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January 2022

Lecture: “Thoughts and Thinking” with Professor A. SadeghPour (virtual)

January 19, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID), Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC), and Duke Emamian Lectureship present a lecture by Dr. Abolfazl Sadeghpour on thoughts and thinking. This lecture will be conducted in Persian. Free and open to the public. Dr. Abolfazl Sadeghpour's higher education is at the University of Tehran, the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, the Minnesota State University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California in the United States. Please join us…

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Conference: “Muslim Futurism: Definitions, Explorations, and Future Direction” (virtual)

January 21, 2022 - January 23, 2022
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

MIPSTERZ, in partnership with Colorado College, Duke University, University of Miami, Columbia University, and the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, is pleased to host “Muslim Futurism: Definitions, Explorations, and Future Directions,” a virtual conference to take place between January 21-23, 2022. Register to attend online. This conference aims to: Define Muslim Futurism as an idea, aesthetic, and framework Explore the potential, reach, and intersection of Muslim futurism(s) in imagining a Muslim future Provide and develop ways to expand our knowledge on…

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Lecture: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz: What do we Learn from a Local History of the Holocaust?” with Omer Bartov (Brown University) (virtual)

January 23, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

This event will be held online, preregistration is required. Omer Bartov gives the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture at the Duke Center for Jewish Studies. His talk, entitled "The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz: What do we Learn from a Local History of the Holocaust?" explores his recent book, "Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz," (2018) a microhistory of ethnic coexistence and violence. The book received the National Jewish Book Award…

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Lecture: “Multilingualism and Administration in the Achaemenid Persian Empire, 559-330 BCE” with Professor Rhyne King (NYU) (virtual)

January 26, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID), Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC), and Duke Emamian Lectureship present a lecture by Dr. Rhyne King titled “Multilingualism and Administration in the Achaemenid Persian Empire, 559-330 BCE”. This lecture will be conducted in English. Free and open to the public. Dr. Rhyne King is a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He received his BA in Classical Languages from Duke University and his PhD…

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Careers: “The Diplomacy Initiative: Meet the Mentors” (virtual)

January 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill are piloting a program to enable undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in national security and related fields. In Meet the Mentors, five ACNSL mentors will introduce themselves and describe their diverse career backgrounds. Introductions will be followed by breakout sessions in which students can chat with each mentor. Meet the Mentors is a great opportunity for students to find a mentor (or mentors) to meet with throughout the semester during the mentors’ office hours. There will be two virtual Meet the Mentors sessions that will kick off…

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Lecture: “Guantánamo Bay Photo Archive: 2006-2010” with Christopher Sims (Duke)

January 27, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join us as Sims discusses his documentary photography project at the Guantanamo Naval Base. This talk is held as part of the exhibition Witness to Guantanamo at the Power Plant Gallery. Drawing on the Witness to Guantanamo Video Collection in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, this exhibit foregrounds the voices of the individuals whose lives were forever changed by their experience. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the…

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Careers: “The Diplomacy Initiative: Meet the Mentors”

January 28, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill are piloting a program to enable undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in national security and related fields. In Meet the Mentors, five ACNSL mentors will introduce themselves and describe their diverse career backgrounds. Introductions will be followed by breakout sessions in which students can chat with each mentor. Meet the Mentors is a great opportunity for students to find a mentor (or mentors) to meet with throughout the semester during the mentors’ office hours. There will be two virtual Meet the Mentors sessions that will kick off…

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Carolina Seminar: “Harik Revolution and Culture in Algeria” with Dr. Muriam Haleh Davis (UC Santa Cruz) (virtual)

January 31, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Muriam Haleh Davis is Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests focus on development, decolonization and race in North Africa. Her first book, Markets of Civilization: Islam and Racial Capitalism in Algeria will be…

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February 2022

Carolina Seminar: “A Discussion of Lebanon” with Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish (Bard College) (virtual)

February 4, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Professor Abu-Rish is a scholar of the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His research centers around state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan. His teaching experience includes…

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Carolina Seminar: “Water in Israel/Palestine” with Nadav Tal (EcoPeace) (virtual)

February 14, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Nadav Tal is Water Officer at EcoPeace. EcoPeace Middle East, formerly Friends of the Earth Middle East, is a regional environmental peacebuilding organization in the Middle East, bringing together Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis to create shared…

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Discussion: “Reporting from Jerusalem: Behind the Headlines with NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin” (virtual)

February 15, 2022 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin joins us from Jerusalem to share reflections on his recent reporting about the ordinary and extraordinary lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Register in advance: http://go.unc.edu/Jerusalem Estrin has reported from the Middle East for over a decade, including seven years with the Associated Press. Since joining NPR in 2017, he has reported from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Other reporting has taken him to Britain, Egypt, France, Germany,…

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Scholar of Global Distinction Student and Educator Program: “Unsettling Borders and Boundaries through Refugee Stories: Midnight Traveler and an Afghan Family’s Journey to Europe” with Banu Gökariksel (UNC) (virtual)

February 17, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This is a tailored offering for community college students and educators at NC Scholar of Global Distinction campuses. The program is planned and administered by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and UNC World View, with support from UNC faculty. In its inaugural year, this program will explore Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences in partnership with Banu Gökariksel, UNC professor of geography and newly appointed chair of the curriculum in global studies. Scholar of Global Distinction students…

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Carolina Seminar: “War in Yemen” with Stacey Philbrick Yadav (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) (virtual)

February 28, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Stacey Philbrick Yadav is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She specializes in comparative politics of the Middle East and teaches classes in Middle East politics, Comparative politics and Islamic Political…

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March 2022

Carolina Seminar: “Gender Questions: Iran” with Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) (virtual)

March 21, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Claudia Yaghoobi is the Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies and director of the Persian program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Yaghoobi is a scholar of literary criticism, comparative literature, gender and sexuality…

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April 2022

Educator Travel to Jordan

April 9, 2022 - April 16, 2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Educators: spend your spring break with The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies touring Jordan, April 9 – 16, 2022. We are partnering with GEEO to offer this great travel program. Participants will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites.   GEEO offers cost-subsided travel programs for educators during the spring, winter, and summer. The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers – and you…

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