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July 2020

Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Teaching Globally in Rural Settings

July 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Arts-based Global Education

July 16, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual K-12 Teacher Event: Global Education Happy Hour – Global Teaching and Digital Learning

July 23, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join fellow educators for fun, informal discussions on different global topics this July. Join us for one happy hour, or attend all three! Free, registration required in advance. Zoom links will be provided to those who register. Stay connected and inspired this summer. Thursday, July 9 | 4-5 pm | Teaching Globally in Rural Settings Thursday, July 16 | 4-5 pm | Arts-based Global Education Thursday, July 23 | 4-5 pm | Global Teaching and Digital Learning Hosted by the…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Zehra Nigah

July 25, 2020 | 12:30 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, July 25 at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Zehra Nigah, Urdu poet and scriptwriter from Pakistan. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet, and in the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access link | Meeting ID:…

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Virtual Talk: “Persian Collections On and Offline: Open Access Resources and Recent Acquisitions at the UNC Libraries” with Librarian Rustin Zarkar

July 29, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rustin Zarkar, will provide updates on the library’s re-opening plans, open access resources, and recent acquisitions related to Persian Studies. Join using this link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/96458862370 Meeting ID: 964 5886 2370 Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University (GSAID), the UNC Persian Studies Program, and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSCNC).

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Prisons and Pandemic: Ministering in the Time of COVID

July 30, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This panel discussion will raise questions about ministering to the Muslim community in the time of COVID 19: the disproportionate impact on low income families and wage workers, how communities of color are suffering most, the problem of gross inequalities in the health care system and health outcomes, the particular problem of mass incarceration in the era of COVID, and the role of faith and activism in dismantling systemic inequalities in policing and the prison industrial complex. Panelists include: Waleed…

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August 2020

Virtual Conversation: Catastrophe in Lebanon: Causes and Impact

August 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  This conversation will address the background and consequences of August 4th's horrific explosion in Beirut, with two distinguished guests who reside in the city. Panelist: Dr. Maha Shuayb, (Centre for Lebanese Studies, LAU) Panelist: Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish (Bard College) Moderator: Dr. Akram Khater (Khayrallah Center) Registration required. Once registered you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar on the day of the webinar. Register by Wednesday, August 19, 10 am EST. Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese…

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Virtual Kitab Talk: “The Arab American Newspapers Project” with Dr. Akram Khater

August 26, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

While researchers and the general public have long been able to digitally search Latin script archival texts, those working with Arabic script languages have not been unable to effectively do so. This has meant that the millions of documents in archives across the world remain difficult to access and search. This talk will explore the efforts of the Khayrallah Center to solve this problem by developing an Arabic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that renders digital images of archival documents…

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Virtual Talk: “Iran, Race, and the Myth of ‘Whiteness’” with Dr. Omid Safi (Duke)

August 27, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Why do so many Iranians self-identify as white? If you are interested in issues of how Iranians are racialized, and the complexities of whiteness, legal categorization, Iranian-American identities, and that whole "Aryan" issue, join Dr. Omid Safi and the Duke Persian Student Association for this talk Thursday.   Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently…

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September 2020

US & Lebanon Relations: A Virtual Conversation with Congresswoman Donna Shalala

September 10, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  This conversation will address the recent history of US-Lebanon relations, and how these have developed in light of the catastrophic August 4th explosion in the Port of Beirut. Congresswoman Shalala will also speak of the efforts of the Lebanon Caucus in the House of Representatives to secure humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people. Moderated by Dr. Akram Khater (Khayrallah Center). REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Once registered you will receive a link to the Zoom webinar a day before the webinar. Register.…

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Virtual Forum: “Diplomacy in a World of Transnational Crisis”

September 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  The American Academy of Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum via live stream at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 14, 2020. The forum, “Diplomacy in a World of Transnational Crisis,” will examine large-scale policy and diplomacy implications of transnational issues, such as COVID-19. The event features the following: Keynote address by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who…

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Virtual “Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies” Speaker Series: “Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Photography in 19 century Khartoum” by Eve M. Troutt Powell (U. Penn)

September 22, 2020 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  Please mark your calendars for the first event in the 2020-2021 “Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies” speaker series. On September 22, at 4:30 PM, Eve M. Troutt Powell (Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) will present “Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Photography in 19 century Khartoum.” The talk will be moderated by UNC’s own Professor William Sturkey. All events will be held virtually through Zoom. Registration details forthcoming.   Eve M. Troutt…

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Virtual Discussion: War and COVID-19 in Yemen

September 24, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  While nearly every country in the world is struggling with COVID-19, it would be easy to say that Yemen is suffering the most. The past five years of conflict have left the country's health system shattered, putting millions in vulnerable conditions since the start of the pandemic. Not only has COVID-19 left millions of Yemenis at risk, but the intentional suppression of information by authorities has impacted the reports of the real numbers of the pandemic. In many ways,…

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Virtual Kitab Talk: “Building the Digital Library of the Middle East” with Jacob Hill (Stanford Libraries)

September 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a Kitab Talk on the newly released Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME), which aims to become one of the world’s largest public, online archives of Middle Eastern and North African artifacts. In response to the tragic displacement of people and losses of life in conflict zones and to ongoing threats to the cultural heritage of the Middle East through destruction, looting, and illegal trade, the DLME federates Middle Eastern collections from around the world, creating…

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October 2020

A Virtual Conversation with Ambassador Michael Oren

October 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Michael Bornstein Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States, and former member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party and a former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. This event is part of the AGS Focus on Israel Speaker Series. More information and register in advance here, space is limited. Sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy at Duke University.   Duke University

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Virtual Discussion: “Damned If You Do and Dammed If You Don’t: Troubled Waters Over the Nile” – A Discussion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam with Dr. Aaron Salzberg

October 1, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  In 2011, Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The dam would by the largest in Africa and produce more than 6,000 MW of power. While potentially providing substantial benefits to the region, it also posed an existential threat to the two downstream countries – Egypt and Sudan. Egypt threatened to go to war. Discussions between the countries have failed to solve the dispute. The dam is now filling and a potential conflict looms. Register in advance:…

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Careers in Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Kathy Stephens

October 6, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Kathy Stephens had a distinguished career with the Department of State from 1978 to 2015, notably in her posting as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2011 — the first woman and the first Korean-speaker in that post. In addition, she served in China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, and India, and held numerous high-ranking policy positions in Washington, DC, including Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary…

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Panel Discussion: “Queer Refugees/Queering Refugee Studies” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 9, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This panel places queer refugee experiences and queer refugee studies at the forefront of larger discussions of political asylum, global or transnational perceptions of queerness, and overlapping systems of governance. Rather than treating queer refugees as exceptional or marginal to refugee studies, we explore how queerness is central to the formation of refugee subjects, border regimes, and state technologies.   Panelists include: Elif Sari, Cornell University Sima Shaksari, University of Minnesota Fadi Saleh, University of Göttingen Begüm Başdaş, Humboldt…

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“The Iran Nuclear Deal: Dead in the Water or Still Alive and Kicking”

October 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  In this discussion, four leading experts will discuss "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Dead in the Water or Still Alive and Kicking?” Zoom access link. More information. Panelists include: +Ambassador Michael Bock (President of INSTEX - Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, Berlin, Germany; former German ambassador to Colombia, Egypt, and Sweden). +Ellie Geranmayeh (Senior Policy Fellow & Deputy Head of Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in London, UK; expert on EU foreign…

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Panel Discussion: “Midnight Traveler: Uncertain Journeys to and through EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This event will focus on the film Midnight Traveler, a 2019 documentary filmed on cell phone cameras by an asylum-seeking filmmaker and his family traveling from Afghanistan to Europe. This documentary is a first-hand account of displacement and border crossing, providing insights into the cruelties of border regimes and systems of refugee governance.   Panelists Include: Emelie Mahdavian, Co-writer and Editor, Midnight Traveler Lily Herbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina at…

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Discussion: “Ethical Consumption under Capitalism” with Aydin Anwar

October 18, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Join us on October 18th for an in-depth discussion on how we as consumers can ethically engage under capitalism. With a flawed system that prioritizes low cost while leaving ethical labor and treatment in the dust, this will help us navigate actionable ways we can move forward! We will be taking a specific lens on Uyghur forced labor. Facilitator: Aydin Anwar   Zoom ID: 993 4670 5543   This event is sponsored by the Duke Muslim Student Association.  …

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: The Protracted Present of Uprising”

October 20, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  What are the concepts and political semantics we need to make sense of the last ten years of uprising? Can we think of the uprisings in temporal terms, can we go further and historicize them? What does thinking of the uprisings within a single framework as ‘global’ add? And what does thinking from the Middle East allow for in this respect?  How might we think through what is left of the concept of revolution, and its various dilemmas/problematics (vs…

