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July 2019

Weekend Seminar: Pillars of Antiquity: Space and Time in Egypt, Greece, and Rome

July 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

    People in the ancient world developed complex ideas about time and place to help them understand their place in the geographic and cosmological order. This seminar will provide new perspectives on how ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, and Rome described the meaning of the cosmos, the importance of prophecies, and the significance of time in human lives. Join us for a discussion of how the ancient world created social practices and cultural legacies that endured for centuries in…

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August 2019

UNC World View Global Education Summit 2019: Real Connections to a Global World in partnership with Cabarrus County Schools

August 15, 2019 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

  World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Cabarrus County Schools and World View for a free global education professional development event. “Real Connections to a Global World” aims to highlight best practices in global education and introduces strategies for bringing global themes, content and skills into the K-12 classroom including a session on teaching about the Middle East through the arts. Program themes include real-world applications, local to global connections,…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

August 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Please join us on Saturday August 17, 2019 for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Jigar Moradabadi (1890-1960), Urdu poet and ghazal writer. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual…

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Cultural Event: Pakistan’s Independence Day

August 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Azaadi Mela: SHOPPING, FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC Please bring your Frisbee, badminton, soccer, Cricket Kit and any other sports to enjoy with your family. Enjoy Desi shopping, Desi Food and LIVE MUSIC by a professional singer from New Jersey. Free entry. Sponsored by the Pakistani-American Anjuman. For more information, contact Nadeem at usa786@yahoo.com. 5814 Cricket Pitch Way Morrisville, NC 27560

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Kaplan-Bruer Lecture: “How Biblical Poetry Works” with Jacqueline Vayntrub, Yale University 

August 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  What makes the poetry of the Bible different from other ancient poetic traditions? Placed in its ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean context, Professor Vayntrub highlights the unique characteristics of biblical poetry and shows how novices and experts alike can appreciate the beauty and insights of these texts. Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School and affiliated faculty in Judaic Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its…

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Film Screening & Panel: The Value of Immigration

August 28, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This panel follows the Center for European Studies' Welcoming Immigrants to America video competition from Spring 2019. Videos were submitted by UNC students, with their best arguments as to why the US should welcome refugees and immigrants. Winning films will be screened. The panel following will explore the value of immigration to society, both in the US and in Europe. Opening remarks will be given by Professor Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, UNC Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs. For more information,…

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September 2019

Film Screening: Docunight #60 [Durham]: Finding Farideh

September 4, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

#60: Finding Farideh Directed by: Kourosh Ataee, Azadeh Moussavi 2018 / 88 mins, Persian with English Subtitles Iran’s entry for the international feature film category in the 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars) in 2020. “Finding Farideh” is a feature-length documentary about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who had been abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran when she was 6 months old in 1976, and then she got adopted by a Dutch couple and left Iran to the Netherlands to…

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POSTPONED Lecture: “The Instrumental Traditions of North India” with George Ruckert

September 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

*The George Ruckert musicology lecture scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to Dorian. New time/date TBD. Senior Musicologist George Ruckert will give a lecture Thursday, Sept. 5th, 7:00-8:30pm. It is the first Price Music Center Lecture of the 2019-20 academic year, and will be held in Price Music Center, Room 110, 2620 Cates Ave., Raleigh, NC 27695. The title of the lecture is, "The Instrumental Traditions of North India: An Ancient World Transforms itself into a Modern Concert Experience."…

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UNC Study Abroad Fair

September 6, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This study abroad fair showcases study abroad opportunities at UNC. Participants include: Dozens of representatives from partner programs Faculty members leading upcoming study abroad programs Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors and other UNC students who have studied abroad Campus partners from: Office of Scholarships and Student Aid Center for Global Initiatives Honors Carolina International Travel Clinic and more!   Sponsored by the UNC Study Abroad Office. For more information, visit here.   Student Union Great Hall UNC Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Method and/or Madness: How to ‘do’ ‘Jewish Art History’” with Marc Epstein

September 8, 2019 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Marc Michael Epstein, Professor on the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) & Norman Davis Chair in Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College and Vassar's first Director of Jewish Studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His…

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Discussion: Ashura

September 8, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ashura commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his family at the Battle of Karbala on the 10th day of Muharram in the year 61 AH. This Sunday program will consist of a video, a short talk and a Q&A session with a local speaker. Come learn why many Muslims will be mourning on the Day of Ashura. Sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life.  For more information, contact Maryam Arain at maryam.arain@duke.edu. Center for…

