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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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August 2020

2020 K-12 Virtual Summer Seminar: Diversities of the Middle East

August 3, 2020 - August 7, 2020

While often portrayed by overgeneralized representations in the media, the Middle East is a region full of diversity. This virtual, five-day summer seminar for K-12 teachers will counter monolithic narratives about the Middle East by highlighting the plurality of the region. Through both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, the seminar will address the religious, geographic, ethnolinguistic, economic, and cultural diversity found across the Middle East and North Africa. Taking place August 3-7, 2020, this seminar will provide interdisciplinary content, teaching strategies,…

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Virtual Week of Welcome Trivia Night: Geographies of the Middle East

August 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Interested in the field of Middle East Studies? Test your knowledge of the region with a fun, online trivia game and learn about different related majors and minors offered on campus. Stay for a virtual discussion with students, faculty, and staff on campus about opportunities in Middle East studies. Register in advance at go.unc.edu/MEStrivia. This trivia hour is partnering with the THB Presents: Trivia Night series. Click the link to check out other games played this night. You can test your trivia…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Fani Badayuni

August 15, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, August 15, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Fani Badayuni (1879-1961). 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: 927 5645 8467 Password: Fani By…

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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 Carolina Seminar: “Russia and Turkey: The Promise and the Limits of Partnership,” Dimitar Bechev (UNC CSEEES)

August 27, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dimitar Bechev is a visiting scholar at the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. His book Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press, 2017) explores Russia’s geopolitical role in the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, the American Interest, Politico, Foreign Policy and openDemocracy. For more information and to request registration access, please see here or contact Dr. Eren Tasar. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West…

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September 2020

Webinar: “Islam in Southeast Asia or Southeast Asian Islam?” Dr. Carol Kersten (King’s College London)

September 2, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In 2016, the Indonesian Islamic mass organization Nahdatul Ulama launched an international advocacy campaign for promoting Islam Nusantara, or Southeast Asian Islam, as a tolerant variant of the world’s second largest religion with global significance and relevance. The initiative is also a demonstration of growing assertiveness on the part of Indonesian Muslim leaders and intellectuals. In this lecture the notion of Islam Nusantara is used to tie together my two main research interests: The Islamization of Southeast Asia and the intellectual history of the modern…

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Virtual Seminar: Panel I: Love and Desire Across borders in Modern Iran and Diaspora

September 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Seminar: Panel II – Embodied Bodies, Non-normativity, and Power Dynamics in Modern Iranian Literature and Film

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

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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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 Lecture: “Paths to Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Central Asia: Two Case-Studies of Emancipation” with Jeff Eden (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

September 16, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  When the Russian Empire conquered Central Asia in the 1860s-1870s, the conquest was hailed across Europe as the event that ended Central Asia’s slave trade and liberated its slaves– a claim that has rarely, if ever, been challenged by historians. In this presentation, Jeff Eden challenges that claim through two case studies. The first case study shows how, on the eve of Russia’s conquest of the capital city of Khiva in 1873, the city’s slaves fomented the largest slave…

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Virtual Seminar, Horner-Jarrahi Keynote Presentation: “The Growing Popularity of Non-Standard Marriages and Unions in Iran and South West Asia/North Africa (SWANA)” by Dr. Janet Afary (University of California, Santa Barbara)

September 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Rahat Indori 

September 19, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, September 19, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Rahat Indori (1950-2020). Rahat Indori passed away from COVID-19 on August 11, 2020. 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…

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Cultural Event: “Iranian identity in the Shahnameh of Hakim Ferdowsi” with Mr. Freydoun Naimi-Rad

September 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the Shahanameh, featuring Mr. Freydoun Naimi-Rad. One of the world’s longest epic poems, the Shahnameh was written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. The event will include time for questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in…

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Virtual Lecture: “Language Learning and Social Mobility: Evidence from al-Hariri’s Maqamat” with Dr. Michael Cooperson (UCLA)

September 22, 2020 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  Join us to hear distinguished Arabist, Dr. Michael Cooperson (UCLA) present on his recent NYU Press translation of Al-Hariri's Maqamat. He will also discuss the use of literature as a historical source. Register in advance. ​Sponsored and presented by Georgia State University's Middle East Studies. Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Global Studies Center, Emory University's Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Alif Institute, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.    

