict in contemporary Lahore. It was published in 14 languages and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2007), recounts a Pakistani man's abandonment of his high-flying life in New York. Published in over 30 languages, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Hamid's next novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising…

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Film Screening: A Certain Nasser

October 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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The Khayrallah Center invites you for the premiere screening of the documentary film A Certain Nasser. The film narrates the history of Lebanese cinema, and highlights its pioneer, George Nasser, whose films focus on migration and diaspora. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.   Monday, October 1 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Erdahl-Cloyd Theater, D. H. Hill Library  NC State University

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Lecture: “An architectural lingua franca: Italian imprints in the urban landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean” with Paolo Giarardelli

October 2, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As a region of encounter and exchange, the Eastern Mediterranean was for millennia an environment of linguistic creolization. The so-called lingua franca is only one of the many instances of this process: a vehicular idiom used for mercantile transactions, originating from Latin presence in the Middle East since the time of the Crusades, and combining a basic Italic or romance template with words from Greek, Arabic, Turkish and beyond. This lecture will show how and why a similar expressive hybridity…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Betraying the Spectacle” with Rashida James-Saadiya

October 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

“Betraying the Spectacle” is a visual response to mass media constructions of the black body as one of turmoil or commodity. Fragments of everyday life will be captured through combining photography with personal narratives, creating a visual exhibit highlighting the intersections of blackness, spirituality and creative resistance in the lives of Black Muslim women living and working in the American South. Rashida James-Saadiya is a visual artist, writer, and cultural educator invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. Her…

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Film Screening: “Omar”

October 3, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This year One Voice UNC is hosting a film series spotlighting Palestinian and Israeli dramas that tell stories colored by the conflict. The first in the series will be the 2014 film "Omar" directed by Hany Abu-Assad. The film tells the story of Omar, a Palestinian baker who frequently scales the West Bank barrier to visit his lover. After running into deep trouble with a group of Israeli soldiers, Omar is coerced into becoming an informant. The suspicion of his…

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Film Screening: Docunight #50 [Durham]: “Poets of Life”

October 3, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Poets of Life from "Karestan" documentary film series, Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb 2017 / 73 mins Persian with English Subtitles   Shirin Parsi is a rice farmer, but not an ordinary one. After receiving a BA in French literature from the University of Paris, she returned to Iran and decided not to live in the megapolis capital, Tehran. Her husband had inherited land in Shanderman, a village near the Caspian Sea, so they moved there and took up rice farming.…

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Seminar: “Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989” with Jeff Jones (UNC-Greensboro)

October 4, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Carolina 'Russia and its Empires' Seminar presents the second lecture in the fall 2018 series; "Reel War: The Soviet-Afghan War on Screen, Part I, 1983-1989" with Jeff Jones. This paper charts the flow of the Soviet-Afghan War on screen as the conflict raged, analyzing eight works--feature films, documentaries, and a television mini-series--in chronological order between 1983-1989.  The portrayal of the conflict in these media evolves in this period from hopeful, patriotic support to bitter disillusionment, presaging the coming…

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Performance: Amir El Saffar and Hamid Al-Saadi – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

October 4, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Amir ElSaffar is one of the United States’ most inventive musicians. With his Two Rivers Ensemble, he plays trumpet, layering Middle Eastern melodies with jazz improvisation in search of tarab, or musical ecstasy. The son of an Iraqi immigrant father and an American mother, ElSaffar is also an ardent advocate for Iraqi maqam, a centuries-old musical repertoire built on yearning melismatic melodies, shimmering microtonal modes, and entrancing cyclical rhythms. In his Iraqi maqam ensemble, Safaafir, the only such group…

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Film Screening, FilmFest 919: CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”)

October 5, 2018 | 11:20 am - 1:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Raffea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. CAPERNAUM follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old “adult”: fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a violent crime, and finally, seeking justice in a…

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Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Majid Roohafza

October 5, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a Persian calligraphy workshop on Friday, October 5, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora. Persian calligraphy is a rich blend of Persian arts, poetry and history, and is an important aspect of Persian culture. In this interactive workshop, calligrapher Majid Roohafza will discuss different styles of calligraphy and their importance in Persian culture. Attendees will then have the chance to practice Persian calligraphy. Some experience with the…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 6, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us Saturday, October 6, 2018 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Sudarshan Faakir (1934-2008). Sudarshan Faakir's ghazals and nazms have been sung by many leading vocalists of South Asia including Jagjit Singh and Begum Akhtar. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the…

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Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Majid Roohafza

October 6, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a second Persian calligraphy workshop with Majid Roohafza on Saturday, October 6. In this interactive workshop, calligrapher Majid Roohafza will discuss different styles of calligraphy and their importance in Persian culture. Attendees will then have the chance to practice Persian calligraphy. Some experience with the Persian language is recommended. (artwork pictured: “Dream of Global Peace” by Majid Roohafza)   Mr. Roohafza graduated from the Iranian Association of Calligraphers. His work has been featured in art exhibitions…

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Lecture: “The “Sephardim”: An Imagined Diaspora?” with Miriam Bodian (University of Texas)

October 7, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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There is a widespread belief that from the medieval period onward, the great majority of Jews belonged to one of two ethnic sub-groups – the Sephardim and the Ashkenazim – that developed in parallel fashion and are thus somehow comparable. But the structures of these two diasporas are profoundly different. While it is possible to describe an “Ashkenazi culture” (at least up to the nineteenth century) with continuities of language, style, geography, ancestry, and religious environment, the profound disjunctions of…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Love in Persian Literature” with Dr. Qadamali Sarami

October 7, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on love in Persian literature by by Dr. Qadamali Sarami from Iran. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:00pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Sarami followed by discussion. From 6:45-7:30pm, there will be live Persian music and poetry reading. Parking is available in any space that is not marked Reserved and is…

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Lecture: “Scribes and Scrolls” with Sidnie White Crawford (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

October 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The lecture will explore both the textual and the archaeological evidence from Qumran to argue that during the first century BCE- first century CE Qumran was inhabited by a Jewish community affiliated with the Essene movement in Judea.  The Essenes founded Qumran as a library site, where the collecting, copying, and preserving of sacred manuscripts was the primary activity.  I will argue that the building compound contained rooms compatible with a library and scroll workshop, and that the nearby Caves…

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Lecture: “No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, & Decolonization” with Yoav Di-Capua (University of Texas, Austin)

October 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

It is a curious and relatively little-known fact that for two decades—from the end of World War II until the late 1960s—existentialism’s most fertile ground outside of Europe was in the Middle East, and Jean-Paul Sartre was the Arab intelligentsia’s uncontested champion. In the Arab world, neither before nor since has another Western intellectual been so widely translated, debated, and celebrated. By closely following the remarkable career of Arab existentialism, this talk reconstructs the cosmopolitan milieu of the generation that…

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Event: Duke MSA Fall Banquet

October 14, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Help Duke Muslim Students Association welcome in the year! Come for free food and stay for speakers, fun, and individual and group performances from Dabket Al-Ahrar, Defmo, Amandla, Duke Out of the Blue, and Duke DBS Raas! Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Penn Pavilion is next to the Bryan Center. Walking from the main quad, walk past the Bryan Center with the BC…

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Lunch and Learn Talk: “The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan” with Dr. Sharon Stevelink (King’s College London)

October 15, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Stevelink is a lecturer in epidemiology at King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She is currently involved with a number of projects investigating the health and well-being of military personnel and veterans funded by the UK Ministry of Defense, the Forces in Mind Trust and the Royal British Legion. King’s College London has been a strategic partner of UNC-Chapel Hill since 2005. The partnership has allowed collaborations in diverse…

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Presentation on Architecture with Rodolphe el Khoury (University of Miami)

October 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center (in collaboration with the College of Design at NC State) invites you to join us for a presentation by the world-renowned Lebanese architect, Dr. Rodolphe el Khoury, Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Miami. Dr. el Khoury will be speaking about his vision of the architecture of tomorrow. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the College of Design.   Monday, October 15 | 6:00 p.m. Burns Auditorium NC…

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Performance: North Carolina Middle Eastern Ensemble

October 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  Discover Middle-Eastern music and enjoy traditional melodies and rhythms played with traditional and classical instruments such as oud  viola, celo, riq, and derbakki. The North Carolina Middle Eastern Ensemble is led by Naji Hilil and composed of professional and dedicated musicians who are passionate about preserving the ancient musical art of the Middle East. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Music presentation at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments included. Tickets are $25.00. For more information, please call 919-389-9989. Cypress Manor, 1040 Buck Jones…

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Middle East Film Series: Taste of Cement

October 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  (Ziad Kalthoum, 2017, 85 min, Arabic with English subtitles, Digital)   A portrait of workers in exile, Taste of Cement is an empathetic encounter with people who have lost their past and their future, locked in the recurring present. With his second feature, Ziad Kalthoum creates an essay documentary of Syrian construction workers building new skyscrapers in Beirut. As they help rebuild ruined neighborhoods in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, they own houses at home are being shelled. The…

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New date: Undergraduate Presentation: “Millennial Jihad” by Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair

October 16, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Do you like video games? Have you ever played Call of Duty? Then you have something in common with tens of thousands of young men terrorist groups have tried to recruit. Two PWAD Seniors, Jovan Baclious and Austin Blair, have spent the last several months (working with Communication Professors Cori Dauber and Mark Robinson) carefully studying the way Islamic State copies CoD in their propaganda videos – and the way other groups then copy IS in theirs. Join us for…

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World View K-12 Global Education Symposium

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  World View’s K-12 global education symposium is held each October at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This day-and-a-half program explores significant global issues, offers best practices and resources in global education and provides educators an opportunity to develop a global action plan for their classroom, school or system. This program is designed to meet the global education needs of K-12 classroom teachers of all disciplines, administrators, media coordinators, other school professionals, central office and…

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Lecture: “Understanding the Arab Revolutions,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 18, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The outbreak of the Arab uprisings created an unprecedented optimism about the future of democracy in the Arab world. But today, a strong sense of pessimism and despair surround the trajectory of these uprisings. Why did the Arab revolutions experience such trajectories? How do we understand the nature of the Arab Spring? Dr. Bayat’s presentation attempts to historicize the Arab revolutions comparing them with those of the 1970s notably the Iranian revolution of 1979. He suggests that what transpired…

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Performance: Oddisee – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

October 18, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC United States
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  Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, or the incisive rapper and elegant producer Oddisee, grew up in two worlds. The son of an African-American mother and a Sudanese father, he spent his weeks in affluent Maryland suburbs, and his weekends in tougher D.C. neighborhoods. To his Sudanese family, he was the exotic western cousin, raised on rap and big-city trappings; to his Washington family, he was the suburban Muslim nerd who watched too much news. That tension has made Oddisee a modern…

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Seminar: “Urbanity and Insurrection: Cities of the Arab Spring,” with Professor Asef Bayat (University of Illinois)

October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Arab uprisings took place primarily in the urban centers. What does the urban locus of the revolts tell us about their origins and dynamics? What aspects of urbanity render cities the spaces of contention? And why certain urban sites, streets or squares become, more than others, insurgent space? Focusing on some key cities in the region, Prof. Bayat will discuss the logic of contention in the urban Middle East and examine the dynamics of revolutionary mobilization in the…

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Seminar: Syria in Transition – A Dialogues Seminar

October 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Civil War in Syria is one of the most complex conflicts in the Middle East, and few outsiders understand its origins or its wide-ranging effects on the people who live there. This special Dialogues seminar will examine the historical causes of the devastating Syrian violence and give particular attention to the plight of refugees who have fled the country or struggled with the massive internal displacements that have shattered Syrian communities and families. A distinguished historian of the…

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Book Reading with Visiting Writers Ruth Awad and Shadab Zeest Hasmi

October 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carrboro Carrboro, NC United States + Google Map

Visiting Writers Ruth Awad (Lebanese-American) and Shadab Zeest Hasmi (Pakistani-American) will be reading from their works on Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 pm at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro.  They will be joined by Fatima Abdullah, the daughter of Palestinian and Chilean immigrants. Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the…

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Literature Workshop with Visiting Writers Ruth Awad and Shadab Zeest Hasmi

October 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Writing About Violence by Ruth Awad: When we look out at the world today, it is natural that we will inevitably write about violence and trauma. How do we handle these subjects without being a misery tourist, without adding to the violence by glamorizing or beautifying it? How can we write about violence without inadvertently contributing to it? Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize…

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Presentation: “Afghanistan to Gaza: 21st Century Warfare” by Colonel Richard Kemp

October 23, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Christians United for Israel accompanied by other political groups on campus are hosting internationally known speaker and analyst, Colonel Richard Kemp. Col. Kemp was the commander of British forces in Afghanistan, and now testifies before the UN concerning Middle Eastern issues including the Gaza Conflict. Free admission for any students or faculty with valid ID from any university. No backpacks allowed. Not open to the public. Sponsored by Christians United for Israel. Union Auditorium UNC Chapel Hill

