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July 2020

Virtual Cultural Event: Persian Poetry Night on Hafiz

July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring the life and poetry of Persian lyric poet Hafiz (born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī). This event is in Persian. Zoom Link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Virtual Cultural Event: Persian Poetry Night on Hafiz

July 19, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring the musicality of the works of Persian lyric poet Hafiz, with speaker Loghman Zaeem. This event is in Persian. Zoom link.

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August 2020

Cultural Event: “Hafiz is a Strange Secret! Compatibility and Empathy of Hafez and Master Shajarian” with Hamid Yazdani

August 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Persian Poetry, featuring information on Hafiz, Iranian classical singer, and poetry readings and Persian music. This event is in Persian. Zoom Link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.

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Virtual Conversation: Catastrophe in Lebanon: Causes and Impact

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

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

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Cultural Event: “The pain of separation from the beloved: Understanding Mowlavi Rumi” with Dr. Mohammad Ali Bat-haee

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

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event on Mowlavi Rumi, featuring Dr. Mohammad Ali Bat-haee, retired professor of Shiraz University. 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 Carolina.

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September 2020

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

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

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

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October 2020

Twenty First Annual TISS New Faces Conference

October 23, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Advanced graduate students in the security studies field will present their research and engage in conversation with the TISS Community. Advanced Registration Required. Presenters include Gregoire Phillips (University of California at Davis), Velvet Gloves on Iron Fists: Media, Persuasion, and Power in Modern Extremism. More information and register.   How do rebels gain and maintain local support while also engaging in costly war? In this dissertation, I argue that rebels leverage the influence and reach of modern media to translate…

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November 2020

K-12 North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Conference Session: “Poets of Protest: Poetry from the Middle East and North Africa”

November 5, 2020 | 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

  The annual North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Conference will take place online, November 5-7, 2020. Register in advance and more information.   Around the world, poetry has been a popular way to comment on and challenge systems of power. Often used as artistic expression in times of crisis, spoken and written word allows artists to tell stories of their communities, expose truths, and inspire action. Incorporating MENA poets is a way to prioritize MENA voices and gain an intimate…

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December 2020

Cultural Event: “Remembering Ostad Shajarian on Yalda Night!”

December 20, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina for a special virtual celebration of Yalda Night, an Iranian celebration of the longest night of the year. This event will feature live Persian music honoring Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, an Iranian vocalist and master of Persian traditional music. He is widely considered as one of the greatest Iranian artists of all time. The event will feature: Professor Omid Safi, Professor Ghadamali Sarami, Professor Bahram Osqueezadeh, Hossein…

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January 2021

Performance: Omar Offendum

January 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He tours the world performing internationally at music festivals, lecturing at major academic institutions and fundraising for humanitarian relief organizations. He will perform part of his latest creative work Little Syria, and discuss his music and activism. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a…

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Performance: Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey

January 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host a special virtual performance / discussion with Omar Offendum & Thanks Joey, two award-winning Arab-American Hip-Hop artists. They will present samples from their new album "Lost In Translation" as well as a preview of their "Little Syria" project, which recounts the experiences of the first Levantine immigrants to NYC through music, poetry & storytelling.   Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He tours the world…

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February 2021

Exhibition: Golden Mummies of Egypt

February 13, 2021 - July 11, 2021

  On view through July 11, Golden Mummies of Egypt features eight extraordinary gilded mummies and more than 100 related objects including papyri, jewelry, ceramics, and deities that connect the domestic, daily sphere of these Greco-Roman Egyptians to the religious world of the gods. The exhibition explores beliefs about the afterlife during the relatively little-known era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds (circa 300 B.C.E.–200 C.E.). In a series of lavishly illustrated thematic sections, it showcases the outstanding…

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Artist Conversation: Helen Zughaib

February 18, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join us for a conversation with Helen Zughaib about her art, its influences and styles. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early Arab American culture through music, literature, poetry, art, performance, and journalism.   Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.   NC…