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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 Seminar: Panel III – Religio-Political Dimensions of Desire in Modern Iran

September 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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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

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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Virtual Seminar: Roundtable Discussion: Love, Laws, and Changes

October 3, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.” Register in advance: go.unc.edu/Iran From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for…

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Virtual Panel Discussion: Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian Cultural Imaginary

October 6, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Register in advance: go.unc.edu/iranwebinar   This panel will discuss Black and Afro-Iranians in the Iranian Cultural Imaginary, featuring panelists: “Chronopolitical Assemblages: Race/ism, Desire, and Identification in Iranian Contexts” Shadee Malaklou, Chair and Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Founding Director, Women's and Gender Non-Conforming Center, Berea College “The Question of Race in Simin Daneshvar’s “A City Like Paradise” Amirhossein Vafa, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Shiraz University “The limitations, danger and equity regarding imagining and writing about those we are…

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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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Cultural Event: “A Look at the Poetry and Music of Early Popular Genre in Iran” with Mr. Shahram Mazhari

October 11, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on poetry and music of early popular genre in Iran, featuring Mr. Shahram Mazhari. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.   Sunday, October 11 | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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K-12 Webinar: Challenging Misconceptions of Slavery: The Life of Omar ibn Said

October 13, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Omar ibn Said was born into a well-educated family around the year 1770 in Futa Toro, in contemporary Senegal. In his thirties he was kidnapped, enslaved, and transported to Charleston, South Carolina. He escaped from his first enslaver and was later imprisoned in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jim Owen, brother to the governor of North Carolina, purchased Sayyid, and he spent the next fifty-three years of his life with the Owens. Said went on to write a series of manuscripts…

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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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Virtual Workshop: Persian Language Pedagogy: Challenges, Obstacles, and Innovative Responses

October 15, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Persian Language Pedagogy: Challenges, Obstacles, and Innovative Responses is an attempt at providing innovative responses to challenges and obstacles that Persian language instructors particularly, but language instructors more broadly, encounter in their classrooms. The panelists will address topics such as the challenges in teaching heritage students vs. non-heritage ones, the difficulties of teaching morphologically complex idiomatic expressions in Persian, teaching reading in Persian to literate college-level novice readers of Persian as a second language, devising effective blended language learning experiences,…

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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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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Bismil Saeedi

October 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, October 17, at 12:30 PM. The featured poet is Bismil Saeedi (1901-1977). 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: 946 6094 7701 Passcode:…

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Lecture: “Blackness in Malaysia and Indonesia: Stories from the Field” with Professor Timothy Daniels

October 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Daniels is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Hofstra University. Before joining the faculty at Hofstra, he completed his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He teaches anthropology, religious studies, linguistic anthropology, and urban studies. His research has spanned multiple field sites in Malaysia and Indonesia. His research interests include urban space and ethnicity, globalization and culture, traditional arts and cultural performances, and Islamic law and ethics. His initial field research projects…

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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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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: “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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K-12 International Education Week Webinar: “Understanding Racism in the Arab World and Beyond” with Shreya Parikh (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 16, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  Increase awareness of social justice and human rights around the world in this week-long professional development webinar series. In celebration of International Education Week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the area studies centers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University will host an interactive webinar every evening between November 16-20, 2020. Each webinar will focus on content and resources related to a specific world region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Shakeel Badayuni

November 28, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, November 28, at 12:30 p.m. The featured poet is Shakeel Badayuni (1916-1970). We will concentrate on his work outside of the film industry. 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…

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December 2020

K-12 Webinar: Making Positive Change: Stories of Peacebuilding from the Middle East and North Africa

December 5, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this two-hour workshop for educators, teachers will hear stories of activism and inspiration from change-makers in the Middle East and North Africa. Panelists from Syria, Iraq, and Sudan will discuss their diverse work in peacebuilding and community engagement. Teachers will learn more about the complexity of issues facing the MENA region, think critically about issues of injustice, and discuss connections to service-learning pedagogy. Drawing upon the lessons that can be learned from global examples of resilience and resistance, the…

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Cultural Event: “Life and study of poems by ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami” with Ms. Maryam Tabibzadeh

December 6, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the life and poems by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami featuring Ms. Maryam Tabibzadeh, accompanied by live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.  

