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September 2021

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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K-12 Teacher Training: Muslim American History Modules for the Social Studies Curriculum (virtual)

September 29, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Muslims have been present in the United States since before the country’s founding. In this webinar for educators, Yasmine Flodin-Ali, PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present on three complete lesson plan modules for high school social studies teachers on Muslim American history.   The different units focus on enslaved Muslims in the United States, early immigration from South Asia and the Middle East, and the Iranian Revolution. Relevant to high school curricula,…

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Introduction to Kazakhstan (virtual)

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

  Explore Kazakh culture and history with Dr. Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History. Learn more about the region and opportunities to study abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan through the Russian Flagship Program.   Register in advance.   Sponsored by the UNC Russian Flagship Program.   UNC-Chapel Hill 

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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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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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Iranian Literary Diasporas: Claudia Yaghoobi in Conversation with author Omid Fallahazad (virtual)

October 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. October 16, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Claudia Yaghoobi in Conversation with author Omid Fallahazad Register: https://go.unc.edu/Fallahazad Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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Lecture: “The Well and the Water Machine: The History of Desalination and Fossil-Fueled Water in the Long Shadow of Arabia’s Climate-Altered Future” with Prof. Michael Low (Iowa State University) (virtual)

October 18, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  It is an undisputed truism that the story of the 20th-century Arabian Peninsula is synonymous with the story of oil. Particularly after the 1973 oil crisis, exploding oil prices launched the region into significant socio-economic transformations. And while oil infrastructure has rightfully been understood as the lifeblood of this growth, another infrastructure remained virtually invisible, desalination facilities. Despite this seeming invisibility, desalination has become a defining material feature of life in the Arabian Peninsula. Since the 1970s and even…

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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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K-12 Seminar: Global Education in a New World (virtual)

October 21, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  In March 2020 education changed as COVID-19 rapidly became a pandemic. Teaching and learning were reshaped worldwide. In this program from UNC World View, participants will explore how the field of education has been impacted across the globe. Participants will learn from experts as they meet several peer educators teaching in other countries and connect how the pandemic was handled in classrooms from multiple regions. Participants will learn from each other how educators were personally and professional impacted. Experts…

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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

Community College Seminar: Global Business in a New World (virtual)

November 5, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  North Carolina is experiencing a rapid growth of global businesses and community college students will play a key role in meeting the needs of their workforce. This UNC World View program will explore topics related to global businesses and its impact on the North Carolina economy. Community college and early college educators will gain knowledge and resources on the specific needs of global businesses, including how they can prepare their students to meet the needs of the global workforce.…

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Conference: Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in North Carolina

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is pleased to host a conference for Arabic language educators this fall: Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in NC. This conference, held November 13-14, 2021, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will gather educators, administrators, and other representatives from K-16 institutions all working to expand Arabic as a world language offering. Featuring grade level-specific sessions as well as keynote presentations, the conference will connect Arabic language educators across the…

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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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Seminar: Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 18, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Carolina Seminar on Russia and its Empires will host an event featuring Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill).   The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  For more information, contact Dr. Eren Tasar, etasar@email.unc.edu.     UNC-Chapel Hill

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Iranian Literary Diasporas: Esha Momeni in Conversation with author Fereshteh Molavi (virtual)

November 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. November 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Esha Momeni in Conversation with author Fereshteh Molavi Register: https://go.unc.edu/Molavi Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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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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