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Lecture: “How We Win, Defeating Extremism” with Farah Pandith

September 11, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Sanford Building, Room 04, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Professor David Schanzer will lead a conversation with Farah Pandith, an expert on countering violent extremism. They will discuss Pandith's book How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy (AGS), Duke American Grand Strategy Program, and Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  For more information, please visit here. Sanford 04 Duke University

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Public Book Talk: Elisha Waldman

September 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join author Elisha Waldman for a discussion of his book "This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem."   Dr. Waldman is currently the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He will talk about what it means to care for seriously ill children in the exceedingly complex context of Jerusalem and the Middle East, what lessons he's learned from that work, and how it carries over…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

September 14, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Please join us on Saturday, September 14, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Nasir Kazmi (1925-1972), Urdu poet from Pakistan and one of the renowned poets of his era. Please arrive on time as a courtesy to others. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: The Life and Poetry of Wise Sanai with Maryam Tabibzadeh

September 15, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Club House, 400 Oak Tree Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a presentation on Sanai, a Persian poet who lived in Ghazni between the 11th century and the 12th century in ancient Iran. This is event is in Persian. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be a presentation by Maryam Tabibzadeh followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the…

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Discussion: “Sepphoris: Past, Present and Future”

September 15, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  We celebrate the conclusion of the Duke excavations at Sepphoris, "the ornament of all Galilee." Professors Eric Meyers, Carol Meyers, and Benjamin Gordon will offer remarks on the importance of the excavation project. Prof. Chad Spigel will speak about the digitization of the dig archives. Sepphoris was an important Galilean site during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. It served as Herod Antipas's capital of Galilee in the early 1st century C.E., and the Sanhedrin (the supreme Jewish authority)…

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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops for the UNC community. These are movement-based workshops that are broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing body and spatial awareness into academic-style talks. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops for the UNC community. These are movement-based workshops that are broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing body and spatial awareness into academic-style talks. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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M.E.D.I.U.M. Workshops: Movement and self-exploration for academic talks/workshops with artist Jonah Bokaer

September 18, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus this week and is hosting free workshops for the UNC community. These are movement-based workshops that are broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing body and spatial awareness into academic-style talks. There will be three workshop times: ·         Monday, September 16th from 2 to 4 pm ·         Tuesday, September 17th from 12 to 1 pm ·         Thursday, September 19th from 12 to 1 pm Workshops will take place at the CURRENT Art Space (123…

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Seminar: “Macro Policy for Fragile States: What Really Works?” with Ralph Chami, Institute for Capacity Development

September 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The seminar will highlight the unique characteristics of fragile states, the challenges facing policy formulation in such circumstances, and reflect on how to identify “pivotal moments” that offer corridors to normalcy. Finally, the seminar will discuss macroeconomic policies that help such countries exit from fragile situations and what the international community can do to help increase the odds of exiting fragility for these countries and enhance their resilience. Ralph Chami is currently Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity…

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Refugees Insights into Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

September 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill , 27599 United States
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  Join a conversation between Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Susan Stigant (UNC ’05), Director for Africa Programs, US Institute of Peace, to gain a deeper understanding of why there are now more displaced people around the world than ever before. There will be moderated Q&A with the audience following Grandi and Stigant’s conversation.   Filippo Grandi has been engaged in international cooperation for 33 years, primarily with the United Nations. He was born in Milan…

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Book Talk: “Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran” with Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University)

September 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Negar Mottahedeh, author of "Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran," for a reading and book signing. The author will be joined in conversation by Charles Kurzman. Published with the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the women's protests that followed on its heels, "Whisper Tapes" re-introduces Kate Millett's historic visit to Iran and lays out the nature of her encounter with the Iranian women's movement. For more information, visit here.   This event is…

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Conference: TISS Twentieth Anniversary New Faces Conference

September 20, 2019 - September 21, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Join the Triangle Institute for Security Studies for the Twentieth Annual New Faces Conference. The event includes a presentation on Friday, September 20, 11:25am – 12:35 pm, on “The Lebanese Wars: Civil Conflict and International Intervention, 1975-85” by Emily Whalen, Harvard University (International History). Faculty Discussant: Paul Chamberlin, Columbia University (History) NF 2009. Graduate Student Discussant: Robert Allred, Duke University (Political Science). Chair:  Bruce Jentleson, Duke University (Political Science).   Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. For…