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K-12 Webinar: The Future of Language Learning in North Carolina

December 8, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  Language-learning experts will engage in a conversation about the direction of teaching and learning of languages in North Carolina, and what changes they hope to see in the future. As the face of North Carolina evolves, and with new developments in pedagogy and technology, this panel will discuss where things are going and how language educators should be meeting new (and old) challenges. Register in advance at go.unc.edu/NClanguages.   Our panelists come from across the state, all with a…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Ibrahim Zauq

December 26, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, December 26, at 1:00 PM. The featured poet is Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq (1790-1854). 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: 994 9325 8636 Passcode: ZAUQ Dial-in…

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January 2021

Carolina Seminar: “Claiming Hagia Sophia” with Halil Ibrahim Yenigun (San Jose State University)

January 25, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
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  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Halil Yenigun is on the faculty at San Jose State University in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on comparative political theory with a specific focus on contemporary Muslim political thought and…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Islam Through Art” with Dr. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)

January 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar introduces participants to key issues and themes in Islamic art, including architectural interactions and the importance of ornament and Arabic-script calligraphy. This session also aims to dispel contemporary discourses about figural imagery, especially depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Finally, we will discuss readings, pedagogical strategies, and online resources which can help teach Islam in a manner that aims to circumvent simplistic presuppositions and “otherizing” binaries. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Amir Meenai

January 30, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Amir Meenai (1829-1900). We will be joined by Sabiha Siddiqi Sahiba, the great-granddaughter of Amir Meenai, who will share her thoughts about her great-grandfather and recite his poetry. 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…

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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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Cultural Event: “Women in the Shahnameh” with Dr. Amir Rezvani

February 7, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the position of women in Hakim Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, featuring Dr. Amir Rezvani, accompanied by live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience and music. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Carolina Seminar: “Uprising in Syria” with Bassam Haddad (George Mason University)

February 8, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His areas of research include issues in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon; political…

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Lecture: “Ancient Judaism Online: Exploring a 3D Model of the Ancient Beth Alpha Synagogue” with Dr. Brad Erickson

February 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Join us as we step into the ancient world and explore a 3D model of the Late Roman synagogue of Beth Alpha. Participants will have the option of creating an avatar to join in the virtual synagogue or they can watch the talk through Zoom. During the conversation, Dr. Erickson will describe how digital tools are changing the study of ancient Judaism; give a tour of the Beth Alpha synagogue; and analyze the personifications of the seasons, zodiac, and…

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Book Talk: “Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel,” with  Prof. Barbara Cooper (Rutgers)

February 11, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Barbara M. Cooper is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her new book, Countless Blessings, is a book on the history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel. Prof. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world's highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. She shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger…

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Conference: “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam”

February 20, 2021 - February 21, 2021

The Islamicate Graduate Student Association invites you to attend the 18th Annual Duke-UNC Conference, one of the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conferences in the U.S. This year’s conference, “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam” will be held online via a live video broadcasting platform on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 2021. This year’s panels include an exciting line up of graduate student research, artists showcasing their work, and a…

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Carolina Seminar: “Annexing the West Bank” with Noura Erakat (Rutgers)

February 22, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights…

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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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McLester Lecture Series: “Authority and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics of Women’s Reproductive Health” with Dr. Zahra Ayubi (Dartmouth)

February 24, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Dr. Zahra Ayubi (UNC ’15) is an assistant professor of religion at Dartmouth and is a scholar of gender in premodern and modern Islamic ethics, specializing in feminist philosophy approaches to the Muslim intellectual tradition and more recently in biomedical ethics. Her talk will be on "Authority and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics of Women’s Reproductive Health.”  Zoom link to join.   Sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Teaching Middle East History in World History” with Dr. Allen Fromherz (Georgia State University)

February 25, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Relevant to high school curricula, we will explore ideas and strategies for using decisive moments in Middle East History to explore larger themes of World History including charisma, religious encounters, commerce, and geographical diversity. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time FREE!…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Behzad Lucknavi

February 27, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, February 27, at 1:00 PM. The featured poet is Behzad Lucknavi (1900-1974). 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: 965 5312 8445 Passcode: BEHZAD…

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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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Community College Summit: “Global is Local Business Summit: The Future of Work”