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Film Screening: “The Wedding Plan”

October 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein (2017) It is a poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage, and faith in life's infinite possibilities. Michal, blindsided by her fiance's decision to call off their wedding with only a month's notice, is unwilling to return to single life. Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no…

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Lecture: “Women of Daesh: Quests for Paradise, Empowerment and Adventure” with Professor Katherine Brown (University of Birmingham, UK)

October 24, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Discussions about western women’s involvement with the violent terrorist group Daesh (also known as ‘Islamic State’) tend to focus on their exceptionality. We are reminded of how unusual it is to have such high numbers of women joining a group such as this; to have women publicly advocate for positions of authority and violence; and to have women ‘give up’ the trappings of a liberal western feminist lifestyle. The women are consequently doubly deviant and exceptional for their actions.…

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Performance: ATWA

October 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Known as ATWA, Ahmad Moustafa Kamel was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He started rapping in 2006, and since has established himself as one of the foremost rappers in the Arab world. He won first place in the Tele Performance Egypt Talent Show 2 years in a row, appeared repeatedly on Egyptian National TV, and collaborated with the best-known rappers in the Middle East. His songs on Soundcloud were played more than 1 million time worldwide. Featured in numerous…

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Lecture: “Women and Islamic Performance in Indonesia” with Anne Rasmussen (College of William and Mary)

October 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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Dr. Anne Rasmussen, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, College of William and Mary will lecture on Women and Islamic Performance in Indonesia: From Ritual to Recreation. Professor Rasmussen is a leading authority on the music and sound practices of Islam. She is past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and author of three books including Women’s Voices, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia. Sponsored by the NCSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. For more information, please visit here. Erdahl-Cloyd Theater NC…

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Lecture: “Islam and the Musical Expression of Faith in Contemporary Senegal” with Prof. Samba Camara (UNC)

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Samba Camara is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and serves as the Coordinator of the African Language Program at UNC’s African Studies Center. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts, with concentration in African literature and performance. Professor Camara’s teaching and research interests follow an interdisciplinary path, cutting across literature, film, and performance studies. He is currently working on two book projects. One is a monograph entitled, Beyond the Praise…

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Film Screening and Discussion: “Documenting the War in Afghanistan” with Meg Mackenzie Prior

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Meg Mackenzie Prior is a combat photographer and filmmaker who has embedded with US Army Infantry, Combat Aviation, and Special Forces Units to record the missions and operations conducted by International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan beginning in 2010 with the Surge. Over the past 10 years, Meg has filmed and photographed US Military and the Afghan population with uncompromising clarity and attention to detail as to the nature of the conflict in Afghanistan. She has deployed with units for…

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Lecture: “Great Power Competition in Eurasia: the View from Azerbaijan” with Counselor Vugar Gurbanov (Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington, DC)

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Vugar Gurbanov of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC, will talk about "Great Power Competition in Eurasia: the View from Azerbaijan." Mr. Gurbanov is a Political Counselor and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United States. He is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005. Prior to his current position, V.Gurbanov worked at the Political-Military, Security Affairs and International Security departments of the Foreign…

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Public Talk: “Women, Prayer, Feminism & Modern Israel” with Lesley Sachs (Executive Director of Women of the Wall)

October 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Lesley Sachs will speak about the struggle of "Women of the Wall": a group of Israeli women seeks the right for Jewish women to conduct prayer services, read from a Torah scroll while wearing prayer shawls, and sing out loud at the Western Wall- Judaism’s most sacred holy site. She will also discuss feminism in Israel, the tenuous situation at the Kotel and WOW's challenges and successes. This event is an important space to explore the intersection of faith and the state, the…

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Cultural Event: 33rd International Festival of Raleigh

October 26, 2018 | 10:30 am - October 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

Discover the world in Raleigh. Over fifty local ethnic communities participate in the annual International Festival with great international food, cultural exhibits, ethnic crafts and lessons, and bazaars with varieties of international items for sale. For more information, please visit here. Organized by International Focus. Raleigh Convention Center

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Book Talk: Meet the Author Omid Safi, “Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition”

October 27, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Please join the Durham County Library for a reading and book signing by Omid Safi, whose book Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, was recently recognized as “New and Noteworthy” by the New York Times.  Director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center as well as a Duke alum, more on Dr. Safi and his writing can be found at https://islamicstudies.duke.edu. Sponsored by the Durham County Library. For more information, please visit here. Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Meeting Room 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham,…

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Lecture: “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide” with Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Laureate Nadia Murad

October 29, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad will give a free public talk at Duke University on Monday, Oct. 29. She will give the 2018 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide,” at Penn Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow her talk. Tickets are required and will be available at tickets.duke.edu starting Tuesday, Oct. 23. Paid parking will be available in the Bryan Center garage. Murad, 24, is a member of the…

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Seminar: “Know and Defend Your Rights” with Azadeh Shahshahani and Manzoor Cheema of Project South

October 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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   Learn about your rights when approached by law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, ICE, etc.), and your rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. The presentation will also focus on the interconnection between anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant/anti-refugee bigotry, and other forms of oppression. The presenters will make a comparison between structural racism and institutional Islamophobia. They will also discuss strategies for building a stronger grassroots movement against racism and Islamophobia. The presentation will include practical examples of grassroots…

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One Voice Lunch-n-Learn

October 30, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice for a free lunch from Panera Bread and a discussion in the campus Y next Tuesday 10/30 at our first lunch-n-learn event of the year!  This will be an educational, guided (but open!) discussion, and everyone with an interest is welcome regardless of their background with or prior knowledge of the conflict. We will be providing background information and answering any questions throughout the discussion. Space is limited, so please, RSVP by October 27th to secure your lunch through the Google form. The One Voice…

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Lecture: “The Beginnings of Islamic Law” with Professor Lena Salaymeh (Tel Aviv University and Princeton University)

October 30, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke Law School, Duke Law School
Durham, NC United States
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Professor Lena Salaymeh, Tel Aviv University and Princeton University, will discuss her award-winning book, "The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions" (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016). Showing how Muslim jurists crafted their legal opinions by combining ancient norms, scripture, religious and scholarly precedents, local traditions, and social needs in unexpected ways, Prof. Salaymeh challenges modern preconceptions of Islamic law and illustrates the dynamic nature of Islamic jurisprudence in a contemporary setting. Lunch will be provided. For more information,…

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Presentation: “Pay No Heed to the Rockets” by Marcello Di Cinto

October 31, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Please join us Wednesday, October 31 for a talk by award-winning author Marcello Di Cinto. Di Cinto will speak about his exploration of the Palestinian experience through first-hand reporting about what art and literature mean to modern Palestinians. Di Cinto’s books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments to follow.   This event is presented by Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the FOCUS program, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the…

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November 2018

Symposium: “Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives”

November 1, 2018 - November 2, 2018
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The Kenan Institute and the Duke Library will hold a two-day symposium on entitled "Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives," showing how the accomplished Arabic medical writings of the medieval Middle East and Spain were discovered, translated, and assimilated by a previously wholly unsophisticated European world. The symposium will mark the opening of the exhibition of Arabic medical manuscripts at Perkins Library. A keynote lecture by Prof. Cristina Alvarez Millán of the UNED (Madrid), "Arabic Medicine…

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Conversation: “Writing Elsewhere: Covering the World’s Rough Edges,” Public Talk with writers Marcello Di Cintio and Jonathan Katz

November 1, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join this public discussion with award-winning writers Marcello Di Cintio (whose most recent book isPay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine) and Jonathan Katz about the challenges of covering difficult and complex subjects. From Africa to the Caribbean to the walls that increasingly divide us, these writers will also talk about how they see the work of long-form journalism evolving. Moderated by Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute. Free and open to the…

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Lecture: “Climb your Everest” with Sara Safari

November 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor and advocate for women empowerment. She was born in Iran. She moved to the United Stated in 2002 and continued her education in electrical engineering at UCLA. After working in industry, she realized her passion lies in teaching. She decided to climb and summit Mt. Everest (29000ft) to raise funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. She received…

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Discussion: “The Future of Israeli Security. Conversation” with Chuck Freilich (former Deputy Israeli National Security Advisor)

November 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

National security is critical to Israel, but the country has no formal national security strategy. Chuck Freilich, a former Deputy Israeli National Security Advisor and current Harvard Kennedy School professor, wants to change this. Come hear his plan for a strategy in an era of new technology, new policy, and the changing nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information, please visit here or contact Alex Frumkin at alexander.frumkin@duke.edu. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy and J Street U. Social Sciences 136 Duke…

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New Date – Film Screening: A Festival of Student Films from Palestine

November 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Duke’s AMES 204FS in celebrating new student films from the West Bank and Gaza! 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 3 at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 West Pettigrew Street, Durham. The seven short films in our program include fiction and documentary, covering a variety of themes and settings. All are invited and the screening is free!   Sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies. For more information, please contact Nancy Kalow, nancy.kalow@gmail.com.   Center for Documentary Studies…

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Lecture: “Toward a Critical Zionist Vision: German-Jewish Photographers and Filmmakers in 1930s Palestine” with Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

November 4, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  Following the emergence of National Socialism, several German-Jewish photographers and filmmakers went into exile. A small number of them arrived in Mandate Palestine and greatly influenced the Zionist visual culture of the following decades. This talk focuses on two veterans of Germany’s film industry, who participated in Zionist propaganda campaigns in the mid-1930s and created imagery that was repeatedly copied and referenced by other Zionist artists. In their work they integrated Labor Zionism with a critical, anti-nationalist discourse of…

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Middle East Film Series: “Naila and the Uprising” – Q&A with Emma Alpert

November 5, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most…

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Presentation: “Palestinian Art as Political Commentary” with Mohammad Sabaaneh

November 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, West Bank, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book garnered rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Lost Stages and Words: A Historical Perspective of Ottoman and Turkish Theater”

November 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Speakers Ebru Nihan Celkan, Özge Ertem, Özlem Karadag will provide a historical overview of the development and changes that have occurred within Ottoman and Turkish theater from the late 19th century to the present. The changes that have occurred since the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 are profound. While much literature delves into the politics, demographic shifts and transfers, the power of theatre is often neglected. Thus, how do theatre and history help each other to remember and…

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Panel Discussion: Democracy and Its Challenges: A Comparative Overview

November 7, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join our three speakers, who will focus on the rise of forces around the world that increasingly question basic democratic principles. Marcelo Leiras, from Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina) will talk about the Argentinian experience; Laia Balcells from Georgetown University will review recent developments in Europe, focusing on the Spain-Catalunya conflict; and Timur Kuran from Duke University will explore the rise of authoritarianism in Turkey. For more information, please visit here. This event is co-sponsored by the…

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Film Screening: Docunight #51 [Durham]: Mother of the Earth

November 7, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Mother of the Earth Does the Earth need us? or is it us who need Clean Water and Clean Soil? From “Karestan” documentary film series Director: Mahnaz Afzali | Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad | Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb | 2017 / 52 mins | Persian with English Subtitles This documentary takes a brief look at Hayedeh Shirzadi and her husband’s shared life, love and work and their attempt to put an end to the dumping and burial of urban garbage. Due…

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Performance: Bassem Youssef: “The Joke is Mightier Than the Sword”

November 7, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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  Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab world, cardiothoracic surgeon Bassem Youssef created the first political satire show in the Middle East, earning millions of viewers every week. Now residing in California, he shares his wry observations on his own story, the current state of American politics, and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit here.   Sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts.   Wednesday, November 7 | 7:30 p.m.…

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Public Conversation: Arabic Language Town Hall with Bassem Youssef

November 8, 2018
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio   Bassem Youssef invites members of the local Arabic-speaking community to join him in a town hall-style setting for a candid discussion of their experiences. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts.   123 W. Franklin Street, Building C UNC Chapel Hill

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Public Conversation: “Funny You Feel That Way: Bassem Youssef on the Role of Politics and Humor in Public Health”

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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When does an individual have the responsibility to act on behalf of a community? This is a central question for public health practitioners. It is also at the heart of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s story. Join the former cardiothoracic surgeon turned YouTube comedy sensation for a conversation on the role of politics and humor in public health. Moderated by Professor Beth Moracco, this event is a collaboration between Carolina Performing Arts and Gillings School of Global Public Health. (Talk: 12:30-2…

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Discussion: Theater and Politics in Contemporary Istanbul

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Speakers will present their experiences in their small theatre collective BuluTiyatro within the context of recent political history in Turkey. Based on their very own encounters, struggles, challenges, dreams and frustrations, inspirations and silences in Istanbul and Turkey, they will reflect upon and reconsider the notions of commons, urban transformation, the relationship between art and politics, interdisciplinarity and methodology (in both their work in theatre and elsewhere), and the political history of Turkey.   A light lunch will be…

