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

October 16, 2019 - October 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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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: Careers in the Middle East

October 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Julie Maxwell, DISC Program Coordinator at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke will be joining us for a discussion on pathways to a potential career in the Middle East or related to Middle Eastern studies. Careers range from the public or private sector and are related to religious studies, cultural studies, international relations, public policy, national security, business, and more. Maxwell will discuss resume building as well as resources to connect students to these careers. Come join us…

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CANCELLED: A Conversation: “The Current Crisis within the Gulf” with Abdullah Baabood, National University of Singapore

October 18, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

**Event reschedule TBD Abdullah Baabood is currently a visiting professor at the Middle Institute, National University of Singapore and he has previously held the positions of the Director of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University and the Director of the Gulf Research Center at the University of Cambridge, UK.  Abdullah’s teaching and research interest focus on the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their economic, social and political development as well as their external relations. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please…

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Discussion: Borders and Brownies

October 20, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a Duke Association for the Middle East General Body Meeting and discussion on recent developments in the Syrian War. DAME seeks to increase Duke student engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region's history, culture, and politics, as well as to connect students to Duke resources in service of objective. Food will be served. For more information, visit here.   Sponsored by Duke Association for the Middle East.   Bostock Library, Edge Project Room…

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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 Nijad 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…

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Work Abroad Workshop: International Job Search Strategies

October 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Students: interested in working in a foreign country after graduating? Come plan your strategy for landing a job abroad. Bring a laptop to this hands-on workshop and learn how to market yourself and target countries where your skills would be most useful. Roderick Lewis, Senior Associate Director of University Career Services, will lead the session and share his experiences working in various countries. For more information, visit here.   Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Global Initiatives.   FedEx…

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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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Conference: Cultures of Reading in the Ancient Mediterranean

October 28, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This international, interdisciplinary research program is an exploration of ancient "reading cultures" or "reading communities" that seeks to extend the work in William Johnson's Readers and Reading Cultures in the High Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Oxford University Press, 2010). This approach insists that scholars embed consideration of texts and text-based practices in the larger socio-cultural realities in which they gained currency. In this afternoon conference, four scholars, selected from a group who responded to an international call…

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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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Ackland Film Forum: The Blessed

October 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Sofia Djama, Qatar, 2017 Introductory Remarks by Juliane Hammer (History, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Algiers, a few years after the civil war. Amal and Samir have decided to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary in a restaurant. While on their way, their share their views on Algeria: Amal tells about lost illusions and Samir about the necessity to cope with them. At the same time, their son Fahim and his friends Feriel and Reda are wandering about in a hostile…

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November 2019

Lecture: “Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics with Kaveh Madani”

November 1, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in…

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Performance: Latif Bolat

November 1, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Ackland warmly welcomes you to a pop-up performance by Latif Bolat, Turkish singer, composer, and scholar of Turkish music and folklore. Learn more about Latif Bolat's music here. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested. RSVP here.   Sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum.   Ackland Art Museum UNC Chapel Hill

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K-12 Workshop: Global North Carolina Bringing International Competencies to Teachers & Classrooms

November 2, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Expand global competencies and area studies knowledge in this one-day workshop. Sessions will address immigration trends, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, as well as diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of different global communities in North Carolina, preparing teachers to navigate global issues in the classroom. Workshop is free of cost; CEUs available. Space is limited; we have reached capacity for this program with our current registrants. Please complete this form to be added to the waiting list for the workshop. Sponsored by the…

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Book Talk: “Domestic Violence, Islam and Feminism: A Difficult Conversation” with Dr. Juliane Hammer

November 4, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dr. Juliane Hammer will be speaking at UNC on November 4th at 5:00 pm in the FedEx Global Education Center (room 4003) on her newest book Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts Against Domestic Violence. Through interviews with Muslim advocates, service providers and religious leaders, she details the different strategies that Muslim American organizations use to address domestic violence within their communities, and the effects that Islamophobia has on this important work. Dr. Hammer contends that in some instances in…

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Ackland Film Forum: Mussolini’s Sister

November 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Juna Suleiman, Palestine, 2018 Introductory Remarks by Yaron Shemer (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   In a documentary with a dash of fiction, we enter the mind of the elderly Hiam, a Palestinian woman from Nazareth. We see her at the hairdresser’s, waxing her upper lip and shuffling her way to bed. The mundanity of everyday life acquires extra layers of meaning because the filmmaker Juna Suleiman—her granddaughter—accompanies many scenes with internal monologues from Hiam. Gradually we gain a…

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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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Panel Discussion: “Southbound: War and the Recreation of Culture”