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Exhibition: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

September 20, 2019 | 8:00 am - December 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  During this critical time for Iran and the Arab world, as national and personal identities are being dismantled and rebuilt, contemporary photography reflects the complexities of unprecedented change. One of the most significant trends to emerge is the work of women photographers, whose remarkable and provocative images provide insights into new cultural landscapes, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern and Arab identity. “She Who Tells a Story” brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists,…

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Conversation: Mumu Fresh

September 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  In this free lunchtime talk at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and emcee Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) sits down with Crystal Taylor (Beats n Bars) to discuss her career, influences, Muslim-American heritage, and the role that women have played in shaping contemporary hip-hop. Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided by Pie Pushers. For more information, visit here. Part of Duke Performances’ three-year Building Bridges: Muslims in America initiative, Mumu Fresh’s residency will culminate in a full-band performance at The…

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Cultural Event: MSA Fall Banquet

September 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Help us welcome in the year! Come for free food and stay for guest speaker Isra Chaker, a civil rights activist, campaigns and advocacy expert fun, and a public speaker, as well as group performances from Defmo, Raas, Duke Out of the Blue, and Amandla! There will also be an open mic section for anyone wanting to perform.   Parking will be available in the BC parking garage ($2 per hour). Dress code is semiformal/formal or cultural dress. Doors…

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Performance: Mumu Fresh

September 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Maimouna Youssef’s “regal combination of black power and Native American pride” (NPR Music) became most apparent on 2017’s pliant Vintage Babies LP, capturing her and collaborator DJ Dummy dream weaving in and out of upbeat soul jams and activist-inspired dirges. As “a divine music healer” (Rolling Out), Youssef, or Mumu Fresh, grew up pivoting between genres and styles — singing gospel, jazz, and African-inspired songs with her mother in an African American Muslim household in Baltimore, and gleaning religious…

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Webinar: Information on the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

September 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  uncJoin us September 23 for a webinar to learn more about how teachers can get student teams involved in the Learning through Languages High School Symposium, held December 5 at UNC Chapel Hill. Team applications are due in October, and those wanting to find out more details can register for the webinar using this form. In this research competition, NC world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment.…

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Discussion: “Start Up Nation: Cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States” with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

September 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy for a conversation with Samantha Ravich, Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on cybersecurity and Israel’s strategic partnership with the United States. Dr. Samantha Ravich is the chairman of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and its Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab and the principal investigator on FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project. Her expertise includes cyber, military and political power, sanctions…

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Human Rights @ Duke Annual Lecture: “Human Rights, Faith, and the Border” with Imam Omar Suleiman

September 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Please join us in welcoming Imam Omar Suleiman for the Human Rights @ Duke Annual Lecture. Imam Omar Suleiman is a world renowned scholar and theologically driven activist for human rights. He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. Most recently, he was recognized by CNN as one of the 25 most influential Muslims in America and included amongst the Fredrick Douglass 200 most influential Americans…

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Poetry Reading by Jess Rizkallah

September 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  Every September the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State (in collaboration with Arts NC State) hosts a Lebanese or Lebanese American artist for a week long series of events and workshops. This year, our artist in residence is Lebanese American poet Jess Rizkallah, who has recently won the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize for her book the magic my body becomes. This event will be Ms. Rizkallah's public presentation of her work. Parking available on Hillsborough Street…

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K-12 Educator Open House featuring “She Who Tells a Story”

September 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Explore the She Who Tells a Story exhibition and the Ackland’s collection during this special evening for educators! Engage with area educators and Museum staff in conversation about the art, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and take a tour of the exhibition. Participants will leave with teaching ideas to use in the classroom or in the Museum. All grade levels and disciplines welcome! She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab…

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Lecture: “From Salsa to Jalsa: Race, Music and the Global Andalus” with Professor Hisham Aidi (Columbia University)

September 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Hisham Aidi is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.   He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008) a comparative study of market reform and labor movements in Latin America; and co-editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009). Aidi is the recipient of the Carnegie Scholar Award (2008) and the Open Society Foundation Fellowship (2010). His most recent book Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the…

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South Asia Colloquium: “Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from ‘Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’” with Mansoor Ahmed, Government College University, Faisalabad