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Discussion: “Are You Brave Enough to Tell a Joke?” with Sara Taksler

November 8, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

In her 2016 film “Tickling Giants,” documentarian Sara Taksler follows Egyptian comedian Dr. Bassem Youssef. After the Arab Spring, Youssef left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo to take up political satire. The documentary underscores the power of humor in oppressive regimes, and the film demonstrates Youssef’s nonviolent methods to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. Taksler describes her favorite way of tickling giants as “using comedy to find cathartic ways to process major bummers.”…

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Panel Discussion: “Does International Justice Have an Impact? The Legacies of Criminal Tribunals”

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a panel discussion of how criminal tribunals have influenced domestic political developments, victims' experience of justice, and acknowledgement of wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Cambodia, and other former conflict zones. Building on their professional past with criminal tribunals, Dr. Diane Orentlicher and Dr. David Tolbert will also discuss the broader implications of international justice for the ongoing civil war in Syria. Dr. Robert Jenkins (Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill) will moderate the discussion. For more information, please…

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Lecture: Shabana Basij-Rahsikh

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join the Shuford Program for the first Shuford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture. This year’s key note speaker is Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder and president of SOLA. SOLA is an Afghan-led private boarding school for girls, the first of its kind in Afghanistan. SOLA's mission is to provide Afghan girls a rigorous education that promotes critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others. In 2018, Shabana was awarded the Malalai Medal, one of Afghanistan's highest national honors, for her work in…

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Lecture: “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity” with Nasser Rabbat (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

November 8, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, will deliver a free lecture, “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity.” An architect and a historian, his scholarly interests include the history and historiography of Islamic architecture, art and cultures, urban history and post-colonial criticism. He teachers courses on various facets of Islamic urbanism and contemporary cities, orientalism, historiography and the issue of meaning in architecture. Professor Rabbat has published…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton

November 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an undercover operations officer in the foreign field including two tours as Chief of Station.  In Washington, Ambassador Crumpton held senior management positions, including a one-year assignment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Deputy Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section, 1998-1999. He led the CIA’s Afghanistan campaign in 2001-2002.  He was the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from 2005-2007.  He is the…

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Community Roundtable: “The Muslim Ban and Us”

November 8, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Muslim Ban in a 5-4 decision, this roundtable will cover the changing landscape of immigration policy, the role that racism and criminalization play in these policy changes, and the effects of bans on movement on transnational families and immigrant and refugee communities. Organized by UndocuCarolina and co-sponsored by: Humanities for the Public Good; UNC Global; the Consortium in Latin American Studies; Working Group on Im/migration, Illegality, and Citizenship; and the Islamicate Graduate Student Association.…

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Lecture: “The Art of Resistance” with Mohammad Sabaaneh

November 8, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian cartoonist and graphic artist who lives in Ramallah, Palestine, where he is the lead political cartoonist for the daily paper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida. In 2013, he was detained by the Israelis for five months, spending much of it in solitary confinement, a situation that inspired the creation of his first book of cartoons, White And Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine, published by Just World Books in 2017. The book won rave reviews from leading political cartoonists around the world including KAL of The Economist, Matt Wuerker of Politico, and Joe Sacco. Mohammad is the Middle East representative of the Cartoonists Rights Network International. He was…

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Film Screening and Discussion: “Tickling Giants: Using Comedy to Stop Abuses of Power”

November 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Sara Taksler, documentarian and former producer of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, to view and discuss her 2016 film about comedian Dr. Bassem Youssef, who after the Arab Spring left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo, Egypt, to take up political satire. The documentary underscores the power of humor under despotic regimes, and challenges viewers to consider how it works in democratic ones.   This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, Duke…

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Panel Discussion: “Women in the Public Sphere”

November 9, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  This panel will offer a conversation on the role of women in the public sphere in contemporary Turkey. Turkey, a country of nearly 80 million, offers a case study on the role of Islam, multi-culturalism, minorities, diversity and the role(s) of women within these contexts. Despite turmoil in the country and the Middle East region more broadly, women in Turkey continue to play a vital role in the public sphere. Panelists: miriam cooke, Meyda Yegenoglu, Ebru Nihan Celkan Moderators:…

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Lecture: “Islamization in the Golden Horde and Communal Identity among the Turkmens: The Subtle Social Legacies of a Fourteenth-Century Saint” with Devin DeWeese (Indiana University)

November 9, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. DeWeese’s focus on religious studies have led him to make important interventions in Central Asian history. Come to learn how the Golden-Horde era Islamization legends have shaped the communal identities of Central Asian peoples.   Organized by the UNC Islamicate Graduate Student Association. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC Central Asia Working Group, UNC Asia Center, UNC History, UNC Transnational and Global Modern History, UNC Religious Studies, Carolina Center for the Study…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

November 10, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us Saturday November 10, 2018 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 Munir Niazi (1928-2006). Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award recipient, he was an Urdu and Punjabi poet from Pakistan. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New look at Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

November 11, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Lecture: “Paradoxes of Emancipation: Revolution and Power in Light of Mao (Beirut, 1973-5)” with Fadi Bardawill (University of North Carolina) Sunday, November 11 | 5:00 – 7:00pm National Humanities Center

November 11, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Humanities Center, 7 TW Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC 27709 United States
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A couple of years after the foundation of the Organization of Communist Action in Lebanon (1970-1) at the height of the social, political and military polarization that preceded the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), Waddah Charara, a major theorist of the Lebanese New Left subjected the three main components – Party, Theory, and Political Practice – of the revolutionary machine to critique. This paper examines how this critique, which was formulated in a translated Maoist idiom in the…

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Film Screening: “On the Map”

November 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Directed by Dani Menkin (2016) The film tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst…

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World View Community College Symposium: “The Global Economy: The Future of Work” 

November 14, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  Organizations today are thinking differently about what it means to work. The global economy has greatly influenced this change in thought because exchanges by air, by sea and through technology serve to eliminate barriers that once existed. Physical location, language, culture and currency are all starting to become less difficult to navigate, yet their unique qualities remain important to acknowledge. As such, it is essential that educators explore the future of work so they can better prepare students to…

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Cultural Event: 1001 Nights

November 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Come explore the greater Middle East through performances, delicious foods, calligraphy, and interactive cultural booths. 1001 Nights is brought to you by the UNC Persian Cultural Society. Free to attend. Free food from Flame Kabob will be served. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by the UNC Persian Cultural Society, UNC Persian Studies, UNC Mixed Asia/Pacific Islander Students’ Heritage, NC Hillel, Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, and UNC Arab…

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Film Screening: “Israel Rocks!”

November 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Directed by Izzy Abrahami (2006) A documentary that features some 20 Israeli singers, bands and choirs playing and singing in various styles, from pop and rock to blues, folk and rap. Each one of the revealing songs depicts the major problems facing the people of Israel from politics to poverty, and their dreams for, and their attempt to create a better future. Also includes an interview with Mr. Shimon Peres This event will explore music in Israeli Film and is…

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Cultural Event: Restorative Movement and Breakfast a la Marocaine

November 20, 2018 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Our idea with Roots of Morocco is to offer you a memorable experience immersed in art, culture and cuisine Marocaine! You will explore the flavors of a traditional Moroccan dish, exclusively cooked in a Moroccan clay pot called tajine. You will rejuvenate your body through restorative movement to regulate your breathing and to align your mind and body. 8:50- 9:00am          Arrival, settle in 9:00 - 10:15am         Restorative movement 10:20 - 11:00am        Social, Chew & Chat 11:05 - 11:30am         Clean up Spaces limited,…

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Lecture: “The Islamic State’s Utopia: A Visual Tour of the Caliphate” with Charlie Winter (King’s College London)

November 28, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. Alongside is work at ICSR, he is also a doctoral candidate in War Studies, Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague and Associate of the Imperial War Museum Institute in London. Mr. Winter will talk about his research into how and why the Islamic State uses social media-based information and disinformation campaigns in its global…

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Public Talk: “Making Sense of Saudi Arabia” with Dr. Toby Jones

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center invites you to a public talk by Dr. Toby Jones, an expert on the history of Saudi Arabia. Against the tragic backdrop of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi which has sparked international condemnation, Dr. Jones will address politics -- past and current -- in the Middle East's most important and influential oil producer. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State Middle East Studies Program, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, and the NC…

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Lecture: “Idols and Figural Images in Islam: A Brief Dive into a Perennial Debate” with Dr. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)

November 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This talk aims to explore some of the questions and debates concerning idolatry and figural representation from the beginning of Islam until today. It will focus in particular on the specific terminology used in the Qur'an and Hadith-in particular the terms tamathil (figural likenesses), asnam (idols), and ansab (sacred stones or betyls)-in order to distinguish the semantic and conceptual categories that were used by Muslim writers to classify various forms of art-making along with their associated practices. The talk will…

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Middle East Film Series: “The Wild Pear Tree” (first U.S. Screening)

November 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2018, 188 min, Turkey, in Turkish with English subtitles Sinan is a Turkish boy from the provinces who has just graduated from college and is trying to get his first novel published. Brash and provocative to the point of insolence, he is also one of cinema’s best-drawn embodiments of the European economic crisis. Sponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, Screen/Society, AMES Presents, and Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. For more information,…

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Conference: “Documentary and the Middle East”

November 30, 2018 | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Documentary and the Middle East Conference showcases undergraduate documentary work at 10:00 am, followed by a light lunch for all. At 12:30 pm, there will be presentations by three visiting presenters followed by audience discussion: -Laila El-Haddad (Author, The Gaza Kitchen): Taste, Struggle, and Place: Culinary Resistance in the Gaza Kitchen -Ahmed Mansour (Filmmaker): Excerpts from Mansour’s new documentary, Brooklyn, Inshallah -Helga Tawil-Souri (New York University): Situating Palestine and Palestinianness This conference is supported by the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial…

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One Voice UNC’s Lunch-N-Learn: Mapping the Region

November 30, 2018 | 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC for another lunch-n-learn event!  This time, we'll be looking at maps of Israel and Palestine, and discussing the worldviews they imply and the stories they tell. FREE lunch will be provided from Panera Bread. This will be an informational presentation followed by an open discussion -- community members at all levels of knowledge of Israel and Palestine are invited to come learn more about the politics of maps and exchange thoughts about the issues they raise.…

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UNC-CH Geography Colloquium Talk: “Being/Longing – Visualizing Belonging with Palestinian Refugee Children” with Dr. Sandy Marshall (Elon University)

November 30, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In September, 2018 the US ended all financial support to the UN Relief and Works Agency serving Palestinian refugees and is demanding the organization adopt a much narrower definition of who qualifies as a refugee and what rights they have. For many Palestinian refugees, their identities as refugees is not determined by legal status alone, but is reproduced intergenerationally through narrative and spatial practices. This talk will explore how Palestinian refugee children create and visualize their own sense of belonging…

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December 2018

K-12 Workshop: Exploring Iran: Politics, Society, and Culture

December 1, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies on Saturday, December 1 for an exploration of Iranian culture, politics, and society. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers will deepen historical and contemporary understanding of Iran with sessions by preeminent scholars in Iranian studies and make connections to the Iranian community in North Carolina. Teachers will explore the factors that led to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, as well as the revolution’s impacts on the Iranian…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

December 1, 2018 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Saturday, December 1 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 "The Poet of the East" - Allama Iqbal (1877-1938). Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was a poet, philosopher and politician, as well as an academic, in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others.…

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Lecture: “Palestinian Refugees” with Mohammed Eid (UNC)

December 1, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Carolina International Relations Association (CIRA) for a talk with Rotary Peace Fellow Mohammed Eid on his experience as a Palestinian refugee. Eid is from Gaza Strip, Palestine, where he has spent his life working. He studied applied linguistics at the University of Southampton in England. He then began working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 2011, as a youth education specialist. He has worked on many programs and initiatives related to education development and…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at the Book of Kings, Shahnameh” with Loghman Zaiim

December 2, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From…

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Lecture: “Tar Heels & Diplomacy” with Yaniv Barzilai

December 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  Are you considering a career in the Foreign Service or the U.S. Department of State? The Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense is hosting UNC alumnus and Foreign Service Officer, Yaniv Barzilai for a discussion on career opportunities in the State Department and the more general realm of national security and foreign policy. Yaniv Barzilai is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He is currently the Counterterrorism Policy Advisor for North Africa in to the State…

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Cultural Event: Hindi-Urdu Cultural Night

December 7, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Students at NC State University will show their Hindi-Urdu language talent, proficiency skills along with cultural knowledge through various presentations, drama and dance performances.   Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The Hindi-Urdu Program, and EKTAA.   Titmus Theater NC State University

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Film Screening: Docunight #52 [Durham]: “Death and the Judge”