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Panel Discussion: “Racialization of Refugees in the EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 23, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This panel focuses broadly on the ways that refugees and other migrants from the Middle East to Europe experience and/or respond to discrimination and exclusion. We hope to better understand how both new and old forms of racism, Islamophobia, Orientalism, and other processes of differentiation shape the experiences of migrants, and we are especially interested in new perspectives that the lens of race brings to the study of Middle Eastern migrants in the EU.   Panelists Include: Nathan Swanson,…

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Roundtable: “Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation” with Fadi Bardawil (Duke)

October 23, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Registration Required. This conversation will cover the recently published book, "Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation (Duke U. Press 2020)," by Fadi Bardawil (AMES, Duke). Discussants that will participate include: Joan Scott (School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study), Yasmeen Diafallah (Politics, UC Santa Cruz), Gary Wilder (Anthropology, CUNY) and will be chaired by Cemil Aydın (History, UNC). The Arab Revolutions that began in 2011 reignited interest in the question of theory and practice,…

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A Conversation: “Mohammad Darawshe: Shared Society: Perspective of Israeli-Arabs”

October 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  Registration Required. Join Professors Abdullah Antepli and David Schanzer as they speak with Mohammad Darawshe, leading political analyst and expert on Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel.   Mr. Darawshe is considered to be a leading political analyst in Arabic Press, He is an expert on Jewish-Arab relations; presented lectures and papers at the European parliament, NATO Defense College, The World Economic Forum, Club de Madrid, US Congress, Herzlia Conference, Globes Conference, The Marker Conference, Haaretz Conference, and Israel's Presidential Conference.…

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Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays and Global Uprising: Aesthetics of Digital Dissent”

October 29, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Since the Arab Spring, the protests and dissent have only become more audio-visually mediated with an instantaneity and ubiquity that is never merely ‘formal.’  The mediation and the aesthetics are in many ways also the uprisings themselves.  What types of imagery are being captured, circulated, and remade in these moments of conflict—and how do they travel from one site of conflict into others around the globe?  What devices, channels of communication, and infrastructures allow and/or impede such exchanges? What…

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Panel Discussion: “Refugees and the “Crisis” of States: Rethinking Border Regimes and the State Technologies in the EU” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

October 30, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Instead of a refugee "crisis" that often frames refugees as the problem, this panel locates the problem with existing states and border regimes. We seek to understand the state and state-making practices through refugee experiences. We ask what we learn about the shortcomings of current systems of governance and territoriality through an examination of state-refugee interactions and state policies targeting refugee populations.   Panelists Include: Martina Tazzioli, Goldsmiths, University of London Banu Gökarıksel, Devran Koray Öcal, Betül Aykaç University…

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November 2020

Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays and Global Uprising: Archiving A Revolution: Smartphones, Social Media, & Protest”

November 5, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  If social media was hailed as crucial to the start of the Arab Spring, what has the last 10 years brought in terms of increasing cellphone connectivity, usage, and entwinement in our lives? A flood of research pinpointed changing digital access/practices as linchpins of the Arab Spring (perhaps overly simplistically, or correct) - but what is our perspective looking back over the last 10 years? How do/did we archive the “Arab Spring” and the other swells of protest and…

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Panel Discussion: “Learning, Teaching, and Community-Building with Refugees” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  This roundtable brings together scholars, activists, and NGO volunteers to discuss how to learn from and with refugees, teach about refugees, and engage with refugee communities. What are the strategies for resisting the racialization and marginalization of refugees and for developing an appreciation of refugee experiences, knowledge, and contributions to societies? What interventions in research, in the classroom, and in community organizing are required to promote ethical engagements with refugees and to maximize benefits flowing from these engagements to…

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Discussion: “After Trump: The Future of America as a Global Power: Relations with China, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe”

November 12, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Join this conversation on America’s global relations with four leading experts - +Dr. Daniel Hamilton (former Deputy Assistant of State for Europe); +Ambassador David Litt (former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates); +Thomas Orlik (Bloomberg Economics, former Wall Street Journal correspondent in Beijing); +Si Tao Xu (Deloitte partner and economist, Beijing, China). Introduced and moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill)   More details and Zoom information.   Organized by the Krasno Global Events Series.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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Conversation: “The COVID-19 Response in the Middle East”

November 16, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  This Juhood Spotlight event is with the Bass Connections Research Team and will feature a discussion on The COVID-19 Response in the Middle East. They will be discussing various coronavirus responses in Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Yemen, and Palestine.   Zoom Meeting ID: 955 9305 1417   Sponsored by Bass Connections Research Team and Juhood Magazine.   Duke University

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: Dispossession, Extraction, Plunder”

November 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Most agree that rampant inequalities, which even policymakers are admitting constitute a “new great divergence” not seen since the Industrial Revolution, are at the heart of protest movements everywhere.   If this has been only intensified by a global pandemic that might be taking us from recession into depression then the stakes seem only heavier.  But how far do we need to understand the uprising as not only movements against inequality, but as more systemic expressions of a refusal…

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Conversation: “In Conversation with Hamid Rahmanian: Production Methodology of the Film Feathers on Fire”

November 18, 2020 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

  Join GSAID and ICSNC in welcoming Hamid Rahmanian for a conversation on the production methodology of the film Feathers of Fire.   Rahmanian is 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 US Artists Fellowship.  His work centers on theater, cinema, and graphic arts.  His work has been exhibited in international competitions, publications, and prestigious film festivals.   This lecture will be conducted primarily in Persian and it will include some English and is free and open to the…

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December 2020

Book Talk: “The Rumi Prescription: The Healing Power of Rumi’s Poetry” with Melody Moezzi

December 2, 2020 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

  Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney, award-winning author, and visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.  Her books include The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, and War on Error: Real stories of American Muslims.  Moezzi’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, NPR, and many other media outlets.   Free and open to the…

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Panel Discussion: “Digital Forays: Rewind, Repeat, Rehash: History, Materiality And ‘Digital Colonialism’”

December 3, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Even TeenVogue gets it: “if you take away imperial plunder, what else do you have to offer?” Yet then how do we make sense of a 3D life-sized reconstruction of the arches of Palmyra, destroyed by ISIS, but now on a tour through Western Capitals as a spectacle reclaimed through digital methods? We lament the “loss” of this heritage - but we laude the tools that helped us “preserve” and recreate it. The Middle East is continually framed as…

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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: Inequality, Corruption, Financialization”

December 8, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  The emergence of the Occupy Wall Street movement nearly a decade ago provided a particularly new rhetoric of protest that has persisted across uprisings, political debates, and numerous crises that have  come in its wake. “We are the 99%” identified economic inequality as a central problem that unified many concurrent and overlapping concerns regarding taxation, employment, wealth, kleptocracy, financialization, corruption, neoliberalism, race, etc. Over the course of the last decade, however, wealth inequality has only worsened, and the knotty…

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Panel Discussion & Screening: “Politics from within Borders” with Ozgun Eylul Isscen, Nick Dyer-Witherford, Martina Tazziolo

December 9, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  The Critical Computation Bureau is pleased to invite you to the online symposium Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence, and Speculative Computation, which will take place between the 1st and the 12th of December, 2020.   Ozgun Eylul Iscen (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) will present "The Racial Politics of Smartness Mandate: Counterfuturisms Arising from the Middle East”. The collision of extractive, logistical, and financial operations, enabled by digital infrastructures, has escalated capital’s dependence on a racialized and gendered division of…

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Panel: Continuous Clientelism, Persuasion and Preference Change in Turkey with Kerem Yildirim (Duke) and Discussant: Allen Hicken (U. of Michigan)

December 9, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Research on electoral clientelism in multi-party political systems has exploded over the past twenty years, but it has made progress in a rather lop-sided fashion. Most progress has been made in pinning down exactly how clientelism works-as a process of transactions-with different players and moves that are involved in constructing and sustaining the relationship between politicians (patrons) and clients (citizens, as voters). This conference explores clientelism and electoral linkage mechanisms, the political economy of informality, brokerage strategies and brokerage…

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Book Talk: “Political Islam, Justice, and Governance” with Dr. Mbaye Lo (Duke University)

December 10, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  This book 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 by the Muslim Brotherhood…

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February 2021

Kitab Talk: “Hazine: A Guide to Researching the Middle East and Beyond” with Hazine editors

February 4, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Hazine was started by two Ottoman historians, to provide archives and library guides for researchers working on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islamicate societies. Since ‘relaunching’ in 2018 with Heather Hughes and N.A. Mansour as co-editors, Hazine has continued to provide the research community with archive reviews, but Hughes and Mansour have since reworked the website to be more broadly inclusive of cultural heritage workers and highlight their contributions to research, while also addressing the unique challenges to…