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March 2021

Workshop: Virtual Art and Mortality

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

  Drawing upon themes from Golden Mummies of Egypt, this two-hour virtual workshop intimately explores death, dying, and life transitions, and it’s actually not morbid at all! Join us to unravel these often-taboo subjects to better understand ancient beliefs around the end of life and embrace an intentional approach to confronting mortality.   For tickets and more information, visit here.   Golden Mummies of Egypt is developed and produced by Nomad Exhibitions. In Raleigh additional support for this exhibition is made possible,…

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Cultural Event: In Celebration of Nowruz

March 14, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, featuring live music. The event will include time for virtual socialization, as well as original music and narration. This event is in Persian. Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.  

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Cultural Event: Virtual Islamic Association of Raleigh Open House 2021

March 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

  The Islamic Association of Raleigh's Outreach Team invites you to the educational Annual Open House, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 12:00 pm. This year's theme is “Navigating Difficult Times.” This educational event will feature a keynote address by Imam AbuTaleb. The event will also include Quran recitation & translation, presentation on "What is Islam" and "Who are Muslims", virtual tour of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, Q&A session, Muslim Prayer observation. This is a free event. Please register in…

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Poetry Reading: Safia Elhillo

March 23, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  You are cordially invited to an evening with Safia Elhillo, an award winning poet and author of Sudanese origin. Ms. Elhillo will do a reading of her poetry, and participate in conversation about her work. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early Arab American culture…

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April 2021

Discussion with Author Rabih Alameddine

April 14, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Please join us for a conversation with award winner Arab American writer, Rabih Alameddine, the author of I, the Divine (W.W. Norton), The Hakawati (A.A. Knopf), Koolaids, The Perv, An Unnecessary Woman, and The Angel of History (all Grove Atlantic). An Unnecessary Woman was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014 and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger, and The Angel of History won the Lambda Literary Award. Alameddine is the winner of the 2019 Dos Passos Prize. His next novel, The Wrong End of the Telescope, will be published…

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May 2021

Performance: Tarek Yamani

May 6, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  A recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, and the Baryshnikov Artist-in-Residence, Tarek Yamani explores the relationship between African American and classical Arabic music during this webinar with performance, conversation, and Q&A. More information and register in advance.   This event is part of a series of webinars with award-winning and diaspora-bending artists, writers, poets, and musicians held in conjunction with Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that maps the rich mosaic of early…

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June 2021

Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Security through the Strait of Hormuz

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

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

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September 2021

Cultural Event: Arab American Dance (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Please join the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies for a conversation with Arab American choreographers and dancers Leila Awadallah, Sharon Mansur, Meryl Murman, and Leyya Tawil about their work and projects, and future creative visions. Leyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with sound, performance, and hybrid transmissions. Tawil is a Syrian, Palestinian, American engaged in the world as such. Her 25-year record of performances have been presented in the US, Europe, Russia, and the Arab world. www.danceElixirLIVE.org…

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October 2021

Exhibit: From Fallujah

October 1, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Photography exhibit curated by John Bechtold.   Featuring the work of four emerging Iraqi photographers, the exhibit proceeds from the idea that the best way to learn about a place is through the people who live there. Our purpose is to make another story about Fallujah visible to American audiences, one that departs from its militarized meaning in public memory. Fallujah is not an Iraq War battlefield. It is a place where people work, attend school, and frequent public…

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Cultural Event: Arab American Theater (virtual)

October 7, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join us for a rich and engaging conversation with Arab American playwrights, theater actors, and producers: Kathryn Haddadm Jamil Khoury, Lameece Issaq, and Malek Najjar. This panel discussion and conversation will be moderated by Catherine Coray, a Professor of Theater at NYU.   Register in advance.   Sponsor by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.   NC State University

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Festival: “Triangle Islamic Festival of Arts”