December 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Death and the Judge Director: Hassan Khademi 2018 / 53 min Persian with English Subtitles With more than 4,000 death sentences passed down in 45 years, Judge Azizmohammadi not only holds the record for the number of death sentences issued in Iran, but also the entire world. "Death and the Judge" is a powerful documentary about Iran's most infamous and feared criminal judge. It offers an intimate but chilling portrait into the professional and private life of Judge Azizmohammadi.  …

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January 2019

Lecture: “The Discourse of Deep States and Coups” with Erdağ Göknar (Duke University)

January 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

   Join the Turkish Circle for a talk by Erdağ Göknar, Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University on “The Discourse of Deep States and Coups.”   Sponsored by the Turkish Circle at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University.   Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall – Room 240 John Hope Franklin Center Duke University

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Cultural Event: Restorative Movement and Breakfast a la Marocaine with Samia Touati

January 11, 2019 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Our idea with Roots of Morocco workshop is to offer you a memorable experience immersed in art, culture and cuisine Marocaine! You will explore the flavors of a traditional vegetarian Moroccan dish, exclusively cooked in a Moroccan clay pot called tajine. You will rejuvenate your body through restorative movement to regulate your breathing and to align your mind and body. Spaces limited, Cost $20. To help us with headcount for preparations, please confirm your booking, email or call samia@ArabHeritageLearning.org 919…

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Cultural Event: “Nezami’s Haft Peykar and Ferdowsi’s Bahram Goor” with Maryam Tabibzadeh

January 12, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for an afternoon of Persian poetry by Nezami and Ferdowsi, accompanied by Persian songs and dance. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, the Von der Heyden Fellows Fund established by Karl & Mary Ellen Von der Heyden, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, and Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). Ahmadieh…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at the Book of Kings, Shahnameh, part 3” with Loghman Zaiim

January 13, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a third presentation by Loghman Zaiim on Shahnameh ("Book of Kings") by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature.   The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm.…

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Lecture: “Being Muslim: Women of Color in/and American Islam” with Dr. Sylvia Chan Malik (Rutgers)

January 15, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Sylvia Chan-Malik will give a lecture based on her recently published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam. In her lecture, Professor Chan-Malik will discuss the ways U.S. Muslim women's identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition. Drawing on archival images, cultural texts, popular media, and interviews, she will show how communities of American Islam became sites of safety, support, spirituality, and social activism, and how women…

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Lecture: “Our Mamas Been Rockin’ Hijab Since Before We Were Babies: The History of Fashionable Modesty in Black Muslim Communities” with Dr. Jamillah Karim

January 17, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  In the Trump Era, the hijab has become a symbol of resistance to Islamophobia and celebration of Muslim women. But this didn’t happen overnight. It took years of struggle, creativity, and perseverance by Muslim women who don’t get the media’s attention. We owe much to women like Ibtihaj Muhammad and Linda Sarsour, but they stand on the shoulders of African American Muslim mothers who worked hard to make their daughters love being Muslim and feel beautiful at the same…

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Discussion: Black Muslim Talkspace presents #BeingBlackandMuslim

January 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Black Muslim Talkspace presents #BeingBlackandMuslim a discussion led by Dr. Jamilah Karim. At our normal Black Muslim Talkspace time we will be having a discussion led by Dr. Jamilah Karim. Food will also be served. Sponsored by Center for Muslim Life at Duke and Duke Islamic Studies Center. For more information, please visit here. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture 404 Chapel Dr, Durham NC 27708 Duke University

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

January 19, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us Saturday, January 19 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 Khwaja Haider Ali ATISH (1764-1846), one of the giants of Urdu literature. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available under the FedEx Global Education Center. Co-sponsored by the…

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Cultural Event: Cuisine Marocaine and Cultural Exploration Community Dinner Fundraiser with Samia Touati

January 20, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Share a traditional Moroccan meal along with a personal story of the journey of a native Moroccan family. Our idea of la Cuisine Marocaine is to offer you a memorable experience to explore the flavors of traditional Moroccan vegetarian dishes, exclusively cooked in a Moroccan clay pot called tajine. Suggested donations between $10-$12. All proceeds will contribute to case expenses of Syrian refugee families, one Indonesian family and one Moroccan family. Please RSVP to Samia Touati, samiabenttouati@gmail.com. Arcadia Compound, 134 Circadian…

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Cultural Event: A Masterclass in Iraqi Cuisine

January 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Duke Association for the Middle East's first event of the semester, A Masterclass in Iraqi Cuisine, January 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Chef's Kitchen! We have partnered with the local refugee community to bring in Umm Mustafa from Iraq to have a free, interactive cooking class in the Chef's Kitchen, cooking dolma and kibbah, two traditional dishes. This will be the first in a monthly series of culinary class events, highlighting different cuisines from the Middle East and North Africa. This will be first-come, first-cook. Parking can…

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Lecture: “17 Years at War” – A Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (ret.)

January 24, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Sanford Fleishman Commons Durham, United States + Google Map

Professor David Schanzer will lead a conversation with General McChrystal at this rescheduled lecture in honor of 9/11. The event is a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Triangle Center for Homeland Security. A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan…

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Public Talk: “A Journalist’s First-Hand Report – What’s Wrong with US policy in Iran” with Reese Erlich

January 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle and National Public Radio. His articles have appeared in Politico, Foreign Policy, VICE News and The Progressive. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide. Erlich writes a syndicated…

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Film Screening: “The Muslim Next Door”

January 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Withers Hall, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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A local and national perspective is taken on what it means to be Muslim American in the age of media, political crises, and the constant development of what it means to be a Muslim living in America. Join us for popcorn and Q&A after the film screening of Katie Couric's “The Muslim Next Door”. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the MSA at NC State. Withers Hall, 140 NC State University 

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Study Abroad Fair

January 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Study Abroad Fair has representatives from all over the world, study abroad staff, and past study abroad students are available to answer your questions about studying almost anywhere in the world! Come and see what opportunities await you! The Study Abroad Office will also staff a general information table just inside the entrance to the fair. Please come prepared with questions! Note: The Study Abroad Office in the FedEx Global Education Center will be closed the day of the…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Halaqa with Doria El Kerdany (UNC)

January 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Ms. Doria El Kerdany will lead the first presentation of the Arabic Halaqa for this semester on Jan. 25 at 5:00 p.m. Doria Elkerdany is a Teaching Associate Professor and she is the Coordinator for the Arabic language program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her M.A. in Teaching Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers from the American University in Cairo. She has published two Novels " رمال ناعمة  " Cairo Agu, 2011 and "حكايات القطط" 2015" Ostadha Doria will give a talk about her first novel رمال ناعمة  .…

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“Where the Body Lands” featuring poet Tariq Luthun

January 26, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This January, Duke Spoken Verb, Duke Muslim Students Association, & Duke Students for Justice in Palestine are joining hands to host the Emmy Award winning poet Tariq Luthun! Along with that astounding accomplishment as a poet, Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American analyst, strategist, community organizer, and is the founder of UNC Chapel Hill’s CUPSI team. Also, get the chance to participate in a workshop that Tariq is hosting from 5-6pm. And, of course, what would we be if we didn’t allow…

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Discussion: China’s Concentration Camps: What’s at Stake?

January 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Credible reports have revealed that China has detained 1-3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps, where they are forced to denounce their religion and ethnic identity. An Uyghur survivor of the camp system, Mihrigul Tursun, will provide testimony of her experiences. This event will shed light on the situation in East Turkestan/Xinjiang - specifically on China’s ethnic cleansing of Uyghurs, mass surveillance state, crackdown on religion, internment camps, a brief history of the region, as well as…

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Discussion: “Assessing the Fight Against ISIS: A conversation with Brett McGurk”

January 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join AGS Director Peter Feaver for an evening conversation with Brett McGurk as they discuss the United States’ fight against ISIS. Serving as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL from 2016-2018, McGurk led a global coalition of 68 members to coordinate all aspects of U.S. policy related to the ultimate destruction of ISIL. McGurk’s long tenure of government service spans numerous administrations -  His previous assignment was Deputy Special Presidential Envoy from September 2014 until…

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Discussion: One Voice Coffee and Conversation – Airbnb and the West Bank

January 30, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Let One Voice at UNC-CH buy you a drink at the Meantime Coffee Co. and learn more about Airbnb's decision not to allow listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  We will be discussing such questions as: what are settlements, and where are they? Why can they be controversial? What laws apply to settlements?  There will be an informational presentation led by our One Voice fellows, followed by a discussion/question-and-answer session. Even if you can't stay the whole time, drop in…

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February 2019

Persian Art Center in Carolina: “A New Look at Shahnameh, Haft Khan-e Rostam” with Loghman Zaiim

February 3, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on Haft Khan-e Rostam by Loghman Zaiim, as retold by Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940–1020) in Shahnameh ("Book of Kings"), the world's longest epic poem created by a single poet. Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature and one of the greatest in the history of literature. This is event is in Persian. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be…

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Turkish Circle Event: “A Visual Journey from Turkey to the Triangle” with Dilara Maya and Irem Altan

February 5, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Turkish Circle at Duke & UNC & NC State presents Dilara Maya (Fullbright TA at Duke) and Irem Altan (Ph.D. Student, Chemistry, Duke University). They will share their stories as young scholars moving from Turkey to the Triangle through their paintings and photographs. There will be a potluck dinner. The Turkish Circle is a community group which meets every first Tuesday of the month and brings students and scholars interested in Turkey or the Ottoman Empire. Sponsored by the…

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Film Screening: Docunight #53 [Durham]: ” MAHAK – A World She Founded”

February 6, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

MAHAK - A World She Founded From “Karestan” Documentary Film Series Director: Mohsen Abdolvahab 2017 / 57 min Persian with English Subtitles The life of Saideh Ghods changed completely when her two-year-old daughter Kiana was diagnosed with cancer. As she confronted her daughter’s suffering, she became aware of the suffering of so many impoverished families in hospital corridors around the country who were dealing with children afflicted by cancer. When, due to the doctors’ timely diagnosis, Kiana was on the…

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Roundtable Presentation and Discussion with Joseph Sany, Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360

February 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Joseph Sany is the Technical Advisor for the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department at FHI 360. In this capacity, he supports and advises on innovative approaches related to training, programming, human and institutional capacity strengthening, as well as programming in the areas of youth development and livelihoods, countering violent extremism, civil society development and peacebuilding in fragile and post-conflict environments. Sany is an international development, peacebuilding and peacekeeping specialist with 20 years of proven experience supporting and advising local and…

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Film Screening: Cairo in One Breath

February 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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Join us for a free screening of the film “Cairo in One Breath” (2015, directed by Anna Kipervaser and On Look Films, 80 minutes). Free film to complement Across County Lines, followed by a conversation with Anna Kipervaser. The adhan is the Muslim call to prayer, an invitation to sacred space traditionally performed by a muezzin at a mosque five times each day. Cairo has thousands of mosques, and with countless muezzins chanting the call simultaneously there is a holy…

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Film Screening: “The Sultan and the Saint” 

February 10, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik Al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr.…

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Community Organizing Workshop: One Voice “Add Your Voice” 2019 Tour

February 12, 2019 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The One Voice Movement is thrilled to be hosting a National Speaking tour in Spring 2019, bringing Israeli and Palestinian activists from our partner organizations, Darkenu and Zimam, to speak with American students and communities about the power of personal narratives in community organizing and conflict resolution efforts.  The workshop led here on UNC's campus will provide an opportunity for our community activists from Israel and Palestine to share their experiences working as community organizers and will include a Q&A session…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures: Threats to Bio and Ethnic Diversity” with Robin Visser (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 12, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Dr. Visser’s current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020), analyzes the growing prominence within Chinese-language literature of ecological perspectives from China’s border cultures. It includes works by Mongolian, Tibetan, Taiwanese Indigenous, Kazakh, Uyghur, and Han Chinese writers. Set in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Southwest China, and Taiwan, they feature diverse ecologies rapidly transforming due to unprecedented rates of development and domestic migration. The talk analyzes literary depictions of rapidly changing regional ecosystems and compares distinct ways of imagining relational dynamics between…

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Lecture: “The Geopolitics of Feminisms in Afghanistan” with Jennifer Fluri (U. Colorado, Boulder)

February 13, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit, a…

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Exhibit and Opening Reception: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

February 13, 2019 | 5:30 pm - March 29, 2019 | 5:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit, a…

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Panel Discussion: “The Legacies of Soviet & US Occupations of Afghanistan”

February 14, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

A Panel Presentation with Jennifer Fluri (U. Colorado, Boulder), Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison U.), Jeff Jones (UNCG) | Chaired by Eren Tasar (UNC). Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the…

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Lecture: “Imperial Iconography in Afghanistan: A Comparative Historical Survey of American, British, and Soviet Images” with Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison U.) & Jeff Jones (UNCG, Respondent)

February 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. In conjunction with the exhibit, a…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