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  How do we understand those who have been displaced by war? In this FSP@PPG panel discussion, we explore the roles that anthropological research, community-engaged language learning, and documentary photography play in how we view displaced persons and the new communities that they create. Cultural anthropologist Nadia El-Shaarawi will discuss the everyday lives of refugees in the Middle East, Europe, and Durham. Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies professor Maha Houssami will share her work connecting Duke students with resettled…

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Public Conversation with Rafiq Bhatia, Building Bridges: Muslims in America

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  A member of heralded experimental pop trio Son Lux, Rafiq Bhatia — a Raleigh native and the son of Muslim immigrant parents — joins Duke Music professor Anthony Kelley at The Pinhook for a discussion of his new project, Breaking English, which blends avant-jazz, soul, strings, electronics, and visual projections to create an enveloping piece of musical cinema.  A light lunch will be served – free and open to the public.   Rafiq Bhatia is presented as part of…

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Discussion: ISIS Status and Trajectory: A presentation by NCTC subject experts

November 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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  NCTC subject experts will lead this timely discussion of ISIS - its status and trajectory. All are welcome but please register. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact pumphrey@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.   Thursday, November 7 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Hamilton Hall 569 UNC Chapel Hill

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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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Roundtable Discussion: The Life and Writings of Omar ibn Sayyid

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Please join us for a roundtable discussion focusing on the Arabic writings of Omar ibn Sayyid (1770-1864), who in 1831 wrote an autobiography in Arabic while enslaved in Bladen County, North Carolina.   The discussion and presentations will address over a dozen manuscripts about his enslavement from West Africa/ Senegal, his tumultuous life journey in the Carolinas, his Muslim faith and training in Islamic sciences, the Qur’an and the Bible and the controversy over the supposed conversion of Omar…

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Public Talk: Literary Tropes and Ambiguity in the Iranian Revolution

November 7, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friedl Building, East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  One of the important distinctions of the Iranian revolutionary movement was in the way it expressed itself through allegorical language of poetry and literature. Although a radical political discourse informed the movement, it was those symbolic references to "the good society" that generated an unprecedented mass participation in the revolution. Through an autobiographical contemplation, in this talk I would raise a number of historiographical questions on how to write a history of a revolution that allows us to capture…

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Film Screening: Docunight #62 [Durham]: Homework

November 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  Homework, Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami, 1989 / 86 mins, Persian with English Subtitles   "Homework" is a documentary Abbas Kiarostami directed in 1989 after realizing he was having difficulties assisting his son with his homework. Kiarostami interviewed young male students at a local school to find out what kind of problems kids faced completing their homework, which in Iran requires a great deal of parental assistance (or did at the time). For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by…

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Performance: Rafiq Bhatia Breaking English, Building Bridges: Muslims in America

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  A member of heralded experimental pop trio Son Lux, Rafiq Bhatia — a Raleigh native and the son of Muslim immigrant parents — was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most intriguing figures in music today.” The guitarist and composer’s 2018 album Breaking English finds a visceral common ground between ecstatic avant-jazz, mournful soul, tangled strings and building-shaking electronics, using surprise and contrast to fuel a meticulous, hybrid style all his own. It’s an enveloping piece of musical cinema, demonstrating just how challenging and exciting Bhatia’s songcraft can be…

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K-12 Twitter Chat: International Education Week

November 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate International Education Week by joining us for a special #NCisGlobal Twitter chat on November 7th from 8:00 - 9:00 PM!  This Twitter chat is co-hosted by the NCDPI Global Education Committee, UNC-Duke Consortium for Latin American And Caribbean Studies, Center for European Studies, Carolina Navigators, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Carolina Asia Center, and the African Studies Center! This chat will follow the Q1/A1 format. Use #NCisGlobal, #NCIEW, and @NCGlobalEd  to follow the conversation on your Tweetdeck or…

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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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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema” with Ehsan Sheikholharam

November 10, 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 talk on “Poetry of Entanglement and Barbed Seats in Farhadi’s Cinema.” 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 Ehsan Sheikholharam followed by discussion. From 6:30-8:00pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by…

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Global Careers Meet-and-Greet

November 12, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Interested in a career in the State Department, global non-profits, or international development? Join a conversation with two experts in global diplomacy and service, and learn about their career trajectories and what skills and experiences were most useful for their professional paths. This informal discussion will provide ample time for questions and networking. Light refreshments provided. For more information, please contact harver@email.unc.edu.   Speakers include: Annie Pforzheimer – Senior Associate at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Former Acting Deputy…

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Panel Discussion: “US-Taliban Negotiations: Background, Process, and Potential Impact”

November 12, 2019 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The US and the Taliban have been fighting for 18 years. While there have been a number of diplomatic attempts over the years to end the conflict, it was only in September 2019 that the Trump administration began public negotiations with the Taliban. What prompted the current US administration to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and why would the Taliban agree to talk? How was the connection made between the parties and what specifics were discussed in these meetings?…