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Film Screening & Discussion: “The Romey Lynchings,” with Akram Khater (NC State) and Sandy Ryland (family member)

February 11, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  In the early morning hours of Friday, May 17th, 1929, a Lebanese immigrant was lynched in Lake City, Florida. He was shot multiple times and left to die along a lonely stretch of the road heading south out of Lake City to Fort White.   N'oula Romey was the fourth victim of racial terror that year in Florida, and one of ten people who were lynched by white mobs across the US in 1929 alone. Just hours before, his…

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Conversation: “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,” with Kim Ghattas

February 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Join Professor Bruce Jentleson in conversation with Kim Ghattas, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former BBC Journalist, as they discuss her new book that details the decades long rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.   Register in advance.   Organized by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.   Duke University

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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Anti-Blackness in the Arab World

February 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Anti-Black racism exists all over the globe but varies according to the context and society. In Arab societies, anti-black racism is pronounced, widespread, and largely denied by the intelligentsia, the ruling elites, and clergy despite its roots in either the trans-Saharan slave trade or the Indian Ocean slave trade. This roundtable discussion by prominent scholars in the fields of religion, history, and race seeks to generate new research insights to facilitate the development of original narratives and academic voices…

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Virtual Talks: Global Supply Chains: An Interconnected World – A Series of Lightning Talks

February 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Join us for "Global Supply Chains: An Interconnected World." This speakers in this series of lightning talks will discuss supply chains and logistics as related to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Each speaker will provide information on their region of expertise, while underlining the interdependency of the global system. As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, shortages or interruptions of the supply chain affect communities around the globe, making an understanding of global supply chains and logistics even more…

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Panel Discussion: Global Uprising: Space & Time I: Crowds, Bodies, Affect

February 24, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

  Uprisings we are told move not by contamination but by resonance.  It’s the affective force of the uprising itself that is the current of both movement and change. Bodies acting together in risk is transformative. A change that starts not with consciousness but with the body, from what was once thought of as the “discharge” of crowds, the loss of the fear of touch in the indistinction the crowd produces. The past decade has witnessed intense moments of bodily…

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Global Career Night 2021

February 24, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are…

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March 2021

Kitab Talk: “Akkasah, NYU Abu Dhabi: Photographic Heritage of the Middle East and North Africa” with Jasmine Soliman

March 2, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, is home to an archive of photographic heritage of the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on histories of the UAE. It fosters the scholarly study of these histories and practices in dialogue with other photographic cultures and traditions from around the world through a range of activities, including commissioning new documentary works. Akkasah collaborates with collectors and families to document and preserve photographic material in…

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Discussion: “Carceral Imaginaries: A Conversation about Poetry, Literature and Media Behind Bars,” with Behrooz Boochani, Omid Tofighian, and Fatemah Shams

March 3, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Focusing broadly on the real and imaginary landscapes of the carceral, this conversation between poets, writers, translators and film scholars will address the tropes of everyday life, the body, and the natural environment in the context of contemporary imprisonment and detention. Mediated through analog and digital technologies, prisons and detention centers, these "netherworld" and diaspora of the disconnected and dislocated emerge in word, sound and image as spaces of imaginative dreaming and connection. In the face of practices of…

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Book Talk: “Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East,” with Burak Erdim (NC State)

March 4, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Burak Erdim is an associate professor of architectural history and design at North Carolina State University. He teaches studios and courses on the global history of architecture and urbanism from the mid-19th Century to the present. Landed Internationals provides a refreshing perspective on the aims of mid-century architectural education and examines the operations of housing and planning networks through the case study of the establishment of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Erdim examines a series of legitimacy battles among bureaucrats,…

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Conversation: In Conversation: Amir Sulaiman

March 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Acclaimed poet, activist, recording artist, and filmmaker Amir Sulaiman will join Youssef Carter (UNC Religious Studies) for a screening of his new short film Laying Flowers Setting Fires. Sulaiman will also read from and discuss his work, which viscerally and spiritually confronts themes of race, identity, suffering, healing, and love. Sulaiman’s reading caps a week of virtual engagements with the Duke and Durham community, including local K-12 students, as part of Duke Performances’ ongoing ‘Building Bridges: Muslims in America’…

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Book Talk: “Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics Under Neoliberal Islam talk by Evren Savcı (Yale)

March 5, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  Queer in Translation intervenes in queer studies’ separate, and in fact diagonally opposing approaches to neoliberalism and Islam by using the case of Turkey’s AKP governments for the past 16 years. I theorize “neoliberal Islam” as a unique regime that brings together economic and religious moralities that work to deploy marginality onto ever expanding populations instead of concentrating it in the lower echelons of society (as has been proposed for US neoliberalism, for instance). I suggest that sexual liberation…

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Women’s Leadership in the Federal Government

March 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Women have long been underrepresented in key sectors of the United States federal government, and especially in positions of leadership in the US federal government. This is particularly true for women of color. While recognizing these facts, this panel highlights women who have held or currently hold positions of leadership working for our country. They will talk about their careers, provide advice to others looking to enter US government service, consider the challenges specific to women in government leadership,…

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Pop-Up Event: “U.S.-Saudi Relations, Past and Present”

March 11, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

  Register in advance: http://go.unc.edu/saudi Victor McFarland is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri and the author of Oil Powers: A History of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance. He has served as a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. In this virtual event, Prof. McFarland will discuss the current state of U.S.-Saudi relations – including the fallout from the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi-led war in Yemen,…

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Four Elections in Two Years? A Guide to Israel’s Never-Ending Political Crisis

March 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  Israeli journalist Amir Tibon (Ha’aretz Newspaper) will discuss the stakes of the March 23 Israeli election, and the challenges the current political situation presents to the foundations of Israeli democracy. Will Netanyahu get a majority coalition and cancel his own corruption indictments? Will the Israeli opposition unite around one candidate? And what will all this mean for the Biden administration? Join us for a lecture and Q&A.   Register in advance. Please contact Shai Tamari, tamari@email.unc.edu with questions. Sponsored…

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Discussion: “The Abraham Accords: Contribution or Obstacle to Middle East Peace?”

March 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

  In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan normalized their relations with Israel, the first Arab countries to do so since Jordan in 1994. What does this mean for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian relations? Will the Abraham Accords improve or worsen the prospects for Middle East Peace? And what should the Biden administration do in the aftermath of the agreements? Israeli scholar Nir Boms and Saudi-American researcher Najat Al-Saied will discuss.   More information and register.…

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Discussion: Roundtable on UNC Partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and ‘The General and the Ambassador’ Podcast

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs will host a virtual roundtable on Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss a new partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy and the podcast, The General and the Ambassador. This partnership is part of an initiative to strengthen the study of the practice of diplomacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Faculty at Carolina are incorporating the podcast content into courses, with an opportunity for faculty and students to also…

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Discussion: “Challenges in the Blue Nile Arena: Geopolitics, Displacements, and Instability” with Susan Stigant (USIP) and Alberto Fernandez (MEMRI)

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Blue Nile Arena, comprised of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, has long been considered an anchor for stability in the Eastern and Northern Africa, including the Horn of Africa. The stability in this sub-region now appears at risk as the countries face the arduous challenges of inter- and intra- state conflicts over diminishing natural resources, including water and land. Those conflicts are being adversely affected by climate change and aggravate food insecurity, poverty, and joblessness in each of the three…

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Discussion: “Environmentalism in MENA” with Nisreen Elsaim, Nada Majdalan, and Dalit Wolf

March 26, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  Join the Undergraduate Environmental Union and Juhood Magazine for a discussion about environmentalism in the Middle East and North Africa. We are honored to have Nisreen Elsaim, Nada Majdalan, and Dalit Wolf on a panel to discuss environmental activism, the promotion of environmental sustainability, and the advancement of peace efforts in the MENA region.   Nisreen Elsaim is a Sudanese climate activist and chair of the UN’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Nada Majdalan is the Palestinian Director of EcoPeace Middle…

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Tribute: “In Honor of Nawal El Saadawi, ‘Daughter of Isis,’ 1931-2021”

March 29, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Arab world’s leading feminist activist and writer, Nawal El Saadawi died on Sunday March 21, 2021. She was 89. Between 1993-1997, Dr. El Saadawi spent four years at Duke University. She sheltered with us after Islamists in Egypt published “Nawal El Saadawi in the Witness Box,” a widely available, cheap book that made the case that this “heretic” should be condemned to death. It was at Duke University that she first taught undergraduates. She was an immediate success in…