March 5, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  This Global is Local Business Summit is a collaboration among Trelleborg, Isothermal Community College and UNC World View. It will provide educators and students a unique opportunity to hear from a UNC Kenan-Flagler business professor and industry leaders in North Carolina about meeting needs in the competitive and ever-evolving economy. With a focus on the future of work, this program will provide insights on the changing nature of industry, the skill sets and traits needed and required by current…

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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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Global Read Webinar Series: Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan

March 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join the Middle East Outreach Council on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Time for a webinar with award-winning author, Danny Ramadan.   This program will feature 2020 Picture Book Award Winner: SALMA THE SYRIAN CHEF by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron (Annick Press, 2020). Salma and her mother have recently arrived in Vancouver and all Salma wants to do is make her mama smile again.  Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria,…

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Lecture: “Yehuda Halevi, Zionism, and Mediterranean Currents in Israeli Music” with Michael Figueroa (UNC)

March 15, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  The medieval Judeo-Arabic poet Yehuda Halevi (c. 1075–1141) represents the archetypal Mediterranean journey to Jerusalem, where the poet died in 1141 after making the long journey across the sea from his Andalusian home. Halevi’s poems and philosophical writings resonate across Jewish musical practice in modern Israel, often through musical gestures toward Sephardic or Mizrahi cultural memory. This essay analyzes Israeli musical Mediterraneanism in diverse musical settings of Halevi’s poetry by Nechama Hendel, Etta Ankri, Ruchama Raz, and David Menachem,…

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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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Lecture: “Down to the Bone: Dissecting Blackness in Early-Twentieth-Century Egypt” with Dr. Taylor Moore (UC Santa Barbara)

March 18, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Taylor M. Moore is a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at UC Santa Barbara. Her research lies at the intersections of critical race studies, decolonial/postcolonial histories of science, and decolonial materiality studies. Her manuscript-in-preparation, Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt, uses modern Egyptian amulets as an archive to reconstruct the magical and vernacular medical life-worlds of peasant women healers, and their critical role developing medico-anthropological expertise in Egypt from 1880-1950. Taylor’s work…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Experiential Learning about the Middle East through the Senses” with Barbara Petzen (CSIS)

March 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This webinar will explore and demonstrate a wide variety of sensory approaches to learning about the Middle East. We’ll look at new ways to understand the diversity of the historical and contemporary Middle East through images and film, sound, taste and smell, and tactile experiences. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. All…

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Horner-Jarrahi Lecture: “Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds”

March 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online NC

  Three of the formative revolutions that shook the early twentieth-century world occurred almost simultaneously in regions bordering each other. Though the Russian, Iranian, and Young Turk Revolutions all exploded between 1904 and 1911, they have never been studied through their linkages until now. Roving Revolutionaries probes the interconnected aspects of these three revolutions through the involvement of the Armenian revolutionaries—minorities in all of these empires—whose movements and participation within and across frontiers tell us a great deal about the…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Bekhud Dehlv

March 20, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Bekhud Dehlvi (1863-1955). 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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Career Event: Arabic in Professional Contexts — The Foreign Service

March 24, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join the UNC Arabic Program on March 24 at 1:30-2:30pm for the second in a series of conversations about using Arabic in professional contexts. In this event, Teaching Associate Professor of Arabic Bud Kauffman will be speaking with former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Ari Gore discussing his route to, and experience during, his career as a U.S. Diplomat in the Middle East. We will be discussing his Arabic studies, near decade in the Foreign Service, and his current work…

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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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Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies

March 29, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
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UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for these remaining events in the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   March 29: 5: Iran Nuclear Treaty 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on Iran,…

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Carolina Seminar: “Iran Nuclear Treaty” with Pouya Alimagham (MIT)

March 29, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant, focusing on such themes as revolutionary and guerrilla movements, imperialism,…

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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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Exhibition: MFA Thesis Exhibition: Minoo Emami, Andaruni Landscapes

April 9, 2021 | 8:00 am - April 16, 2021 | 5:00 pm

  Andaruni Landscapes looks critically at gender representation, depictions of the female body, and the objectification of women revealing the hidden feminist history in Iran. It asks the viewer to understand perceptions of feminism and persistent Colonial fetishized stereotyping in post-revolutionary Iran. With understanding, there is a chance for change.   Each work puts to use archival images and found footage as they demand our attention to memory and history in relationship with contemporary life in Iran today. This exhibition…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Saghar Siddiqui