February 16, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday February 16, 2019 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 Sufi Tabassum (1899-1978), best known for his many poems written for children, as the creator of the Tot Batot character, and as the translator of many poetical works from mostly Persian into Punjabi and Urdu languages. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited…

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Lecture: “Improving Early Childhood Development Among Syrian Refugees in the Middle East Refugee Response Region” with Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa (New York University)

February 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist studying the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children's development. He conducts research in both the United States and in low-and middle-income countries. His current projects include providing programming for Syrian refugee families in the Middle East and Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh. Dr. Yoshikawa co-directs the Global TIES for Children Center, an international research center dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on…

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Book Talk: “The Snow Leopard Project and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation” with Alex Dehgan

February 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

A story about creating Afghanistan’s first national park and the startup to make it happen. Featuring Alex Dehgan, T’91, followed by a reception in Fuqua’s Kirby Reading Room. Please, RSVP here. Postwar Afghanistan is fragile, volatile, and perilous. It is also a place of extraordinary beauty.  Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Alex Dehgan arrived in the country in 2006 to build the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan Program, and preserve and protect Afghanistan’s unique and extraordinary environment, which had been decimated after decades of…

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Film Festival: “Iran, Forty Years After the Revolution” with Ahmad Kiarostami

February 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm - February 22, 2019 | 9:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University for a film screening and discussion on the Iranian Revolution with special guest, Ahmad Kiarostami. Ahmad co-produced Coup 53, a feature documentary on the story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged a coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh, and Feathers of Fire, a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh…

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Cultural Event: Cuisine Marocaine and Cultural Exploration Community Dinner Fundraiser with Samia Touati

February 22, 2019 | 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Share a traditional Moroccan meal along with a personal story of the journey of a native Moroccan family. Our idea of la Cuisine Marocaine is to offer you a memorable experience to explore the flavors of traditional Moroccan vegetarian dishes, exclusively cooked in a Moroccan clay pot called tajine. Suggested donations between $10-$12. All proceeds will contribute to case expenses of Syrian refugee families, one Indonesian family and one Moroccan family. Please RSVP to Samia Touati, samiabenttouati@gmail.com. Arcadia Common House, 134 Circadian…

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Exhibition Opening: Beirut, Photographs by John Bechtold

February 22, 2019 | 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until February 22, 2019

Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

View photographs of Beirut by John Bechtold, UNC PhD student in the American Studies program. This past summer, Bechtold went to Beirut to begin his Arabic language journey. While there, he photographed his experiences. The exhibit will open at Horse and Buggy Press in Durham on Saturday, January 26. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Horse and Buggy Press.   Saturday, January 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (exhibit on display through Feb. 22) Horse & Buggy Press 1116 Broad…

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William Small Jr. Keynote Lecture: Linda Sarsour, at the 40th Annual Minority Health Conference, “Advocacy for Change”

February 22, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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Advocacy is an integral aspect of social change. This year’s theme of the Minority Health Conference, Advocacy for Change: Celebrating Past Successes and Planning for the Future, honors how advocacy efforts are instrumental in advancing the health of minorities. For our 40th year, we honor past activist successes and set the stage for communities to continue their work as advocates or as changemakers. Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer and mother of three. Ambitious,…

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Performance: Late Night with Dean Obeidallah and Huda Fahmy

February 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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After bringing Hasan Minhaj to UNC 2 years ago, the UNC Muslim Students Association is excited to bring back Late Night, with award-winning comedian and talk show host Dean Obeidallah and comic book author Huda Fahmy! Dean has appeared on Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil" and is the co-creator/producer of the network's critically acclaimed Internet series "The Watch List," featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Huda Fahmy is the illustrator of the internationally…

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Seminar: Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration. This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities. We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated…

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Lecture: “Find True Love and Make it Last” with Haleh Banani

February 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Learn what it takes to attract the right person to marry and make the love last a lifetime. How do we build and maintain healthy relationships? What is it we should look for in a partner? What are the current crises we're facing in marriages? Come and listen to Haleh Banani, a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience, answer these questions and discuss relationships in Islam. Haleh Banani has her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with 20 years experience. She…

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Lecture: “Cyclical Sanctity and Ismaili Identity: A Framework for Rethinking Conversion to Shi’I Islam in the Iranian World” by Dr. Daniel Beben (Nazarbayev University)

February 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

How are minority religious communities able to successfully endure and proselytize under adverse conditions of persecution? Through analyzing the Ismaili Shi’i community of Central Asia, Dr. Beben will investigate the inter-related practices of patronage and the elaboration of religious conversion narratives connected with Ismaili saints, demonstrating how these practices intersect within a process of appropriation and re-appropriation to address  the paradox of why Ismailism is a literary and intellectual tradition that has its deepest roots in “peripheral” regions. Sponsored by…

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Film Screening: “Blood and Oil”

February 25, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Global Studies Students Association for the Middle East installment of this semester's documentary series! Anyone interested in learning and understanding the timeline of events that has lead us to the modern day conflict in the Middle East should watch this film created by Marty Callaghan. 'Blood and Oil' is a detailed account about the motivation behind the birth of the Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil. It examines the devastating conflicts and Western political intrigue that laid the…

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Panel Discussion: “The War in Yemen: Implications for America and the World”

February 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  The war in Yemen is defined by the U.N. as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, but remains chronically underreported. The war involves almost 10 countries, including the U.S., and has recently come into the limelight after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Once celebrated as a success story of the Arab Spring, almost eighty percent of the country now needs some form of humanitarian aid. This panel, through analysts at the Yemen Peace Project and Oxfam will trace the geopolitical significance of…

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Humanities in Action Talk: “Why are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?” with Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 26, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

featuring Charles Kurzman, Philip Stadter Distinguished Professor of Sociology All programs are held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS and receive a discount on the purchase of all ten lectures. Program Tuition: Advance registrants pay $18 per lecture ($13 for GAA members) or can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS—register for all 10 events for $135.00 ($100.00 for GAA members). To check your membership status…

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Conversation: “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” featuring Michal Hochberg and Osama Elewat (Combatants for Peace)

February 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

On February 27th, at 6 PM in Social Sciences 139, J Street U brings to campus Combatants for Peace, a grassroots organization of Israelis and Palestinians that takes direct action to pursue mutual non-violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each member has played a direct role in the cycle of violence in this conflict. We will be joined by Osama Elewat and Michal Hochberg from the organization, and they will spend time talking about CFP and their thoughts on the conflict,…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Hear from a panel of stellar UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from Honors Carolina, the Peace Corps, UNC Career Services, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, UNC Study Abroad, the UNC Campus Y, and the US Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Panelists include: Anthony Dest, University of Texas at Austin Andrea Felder, American University Erin O’Connor, Raytheon International, former US Department of State Justin…

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Lecture: “Interpreting Islam in China” – A book talk with Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University)

February 28, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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During the early modern period, Muslims in China began to embrace the Chinese characteristics of their heritage. Several scholar-teachers incorporated tenets from traditional Chinese education into their promotion of Islamic knowledge. As a result, some Sino-Muslims established an educational network which utilized an Islamic curriculum made up of Arabic, Persian, and Chinese works. The corpus of Chinese Islamic texts written in this system is collectively labeled the Han Kitab. Kristian Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy…

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Lecture: “How Peshawar revived Bukhara’s Sanctity: The Remarkable Story of Hazrat Jio Sahib Peshawari (d. 1816)” with Waleed Ziad (Yale University)

February 28, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

From the mid-18th century,  the political landscape of the Persianate world underwent dramatic transformations. While decentralized states gradually emerged across Central Asia, the Durrani Afghans began carving out an empire from eastern Iran to north India. This turbulent period also witnessed the proliferation of an intricate network of shrines, Sufi centers, and madrasas associated with the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (lit., ‘revivalist’) Sufi order, which had originated in the Mughal heartlands. This talk will focus on the career of one of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi scholars-saints…

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Lecture: “Islam in the Modern World” with Omar Suleiman (Southern Methodist University)

February 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a discussion on what it means to navigate Islam in the modern world led by Imam Omar Suleiman! The talk will discuss how to navigate and overcome challenges faced by Muslims in America. It will be followed an interactive Q&A session. Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist, and speaker named one of "25 Muslims changing America" by CNN. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research professor of…

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March 2019

tgiFHI Series: “Modern Hebrew: A History Revisited” with Shai Ginsburg (Duke University)

March 1, 2019 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am. About the presentation: Scholars concur that modern Hebrew emerged as an everyday spoken language in Ottoman Palestine during the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century. Whereas they differ on exactly when, where, and how…

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Panel Discussion: “A Thematic Conversation on Minority Issues in China”

March 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Panelists: Dr. Kristian Petersen (Old Dominion University), Dr. Ralph Litzinger (Duke University), Janice Hyeju Jeong (Duke University) and Aydin Anwar (Duke University) This thematic conversation will revolve around two aspects: in the fall of 2018 Duke University Libraries acquired the personal photo album of Sir Percy Sykes, the famous British Brigadier-General and Diplomat of his travels to Kashgar in 1915. The album details the culture and topography of Kashgar, one of the centers of the large Muslim minority in China.…

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Lecture: “The Agony of Mosul Under and After ISIS: A Researcher’s Diary” with Noor Ghazi (UNC Greensboro)

March 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Noor Ghazi is a graduate student in the Peace and Conflict Study Program at UNC-Greensboro. Her research interest is focused on refugee, war displacement, and immigrants. She had recently co-authored an article that was published on the Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis titled “Stuck Between War and Europe: Syrian refugees in Turkey”. She visited Mosul, the city in northern Iraq which was occupied by ISIS to film a documentary and shed light on life during and after ISIS. She was chosen to…

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Cultural Event: “Starry Arabian Night”

March 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Talley Ballroom, NC State University, Talley Ballroom, NC State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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Join us for a "Starry Arabian Night" full of dancing, music, entertainment, and food. Performances from Baladna Dabke Team. Attire is formal or traditional Arab clothing. Located in the Coastal Ballroom in Talley Student Union (2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606). Park in Coliseum Parking Deck. Discounted tickets available for dues paying ASO members in the 2018-2019 school year. Non-dues paying members should purchase a General Admissions ticket. Check in will begin at 5:45 and doors will close at 8:45pm. Tickets will not be sold…

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16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference: “Muslims, Motherland, and Minoritization”

March 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This conference aims to explore how categorization by governing bodies create and influence ethno-religious identities as a component of subjecthood. Questions to explore include: How do the state and other actors influence religious and/or racial minority identity? What roles do power, gender, race, and sexuality play in these identity formations? How have standards of normativity been constructed and projected onto Muslim bodies? The conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. Free…

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Public Talk: “When the Exile Brings a Key” with Professor Maurice Ebileeni (Dept. of English and Literature at the U. of Haifa, Israel)

March 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The purpose of this presentation is to configure a poetics of Palestinian imaginings of return. Drawing on linguistically diverse memoirs, Ebileeni explores the conceptual tensions between national imaginings of “al-awdah” and their disruptive impact on virtual realizations of this desire, while simultaneously, revealing the authors’ culturally distinct experiences of exile. Palestinians’ points of departure may appear identical since they share conceptions of “home” that are deeply rooted in a unified national configuration of more or less similar memories or narrations,…

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Lecture: “Interreligious Polemics, Anti-Sufism, and Shī‘ī Intellectual History in Late Safavid Iran: the Contribution of ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām (d. early 18th C.)” with Alberto Tiburcio (Philipps University of Marburg)

March 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Interreligious polemics, especially those from the post-classical period, are often dismissed as formulaic and unoriginal, with no more than a fringe testimonial value. In this talk, Alberto Tiburcio will argue that the polemical work of the Portuguese-born convert ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām offers us a unique window into various facets of religious, political, and intellectual life in late Safavid Iran. Jadīd al-Islām’s work responds to a polemical cycle that linked late seventeenth/early eighteenth century Iran to early seventeenth century India…

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Turkish Circle: “Like the Father’s Home: The Intimate State of the Turkish-Sunni Diaspora in Germany” with Devran Koray Ocal (UNC Chapel Hill)

March 5, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Devran Ocal's research( PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, UNC) focuses on a faith-based civil society organization, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), and engages with the Turkish-Sunni diaspora’s complex construction of intimate state in Germany. DITIB is a Sunni-Islam based umbrella civil society organization. However, the Turkish-Sunni diaspora does not consider DITIB as simply a civil society organization, but instead attribute a highly complex role of statehood to it. For them, DITIB reflects a ‘paternalist’ and ‘familial’ version of the Turkish…

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Presentation and Discussion: “Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Zionism”

March 6, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join One Voice at UNC-CH as we discuss the recent controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweets and the broader national and international framework in which they fit. The presentation will interrogate the relationship between AIPAC and American politics, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and the language of public figures regarding Israel in the United States. No prior knowledge of the topic is necessary, and all are welcome to attend and engage in a discussion session after the presentation.  Coffee, pastries, and fruit will be provided. We…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Culture Event