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April 2021

Kitab Talk: “Take Another Look: Revisiting the British Library’s Turkish and Turkic Collections” with Dr. Michael Erdman

April 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The British Library's Turkish and Turkic Collections contain some 4000 manuscript texts and more than 26000 printed texts. Despite their value to understanding the history and culture of Turkic peoples across time and space, many of these works remain woefully underutilized by researchers. In this presentation, I will explore a few of the collection's unique aspects, from diversity in language and genre, to holdings relating to underrepresented groups, and ending with unexpected variation in artistic expression. In doing so, I…

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Discussion: “Rebranding Terrorism: ISIS” with Rasha Al-Aqeedi (Newlines Institute)

April 8, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  The Islamic State of Iraq was created in 2006 and evolved 8 years later to the Islamic State, taking over large swarths of land in Iraq and Syria. What was the inspiration? What were the goals? How did they execute their aims? And what is the connection with Al Qaeda? Join us for a discussion with Rasha Al-Aqeedi, Senior Analyst and Head of the Nonstate Actors program in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Al-Aqeedi has served as…

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Conversation: Preservation, Restitution, & the Idea of “Cultural Heritage”

April 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  Please join the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute for a conversation about cultural heritage and restitution featuring: + Felwine Sarr | Ann-Marie Bryan Chair in French and Francophone Studies, Duke University (Author of Afrotopia and, with Benedicte Savoy, of “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics”) + Astrid Swenson | Professor of History, Bath Spa University (Author of The Rise of Heritage in France, Germany and England, 1789-1914 and editor, with Peter…

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Conversation: Sadiyah Bashir In Conversation with Rashida James-Saadiya

April 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Join Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between poet Sadiyah Bashir and Rashida James-Saadiya. Sadiyah Bashir is a freelance writer and award winning poet. Her work has been commissioned by Penny Appeal USA and Apple, she has also performed for international media outlets such as Al-Jazeera. Her first self-published book entitled “Seven” explores trauma and triumph through the lens of Black Muslim womanhood. And is currently working on a second manuscript documenting the history and…

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Discussion: “First Time in 15 Years: Understanding the Upcoming Palestinian Elections” with Khaled Elgindy

April 15, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The last time Palestinians held national elections was in 2006, with Hamas winning the majority of seats in parliament. Since then, a deep divide has occurred among Palestinian leadership living in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, mostly between Fatah and Hamas. This summer Palestinians will take part in three elections between May and August. Why are these elections taking place now? Who is running and how are these elections structured? And what are the potential ramifications for…

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Roundtable Discussion: Conceptualizations of Race, Blackness, and Identity in North Africa

April 19, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  While there are rich cultural and historical connections between North and sub-Saharan Africa, complex divisions exist in the conceptualization of African, Black, and Arab identities. In this roundtable discussion, panelists will address the legacies of colonialism, slavery and the construction of racial hierarchies in Africa, and explore how these factors shape contemporary manifestations of anti-Blackness on the continent, particularly focusing on Arabic-speaking contexts. The discussion will also draw connections to issues of colorism in the broader African diaspora.  …

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Panel Discussion: Digital Forays: Future Digital Research ON/IN/FROM the Middle East

April 22, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  What is the state of digital scholarly research on/in/from the Middle East? What challenges and opportunities fill our present - and what will the next 5-10 years of digital research on the Middle East look like? This roundtable event will examine the present in order to look forward to digital scholarship yet to come. Some motivating questions: How to speak of the difference between digital work produced within the region, rather than about it? What challenges/opportunities are facing graduate…

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Book Talk: “Street Sounds – Listening to Everyday Life of Modern Egypt” with Ziad Fahmy (Cornell U.)

April 29, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  As the twentieth century roared on, transformative technologies—from trains, trams, and automobiles to radios and loudspeakers—fundamentally changed the sounds of the Egyptian streets. The cacophony of everyday life grew louder, and the Egyptian press featured editorials calling for the regulation of not only mechanized and amplified sounds, but also the voices of street vendors, the music of wedding processions, and even the traditional funerary wails. Ziad Fahmy offers the first historical examination of the changing soundscapes of urban Egypt,…

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June 2021

Discussion: “Cultivating A Global Mindset at Carolina” – A Conversation With Barbara Stephenson

June 16, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  What can strengthen the future of democracy around the globe? How do we train and develop the leaders our world needs? Barbara Stephenson, UNC’s vice provost of global affairs and chief global officer, discusses her experience as a U.S. ambassador and her strategy to cultivate A Global Mindset at Carolina in this exclusive interview led by business executive and Carolina alumna Susan Gravely ’73, ’79 (M.S.R.A.). Register. Sponsored by Tar Heels Together.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Security through the Strait of Hormuz

June 24, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Amb (Ret) David C. Litt, IDB Executive Director, Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction, will moderate a panel on supply chain security through the Strait of Hormuz. This panel will speak about the importance of the Gulf in the global supply chain, and challenges for physical security in and out of the Strait of Hormuz, with a special emphasis on role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Panelists will bring private sector, academic, and military expertise. This is a one-hour…

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August 2021

Panel Discussion: Afghanistan in Context (virtual)

August 20, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Over the past two weeks, events in Afghanistan have unfolded with dizzying speed. The images of Afghans desperate to flee the country and Taliban leadership flanked by heavily armed fighters in the presidential palace are shocking to many.   How can we understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan right now? Why are people fleeing and who is most at risk? Why did the country fall to the Taliban so quickly? What can and should the U.S. and…

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September 2021

Conversation: “American Defense Policy at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities” with Michèle Flournoy (virtual)

September 7, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Registration Link.   The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy will host a conversation with Professor Peter Feaver and Michèle Flournoy on American strategic defense policy. In the wake of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover, competition with China and tense relations with Russia, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead in American security?   Michèle Flournoy has spent her career formulating national security policy and advising presidents on military operations. In 2009, she became the…

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Conversation: “What Did Bin Laden Do to America? A Conversation on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Wajahat Ali (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Professor David Schanzer will welcome Wajahat Ali, an influential writer and one of the leading Muslim American public intellectuals, to discuss the impacts of 9/11 on the United States and the world. The discussion will cover social and cultural impacts of 9/11 on America and political discourse, as well as how 9/11 has been experienced by Muslims and other people of color. Ali is a keen observer of American politics and will…

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Forum: 2021 AAD Sisco Memorial Forum, ‘Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy’ (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum in person in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on Carolina’s campus at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 9, 2021. The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. The forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy,” will examine large-scale diplomatic approaches to climate and water issues.   The…

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Lecture and Discussion: “9/11 Twenty Years Later: What Has Changed?” with Samia Serageldin (hybrid)

September 12, 2021 | 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Samia Serageldin is a writer, novelist, editor and public speaker. She was born in Egypt and studied at London University where she earned her M.Sc. in Political Science before emigrating to the United States in 1980. She is the author of three novels, The Cairo House, The Naqib’s Daughter, and Love is Like Water, as well as numerous contributions to anthologies and works on Islam, in addition to editing and contributing to the Duke Press edition of In the Name of Osama bin Laden.…

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Kitab Talk: “The Arabic Collections Online Project” with Guy Burak and David Millman (NYU Libraries) (virtual)

September 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a partnership of several major research libraries in the United States and the Middle East to digitize the Arabic monographs in their collections and make them freely accessible to the world. ACO consists of more than 17,000 volumes from most Arabic-speaking countries, Turkey and Iran. Our presentation will offer an overview of the project and the collection. We will also discuss some of the challenges we have faced over the years. Speakers: -Guy Barak,…

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Discussion: “Is Nation-Building Ever successful: Lessons from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Balkans and Elsewhere” with Keith Mines (United States Institute of Peace) (virtual)

September 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Ambassador Patrick Duddy in a zoom conversation with Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program, as they discuss Mines’ new book, ‘Why Nation-Building Matters’. Register in advance. No one likes nation-building. The public dismisses it. Politicians criticize it. The traditional military disdains it, and civilian agencies lack the blueprint necessary to make it work. Yet functioning states play a foundational role in international security and stability. Left unattended, ungoverned spaces can produce crises from migration to economic collapse to…

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Book Talk: “Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” with Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois University) (virtual)

September 22, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038   The Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring a book talk by Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh. Dr. Farzaneh is a Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University and is the author of “Iranian women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” and The Iranian Constitutional Revolution. He is also the principal of the NEIU Foundation’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Initiative. This…

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“Get the Terp Up Here!”: War as an Interpreter to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan with Nasirullah “John” Safi (virtual)