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Lecture: “Jews, Muslims, and the French Republic” with Steven Kramer (National Defense University)

November 12, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This talk explores the complex, triangular relationship between the French Republic and France’s Jews and Muslims, to better understand the situation of French Muslims by comparing them with French Jews. Can France create a harmonious relationship with a population whose ancestors suffered much from French colonialism? What does that say about Europe’s ability to integrate Muslims?   Steven Kramer is Professor of History and co-director of the program of European studies at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.  …

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Ackland Film Forum: Women Without Men

November 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dir. Shirin Neshat, Iran, 2009 Introductory Remarks by Ehsan Mashhadi (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Made in collaboration with her partner, filmmaker Shoja Azari, Neshat’s Women Without Men is an adaptation of the novel by Shahrnush Parsipur, a book banned in Iran by the censors of the Islamic Republic. Both novel and film recount the journeys of four single women of varying age and social status who wind up meeting in a garden outside of Tehran during the summer of 1953–the…

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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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History Colloquium: “The Throne of Syria – Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order” with Adam Mestyan (Duke) and Michael Provence (UC San Diego)

November 13, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The third history department colloquium this fall will feature Adam Mestyan and Michael Provence, visiting from UC San Diego. Professor Mestyan will be presenting a draft article titled “The Throne of Syria - Muslim Aristocrats, Imperial Transition, and the Interwar Monarchical Order," which will be the fifth chapter of his forthcoming monograph, Modern Arab Kingship. Professor Mestyan will be in conversation with Professor Provence, who is sharing the introduction and fourth chapter of his book, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle…

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Multimedia Piece: Charles Renfro: EXIT (With Overlays)

November 13, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Charles Renfro makes a rare appearance at UNC-Chapel Hill for a multimedia investigation of campus architecture, in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow Jonah Bokaer Choreography, and UNC Professor Charles Kurzman, Stadter Distinguished Professor in the UNC Department of Sociology. During his visit, Renfro will continue Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s exploration of the geopolitical dimensions of public space worldwide, and specifically on UNC’s campus. He will present an illustrated lecture on his studio’s work that will include a screening…

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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” series: “Painful Hope: An Israeli Settler and Palestinian Activist in Dialogue”

November 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Toy Lounge, UNC, Toy Lounge, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Israeli, and Shadi Abu Awwad, a Palestinian, as they share the successes and challenges of their groundbreaking grassroots organization, Roots: A Local Palestinian Israeli Initiative for Understanding, Nonviolence and Transformation. This event is part of the Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences initiative. Learn more at college.unc.edu/counteringhate.   Sponsored by the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.   Wednesday, November 13 | 7:00  p.m. Toy Lounge, Dey Hall UNC Chapel Hill  

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Workshop: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia 101

November 14, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on November 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Center for Muslim Life for our inaugural training on Muslims and Islamophobia. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. The learning objectives include: 1) To recognize stereotypes of Muslims and understand the diversity of racial backgrounds, practices, and experiences of US Muslims 2) To understand the critical role Islam and Muslims have played in the history of the US 3) To identify the…

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MEDIUM Public Workshop

November 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Carolina Performing Arts Mellon DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellow, Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer is hosting a free workshop 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. The workshops are free, accessible, and with no prior performance history required.   A secondary component of the free workshops is to enhance diversity in performance and identity exploration at UNC Chapel Hill, within a safe space, open to all racial,…

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Film Screening: Bollywood film – Raazi

November 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Raazi  - राज़ी/ راازی 2018, 140 minutes, Hindi/subtitles Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal   Raazi (willing) is a story of a Kashmiri girl who agrees to marry a Pakistani army officer in order to spy on Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. It is based on the novel "calling Sehmat." by Harinder Sikka. Chai and samosas will be served. For more information, contact Kusum Knapczyk, Ph.D.  at kusum.knapczyk@duke.edu.   Sponsored by the Hindi program in AMES and Duke…

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Performance: A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography at the Ackland, Premiere of New Commission Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions and Performance of Odalisques

November 16, 2019 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow Jonah Bokaer. This day of dance at the Ackland, on Saturday, November 16, will feature both a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance choreographed and danced by the artist. These events are hosted in partnership with…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

November 16, 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, November 16, 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 Kalim Ajiz (1920-2015), Indian writer of Urdu literature, academic and chairman of the Urdu Advisory Committee of the Government of Bihar. 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…

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Lecture: Rudnick lecture welcomes David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari

November 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Westbrook 0016 Duke Divinity School, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the annual Rudnick lecture proudly welcomes David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari, senior fellows at The Washington Institute. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the event.   David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze…

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Ackland Film Forum: 3000 Nights