March 6, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC Arabic Program for an event on Arabic culture! The event will feature Arabic table, calligraphy, and snacks. Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program and Department of Asian Studies. New West 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Film Screening: Docunight #54 [Durham]: Ali Aqa

March 6, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Ali Aqa, Directed by Kamran Heidari, 2017 / 81 min, Persian with English Subtitles Seventy-year-old Ali Aqa’s large, fleshy hands shake as he helps a newborn pigeon chick hatch. His pigeons, which he keeps on the roof of his home, mean everything to him. He calls his favorite white pigeon “sweetheart” and even takes her into his bedroom. His wife is less than enthusiastic about this, and has good cause to be jealous. He may be the embodiment of tenderness…

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Exhibit: “40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War”

March 7, 2019
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This exhibit runs until March 29, 2019 and is part of the Visualizing Afghanistan program that takes place at Duke University from Feb 13-15, 2019. Hours of the exhibit are from 9AM-5PM, Monday thru Friday. Closed on weekends. Visualizing Afghanistan marks the fortieth anniversary of the Soviet invasion as well as the eighteenth year of the longest war ever waged by the United States. An exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic…

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Discussion: “Direct from the Refugee Camps: Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon Share their Story”

March 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Featuring journalist and great grandaughter of Nakba survivors, Amena Ashkar and 89 yr old Nakba survivor, Mariam Fathalla whose ancient Palestinian village al Zeeb was leveled. Time stopped in 1948 for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Many of them and their descendants live in the same refugee camps created when Zionist forces expelled them from their villages. Stateless and without the benefits of citizenship, these vulnerable Palestinian refugees have very few rights decades later in Lebanon, where they continue to…

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Performance: Brother Ali – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

March 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC United States
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  From his complicated backstory to his compelling rhymes, Brother Ali is a rapper without a rival. Albino and legally blind, he struggled to find peers in the midwestern states where he spent his youth. But in a pivotal moment at age eight, he found rap, which gave him an outlet and, through the references his favorite rappers made, led him to Islam. For twenty years, he has funneled these elements of his distinctive identity into increasingly profound verses, pairing…

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Workshop: Chinese Arabic Calligraphy with Haji Noor Deen

March 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Hajji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang is an expert in Islamic calligraphy, specializing in the Sini style which originated from the Chinese Muslim tradition. Come learn the basics of calligraphy for FREE! You can also buy one of his art pieces and take it home as a gift for Spring Break. He will even write your name or the name of a loved one in this beautiful artistic style. Co-Sponsored by The Center for Muslim Life, Deen Arts Foundation, AMES Present, DISC,…

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Performance: MSA Late Night with Ahmed Ali Akbar

March 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Talley Student Union, NC State University, 2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
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The Muslim Student Association @ NC State returns with our annual event EXCEPT it's new and improved! We invite you to the very first Late Night with MSA on March 8th! Our guest speaker is none other than Buzzfeed's Ahmed Ali Akbar and runs the podcast See Something, Say Something. Join us for a night of laughter, performances, and knowledge. Everyone is welcome! Kids ages 6 and under are FREE! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here. Sponsored by the NC…

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Cultural Event: Islamic Association of Raleigh Annual Open House

March 9, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Islamic Association of Raleigh welcomes you and your family with "Open Doors ... Welcoming Hearts" to its Annual Open House on Saturday, March 9th from 11am to 3pm,  featuring keynote address by Imam AbuTaleb. Meet and greet your fellow American Muslim Neighbors, observe the Muslims at prayer, listen to children reciting the Quran, enjoy table discussions with your neighbors, engage in Q&A with our Imam - Dr. AbuTaleb, and sample culinary treats from around the world. Please register at…

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Cultural Event: “Celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz”

March 9, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina & Persian Students Association at Duke University for a celebration of Nowruz. This event to celebrate the Persian New Year will feature original music by Siavash Pourfazli, Shahram Mazhari, and Hamed Tabkhi; Persian dance; choir; and readings from the Shahnameh. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; please be on time. The Duke Divinity School is located next to the main Duke Chapel; parking is available in the nearby garage next…

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Cultural Event: Basant Mela

March 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

We would like to invite you to a fun-filled evening with shopping, food, and music with the local Pakistani community. We will have singers from Pakistan and Indiato make this musical evening more exciting and fun. Activities include games for children and adults, shopping opportunity for families, food stalls, bazaars for clothing and jewelry, musical evening with local singer from Indo-Pak, and membership Drive for the Year 2019. Ticket Information: Members $5/person, Non-Members $10/person, Students $5/person, Children below 5 years…

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REEL Israel Documentary Film Festival

March 10, 2019 - March 14, 2019
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed films that explore Israel from angles rarely seen in the news: heart-wrenching stories about family and friendship, life and death, and revelations of the past. Films were selected by Duke University Professor and film scholar Shai Ginsburg. Several post-film discussions will be scheduled with Professor Ginsburg and other scholars. For more information, showtimes, and to purchase tickets please visit here or call 919-929-8428. Seating is limited. Films: The Ancestral Sin, 2017 (88 minutes). A film by Doron…

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Dinner and Reception with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of American University of Beirut

March 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut-NC Chapter, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies cordially invite you to attend an event with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. Click here to register and purchase tickets ($75/person).Please mark your calendars and note that an RSVP is required. For more information, please visithttps://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora…

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Lecture: “The Challenge of Being an Afro-Italian Writer” with Igiaba Scego

March 18, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Award-winning Italian author, academic, activist, and journalist, Igiaba Scego has produced wide-ranging work that plays a vital role in current debates on Italy's colonial past, its sexist and racist legacy, and the identity of Italians of African origins. It also raises the question of fiction's place in these discussions. Her parents came to Italy from Somalia and many of her works concentrate on the identities of a Muslim black woman in Italy. Her recent novel Adua reveals the connections between…

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Lecture: “Future of Higher education in the Middle East” by Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of American University of Beirut

March 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut-NC Chapter, and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies cordially invite you to attend an event with Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut. Please mark your calendars and note that an RSVP is required. Free and open to the public. Click here to register for the talk. For more information, please visit https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/.   Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the…

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Panel Discussion: “Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?”

March 19, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Film Screening: Kafr Naum (Capernaum)

March 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Witherspoon Cinema, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC United States
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The Khayrallah Center, Middle East Studies Program, Office of Global Engagement, and the NCSU Libraries invite you to the screening of Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's new film, nominated for the Golden Globe awards, Kafr Naum (Capernaum). Click here to register (not required, but recommended). Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit https://lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center, Middle East Studies Program, Office of Global Engagement, and the NCSU Libraries. Witherspoon Cinema North Carolina State University

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Lecture: “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements” with Dr. Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

March 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sitterson Hall (Computer Science Bldg), UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As part of Syria Solidarity Month, Students Organize for Syria at UNC presents “The Tragedy of Syria in Four Movements,” by Dr. Charles Kurzman. Dr. Kurzman is a professor of sociology and co-director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies. He has written extensively about the Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Syrian Revolution. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm in Sitterson Hall to learn more about how the history…

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World View K-12 Global Migration Seminar

March 20, 2019 - March 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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More details coming soon! Register at https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2019-migration-seminar/. Friday Conference Center UNC-Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Visualizing the Muslim Gandhi” with Professor Tim Dobe (Grinnell College) and Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)

March 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Timothy Dobe and Sumathi Ramaswamy will present, compare and discuss several visual images of M.K. Gandhi, each of which embodies important dimensions of Islamic traditions.  They will consider, for example, images of Gandhi by the Indian Sufi writer, Khwaja Hasan Nizami from the 1920s, drawn during Gandhi's rise to fame, and by three iconic Muslim artists of modern India, who to are drawn to painting the Mahatma.  This interdisciplinary conversation will draw on material religious studies and the historiography of…

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Film Screening: A Camera, No Veil: Iranian Women and Demonstrations 1979

March 20, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us for a special screening of the feminist documentary "Mouvement de liberation des femmes iraniennes annee zero" about the Iranian Women's protests in March 1979 & conversation with the French feminist and correspondent for Le Monde, Claudine Mulard who documented the demonstrations which started on International Women's Day March 8, 1979. Co-Sponsored by The Trent foundation; the Literature Department; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and FHI.  For more information, please visit here. Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University…

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Public Talk: “Hip hop, Islam and Enlightenment” with Mona Haydar

March 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
high point High Point, NC + Google Map

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American rapper, activist and artist. Haydar will be giving a talk that is open to the public on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in Webb Conference Center (located in the campusGreek Village). Haydar’s talk, titled “Hip hop, Islam and Enlightenment,” will focus on her spiritual activism and the merging of her faith, her feminism, and her music. The event is sponsored by High Point University’s Media Fellows Program, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and…

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Community Event: Interfaith Vigil for Christchurch

March 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the UNC Muslim Student Association for an interfaith vigil honoring those who lost their lives in the New Zealand mosque mass shooting. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Student Association. The Pit UNC Chapel Hill

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Conference: Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip,…

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Concert: Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar of DAM

March 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Free and open to the public. Registration required. Concert opening for the “Conflict over Gaza” conference. Click here to register. Tamer Nafar is a musician, actor, screen-writer, and social activist. Nafar grew up in Lyd/Lod, a mixed city of Palestinian and Jewish residents, situated 20 minutes from Tel-Aviv. As a teenager, Tamer discovered hip-hop and became the world’s first Palestinian rapper. His lyrics and activities reflect the Palestinian struggle, women’s rights, and the promotion of alternative art within a conservative society. In 2000, Tamer formed the first Palestinian…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

March 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday March 23, 2019 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 GULZAR (b. 1934), poet, lyricist, and film director. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of…

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Cultural Event: Festival of Spring 2019, Nowruz Concert

March 23, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special Nowruz celebration. Celebrating Nowruz and appreciating members of our community for their outstanding service and dedication for promoting our culture and heritage! The event will feature Persian music and dance with the Delbaan Ensemble. Free Parking available at the end of Bell Tower Dr. This is a ticketed event. $50 VIP, $25 General Admission; $10 Students. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Ms. Maria Thoenen (919) 280-8256,mathoenen@gmail.com,…

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Film Festival: “Gaza On Screen”

March 24, 2019 | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Gaza On Screen is the final event in the “Conflict over Gaza” conference. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Click here to register. This festival will feature a full day of screenings featuring the diverse film work that has engaged with the Gaza Strip during the past seventy years. The schedule includes screenings of selected shorts, Ouroboros (2017 Directed by Basma Alsharif. 77 min.), Degradé (2015 Directed by Ahmad Abou Nasser and Mohammed Abou Nasser.), and Samouni Road (2018 Directed by Stefano Savona. 128 min.). For more information and…

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Festival: Eleventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival

March 24, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival is an annual celebration of poetry bringing together poets, scholars, and poetry fans in the humanistic spirit of the internationally renowned poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran. Enjoy keynote speaker Prof. Irene Gómez Castellano’s talk on the Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca and flamenco music by Ed Stephenson. Hear poetry by invited poets Jaki Shelton-Green, John Hoppenthaler and the winners of the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Prize. This year's competition received over 330 submissions from 19 countries and 44…

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Lecture: “Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts” with Dr. Nuray Yurt (Peace Islands Institute)

March 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Cultural Center invite you to a short lecture on Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam: Myths and Facts. The talk will address misconceptions about Muslim women by answering the three main questions: Do Muslim women feel oppressed because of religion? Is there inequality between men and women in Islam? How can we explain different verses from Qur’an that appears to place women in an inferior position? Please join us as we…

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Cultural Event: Norooz (Persian New Year)

March 24, 2019 | 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 a Norooz (Persian New Year) celebration on Sunday, March 24 from 5:30-9:30 PM in the Great Hall of the Student Union. Enjoy a diverse program of performances, a delicious Iranian dinner, and dancing at the end of the night. There will be a DJ! Come support our performers and engage in our vibrant, long-lasting traditions! Tickets: $15 - Kids (Aged ≤ 18) + Students (with valid ID) | $30 - Adults – to purchase tickets, visit here.…

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Public Talk: “Palestine is Here” with Eran Efrati

March 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bingham Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Eran Efrati, investigative researcher and director of Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA), will speak on the exchange programs between US police departments and the Israeli military. Since 2002, thousands of US law enforcement officials have trained with Israeli military forces in the context of the "War on Terror," learning about Israeli methods and technologies of surveillance, racial profiling, and suppression of protest. Why are US police departments training with the Israeli military? How do we resist the militarization of police…

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Cultural Event: Oriental Dance Workshop

March 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Arabic program at UNC Chapel Hill for an evening of Arabic snacks  (Maamoul with dates, Zeit wa Zaatar & Pita & olives, Halva, tea....etc.) and an oriental dance workshop with Ana Bennet. Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program. New West, Room 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Conversation: “The Iranian Revolution and Women’s Demand for Freedom and Equal Rights” with Kateh Vafadari