September 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The South Asia Colloquium brings faculty and grad students from all the Triangle Universities together for a potluck dinner and to discuss an article/chapter in progress. The featured paper of this discussion is by Mansoor Ahmed, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad.  His paper is titled: Governmentality of Nascent Pakistani Governments: A Journey from 'Department of Islamic Reconstruction 1947’ to ‘Islamic Law Commission 1956’, and is part of Mansoor's recent EHESS, Paris dissertation which he revising…

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October 2019

Discussion: “The Back Channel: Reflections on a Career in Diplomacy” with Ambassador Bill Burns

October 1, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy for a conversation with Ambassador Bill Burns on reflections on a career in diplomacy. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state. Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as undersecretary for…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Black Arts, Black Muslims: Race, Religion, and Culture” with Professor Ellen McLarney (Duke University)

October 2, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Recent, cutting edge scholarship on Black Power and its “spiritual sister” the Black Arts Movement chronicles an important era in the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. This literature, however, does not fully account for the catalytic role played by Islamic mobilization, Islamic movements, and Islamic arts in what is now known as the “civil rights era.” Islamic commitments are equated with a retrograde and reactionary black nationalism systematically understood as violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic—in…

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Panel Discussion: Careers and Graduate Schools in Public and International Affairs

October 3, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for an information session about graduate programs in international affairs and meet representatives from the following four professional graduate schools: Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The format for the information session will include a five-minute presentation by each admissions representative about the distinctive characteristics of each program, a group question…

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Lecture: “The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba: Architecture, Memory, and the Future” with Professor Michele Lamprakos (University of Maryland)

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Most scholars know the Great Mosque of Cordoba as one of the great monuments of Islamic civilization. But for almost eight centuries, it has been the city's cathedral. Unlike other mosques on the Iberian peninsula, which were demolished and replaced by cathedrals and churches at some point after the Christian conquest, the Great Mosque of Cordoba survived. In the 16th century, a massive choir and presbytery began to rise from the middle of the building. Over the course of…

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Language Event: Arabic Language Table

October 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a casual conversation to practice your Arabic language skills with Arabic faculty and students while enjoying Moroccan tea and dessert. For more information, please contact amal.boumaaza@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Arabic Program in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Duke University.   John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall) Duke University

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Cultural Event: Middle Eastern Meal at Al Maghreb Fall Festival

October 5, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  Share a meal prepared by Syrian and Moroccan mothers at the first Al Maghreb Fall Festival. The menu includes tabouleh salad, kabsah, ouzi rice, Moroccan vegetarian tagines, raghayef, fresh mint tea, and more. All dishes prepared with family recipes. Donation cost is $10/plate (additional donations accepted). All proceeds from the Syrian and Moroccan menu will be shared equally among the contributing refugee - immigrant families. For more information, contact Samia Touati, samiabenttouati@gmail.com.   Sponsored by Arab Heritage Learning.  …

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

October 5, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join us on Saturday, October 5, for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Urdu Literary Forum. This Urdu Majlis will concentrate on the life and works of Ahmed Faraz (1931-2008), widely known as one of the best modern Urdu poets of the last century. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to share. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC…

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Workshop: More in Common

October 5, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States

  This workshop for student leaders, staff, and faculty will feature Heval Kelli and Chris Buckley, two unlikely friends from Clarkston, Georgia. Heval, a former Kurdish Refugee and now a cardiologist, and Chris, a small town Georgia native and US military veteran of the Iraq War, have developed an impactful friendship and now speak with communities about combating hate and bridging divides. There is a documentary film being made about the pair: https://www.clarkstonfilm.com/. Heval and Chris will share their experiences and then…

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Film Screening: Docunight #61 [Durham]: The Broker

October 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - October 9, 2019 | 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

#61: The Broker, Directed by: Azadi Moghadam 2018 / 61 mins Persian with English Subtitles Inside this traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are determined to find their clients a husband — regardless of their personal feelings or preferences. Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it’s the man who gets to choose and that a woman without a spouse doesn’t have an identity. Even a…

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Public Talk: “Relentless: Making the Impossible Inevitable” with Tolu Olubunmi

October 8, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Tolu Olubunmi is the CEO of Lions Write, an advocacy organization with founding principles stipulating that "those directly affected by the problems we aim to solve be active participants in the process." She has also been a featured speaker at the UN, the White House, the World Bank, and Congress. She is a global advocate for migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people. Originally from Nigeria, Tolu was the first and only “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher…