April 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Saghar Siddiqui (1928-1974). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. Please note: although Saghar Siddiqui wrote many film songs, please choose your presentations only from his non-film poetry. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems…

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Cultural Event: “A look at Forough Farrokhzad’s Thought, Life, and Poetry” with Dr. Ali Kathiri

April 11, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on the poetry of Forough Farrokhzad, a woman beyond her time, featuring Dr. Ali Kathiri. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.   Sunday, April 11| 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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Cultural Event: Celebrating Ramadan: Stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

April 12, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  In this virtual event, returned volunteers from the Peace Corps will share their stories of experiencing the holy month of Ramadan in Muslim-majority countries during their time abroad.   Sponsored by University Career Services.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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K-12 Teacher Webinar: Celebrating the History and Cultural Contributions of Arab Americans

April 13, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  Register: http://go.unc.edu/AAHM Though often overlooked, Arab Americans are an important thread in the fabric of American society. From the first wave of immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to the present day, Arab Americans have been making valuable contributions in the fields of medicine, business, education, technology, government, culture, and more. In honor of April as Arab American Heritage Month, this webinar will explore strategies to incorporate information on Arab Americans into the curriculum. Countering overgeneralized representations of…

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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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Carolina Seminar: “Leaving Iraq” with Nabil al-Takriti (University of Mary Washington)

April 19, 2021 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East”. Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events.   Nabil al-Takriti is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington. With scholarly interests that include Ottoman History, the modern Middle East, and Humanitarian Affairs, Prof. Al-Tikriti is primarily responsible for the…

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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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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories” with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

April 22, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This session with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will explore reporting on the MENA region and curricular resources that can be used to connect underreported news stories to the classroom. We will outline ways to engage students in global issues through journalism, develop media literacy, encourage critical thinking about the MENA region, and connect with a journalist for a conversation about their experience reporting from the Middle East. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021,…

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Cultural Event: “Mimuna: North African Jewish Celebration at the End of Passover”

April 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Guest Speaker, Rafram Chaddad is a visual artist and a food researcher. He was born in Djerba island, grew up in Jerusalem and worked and taught as a contemporary artist in Europe and the US since 2004. His works have exhibited in multiple galleries and museums around the world and his themes lay in the relationship between old crafts and family traditions.   In the field of food Rafram works on political and social themes, published recipes and articles…

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May 2021

Cultural Event: “Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Singer early last century in Iran, Ghamar”

May 9, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a look at the life and music and social role of Qamar al-Muluk Vaziri, featuring speakers Dr. Amir Rezvani, Siavash Pourfazli and Shahram Mazhari. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian.   Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.    

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Symposium: Connecting Your Classroom to the World: Collaborating with the UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers

May 12, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Join us on May 12 to learn about the interesting collaborations between UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers and Minority Serving Institution and Community College faculty. The event will feature speakers from Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges from across the Southeast. Our speakers will talk about how UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers’ resources have helped faculty internationalize their curriculum. The Area Studies Centers will also talk about all resources available to MSI and CC faculty, including funding…

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Lecture: “Poetry and Eshraqi Illuminationism Among Persian Zoroastrians” with Dr. Carl Ernst (UNC-Chapel Hill)

May 12, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina (ICSNC) and the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series with a lecture titled “Poetry and Eshraqi Illuminationism Among Persian Zoroastrians” with Dr. Carl Ernst of UNC Chapel Hill. The Zoroastrian mystic Azar Kayvan, born in Shiraz, inspired a remarkable intellectual and religions movement of Mughal era, notable for its nostalgic imagination of the ancient Persian kings as ascetic philosophers. This vision was portrayed through…

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Teach-In Roundtable: Sheikh Jarrah

May 19, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This panel seeks to provide a scholarly, historical perspective on the multiple factors that have led to the current events taking place in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Furthermore, this panel will speak not to intellectual abstractions, but will provide academic contexts to pragmatic concerns that journalists and readers should understand and consider when covering or reading about the current situation in Palestine today. For more information, please visit here. Co-sponsored by the UNC Department of History; UNC Curriculum in…