March 27, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us for an hour-long conversation with Kateh Vafadari, one of the central organizers of the March 1979 women’s demonstrations which took place immediately after the Iranian Revolution. Kateh Vafadari is a veteran civil and political rights advocate, a defender of women’s rights, and a protagonist of independent socialist politics since the early 1970s.   The six day women's demonstrations she organized were the largest women’s action in the history of the Middle East. For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial…

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A Conversation with Hicham Alaoui

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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You are cordially invited to join Hicham Alaoui for a tea/coffee conversation with students and faculty on Wednesday, March 27 starting at 4 p.m. This conversation will occur the day prior to his public talk on the Arab Spring. Please feel free to come at any time between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Hicham Alaoui is a Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, specializing in issues of comparative democratization. He is currently working on two new research projects on the…

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Lecture: “Sufism in the Delhi Sultanate as a “Social Field”: An Experimental Approach for Analyzing the Sociocultural History of Sufism” with Prof. Ayako Ninomiya (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo)

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This presentation is a brief introduction of a larger project to analyze the development of Sufism as a composite of social and cultural institutions during the Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526 CE), through applying a set of “thinking tools” of Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The presentation defines Sufism during the Delhi Sultanate period as a field, i.e., a ‘social space’ – like, for example, politics, education, arts, science – which is relatively autonomous from other fields and has its own unique…

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Lecture: “The Arab World between Revolution and Counterrevolution” with Hicham Alaoui

March 28, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Pendulum in Motion: Seven years since the Arab Spring, the prospects for Middle East democracy have diminished markedly. Popular forces mounted uprisings but most didn't follow through. Authoritarians regrouped and reorganized themselves under the mantle of “enlightened despotism”, whose projects to deliver order and modernity masked a deeper effort to destroy opposition and atomize societies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi exposes how this counterrevolutionary campaign has lost its footing. But the prospects for democracy remain precarious, particularly as democracy…

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Lecture: “At a Crossroads, A New Perspective on US Involvement in the Middle East” with Robert Satloff (Washington Institute)

March 28, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanford Building, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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AGS welcomes Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for a conversation surrounding U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, U.S. policy toward democratization and reform in the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sponsored by the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy. For more information, please visit here.   Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m. Sanford 05 Duke University

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Middle East Film Festival: 17

March 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Introduction from History professor Dr. Akram Khater. Free and open to the public. This screening is part of the NC State Middle East Film Festival focused on women directors. Sponsored by the NC State Middle East Studies…

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GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics 2019

March 30, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  REGISTRATION opens Tuesday, February 19! GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities, and develop intercultural competencies. First-time travelers and experienced globetrotters alike can benefit from session topics like “Voluntourism” + the White Savior Complex, The Ethics of Healthcare Abroad, Race + Ethnicity in a Global Context, Local Global Opportunities, The World We See: Global Photography, and Gender + Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Travel.…

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April 2019

Cultural Event: Middle Eastern Cultural Festival

April 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Durham Technical Community College, 1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703 United States
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Learn more about Middle Eastern culture. Enjoy calligraphy, henna, dance demonstrations, music, food, and meet representatives from the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. (Rain location: Multi-Purpose Room, Wynn Center) This event is sponsored by the Durham Tech SGA and Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer department, and by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Main Campus Plaza Durham Technical Community College

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Lunch Talk: “Refugee Access to Higher Education through Digital Innovation” with Heba Ledwon

April 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Heba Ledwon is Head of Academic Partnerships at Kiron Open Higher Education, where she works on the connections between EdTech and policy-makers in the higher education sector. Topics that spark her enthusiasm include strategic partnerships for a digital transformation and open access to education and knowledge resources through digital solutions. She is also an expert in the field of integration of refugees into educational and labor markets. Heba Ledwon holds a Master degree from Freie Universität Berlin in the fields…

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Discussion: “Israeli Politics 101 & Upcoming Elections” with Amir Tibon

April 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On April 9, 2019, Israelis will go to the polls. But now that the Israeli Attorney General recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, how will it impact the upcoming elections? Who are the other parties and personalities running for election? What will happen to the Israeli political landscape if Netanyahu is replaced? And how will this impact U.S.-Israel relations? Join Amir Tibon for a conversation about these issues and…

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A Conversation: “Refugee Access to Education Through Digital Solutions” with Heba Ledwon (Kiron Open Higher Education)

April 2, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Heba Ledwon is Head of Academic Partnerships at Kiron Open Higher Education, where she works on the connections between EdTech and policy-makers in the higher education sector. Topics that spark her enthusiasm include strategic partnerships for a digital transformation and open access to education and knowledge resources through digital solutions. She is also an expert in the field of integration of refugees into educational and labour markets. Particularly, her previous position as a policy officer and credential evaluator at the Standing…

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Christian Zionism: Exploration of History, Theological Basis and Political Agenda

April 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Internationally recognized scholar, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, author, Director of the UK's Peacemaker Trust, explores the historical roots, theological basis and political impact of Christian Zionism on Israel's settlements in the West Bank. Free, open to the public. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice, Salaam Shalom Support Group and Abrahamic Initiative for the Middle East. Church of Reconciliation 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

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In Conversation: Rahill Jamalifard and Lenaya Lynch of Habibi

April 3, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Brooklyn-based rock band Habibi has made a name for itself through an infectious juxtaposition of surf pop and riff-heavy punk. In this free lunchtime conversation at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, Habibi frontwoman Rahil Jamilifard and guitarist Lenaya "Lenny" Lynch sit down with Negar Mottahedeh (Duke Program in Literature) for a wide-ranging discussion exploring the band's influences and embrace of Persian culture. Habibi's residency, part of Duke Performances' ongoing 'Building Bridges: Muslims in America initiative', will culminate in a full-band…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

April 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This feature documentary follows an international team of open-source investigative journalists trained in social media mining, reconstruction techniques, and visual analysis to shed light on news stories that are shrouded in secrecy, conspiracies, and state-sponsored political spin. These range from the downing of the MH17 passenger airplane over Ukraine in the summer of 2014, the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War, and most recently, the poisoning of a former Russian secret agent in the United Kingdom. The screening will be…

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Film Screening: Docunight #55 [Durham]: “October 13, 1937”

April 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

October 13, 1937 Directed by: Baktash Abtin | 2018 / 67 mins | Persian with English Subtitles “October 13, 1937” is a documentary about Iranian-Armenian maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor. He is one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Armenia and Iran. Tjeknavorian himself said the film is about a mad person, and "I have always said that the mad people make the world and the wise ruin it". "When I was told they were…

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Symposium: “The Postcolonial Middle East”

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The field of postcolonial studies remains a primary site of radical political and cultural critique within the global anglophone academy.  In response to the geopolitical conflicts and crises of our post-9/11 world, critics and scholars variously located within the field have in recent years begun to turn their attention towards ‘the Middle East’ as a crucial new area for postcolonial inquiry.  Prominent themes to have emerged in the scholarship on this area include the politics of neo-imperialism, terror, and warfare;…

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Panel Workshops: Global Brexit and the Lost Futures of European Empires

April 4, 2019 - April 6, 2019
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join us in discussing global responses to the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit from the European Union, and in exploring the historical context of these events. The keynote panel will take place April 4, and workshop panels from April 4-6. For the full schedule and more information, please visit here. Middle East-related panels include: Panel Four | Friday, April 5 | 3:45-6:15pm: Promised Lands: the longue durée in the Middle East | FedEx Global Education Center, 4003 Panelists: Jon Parry (Prof. of Modern…

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Lecture: “Whither Sephardic Music” with Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

April 4, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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As Sephardic studies develop with great impetus as a new field within American Jewish Studies the question of how musicology participates in them remains open. Surveying the present state of Sephardic music research, this lecture will explore some future prospects in this area of musical inquiry not only in its Jewish contexts but beyond them, in Hispanic and world music perspectives. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. For more information, please visit here.…

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Middle East Film Festival: Wadjda

April 4, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Introduction from History professor Dr. Akram Khater. Free and open to the public. This screening is part of the NC State Middle East Film Festival focused on women directors. Sponsored by the NC State Middle East Studies…

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Performance: Habibi – Building Bridges: Muslims in America

April 4, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Garage rock delivered in Farsi? That’s what Brooklyn band Habibi plays on Cardamom Garden, its delightful 2018 album. At the start of its finale, singer Rahill Jamalifard launches into a pepped-up rendition of “Green Fuz,” a garage-rock classic, with a bold proclamation rendered in Farsi: “Here we come, and we’re coming fast.” It’s a fitting declaration for a group committed to such surprising unions of cultures and styles. An unlikely juxtaposition of infectious surf pop and riff-heavy punk, imbued…

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16th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference: Action for Peace

April 6, 2019 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 for the 16th Annual Rotary Spring Conference! The theme this year is "Action for Peace". Class XVI Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research, sharing examples of hope, peace-making and positive change from every corner of the earth, including presentations on the Middle East. For more information and to register, please visit here. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. FedEx Global Education Center UNC Chapel Hill Student Ticket Price: $5 (includes lunch)

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Open Forum Discussion on Persian Poetry and Literature

April 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of Persian poetry and literature. If you would like to present a 15 minute session on Persian poetry and literature, please contact Amir Rezvani,  amirrezvani65@gmail.com. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be presentations on Persian literature and poetry followed by discussion. From 6:30-7:30pm, there will be refreshments and poetry readings by the audience.…

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Lecture: “Alexander in Jerusalem: A Brief Survey” with Ory Amitay (University of Haifa)

April 8, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The extensive body of research on the story of Alexander's visit to Jerusalem, made up in antiquity and persistently popular ever since, has been focused so far mainly on the version of Josephus. The Alexander in Jerusalem project takes a different approach, giving an equal share of attention also to the epsilon recension of the Alexander Romance and to two distinctly different rabbinic versions. The talk will offer a brief survey of conclusions concerning the chronology and tendencies of the…

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Short Films: MADVO Collection (Jacques Madvo)

April 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In 2014, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) received a donation of a 200-reel collection of the films and outtakes of local documentary filmmaker Jacques Madvo. Madvo travelled the world from the 1960s to the 1980s, shooting 16mm footage that made its way into the People and Places documentaries he produced for TVO. The footage is a treasure trove of documentation of international culture and life from almost a half-century ago. With the assistance of an Initiatives Grant…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Political Islam, Justice and Governance”with Mbaye Lo (Duke)

April 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

“Political Islam, Justice and Governance” (Palgrave, 2019) argues that political Islam (represented by its moderate and militant forms) has failed to govern effectively or successfully due to its inability to reconcile its discursive understanding of Islam, centered on literal justice, with the dominant neo-liberal value of freedom. Consequently, Islamists’ polities have largely been abject, often tragic failures in providing a viable collective life and sound governance. This argument is developed theoretically and supported through a set of case studies represented…

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Lecture: “A Fair Start for Children, ACEV’s Experiences in Program Replication in Turkey and Internationally” with Suna Hanöz-Penney

April 11, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

FPG is pleased to welcome Suna Hanöz-Penney with the Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV) in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work involves building and maintaining collaborative partnerships, while she manages the transfer and implementation of ACEV’s educational programs through partnerships with local organizations in numerous countries including Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Lao PDR, and Brazil. Her work focuses on both designing and supervising the early intervention programs for children and families implemented at both the national and international fields. Suna, has co-authored ACEV’s Preschool…

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A Conversation with Gen. H.R. McMaster

April 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Gen. H.R. McMaster in a conversation with Wayne Lee, chair of the UNC curriculum in peace, war and defense. They will discuss "Strategic Narcissism and the Need for Historical Perspective in Foreign Policy and National Security" as the opening talk for the TISS conference. McMaster (Ph.D. history '96) is a retired U.S. Army general. In 2017, he became the 26th national security advisor, serving under President Donald Trump. One of our nation's most famous warrior scholars, McMaster served as…

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Middle East Film Festival: When I Saw You

April 11, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erdahl Cloyd Theater – D.H. Hill Library, 2 W Broughton Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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When I Saw You is set in 1967, when tens of thousands of refugees from Palestine poured into camps in Jordan. Amid the chaos of war, 11-year-old Tarek is separated from his father. Stranded with his mother in the confined space of the Harir camp, the free-spirited Tarek soon bolts into the surrounding forest in search of his father. Introduction from History professor Dr. Noa Shaindlinger. Free and open to the public. This screening is part of the NC State Middle East…

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Public Talk: “Anti-Israelism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism” with Dr. Marc Dollinger

April 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join UNC Hillel on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the North Carolina Hillel building in Chapel Hill as we hear from Dr. Marc Dollinger, professor at San Francisco State University and author of "Black, Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960’s." One of the thorniest questions in contemporary American Jewish life, the boundaries between anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism, and anti-Semitism are now the subject of university policy debates as well as proposed state and federal action. Dr. Dollinger’s…