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Discussion: Through Her Lens: Modern Arab Women Telling Their Stories through Art and Literature

October 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Carolina Public Humanities is teaming up with the Ackland Art Museum to explore the ways in which Modern Arab Women are speaking out through art and literature. Celebrate female storytellers with Nadia Yaqub, professor of Asian Studies, in a lively discussion of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English. Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programming, will then guide us through their newest exhibition, She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran…

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Performance: Munni Begum Ghazal and Qawwali

October 11, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join world-renowned vocalist Munni Begum for a live concert, SHAAM-E GHAZAL (an evening of song). Munni Begum is a Pakistani ghazal singer. She began her career as a singer in Karachi in the 1970s and released her first album of ghazals in 1976. For information, contact Afroz Taj at 919-999-8192 or taj@unc.edu. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center with funding from The UNC Performing Arts Special Activities Fund and the South Asia Faculty Working Group. Hanes Art Center Auditorium UNC Chapel…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: A Study of Mysticism in Persian Poetry and Literature with Mr. Sadegh Hosseini

October 13, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a study of mysticism in Persian poetry and literature. This is event is in Persian. The program will begin with a social from 4:00-4:30pm. There will be a welcome and introduction by Dr. Amir Rezvani, 4:30-4:45pm. From 4:45-6:30pm, there will be a presentation by Sadegh Hoseini followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina. The…

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Film Festival: Home Is Distant Shores

October 16, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on October 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

  The film festival Home Is Distant Shores looks at the experience of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and the Triangle. The three-part series includes fictional and documentary pieces from local filmmakers, expert panel discussions, and a celebratory reception. For more information, visit here.   October 2 My Story Five short films of personal experience and a panel discussion with immigrants and refugees. Middle East-related films include: Scent of Geranium by Naghmeh Farzaneh, Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy by Joshua…

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Discussion: “Teaching Palestine: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Academic Freedom” with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

October 21, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is an internationally-known scholar and a distinguished professor and researcher. She is the Director and Senior Scholar in the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies at the historic College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Her scholarship, pedagogy and public activism focuses on Palestine,…

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Public Talk: “Business in the Middle East: Opportunities and Perils” with Naijad Fares

October 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

Mr. Nijad Fares will deliver a talk on business issues in the MENA countries, highlighting advantages and resources as well as potential challenges including the cultural, religious, bureaucratic, and geopolitical landscapes. Mr. Fares is the Director of WEDGE Group Incorporated and Chief Executive Officer of WEDGE Equities. He is Chairman of Link Group, L.L.C., as well as Chairman of Ultraflote Corporation. Mr. Fares serves as Vice-Chair of the American Task Force for Lebanon. In 2011, Mr. Fares was named to the Board of…

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A Conversation: “Israel, the United States & the Middle East: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities” with former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni

October 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Livni is a former Foreign Minister of Israel, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Leader of the Opposition. Over the course of her career in government service, Lizni has held critical portfolios, serving as Minister of Justice, Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, and Minister for the Promotion of the Diplomatic Process. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. She was also selected for the Quality of Governance…

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Artist Talk: Photographer Rania Matar

October 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Rania Matar is a Lebanese/Palestinian/American documentary, portrait and fine art photographer. She photographs the daily lives of girls and women in the Middle East and in the United States, including Syrian refugees. She will discuss her work in conjunction with the She Who Tells a Story exhibition. She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula…

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Lecture: “When Sacrifice Began: Sacrifice and Narrative in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature” with Joseph Lam (UNC)

October 24, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Carolina Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Joseph Lam, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill, is  a scholar of the languages, texts, and literatures of the ancient Near East, focusing on the diverse written traditions of the Levant (Syria-Palestine) in the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, including the Hebrew Bible and the texts from ancient Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra). He studies the elucidation of ancient religious thought and practice through the analysis of (sometimes difficult-to-decipher) written sources. Lam maintains an active engagement with general questions…

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Art Exhibition Event: Family and Friends Sunday at the Ackland Art Museum

October 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us as we explore the Ackland’s traveling exhibition, She Who Tells a Story. She Who Tells a Storybrings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition features over 80 photographs, lent by the artists, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the collection of James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach. -Enjoy…

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K-12 Workshop: She Who Tells a Story: Women and Gender in the Middle East