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join Professor Kyle Beardsley in a conversation with Afghan interpreter, Nasirullah "John" Safi. When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, many Afghans who previously worked with U.S. forces were left stranded and in danger. This discussion will explore Safi’s personal stories of working with the U.S. military to fight the Taliban and the dynamic culture and dangers facing Afghan interpreters. Nasirullah "John" Safi was born and raised in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Safi joined the U.S. mission in…

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Discussion: Meet the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, Rustin Zarkar

September 27, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Graduate students researching topics related to Middle East and Islamic Studies are invited to join us for a meet and greet with Rustin Zarkar, the UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, on Monday, September 27. Seeking support from a library specialist can be extremely useful throughout your graduate career. Learn about the UNC Library collections in Middle and Islamic Studies, network with other students interested in these fields, and brainstorm how you might make use of the library…

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Panel discussion: “The Afghan Humanitarian Crisis” (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Media coverage of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan has largely ignored the massive displacement of communities fleeing Taliban rule. Tens of thousands of refugees are expected to reach the US in the next few weeks, and half a million more are predicted to flee the country by the end of the year. After decades of investment, the international community remains unequipped to address the current crisis. How can the United States mobilize its diplomatic and economic resources to provide both…

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October 2021

Panel Discussion: Global Careers for LGBTQ Folk (virtual)

October 5, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Members of the LGBTQ+ community play key roles in international business, diplomacy, advocacy, and scholarship, but they can also face unique challenges in global careers because of their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (on top of all the other challenges of global careers). This panel brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community who are navigating careers that cross borders and tackle international issues to talk about some of the continuing challenges, unique opportunities, and best strategies…

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Discussion: In Conversation with Dua Saleh (virtual)

October 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Register in advance.   Join Duke Performances, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Center for Muslim Life for a conversation between musician, actor and performer Dua Saleh, Treniyyah Anderson '20, and the Center for Muslim Life's Maryam Arain.   Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019's Nūr - meaning "the light" in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and uses they/them pronouns)…

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Book Talk: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi in conversation with Dr. Pamela Lothspeich (virtual)

October 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Book: Temporary Marriage in Iran (Cambridge UP 2020), Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi “Proposing a methodology that brings feminist theories of embodiment to bear on the Iranian literary and cinematic tradition, this study examines temporary marriage in Iran, not just as an institution but also as a set of practices, identities and meanings that have transformed over the course of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Based on analysis of novels and short stories from the Pahlavi era, and cinematic works produced…

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Kitab Talk: “Transcending Communal Divisions to Build the 1947 Partition Archive” with Guneeta Singh Bhalla (virtual)

October 19, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The 1947 Partition Archive is a project dedicated to documenting the people's history of the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, a globally disruptive event that created one of the largest mass refugee crises of the last century. Through an innovative crowdsourcing approach developed in 2010, The 1947 Partition Archive has democratized historical documentation, bringing forth voices from communities previously underrepresented and histories previously unknown. Today, over 9,500 witness oral histories recorded from 14 countries in over 36 languages and dialects have…

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Panel Discussion: “STEM from Faith: A Dialogue between Faith and Science” (virtual)

October 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This online discussion among scientists and scholars from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith traditions explores the different ways that faith and science have worked together and in tension.   Register in advance.   The panelists are: * Sonia Laurie, an immunologist and post-doctoral fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill * Steffen Bass, an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics at Duke * Ehsan Samei, a medical physicist and professor of radiology at Duke * Robert Rutledge, a geneticist and Catholic…

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Discussion: “Open Access Scholarly Publication in Northern African Countries: Challenges and Opportunities” with Kamel Belhamel, University of Bejaia (Open Access Week Event) (virtual)

October 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  At this virtual event, Kamel Belhamel, faculty of technology at the University of Bejaia, Algeria, will join us to talk about achieving open access for scholars in northern African countries. His analysis considers many factors involved in the challenge, including language, local versus international journals, open access funding, infrastructure, policy, and more.   The term "open access" refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. Open access content is open to all, with…

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Conversation: “Combatting Crimes Against Humanity in China: Fighting to Protect the Human Rights of Uyghurs” with Sophie Richardson (hybrid)

October 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us for a conversation between Professor David Schanzer and Sophie Richardson, China Director of Human Rights Watch. A Webinar livestream will be available for those unable to attend the event in person: Register for the livestream here.   Sophie Richardson serves as the China Director at Human Rights Watch. She has overseen the organization’s research and advocacy on China since 2006, and has published extensively on human rights and political reform in the country and across Southeast…

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Discussion: “Neom City: Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic & Fully Automated Business Zone” with Omar AlSughayer & Sarah Alrefai (virtual)

October 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a causal conversation in Arabic about current events, culture, and more. Come and improve your conversational Arabic and cultural skill set. Open to Duke Arabic students and friends.   https://duke.zoom.us/j/96175601678   Organized by the Arabic Program at Duke; co-sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.   Duke University

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Panel Discussion: “Ending the Longest War: America’s Wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan in Comparative Perspective” (virtual)

October 28, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In 2021 the United States declared an end to its military operations in Afghanistan and announced the withdrawal of US troops. While many in the media have heralded this as the end of America’s “longest war,” many others would argue that America’s military engagement in Vietnam was just as long and just as fraught – both for those who fought and for the country in conflict. Additionally, as the Taliban quickly conquered the whole of Afghanistan in August 2021,…

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November 2021

Conversation: Tariq Touré and Chaplain Joshua Salaam

November 1, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Center for Muslim Life, The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between Tariq Touré and Chaplain Joshua Salaam.   Tariq Touré's poetry and prose has been featured in award winning publications such as Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine and Sapelo Square. Black Seeds, Touré's debut collection of poetry ranked among the top in African American Poetry and Literature releases in Black History…

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Panel Discussion: “Groundswell II: Acting on Internal Climate Migration” with Kanta Kumari and Viviane Clement (World Bank) (virtual)

November 2, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Register here for the webinar.   How does climate change affect human migration and what can governments prepare for it? Water scarcity, sea level rise, heat stress and extreme events are debilitating food production and employment in places where humans have fended for themselves successfully for millennia.  In some cases, people have managed to adapt while staying in place. In others they have moved, primarily from rural to urban areas within their country of origin. What magnitude of internal…

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Book Talk: “America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present” with Dr. John Ghazvinian (University of Pennsylvania) (virtual)

November 3, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  How did the United States and Iran, two countries that once revered one other, end up in such a tumultuous relationship today? What can we learn IN 2021 from their centuries-long, linked histories? Join John Ghazvinian, Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Middle East Center and author of the book.   Join here: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038 Meeting ID: 959 2567 9038   This lecture will be Conducted primarily in English. Free and Open to the Public.   Sponsored by the…

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Conversation: “Tariq Touré in conversation with Dasan Ahanu”

November 4, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  In collaboration with Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center, Rofhiwa welcomes Tariq Touré for a reading and discussion. This is an in-person event, in-store at Rofhiwa and hosted by Dasan Ahanu @dasanahanu.   Tariq Touré's poetry and prose has been featured in award winning publications such as Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine and Sapelo Square.   Touré has been a featured lecturer/performer at Howard University, Princeton University, Georgetown University, among many others. He…

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Book Talk: “Under Jerusalem” by Andrew Lawler

November 6, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  In 1863, a French senator arrived in Jerusalem hoping to unearth relics dating to biblical times. Digging deep underground, he discovered an ancient grave that, he claimed, belonged to an Old Testament queen. News of his find ricocheted around the world, evoking awe and envy alike, and inspiring others to explore Jerusalem's storied past.   In the century and a half since the Frenchman broke ground, Jerusalem has drawn a global cast of fortune seekers and missionaries, archaeologists and…

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Book Talk: “The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel” with Emma Polyakov (Merrimack College)

November 9, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  In the wake of the Holocaust, a religious phenomenon arose in Israel fueled by survivors who had converted to Catholicism as well as by Catholics determined to address the anti-Judaism inherent in their religious tradition. This talk examines this “Judeocentric Catholicism” as a case study in Catholic perceptions of Jews, Judaism, and the state of Israel.   Emma Polyakov is Assistant Professor, Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College.   MASKS are required when inside a campus building. Night…

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Discussion: “Dune and Islam: How To Understand the Movie” with Carl Ernst (UNC) and Michael Muhammad Knight (University of Central Florida) (virtual)

November 13, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Register: https://go.unc.edu/DuneIslamWebinar   Frank Herbert's Dune is inspired by themes from the history of Islam that are both direct and subtle. Carl Ernst and Michael Muhammad Knight will discuss the new film and the book it is based on and explore how Islam is part of its foundation. + Carl Ernst is a leading scholar of Islamic Studies and Sufism and William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. + Michael…