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K-12 Teaching the Middle East Webinar Series: “Hip Hop and Women’s Voices in the Middle East and North Africa” with Dr. Angela Williams (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

May 20, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Through the work of rap artists from the MENA region, we will learn about the varied lived experiences of girls and women in this region. Their music and online expressions depict the challenges and pressures they face, as well as spaces for hope and a better future for women and girls. This series offers five interactive sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Ada Jafarey

May 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Ada Jafarey (1924-2015). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. 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: 974 3392 5373…

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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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Teacher Training: “Culture and Arts on a Global Stage” for K-12 and Community College Educators  

June 22, 2021 | 10:00 am - June 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm

  Musicians and poets, artists and dancers have played and written, painted and danced their way around the world through centuries - illuminating the time and the interplay of peoples and societies. In this program, Culture and the Arts on a Global Stage, UNC World View provides a professional development program for all K-12 and community college educators to explore examples of the ways different cultures use the arts to celebrate, reflect, document and heal their societies. The arts have…

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July 2021

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Kishwar Naheed

July 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Kishwar Naheed (b. 1940). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. 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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August 2021

K-12 Program: Cultural Kitchens Series, Kseksou – Couscous: A Moroccan Culinary Art Experience and Cultural Heritage

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

  Please join the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers for free, virtual global cooking sessions via Zoom.  In each session, attendees will learn how to make a dish from a different region of the world while learning about the culture of the featured region. Experts from each region will be leading the cooking sessions and will provide registered participants with a list of ingredients to follow in advance.  All events will take place from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  …

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Sabiha Saba (virtual)

August 14, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, August 14 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Sabiha Saba. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. 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: 935 1441 5522…

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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

Lecture: “The Oldest Guard: Landowners, Local Memory, and the Making of the Zionist Settler Past” with Liora Halperin (University of Washington) (virtual)

September 1, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Registration on the Eventbrite site is required to receive the Zoom webinar link.   In this talk, Liora Halperin tells the story of Zionist memory in and around the private Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) that were established in late 19th-century Ottoman Palestine. Though they grew into the backbone of lucrative citrus and wine industries in British mandate Palestine and Israel, absorbed tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, and became known as the "first wave" (First Aliyah) of Zionist settlement,…

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Lecture: “The 9/11 Disaster and the War in Afghanistan after 20 Years: How it Happened & How it Changed Everything” with J. Samuel Walker (hybrid)

September 2, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Krasno Global Events Series for a presentation by J. Samuel Walker, author of the just published "The Day that Shook America: A Concise History of 9/11" (University Press of Kansas, August 2021). The event will be introduced and moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill; Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor; author Uncertain Allies: Nixon, Kissinger & the Threat of a United Europe, Yale UP, Nov. 2021) IN-PERSON location at 5.30pm: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC…

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Seminar: Propaganda in the Soviet-Afghan War with Jeff Jones (UNCG)

September 2, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Seminar on Russia and its Empires will start the academic year with a presentation by Jeff Jones of UNCG, who will present a chapter on his forthcoming book on the Afghan War. Jeff Jones (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Assistant Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His specific area of research is Russian-Soviet history and he is interested in 20th century global history. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and…

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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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Cultural Event: Mehndi Ki Raat

September 10, 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The UNC-Chapel Hill Pakistan Society is hosting an event in an effort to celebrate Pakistani culture in the form of singing, dancing, music, food and clothing.   Tickets are $15 and available online. More information.   Sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill Pakistan Society.   Carolina Union Great Hall UNC-Chapel Hill

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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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Conference: “The War on Terror at Twenty: Assessing Lessons Learned from the American and British Experiences” (virtual)

September 17, 2021 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  How did the US and UK governments respond in the days, weeks, and years following the major terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and 7/7/2005? What have both countries learned about dealing with the threat of terrorism? Panels of American and British former leaders will examine these questions.   American Panelists -Former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair -Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin -Ambassador James Dobbins -Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Lawrence Wright   British Panelists -Former Chief of…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Meera Bai

September 18, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Meera Bai (1498-1547). The collected poetry of Meera Bai is available in Urdu script on Rekhta.org in an ebook “Prem Vani” (https://rekhta.org/authors/meera-bai). Her works in Hindi script are widely available on the Internet. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the…

