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October 2022

Panel Discussion: “The Present is Female: #MahsaAmini, Women’s Leadership, and Iran’s Feminist Revolution”

October 3, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us virtually for a panel discussion with Dr. Fatemeh Shams (UPenn) and Dr. Esha Momeni (UCLA), moderated by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) about the current protests in Iran and the political and social history leading to this moment.Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC Persian Studies, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center   Online at:

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Discussion: MSA Live with Hamza Abdullah

October 8, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  MSA Live is an evening of discussion with Hamza Abdullah. Formerly an NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mr. Abdullah has had a unique relationship with his faith as he navigated the world of professional athleticism. Today he continues to advocate for the mental health and safety of players in the NFL. Doors open at 5:30pm and program starts at 6:30pm. This event is open to the public - Buy tickets $15   Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Students Association  …

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Five Elections in Three Years: Inside the battle over Israeli Democracy

October 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  On November 1, 2022, Israelis will go to the polls for the fifth time since 2019. What are the reasons for this upcoming election? Who are the parties and personalities running for a seat in the Knesset? What makes this election different (if at all) from the previous four elections? And what could be its consequences for Israel, the Palestinians and neighboring countries? Join us for a virtual discussion with Israeli journalist Amir Tibon, the US Editor for Ha’aretz. From…

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November 2022

The Other Side of Silence: a Memoir of Exile, Iran and the Global Women’s Movement

November 17, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  As part of the Paydarfar Family Lecture Series, join Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, for a conversation with Dr. Afkhami about the book, her life experiences, and more than 4 decades as an advocate for women’s rights. Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami is an Iranian women's rights activist who served in the Cabinet of Iran from 1976-1978. She is founder and president of Women's Learning Partnership, executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister of Women's…

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