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Conversation: “A Conversation with Megha Majumdar: On Storytelling and the Ethics of Interconnectedness” (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics on November 15, 2021 at 6:00pm for a conversation on storytelling and the ethics of interconnectedness with Megha Majumdar. Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning is a NYT bestseller and appeared on multiple lists for major book awards, including the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. Raised in India, now living in New York, Majumdar offers a poignant perspective on issues of belonging and identity. A Burning deftly examines the relationships between marginalized…

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Conversation: “Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics: A Conversation with Dr. Nazia H. Kazi” (Stockton University) (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The ASA and the Center for Muslim Life are excited to invite Dr. Nazia H. Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University and author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics. Dr. Kazi will be speaking about matters related to anti-Muslim sentiment, xenophobia, racial inequality, and U.S. imperialism.   Register at: https://tinyurl.com/asaspeakerseries   Sponsored by the Asian Students Association and Center for Muslim Life at Duke.   Duke University

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Kitab Talk: “Grooves and Waves: Phonograph Records as Historical Sources in the Digital Age” with Christopher Silver (McGill University)

November 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In the decades following the advent of the phonograph at the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of shellac records circulated across the Middle East and North Africa. Etched between their grooves were a stunning array of popular, classical, and folkloric songs, sketches and monologues, and the otherwise sublime sounds of an extended era of profound change. At mid-twentieth century, in the midst of decolonization, mass migration, as well as the appearance of vinyl, most of the region’s earliest…

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Book Talk: “Global Jihad: A Brief History” with Glenn Robinson (Naval Postgraduate School)

November 16, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Most violent jihadi movements in the twentieth century focused on removing corrupt, repressive secular regimes throughout the Muslim world. But following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a new form of jihadism emerged—global jihad—turning to the international arena as the primary locus of ideology and action. With this book, Glenn E. Robinson develops a compelling and provocative argument about this violent political movement's evolution.   Global Jihad tells the story of four distinct jihadi waves, each with its own program…

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December 2021

Book Talk: Dr. Waleed Ziad in conversation with Rustin Zarkar (virtual)

December 2, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The remarkable discoveries of over 300 new varieties of local copper currency from the Sakra region in northwestern Pakistan, covering a 700-year period, have opened up new vistas in the study of Gandhara in late antiquity. This monograph introduces the native Sakra copper coinage, which can be dated from ca. 500 to 1100, corresponding to the Nezak, Turk Shahi, Hindu Shahi, and Ghaznavid periods.   Dr. Waleed Ziad is Assistant Professor and Ali Jerrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in…

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Panel Discussion: Supporting Less-Commonly Taught Language Teaching in North Carolina (virtual)

December 7, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Both to serve an increasingly diverse population in North Carolina, and to prepare students for global business and service, less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs) are important to the future of language teaching in the state. However, supporting these kinds of languages requires creative thinking and different approaches from languages that have more teaching materials available, more trained instructors, and more integration across North Carolina’s schools and universities. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the…

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Panel Discussion: Future Directions for Heritage Teaching and Dual Language Immersion in North Carolina (virtual)

December 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  North Carolina is an established national leader in dual-language immersion programs at the K-12 level, yet the state must continue to adapt and grow with the needs of both heritage and non-heritage speakers. Programs for heritage speakers and dual language immersion programs not only respond to different needs among language learners, but they also must use different pedagogical strategies. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the state, and different languages to discuss…

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January 2022

Discussion: “Protest and Crisis Politics in Kazakhstan: Understanding What Happened? & Considering What May Happen?” (virtual)

January 13, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join country and region experts Asel Doolotkeldieva (OSCE Academy), Dian Kudaibergenova (Cambridge), Edward Schatz (U of Toronto), and Sam Greene (King's College) for a conversation on the current protests and political crisis in Kazakhstan. Moderated by Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS/Humbolt) Regina Smyth (Indiana U) Joshua Tucker (NYU, Jordan Center). Register in advance. Presented by the Competitive Authoritarian Protest Research Network (CAPRN), The University of Manchester, ZOiS Centre for East European and International Studies, King’s College London’s Russia Institute, UNC’s Center for Slavic, and…

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Panel Discussion: Global Career Night 2022 (virtual)

January 23, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in…

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February 2022

Book Talk: “Islamicate Cosmopolitan Spirit” with Dr. Bruce Lawrence (Duke) (virtual)

February 2, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In Islamicate Cosmopolitan Spirit, author and expert, Bruce B. Lawrence, delivers a spiritual elan filtered through cultural practices and artifacts. Neither juridical nor creedal, the book expresses a desire for the just and the beautiful. The author sets out an original and fascinating theory, that Islamicate cosmopolitanism marks a new turn in global history. An unceasing, self-critical pursuit of truth, hitched to both beauty and justice, its history is marked by male elites who were scientific exemplars in the pre-modern period.…

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Book Talk: “Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction, and Death in Modern Palestine”with Frances Hasso (Duke University) (virtual)

February 11, 2022 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Dr. Rhoda Kanaaneh, Columbia University will be in conversation with author and Duke Professor, Frances S. Hasso about her latest book "Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction and Death in Modern Palestine." CHAIR: Anna Krylova, History Department, GSFS, Duke University Please register in advance.   Sponsors: Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Duke Middle East Studies Center, English, and History. Duke University

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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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Conversation: “Defending Palestinian human rights: The View from the Ground” with Jessica Montell

February 23, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Jessica Montell will give a view from the ground on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, the challenges confronting the Israeli human rights community, and the work of Israeli organizations defending Palestinian human rights and Israeli democracy. Jessica Montell is Executive Director of HaMoked, an Israeli human rights and legal aid center. In the thirty years since the organization's founding, HaMoked has provided free legal and paralegal assistance to over 100,000 Palestinians from the WestBank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.…

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Conversation: “The History of Islam in America: The Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed” with Imam Ronald Shaheed and Imam Abdul Waheed

February 23, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Imams Ronald Shaheed and Abdul Hafeez Waheed in a conversation about the legacy and life of Imam W.D. Mohammad. In an informal setting, this conversation will address the history of Islam in America from the 1900's to today, with a focus on the emergence of the Nation of Islam (NOI), in Detroit with Elijah Mohammed and his eventual student Malcolm X. The discussion will be led by two students of Imam W. Deen Mohammed who in 1975 led the…

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Panel Discussion: Global Career Night 2022 (Virtual)

February 23, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in…

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Conversation: “Afro/Black Arabism: Exploring Race and Intersectionality”with Safia Elhillo

February 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Duke Arab Student Organization invites you to an event with Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo at the Ruby Lounge. Safia will be giving a talk around race and intersectionality, with a focus on the Black/Afro-Arab identity and anti-Black racism in the Arab community. She will then do a poetry reading and take part in a moderated Q&A. Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the Sillerman First Book Prize for…

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Conversation: “Culinary Politics and The Gaza Kitchen” with Laila El-Haddad and Jasūr Magazine (Virtual)

February 25, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Jasūr Magazine for a conversation with Palestinian chef, activist, and journalist Laila El-Haddad. Author of the critically-acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen, as well as Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between, she was the Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera from 2003 to 2007. This event is open to all, and we especially encourage undergraduate students to attend. Virtual Event – register here. To submit questions for Laila in advance, please email rebecca.eneyni@duke.edu. Sponsored by Jasūr Magazine   Friday, February 25 | 5:00pm Duke University

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March 2022

Panel Discussion: Women in Business Around the World: A Series of Lightning Talks (virtual)

March 1, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

While representation is on the rise for women in business, women are still underrepresented in the field globally. It has been proven that women make significant positive changes to organizational culture and processes, as well as to the bottom line. Women around the world are excelling as entrepreneurs, running mature businesses, and bringing more diversity to the workforce. In this engaging set of lightning talks held in honor of Women’s History Month, our expert speakers will share global perspectives of…

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Conversation: Sasa Aakil at Rofhiwa Book Cafe

March 1, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

Join Rofhiwa Book Café, The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke Performances and Duke Islamic Studies Center for a conversation between Sasa Aakil, multimedia artist and poet and Solayman Idris. Sasa Aakil is a 19-year-old multi-media artist, writer, and the 2021 Montgomery County Youth Poet Laureate. She is a co-author of I Am The Night Sky and Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth and the artist behind the A Man Was Lynched Yesterday Project. Sasa is also a brown belt in…

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“Iraq Invasion, Intended or Unintended Consequences” with Dr. Shakir Jawad. (Saddam Hussain’s Physician, Ex-President of Iraq)

March 3, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

  Dr. Shakir Jawad is a Senior Global Health Advisor at Henry M Jackson Foundation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Dr. Jawad worked as a Director General in the Iraqi Ministry of Health and then as an acting deputy Minister of Health. He was also the physician of the Ex-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussain after 2003 while Hussain was in prison.   Zoom…