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Public Talk: “Black Muslim Talk Space: Sacred Activism and Black Poetics” with Rashida James-Saadiya

April 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This workshop is an introduction to spiritual activism within the works of contemporary Black poets with a focus on Muslim women. It highlights writers who use language as a form of not only activism, but also of spiritual realignment. This poetry draws on both written and oral traditions to reflect on issues confronting this generation. James-Saadiya explores this writing as an act of resistance within the U.S. and beyond. Dinner will be served.  For more information, visit here. Sponsored by the…

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Cultural Event: 21st Annual Lebanese Festival

April 13, 2019 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The Triangle Lebanese-American Center is presenting the 21st Annual Lebanese Festival at City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, on Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy Lebanese music, dancing, food, desserts, beer and wine.  For more information, please visit the Facebook event page. Sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese-American Center. City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville Street Raleigh, NC

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Concert: North Carolina Middle Eastern Ensemble Concert

April 14, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Join us for a night of Middle-Eastern music! Enjoy traditional melodies and rhythms played with traditional and classical instruments such as Oud Viola, Celo, Riq and Derbakki. For more information, visit here. Sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. James B. Hunt Library Auditorium NC State University

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Discussion: “Islam and Intersectionality” with Linda Sarsour

April 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano, 101 Science Drive, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  Linda Sarsour is an American political activist. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March, and is a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.   For more information, please visit here. Sponsored by Duke MSA and Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.   Monday, April 15 |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building Duke University

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” with Abdul Sattar Jawad (Duke)

April 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Shakespeare is regarded in the Arab world as the greatest world poet and playwright. His plays and poems were used and taught on all levels of education. The speaker will through a new light on the reception, teaching, translating, and performing Old Will even in the Arab vernaculars to popularize him and his works. Some of Jawad’s essays and works are included in Shakespeare Library Collection in Stratford-upon- Avon. Abdul Sattar Jawad, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and…

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Cultural Event: Dabka Dance رقص الدبكة

April 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Join the UNC Arabic program for a dabke dance event with the UNC Debka dance team & Rawad Nasralla (Lebanese Debka), a Levantine folk dance performed by many people across the Middle East. Tea and Arabic Snacks will be served. Sponsored by the UNC Arabic Program. For more information, please contact Doria El Kerdany,elkerdan@email.unc.edu.   New West 219 UNC Chapel Hill

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Book Talk: “Radical Love: Teachings from Islamic Mystical Tradition” with Omid Safi

April 17, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi for a reading and signing of his new book, "Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition." For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him. "Radical Love" is a stunning collection that showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original…

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Lecture: “Youssou Ndour: A Griot Sufi Poet” with Prof. Mamarame Seck (IFAN, Dakar, Senegal)

April 18, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Graham Memorial 39, 2204 Erwin Rd
Durham, 27705
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Dr. Seck is a researcher in the Department of Languages and Civilizations at IFAN (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Among his research interests are the Wolof language, culture, French linguistics, Islamic discourses in West Africa and the functions of Sufi oral discourse in the practice of Islam in Senegal, in particular in the socialization of Sufi disciples and their relationship with the Shaykh. Free.   Please contact Ayana Brown ayanab@email.unc.edu for more information. Sponsored by the…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

April 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday April 20, 2019 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 Khumar Barabankvi (1919-1999), Urdu poet and lyricist. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian…

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Student Talk: “I am here, waiting – Narratives of Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian Refugees”

April 20, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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  Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics this Saturday, April 20 as eight DukeImmerse students recite the experiences of Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugees. The program begins at 5:30 PM in the Nasher Museum and will be followed by a reception. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. For more information, please visit dukeethics.org.   Nasher Museum of Art Duke University

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Lecture: “History of Persian Civilization from Avicenna to Hatef Esfahan and it’s Impact on the Western World” with Professor Masood Khatamee

April 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

GSAID and co-sponsors have invited Dr. Masood Khatamee, M.D., FACOG, for a lecture at Duke University. Dr. Khatamee is a Clinical Professor at New York University Medical Center (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Executive Director of Fertility Research Foundation in NY, NY. He will be talking about History of Medicine in Ancient Persia. Dr. Khatamee was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for his extensive work in educating under developed nations against the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Joining Dr.…

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Lecture: “The Media Matters : Muslim American Portrayals and the Effects on Mass Attitudes” with Professor Nazita Lajevardi, J.D./ Ph.D. (Michigan State University)

April 23, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Muslim Americans are increasingly racialized and may be experiencing a backlash in the American news media and by the public. No study to date, however, empirically assesses the sentiment of the news coverage of Muslim Americans over anextended period of time and evaluates its effects on mass attitudes. I address the following questions: How does the U.S. news media portray Muslim Americans in its coverage? And to what extent, do media portrayals impact American public opinion? I demonstrate that the media…

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Lecture: “Words and Other Materials: Fascist-Era Italian Architecture and Its Historiography,” with Mia Fuller (UC Berkeley and National Humanities Center) 

April 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mia Fuller is the author of Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (International Planning History Society Book Prize Winner), which marked a turning point in discussions of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, as well as of Italian colonialism. As suggested by her article titles, including "Preservation and Self-Absorption: Italian Colonisation and the Walled City of Tripoli, Libya," "The Medina and the Islamic City: Colonial Terms and Postcolonial Legacies," and "Mediterraneanism: French and Italian Architects' Designs in…

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Lecture: “Going West to Find the “East”: Japanese Architect Itō Chūta’s Travels Throughout the Ottoman Empire and His Thought on “Oriental / Tōyō” Architecture” with Miyuki Aoki Girardelli (University of Toronto)

April 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Itō Chūta (1867-1954), the architect who created the Japanese word “Kenchiku” as a translation of the English word “Architecture” in Meiji Japan, is also the first historian of Japanese architecture. On 29 March 1904 he embarked on a world trip lasting 3 years and 3 months to prove his own theory. During his trip passing through China, Burma, Malay, India, the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the United States, Itō Chūta gradually changed his thoughts and started to think about what…

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Lecture: “When power symmetry doesn’t advance negotiations: Discussing the failure of the peace process between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 2009-2015” with Arin Y. Savran (University of Notre Dame)

April 24, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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= In 2006 secret talks began between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK rebels with the aim of negotiating a political solution to the armed struggle. The negotiations lead to significant progress that concluded in a ceasefire and PKK withdrawal from Turkey. In 2014 the process arrived at a turning point as the consequences of the war in Syria reconfigured the power dynamics between the two sides, ultimately leading to the collapse of the ceasefire in the summer of 2015. The Turkey-PKK case challenges conventional wisdom on…

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Cultural Event: Eritrean Fashion Show

April 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Genome Science Building, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This dinner and fashion show will support women’s empowerment projects in Eritrea. The event will raise funds to support women empowerment through the development of a Women's Training Center in Eritrea, seeking to improve adult literacy, computer skills, and leadership for Eritrean women. Admission price includes traditional Eritrean food. Advanced tickets: $15 for 2 people, $10 for 1. Door tickets: $20 for 2 people, $12 for 1. Purchase advanced tickets by emailing htesfas1@live.unc.edu. Dinner will be served 6:00-7:00pm, with…

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Lecture: “¿Cómo encontrar la palabra? Las nuevas escrituras. Mis nuevas escrituras.” (How Do You Find the Words? New Writings. My New Writing) with Mario Bellatin 

April 25, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us in the activities related to the visit of renowned author Mario Bellatin. Born in Peru, student in Cuba, artist in Mexico, a Sufi, a prankster, a controversial creator, Bellatin has been recognized as a true innovator of the narrative in Spanish language. Please join us Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium (Fedex Global Education Center) as Bellatin gives a talk titled "¿Cómo encontrar la palabra? Las nuevas escrituras. Mis nuevas escrituras." Please note that…

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Cultural Event: Turkish Festival

April 28, 2019 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

Join your Turkish neighbors on April 28 Sunday anytime between 11am - 5pm for an afternoon of authentic Turkish food and kids activities. The admission is free of charge. This is a charity fundraising event where all the income received from the sales will be donated to the families in need. For more information, please visithttp://www.divancenter.org/. Sponsored by the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center.   Sunday, April 28 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Institute of Islamic and Turkish…

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Cultural Event: Near and Far Festival

April 28, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Celebrate global culture within Chapel Hill at this fun and funky street party! Community and campus cultural groups share their heritage through crafts, activities and interactive experiences.  Music, dance, and spontaneous arts performances will fill the stage and street.  The flavors of the world will be on offer at food trucks and downtown Chapel Hill’s diverse restaurants. Bring the whole family for this unforgettable afternoon of education, appreciation, and celebration of global cultures. Interactive exhibitors include a UNC Global booth,…

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May 2019

Performance: Zara

May 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Zara is a one person show about race, religion, and identity in the American South. Andrew Aghapour was raised by immigrant parents in a multi-racial and multi-religious household. Zara is a comedic account of an anxious, asthmatic Muslim kid’s search for meaning and the chance encounters that impacted him. Drawing on personal stories, philosophy, and the history of monotheism, Zara is a story about how identity is inherited and remade in 21st-century America. The project won the Durham Arts Council’s Catalyst Grant, a program supported by…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: Saadi’s Look to the World with Dr. Ghadamali Sarami

May 5, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on Saadi, prominent Persian poet and writer of the medieval period. Saadi is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition, earning him the nickname “Master of Speech” or “The Master.” This is event is in Persian. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be a presentation…

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Film Screening: Docunight #56 [Durham]: Puzzleys

May 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Puzzleys Directed by: Mehdi Ganji 2017 / 70 mins Persian with English Subtitles "Puzzley" is the name of a four-member group of IT students who, in spite of suitable job opportunities and the opposition expressed by their families, want to start up their own business. Other than their education and determination, all they have is an idea. They need backing, experience and business knowledge, so they leave their small town to go to the capital city of Tehran to realize…

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Reading Group Discussion: Touch by Adania Shibli featuring Nadia Yaqub (UNC)

May 14, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Carolina Public Humanities is hosting a Great Books Reading Group discussion on Touch, a beautiful novella by Palestinian author and playwright Adania Shibli, on Tuesday, May 14. This two-hour discussion is led by Nadia Yaqub, Professor and Chair of Asian Studies, and will take place from 10am-12pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registration is required as seats are limited. The registration fee of $25 includes a copy of the book and refreshments.   “Celebrated young Palestinian writer Shibli – a playwright,…

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Cultural Event: Ramadan Iftar Dinner (Fast Breaking)

May 28, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

The Divan Center is a nonprofit organization located in Cary. One of our goals is to bring together different communities in order to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership, and community service through interfaith activities. We would like to invite you, members from your congregation and your friends to break bread together with our Muslim community members in the lunar Islamic month of Ramadan in an interfaith setting. We will gather around the same table to enjoy delicious Turkish meals and to…

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June 2019

Cultural Event: Chaand Raat 2019

June 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join the Faruqi family for this year's Chaand Raat, a festival marking the end of Ramadan and the coming of Eid. Chaand Raat is Sunday, June 2. All are invited. Free light iftaar will be served to those present at the venue around maghrib, courtesy of the Faruqi family. Stalls and other activities: Community based food vendors, Paan, Faluda and Kulfi, Henna, Clothings, Jewelry, face painting and karaoke. Admission: General Admission $3.00  FREE for kids below five. For more information and vendor inquiry please email,  seemafaruqi@hotmail.com or call @  919-475-1425.…

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Docunight #57 [Durham]: Flax to Fire

June 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  "Flax to Fire” Directed by: Bahram Azimpour, 2017 / 52 mins Persian with English Subtitles   Flax to Fire depicts the life and work of Aliasghar Hajibaba, an elite Iranian industrialist and entrepreneur. Originally trained as a quiltmaker in his youth, he manages to start an independent business in the midst of a tumultuous life. With the help of his family, he successfully pursues his endeavors to the point that he eventually becomes known as a founder of Iran’s…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “An Examination of Love and Desire in Sufism and Poetry” with Dr. Ali Kathiri

June 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an evening of Persian poetry and music. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be a presentation by Dr. Ali Kathiri on love and desire in Sufi poetry followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience, and live Persian music. Parking is available in any space that is…

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‘Arabi Arts Camp

June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019
Emerson Waldorf School, 6211 New Jericho Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join teacher and storyteller Samia Touati, to explore art, culture and language from the Middle East and North Africa, with focus on Morocco. Samia is passionate about sharing her life experiences from her upbringing, interdisciplinary training and travels. Enjoy stories, songs, poems and arts from the ancient Arab world, including Arabic calligraphy, la cuisine Marocaine, cooked on clay pots, Moroccan tea ceremony, and henna. Experience the sounds and flavors and delights of the ancient cities of al-Maghrib! For children 8-12…

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July 2019

Weekend Seminar: Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order. This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in…

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