October 28, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  K-12 teachers are invited to join the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina K-12, and the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to explore the topic of women and gender in the Middle East.  During this interdisciplinary, arts-integrated workshop, teachers will learn about how women have shaped political, social, and cultural life of the Middle East, while making connections to the Ackland’s special exhibition, She Who Tells a Story:  Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.   The workshop will highlight the diversity of…

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Discussion: “US-Israel Relations: Between the White House, Congress, and the Israeli Government” with Amir Tibon

October 29, 2019 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  There is a growing split between Democrats and Republicans, as well as between the White House and Congress, on the issue of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, Israel went through two elections within five months, and could have another one quite soon. Israeli journalist Amir Tibon will discuss recent events in Washington, DC and in Israel and the impact they could have on the U.S.-Israel relationship, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the broader Middle East. For more information, contact…

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November 2019

Public Talk: “Help a Woman, Help the Planet” with Annie Griffiths

November 6, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Photographer Annie Griffiths will present a 60-minute talk entitled Help a Woman, Help the Planet, followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. Guest Speaker: Annie Griffiths | National Geographic Photographer | Founder and Executive…

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Conversation: “Razia’s Ray of Hope: Girls Education in Afghanistan” with Razia Jan

November 6, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Founder of a school for girls in Afghanistan, Razia Jan, will be speaking about the school and her efforts to support girls education in Afghanistan. The K-12 girls’ school, the Zabuli Education Center, provides more than 670 girls with free education as well as uniforms, shoes, warm coats, and meals. The Zabuli Education Center is located 30 miles outside of Kabul in Deh’Subz. An Afghan staff of 37 teachers and administrators is supported by a small, US-based foundation team. For more…

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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” series: Signature lecture by Ken Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Kenneth S. Stern, director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of Hate, is an author and attorney. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S.…

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Public Talk: “Brothers Behind Borders: Islamism and Nationalism in the Middle East” with Abdullah Al-Arian (Georgetown University, Qatar)

November 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In the wake of the 2010-2011 Arab Spring uprisings and the emergence of Islamist parties as leading political actors in the post-authoritarian transitions, Western analyses were teeming with predictions that not only would groups like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and similar movements in other Arab countries sweep to power in their respective states, but that they would come together to form a unified front of Islamist-led governments from Morocco to Yemen. This paper seeks to interrogate the logic…

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Photo Books Pop-Up: Rare and Special Photo Books from the Sloane Art Library Collection

November 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Presented in connection with She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World. She Who Tells a Story brings together the vital pioneering work of 12 leading artists from Iran and the Arab world, ranging in genre from portraiture to documentary: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. The exhibition features over 80 photographs, lent by the artists, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the collection of James Keith Brown…

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UNC World View Community College Symposium: Confronting Poverty Globally and Locally

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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  Poverty is a worldwide threat. It has a direct impact on North Carolina where the poverty rate remains above historical averages (North Carolina Poverty Report, 2018). This symposium will explore topics and strategies that address poverty globally and locally. Through engaging interactive breakout sessions, plenary talks, and panel discussions, educators will learn about resources and build a network of colleagues who are passionate about this work. This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines, as well…

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UNC World View K-12 Global Education Symposium: The Sustainable Development Goals: Classroom Connections

November 16, 2019 - November 17, 2019
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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In 2015 almost 200 governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to guide what must be done to improve the health and well-being of the world’s population. During UNC World View’s 2019 annual global education symposium educators will explore the 17 global goals and their importance. Educators will leave with strategies for integrating global content across curriculum and other global education resources. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Jackson, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Education at Asia Society Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2019…

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February 2020

Humanities in Class Webinar: “Bridging Past and Present: Afghanistan as the Crossroads of Eurasia” with Alka Patel (University of California-Irvine)

February 20, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Alka Patel (PhD, Harvard 2000) is a leading scholar of the Islamic art and architectural history of South Asia dating to the 12th through 18th centuries. She is currently Professor of Art History at the University of California-Irvine, and was a NHC Fellow in 2018-2019. Presented by the National Humanities Center, Humanities in Class webinars are live, interactive professional development webinars on compelling topics by leading scholars for humanities educators and advocates of all levels. All webinars are free of charge. For more information…

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April 2020

Humanities in Class Webinar: “Understanding the Modern Middle East” with Akram Khater (North Carolina State University)

April 21, 2020 | 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
NC United States

Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as turmoil-laden, sectarian and tribal pre-modern world. In this webinar, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the 20th century, and to understand the…

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