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Rustin Zarkar in Conversation with Publisher Hadi Khojinian

March 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Hadi Khojinian is the founder and director of Mehri Publication Ltd, a publishing house that aims to support writers, translators, and artists to publish their works, in particular, the ones who are not allowed to publish their books in their own countries because of the censorship.   Mehri publication publishes books in Persian, English, Arabic, and other languages in the UK. Hadi also works as a social activist, writer, and radio presenter. He received a “Community Award” from the West…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Nides

March 17, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Registration Please join Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro for a virtual conversation with Tom Nides, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. They will discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship, including shared interests and challenges, as well as U.S. policy towards the region. Ambassador Nides has served previously as Deputy Secretary of State and, most recently, as the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley. Please submit any questions before Mar 15 at 12pm ET. Registration

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Asian American Center Fellow Talk: Dr. Samah Choudhury

March 21, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gardner Hall, Gardner, Room 105, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Dr. Samah Choudhury, Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Religion at Ithaca College will speak:   "Why Does Representation Matter? The Diversity Complex and American Muslim Comedy"   UNC Chapel Hill - Gardner 0105 Assistant Professor in Philosophy & Religion at Ithaca College, Dr. Samah Choudhury, will visit the Asian American Center as a part of the AAC Fellow Talk program to speak on “Why Does Representation Matter?  The Diversity Complex and American Muslim Comedy”. Dr. Samah Choudhury (she/her) is an…

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The Abraham Accords: Shaping a New Middle East

March 21, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of Roots: Two Truths in One Heart, Two Peoples in One Land (Discussion)

March 24, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Khalil Sayegh is a Gaza-born Palestinian from a refugee family who grew up with deep anger towards Israel and its people. Hanan Schlesinger is a passionate Zionist settler living in the West Bank. Together, these unlikely partners are paving a path of peace for their people.Join Khalil and Hanan as they share their personal, interconnected stories and present the groundbreaking and challenging grassroots work of Roots/Shorashim/Judur. They come, not with a peace plan, but with the conviction that human understanding…

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Discussion: Jasūr X El-Farouk Khaki (Virtual)

March 25, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Jasūr and Duke University’s Jummah for All Collective on Friday, March 25th at 5pm for a discussion with Imam El Farouk Khaki. In addition to his work as the founder of Salaam, Imam Khaki is a practicing lawyer, advocate, and public intellectual. In his legal work, he primarily represents women fleeing gender-based violence, LGBTQI people fleeing persecution, as well as HIV positive people facing persecution because of their status. He is also the co-founder of the Unity Mosque and…

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Conversation: Threa Almontaser, Rosati Visting Writer, in conversation with Maha Houssami

March 29, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us as the 2021-22 Rosati Fellow and award-winning poet Threa Almontaser reads from her recent work. Maha Houssami, Interim Arabic Program Director & Lecturer in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, will host a Q&A following the reading.   Duke University Libraries is pleased to welcome Ms. Almontaser to Duke and Durham as the recipient of the 2021-22 Rosati Fellowship. Ms. Almontaser holds an MFA and TESOL certification from NC State University and is a writer,…

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Discussion in Class with Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt (Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary)

March 29, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Graham Memorial 39, 2204 Erwin Rd
Durham, 27705
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Visit by Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt Tuesday March 29 12:30-1:45 pm: In-person presentation in Yaron Shemer’s class “Beyond Hostilities” (open to the public, Graham Memorial 039)   6:30 pm: Screening of the documentary Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (free and open to the public. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, the FedEx Building)   Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary a film by Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramson (2005, 90 min.)   The documentary,…

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Screening of Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary (with Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt)

March 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Visit by Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt Tuesday March 29 12:30-1:45 pm: In-person presentation in Yaron Shemer’s class “Beyond Hostilities” (open to the public, Graham Memorial 039)   6:30 pm: Screening of the documentary Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (free and open to the public. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, the FedEx Building)   Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary a film by Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramson (2005, 90 min.)   The documentary,…

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Book Talk: The Origins of Syrian Conflict with Marwa Daoudy

March 30, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Register here   Marwa Daoudy is a political scientist with an interdisciplinary approach. Her research program in the last decade has generally focused on the intersection of security, politics, law and economics to examine the problems of water and the question of conflict, with a focus on the Middle East. Prof. Daoudy's scholarly contributions have focused on three more specific research interests. The first is the relationship between transboundary water resources, power, conflict and cooperation. The second is a critical examination…

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Conversation (in Arabic): “Saud Al Sanusi on His Novel: The Bamboo Stalk

March 30, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join here   Saud is a Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications. His first novel THE PRISONER OF MIRRORS was published in 2010. He won multiple prizes including the prize for his story ‘The Bonsai and the Old Man’ in the Stories on the Air competition organized in July 2011 by the Al-Arabi magazine with BBC Arabic.   He is currently working as a writer in residence at…

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Zoom Discussion: Islamic State – Rebranding Terrorism – ISIS

March 31, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  "The Islamic State of Iraq was created in 2006 and evolved 8 years later to the Islamic State, taking over large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. What was the inspiration? What were the goals? And how did they execute?" What is the connection with Al Qaeda?   Speaker: Rasha Al Aqeedi A Senior Analyst and the Head of the Nonstate Actors program in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Al-Aqeedi has served as a fellow…

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April 2022

Book talk: “Soundtrack to a Movement: African American Islam, Jazz, and Black Internationalism” with Professor Richard Brent Turner (University of Iowa) (virtual)

April 4, 2022 | 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Join Duke Performances and DISC as we host Dr. Richard Brent Turner to discuss his newest book. Dr. Turner joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2001 and holds appointments in Department of Religious Studies, African American Studies Program, and International Programs. His research program focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary African-American religious history and African diaspora religions in the Black Atlantic world. He is especially interested in the following areas: Islam in the United States; religion and music in New…

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Book Talk: “Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890” with Mercedes Volait  (CNRS, Institut national d’histoire de l’art)

April 5, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The commodification of Islamic antiques intensified during the Tanzimat period, an age of domestic reform and increased European interference in the Ottoman Empire. The book examines the social lives and collective biographies of typical objects moving from Cairo and Damascus to Paris, London, and beyond; it uncovers the range of agencies and subjectivities involved in the trade of architectural salvage and historic handicraft from the two capitals, and traces their afterlife in private interiors, through creative reuse, in Egypt,…

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Conversation: “A Fireside Chat with Eric Schmitt,” (Senior Writer, The New York Times)

April 14, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro for a Fireside Chat with Eric Schmitt, a senior writer at The New York Times who covers terrorism and national security issues. Mr. Schmitt has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Russia. He is the co-author, with Thom Shanker, of "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda."   Please find more information and registration here   Sponsored by POLIS: Center…

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Book Talk: “Antioch: A History” with Asa Eger (UNCG, History)

April 14, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

This is a complete history of Antioch, one of the most significant major cities of the eastern Mediterranean and a crossroads for the Silk Road, from its foundation by the Seleucids, through Roman rule, the rise of Christianity, Islamic and Byzantine conquests, to the Crusades and beyond. Antioch: A History offers a new portal to researching this long-lasting city and is also suitable for a wide variety of teaching needs, both undergraduate and graduate, in the fields of classics, history, urban…

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Film Screening: “The Mother of Two Springs: Mosul” and discussion with film producer Noor Ghazi 

April 18, 2022 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In June of 2014, Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell under the atrocity of ISIS. Under a constricted social life, people suffered on many different levels. Noor Ghazi, a Professor of the Practice under the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, travelled to Mosul after its liberation in 2018 to document the atrocity under ISIS. In this documentary, you will hear from people who lived, experienced and suffered under ISIS in Mosul. A discussion with Noor…

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Mosul Eye, the Untold Stories under ISIS. 

