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October 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 2021

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: 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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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: Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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December 2021

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

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

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

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