October 9, 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  This is the first Triangle Islamic Festival of Arts, a full-day celebration of the beauty of Islamic art. Local Muslim Artists will showcase their paintings, digital art, woodworking, glasswork, embroidery, children’s art activities, henna and more. The featured artist will be Kulsum Tasnif.  Admission is free.   To register, visit here.   Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Raleigh and Muslim Artists of NC.   Islamic Association of Raleigh 808 Atwater Street, Raleigh, NC

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Cultural Event: “Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty” – A Valuable Documentary film by Hassan Fiad (virtual)

October 17, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an introduction by Dr. Nayereh Tohidi followed by film screening of ‘Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty.’ The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as a Q&A with the filmmaker, Mr. Hassan Fayyad. This event is in Persian.   Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina. Persian Art Center in Carolina (Event in the Triangle)

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November 2021

Conversation: “Tariq Touré in conversation with Dasan Ahanu”

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

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

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Book Talk: “Under Jerusalem” by Andrew Lawler

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

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

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Cultural Event: Turath Webinar: Conversation with filmmaker Mike Mosallam (virtual)

November 16, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Join the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies for the last Turath webinar this fall, for a conversation with Arab American Producer and Actor, Mike Mosallam. His latest film is "Breaking Fast" which had its World Premiere in March 2020 and garnered major awards. In addition, he is the creator and co-Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed "All American Muslim."   Register in advance.   Sponsored by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.   NC State University

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March 2022

Conversation: Sasa Aakil at Rofhiwa Book Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Building Communities in Partnership with Faith

March 5, 2022 | 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

  The Islamic Association of Raleigh's Outreach Team invites you to an educational Annual Open House. The theme for this year's event is "Building Communities in Partnership with Faith." The event will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. You’ll be able to enjoy an educational program followed by a Q & A session led by Imam AbuTaleb, tour the facility, observe Islamic prayer, and feast upon delicious Mediterranean food. This event is scheduled…

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Cultural Event: Persian New Year’s Gathering

March 11, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come join the local Iranian community in celebrating Persian New Year with an evening of live Persian music set against the backdrop of images from our motherland, Iran. Light refreshments and pastries will be served. To RSVP, please email Mehdi Emamian at me@emamian.com. For questions contact Sia Yazdanfar at contact@siayazdanfar.com. Alamance Arts Sister Galleries 213 South Main Street, Graham, NC

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The Abraham Accords: Shaping a New Middle East

March 21, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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August 2022

Healing the Emptiness: a Psychospiritual Guide

August 20, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  This is the final part of a 3-part series featuring Ust. Yasmin Mogahed titled “Healing the Emptiness: A Psychospiritual Guide”. It will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to 12 PM on August 6, 13, and 20 at the Islami Association of Raleigh’s Islamic Center. You can also stream at www.youtube.com/channel/UCNXNLEjZTqpE4ZhXWGqlBnQ/live   808 Atwater St, Raleigh, NC 27607 Islamic Association of Raleigh   For more information, visit here. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Raleigh

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September 2022

Space Jam / A MIPSTERZ Spotlight Series

September 9, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Created by MIPSTERZ, in partnership with NorthStar and presented by Duke Arts, “Space Jam” explores the myriad futures being created in Muslim and Muslim-adjacent communities. Join us for an evening of community building through musical performance, improvisation, visual art, and knowledge sharing between Muslim diasporas from RDU to NYC and beyond. Featuring work and performances from Only US, Najla McClain, American Islamicate, Maya Ghanem, Waad Ali, Rise Rashid, DUNUMS, and SamiR LanGus. The event is free and will be…

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Lecture: Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch

September 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Registration required: https://go.uncg.edu/necatialkan   Like many ancient cities, the foundation of Antioch on the Orontes, modern day Antakya in South Turkey, is based on myths and legends that were recorded, passed on and modified over the centuries in different languages. In this presentation by Dr. Necati Alkan (University of Bamberg, Dept of Turkish Studies), we will survey several manuscripts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish in which we find fantastical narrations of the beginnings of Antioch until its Islamization. Historical facts…

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