April 19, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  After ISIS took over Mosul in 2014, Iraqi historian Omar Mohammed decided to begin an anonymous blog called Mosul Eye to document atrocities committed by the terrorist group. Despite the constant threat to his life, Mohammed updated the blog diligently for over a year and was able to save many lives through his journalism and geolocation of trapped families. Now that Mosul has been liberated, Mohammed reflects upon the destruction left in ISIS’ wake, and he is determined to…

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Horner Jarrahi (Persian Studies Speaker Series) Persianate Selves: Memories of Place and Origin before Nationalism

April 19, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  In this talk, Mana Kia will discuss some of the main questions and arguments of her recent book. For centuries, Persian was the language of power and learning across Central, South, and West Asia, and Persians received a particular basic education through which they understood and engaged with the world. Not everyone who lived in the land of Iran was Persian, and Persians lived in many other lands as well. Thus to be Persian was to be embedded in…

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Discussion: “Alumni in Diplomacy Panel Discussion” (part of Diplomacy Week) (Hybrid)

April 22, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join UNC Global on April 22 for a panel discussion featuring three accomplished Carolina alumni working in the world of diplomacy and international affairs. The event is part of UNC Global’s first-ever Diplomacy Week. RSVP to let us know how you're coming! Jennifer Davis is a career Foreign Service Officer who is currently completing a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship at Georgetown University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and concurrently has just begun as a Senior Advisor to…

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May 2022

“Brown Bag Lunch” with Andrew Vail, Senior Intelligence Officer in Residence

May 4, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This occurs on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Come talk about national security issues that span the Intelligence Community, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the US Government, and current events. This event provides students with an opportunity to chat with a seasoned national intelligence professional, ask questions, and get informal mentoring. No background in national security required - all are welcome to attend!   Organized by American Grand Strategy (AGS)  …

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September 2022

Unraveling the Tawasin of Hallaj

September 8, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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A conversation between Nomanul Haq (Dean of the Institute of Liberal Arts at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore) and Carl Ernst (William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Islamic studies at the Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill)    The Kitāb al-Ṭawāsīn of the Sufi al-Ḥallāj (d. 922 CE) is a fascinating versified mystical treatise of a monumental and intriguing figure in the history of Sufism. Ḥallāj was mercilessly executed by Abbasid rulers in a mêlée of…

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Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, with Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari

September 13, 2022 | 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Biden administration has moved on from the tempting prospect of negotiating a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. But elections in Israel, potential leadership succession for the Palestinian Authority, and the Abraham Accords regional peace agreements all have implications for the conflict going forward. Join Ambassador Dennis Ross in a conversation with former Palestinian negotiator Ghaith al-Omari about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   RSVP online here   Co-sponsored by: UNC Hillel, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs:…

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Peace in Progress: A Conversation with Bassem Eid

September 18, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Palestinian human rights pioneer and commentator in Middle Eastern affairs, Bassem Eid, joins Students Supporting Israel in discussion about the prospect of a two-state solution, as well as a look at the daily life and on the ground struggles of the Palestinian people. Seeing the bigger picture, he seeks dignity for his fellow Palestinian people and peace with his neighbors.   Register here.   For more information, contact Alexandra Ahdoot at alexandra.ahdoot@duke.edu.   Zener Auditorium, Reuben-Cooke 130 Duke University

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Syria Seminar Series: The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958 (Sami Moubayed)

September 26, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Duke History, DUMESC and DISC for a public book talk from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET with Sami Moubayed titled " The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958."   Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and former Carnegie scholar. He is also author of Under the Black Flag: At the frontier of the New Jihad.   Online Webinar Registration - Zoom   Duke University

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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: https://go.unc.edu/Iran22

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Discussion: Global Jewish Modernism Lab presents: “What is Citizenship”

October 6, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mia Fuller (UC Berkeley), Shai Ginsburg (Duke), Igiaba Scego (Author and Visiting Scholar, Duke). “What is…” Dialogue Series: Each dialogue involves the examination of one term and its representation and use in diverse geographical and historical contexts, both within Jewish Studies and outside of it. Each conversation involves at least two scholars, one from Duke and one from another institution.   Sponsored by the Global Jewish Modernism Lab at Duke.   Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Duke University

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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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Film Screening & Panel Discussion: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

October 11, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a special screening of the 2022 LUX Audience Award-winning film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić. The film focuses on Aida, a translator for the United Nations, during the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995. Based on true events, the film tells the story of Aida, an English teacher and translator taking shelter in a United Nations military base operated by Dutch peacekeepers, alongside her husband, two sons, and 30,000 other refugees. As the Serbian…

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Discussion: “A Conversation with Brother Ali”

October 12, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Duke CML’s own Brother Joshua Salaam as he is in conversation with Brother Ali. Brother Ali is a respected Hip Hop artist, speaker, and community leader.  His two-decade resume includes eight critically-acclaimed albums, mentorships with iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim, and performances on late night shows with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien. His provocative and uplifting brand of Hip Hop has earned him coveted press features like Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary edition and Source Magazine’s “Hip…

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Discussion: “Political Arab Identity”

October 12, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Arab Student Association for the second of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region. This week's topic will be the Political Arab Identity. The lecture will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus Y.   Campus Y, Anne Queen Faculty CommonsUNC - Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch”

October 13, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Dr. Necati Alkan, from the University of Bamberg, Dept of Turkish Studies, will talk about the Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch. Like many ancient cities, the foundation of Antioch on the Orontes, modern day Antakya in South Turkey, is based on myths and legends that were recorded, passed on and modified over the centuries in different languages. In this presentation we will survey several manuscripts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish in which we find fantastical narrations of the beginnings of…

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Conversation: “Is American Conservatism Dead?” with Bret Stephens

October 13, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In the age of Trump, what's left of and for American conservatism? Is the Republican Party altered forevermore? And what are we to make of -- and do about -- the hate that consumes so many Americans, including a resurgence of anti-Semitism? Best-selling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni will put those questions and more to Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, at Penn Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. Mr. Stephens will also…

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Discussion: “Jasūr X Ethan Dinçer”

October 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Jasūr Magazine and Ethan Dinçer, senior editor at JDEED, to discuss his forthcoming article in Jasūr 4.2 “Textile Troubles: An Economic-Legal Review of Turkey’s Garment Industry.” His piece explores the intersection of informal labor ethnicization, mechanization, and e-commerce in Turkey’s fashion industry. This is the first in a series of student talks Jasur will be hosting this semester leading up to the release of our special issue of student writing on contemporary political economy in the Middle East.Sponsored by…

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Discussion: “Crossing the Line: Antizionism vs. Antisemitism”

October 24, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Jessica Green, Campus Regional Manager at StandWithUs, will focus on how to define Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in the context of critiquing Israel. This discussion-based presentation will go case-by-case to discern between valid criticism of the Israeli government and Anti-Zionism. UNC Students for Israel hope to spread awareness on how one can determine antisemitism from genuine, valid, welcomed critique of Israel., and welcome all to join the conversation.   Sponsored by the UNC Heels for Israel   Student Union 2518-A…

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Discussion: “9/11 and State Sanctioned Violence Against Arabs”

October 25, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Arab Student Association for the final installment of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region. This is the final discussion in the "What is the Arab Identity" series, and will be about 9/11 and state sanctioned anti-Arab violence. The lecture will be followed by time for Q & A. Refreshments will be provided.Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus…

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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

Discussion: “Ray Takeyh, Hasib J. Sabbagh and Israeli Security”

November 1, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, will be joining AGS for talk about developments in Iran and the link between Israeli security issues and other geopolitical issues in the region.Sponsored by Duke Program in American Grand Strategy.   Sanford School of Public PolicyDuke University

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Discussion: “Arabic in Professional Contexts with Katy Whiting of the Sijal Institute”

November 9, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Katy Whiting is the Managing Director of the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture in Amman, Jordan. She has extensive experience teaching Arabic and developing curricular materials at the K-12 and collegiate levels. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Design. Whiting will discuss her journey, both personal and professional, with the Arabic language as a non-native speaker in the Arabic-speaking world. Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies,…

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Panel Discussion: “Palestine 101”

November 10, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Phillips Hall, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine to learn about Palestine. Co-presenters Professor Dr. Nadia Yaqub and local expert Dana Alhasan will walk us through the history of Palestine. After their talks, there will be an open Q&A. All are welcome and pizza will be provided! Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine   Phillips Hall 265UNC - Chapel Hill

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Conversation: “Jasūr Magazine presents a discussion with Helen Zughaib, Lebanese-American Artist”

November 10, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Jasūr on Thursday, Nov 10 at 6 PM EST to host Helen Zughaib, a globally celebrated artist whose work currently hangs in the White House. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, her artwork explores themes of migration, gender, and religion through a vast array of mediums, such as gouache and collage. With exhibitions and artwork on display in the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and the Arab American National Museum, Zughaib brings many…

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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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  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 Affairs in Iran's pre-Revolution government. Her work with international non-governmental…

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Memories of Distant Mountains (Visual Presentation and Discussion with Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, focusing on images from his travel notebooks)

November 18, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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Until the age of 22, Pamuk aspired to be a painter. His forthcoming book, Memories of Distant Mountains, collects images and text from his travel notebooks that capture his sketches and thoughts in Istanbul, Urbino, Mumbai, Goa, Granada, Venice, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. Join us for a literary journey with Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk   The Nasher Museum Fri., Nov. 18, 1:30 PM   Register online  

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