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Iranian Literary Diasporas: Parvaneh Hosseini in Conversation with author Hamed Esmaeilion (virtual)

September 25, 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. September 25, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Parvaneh Hosseini in Conversation with author Hamed Esmaeilion Register: https://go.unc.edu/Esameilion  Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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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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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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Lecture: “Iraq Invasion, Intended or Unintended Consequences” with Dr. Shaki Jawad (virtual)

October 7, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  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. Dr. Jawad will share his experience with the class about…

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Cultural Event: “Navigating Faith and Fortune: Working in this World for the Next” with Hamila Aden

October 8, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Halima Aden is a Somali-American entrepreneur who used to be a fashion model for IMG.  She made the decision to leave the fashion industry due to her faith and has served as hijabi representation for the fashion industry.  She is now working on her own hijab line and serves as the first Global Ambassador for Modanisa.  She will be speaking about how her faith has shaped her career today and how it plays a role in her life.  …

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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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Cultural Event: A Bilingual Poetry Reading by Habib Tengour, poet, playwright, essayist, anthropologist

October 14, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Toy Lounge, UNC, Toy Lounge, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Professor Tengour will read his poems in French, and Professor Hassan Melehy (UNC) will follow each with its English translation. An Algerian who lives and works between Constantine and Paris, Habib Tengour has published eight books of prose and thirteen books of poetry in French. His work has been translated into German, English, Arabic, and Dutch. His English translators include US poets Marilyn Hacker, Pierre Joris, and Cole Swensen.   This event is free and open to the public.…

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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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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Mona Shahab (virtual)

October 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Mona Shahab.  Mona Shahab will join us live on Zoom for a conversation about her works.   In the first half of the meeting we will have a conversation with the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite…

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K-12 Teacher Training Webinar – US/MENA Dialogues: “Social and Emotional Supports for Newcomer Students in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa” (virtual)

October 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Many communities around the world are experiencing an influx of migrant, immigrant, internally displaced, and/or refugee youth. This interactive webinar will provide approaches for helping students around the world thrive in their new environments. Drawing on lessons learned from the Study of Adolescent Lives after Migration to America (SALaMA), a study examining the well-being and psychosocial support needs of students from the MENA region, this session will share methods for supporting students globally in key areas: (1) school/district-level policies;…

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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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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

October 26, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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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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McLester Lecture Series: The Beauty of the Houri: Images and Interpretations of the Heavenly Virgins” with Dr. Nerina Rustomji (St. John’s University) (virtual)

October 27, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This UNC Religious Studies McLester lecture by Dr. Nerina Rustomji, St. John’s University, will address the images of the pure female companions or houris of Islamic paradise that appear in Arabic, French, and English texts. The houri offered a feminine ideal of purity for a variety of interpreters, including Qur’anic commentators, Latin Christendom theologians, British and French travel writers, eighteenth and nineteenth century poets and writers, and twentieth and twenty-first century interpreters of Islam. The talk considers how an…

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Film Screening: “Two Gods”

October 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

An intimate documentary about faith, renewal, and healing, TWO GODS follows a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in New Jersey, as he takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. Inside a corner casket shop in East Orange, laboring amid the sawdust and the long pine boxes, casket makers work with mentors in the Islamic burial tradition. Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker who finds spiritual grounding in his work, brings two boys…

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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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Presentation: “The BBC’s Framing of the Syrian Refugee Crisis” with Sergul Nguyen ’11 (virtual)

November 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This virtual event is part of the TransAtlantic Masters Program Fall Friday Lecture Series. Sergul is a Turkish national. While in TAM, she studied in Prague and Paris. Following four years in journalism and corporate communication, she started a PhD in media and communications at Galatasaray University, Istanbul in 2015. She now lives in Utrecht. Since early 2020, she has worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam as a lecturer and primarily teaches organizational and corporate communication & supervises BA and MA…

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K-12 Teacher Training Webinar – US/MENA Dialogues: “Globalizing STEM: Strengthen International Connections and Engage Students in Understanding our Global Environment”

November 7, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Focusing on the GLOBE program, this session will provide ideas and resources for globalizing STEM courses and providing international connections across the United States, Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. As an international science and education program, GLOBE is dedicated to supplying the STEM professionals of tomorrow with the scientific knowledge necessary to tackle Earth's biggest challenges. GLOBE is a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional,…

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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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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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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Meena Kumari “Naaz” (virtual)

November 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Meena Kumari “Naaz” (1933-1972). Meena Kumari’s Diwan “Tanha Chand” is available as an e-book on Rekhta.org.   In the first half of the meeting we will discuss the life and works of the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by…

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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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Emerging Scholars Lecture: “Coin Deposits from Ancient Synagogues in Late Antique Palestine” with Tine Rassalle (UNC) (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  During archaeological excavations in Israel/Palestine over the last century, fifty-seven separate coin hoards have been found in ancient synagogue buildings dated to Late Antiquity (300-700 CE). This talk provides an overview of these deposits and lays out the separate functions these hoards could have had within the Jewish communities of Late Antiquity. By analyzing the religious and socio-economic circumstances of that time, this talk will show that coins to the ancient Jews were much more than just tools for monetary…

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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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Presentation: Study Abroad Week: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Programs (virtual)

November 16, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Study Abroad Office invites you to register for Study Abroad Week, November 15-19! Join us virtually to learn about the exciting variety of global opportunities available to Tar Heels! Throughout the week, we’ll offer sessions on best-fit programs for students by area of study, showcase our language and culture programs, and share funding information. A session on Asian & Middle Eastern Studies programs will be offered on November 16 at 4pm. Check out the webpage to view all the sessions. Register to attend in…

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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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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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International Education Week 2021 Series for K-12 Educators: “Water in the Middle East: Significance, Survival, and Sustainability” (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Now more than ever, we live in an interconnected world of limited resources and limitless possibility. In celebration of International Education Week, the Duke-UNC area studies centers and the NC Department of Public Instruction will host a series of events for educators to explore issues related to food, water, and sustainability. Throughout the series, we will explore the interconnectedness of agriculture, water, community health and well-being, culture, sustainable development, and climate.   Each session will highlight content and resources…

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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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Cultural Event: “A glance at the historic legacy of Ehsan Yarshater, the founder of the Encyclopædia Iranica” with Dr. Mandana Zandian (virtual)

November 21, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for “A glance at the historic legacy of Ehsan Yarshater, the founder of the Encyclopædia Iranica” with Dr. Mandana Zandian. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian.   Professor Ehsan Yarshater founded the Encyclopædia Iranica in 1973 and remained its Editor-in-Chief until his retirement in 2015. Encyclopædia Iranica is the most significant, extensive and comprehensive…

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Kaplan-Brauer Lecture: “Birds as Dads, Babysitters, and Hats: An “Indistinction” Approach to the Mother Bird Mitzvah in Deuteronomy 22:6-7” with Beth A. Berkowitz (Barnard College) (hybrid)

November 22, 2021 | 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The commandment to send the mother bird from her nest before taking her eggs or chicks, known in Jewish tradition as shiluach hakan, is found in Deuteronomy 22:6-7. This essay addresses dominant perspectives on the mother bird mitzvah – its association with good luck, bad luck, and compassion – before showcasing rabbinic texts from Mishnah and Babylonian Talmud Hullin Chapter 12 that evince interest in birds as ingenious builders, as fathers and not just mothers, as queer parents and…

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December 2021

FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

December 2, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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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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Conference: Asia Scholar Network Conference 2021 (virtual)

December 11, 2021 | 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The UNC System Asia Scholar Network exists to create a community of scholars working on Asia-related topics across the 16 UNC system campuses and community colleges across the state. We build on the strengths of each college and university, providing scholars with opportunities to network, share information and collaborate. Ultimately, we also hope to improve access to resources for the study of Asia and spark collaboration in the field of Asian studies in the state of North Carolina. Read more about…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Maha Laqa Bai Chanda (hybrid)

December 11, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New West Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Maha Laqa Bai Chanda (1768-1824), the first published woman poet in Urdu. Maha Laqa Bai was the most renowned singer, dancer, and poet of her time in Hyderabad.   This meeting of Urdu Majlis will be in HYBRID mode: we will meet in person in room 219 New West but you…

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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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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

January 14, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Daagh Dehlvi (1831-1905) (virtual)

January 15, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Daagh Dehlvi (1831-1905). In the first half of the meeting we will discuss the life and works of the featured poet. 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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