November 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Mai Masri, Palestine, 2016 Introductory Remarks by Nadia Yacub (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)   Inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison, 3000 Nights traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience and survival against all odds. Accused of helping a teenage boy on the run, newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher, Layal finds herself incarcerated in a top security Israeli prison for Palestinian and Israeli women. After Layal discovers that she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her…

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Lecture: Colonizing Imagination: Early Photography and Palestine with Professor Issam Nassar

November 22, 2019 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This lecture will focus on the representation of Palestine in early photographic practices and will reflect on how such representation might have played a role in constructing and image of Palestine as a land that needs to be redeemed.   Dr. Issam Nassar is a professor of Middle East history at Illinois State University and author of a number of books and essays on early photography in Palestine and the Ottoman world including a forthcoming new co-authored book: Camera…

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December 2019

A Conversation: The Education of an Idealist with Samantha Power (former US Ambassador to UN)

December 3, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join AGS for the Fall 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture: AGS Director Peter Feaver will join Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the UN, in conversation to discuss her newly released memoir, "The Education of an Idealist." Power, who began her career as a war correspondent, is currently a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in…

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Cultural Event: Turkish Pop Party

December 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Please join the party celebrating popular Turkish songs along with Turkish snacks. Practice your Turkish language skills and learn about the Turkish programs at UNC and Duke University. Sponsored by the UNC-Duke Turkish Circle. For more information, please contact Didem Havlioglu, didemh@email.unc.edu. FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009 UNC Chapel Hill

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Residency: “Celebrating Queerness in Modern Turkey”

December 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - December 7, 2019 | 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This week-long experimental artist residency is meant to be a reminder that unheard voices and creativity play an outsized role in authentic community-building. Through the lived experiences of 3 Turkish queer activists and performers, the Duke community is offered a unique glimpse into how struggle and expression help intimately connect stories and lay the groundwork for sustainable community. Our residency will feature panel discussions, a film screening, drag workshop, drag show, and class visits all exploring how shameless creativity…

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Film Screening: #63: The Story of Boulevard / The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan

December 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  #63: The Story of Boulevard / The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan Directed by: Davood Ashrafi / Sam Kalantari 2019 / 2015 / 40 / 32 mins Persian with no subtitles The Story of Boulevard is a documentary about Keshavarz Boulevard, one of Tehran’s important streets, The film is in effect a line-up of histories, events, and narratives of the place and it’s deep-rooted desires and contradictions waxing and waning, a course that makes Boulevard a collective belonging. Davood…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

December 7, 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, December 7, 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 Mustafa Zaidi (1930-1970), Pakistani Urdu poet. 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 endeavor with no…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Dancing of Words and Tones: The Fusion of Music and Poetry in the Persian Culture” with Hamid Yazdani

December 8, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “Dancing of Words and Tones: The Fusion of Music and Poetry in the Persian Culture.”   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 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hamid Yazdani followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by Persian…

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Performance: Celebration of Winter Solstice کنسرت جشن یلدا

December 8, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke University and the Persian Cultural Society at UNC Chapel Hill for a celebration of the Winter Solstice, featuring Persian music, poetry, and dance with the Pendar Academy of Arts. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact: Somayyeh Soltanian Zadeh: s.soltanian.zadeh@duke.edu, Parisa Shirzadi: shirzadi@live.unc.edu, or Ms. Forooz Salim (919-539-5709, Forooz_salim@yahoo.com, or online here: Tickets: $50 VIP, $25 General Admission; $10 Students. Free parking at the end of Bell Tower…

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January 2020

Seminar: “Mainstream and Popular Ottoman-era Muslim Apocalypses” with David Cook (Rice University)

January 9, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
West Duke 101, West Duke 101, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The first Providential Modernity seminar of the spring 2020 semester will be held from 1:00-2:30PM on Thursday, January 9, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke Building, room 101). The seminar will feature David Cook (Religion, Rice University) discussing his project, “Mainstream and popular Ottoman-era Muslim apocalypses.” There has been comparatively little work on Ottoman apocalyptic narratives, other than Cornell Fleischer’s work on imperial apocalypse. This lecture and discussion will focus upon several apocalyptic narratives chosen because of their representative nature of the material overall.…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez

January 12, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “The Origin of Proverbs in Persian Poetry and Prose” with Hossein Vaez, followed by live Persian music.   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 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hossein Vaez followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored…

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Public Talk: “Returning the Gaze: Muslim Women and Slaves in 19th Century Iran” with Dr. Wendy DeSouza (UC Davis)

January 13, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carolina Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  DeSouza's research focuses on the intersection between Orientalism, masculinity and sexuality in early twentieth-century Iranian writings. She is currently the PARSA CF Visiting Lecturer in Iranian Studies in the ME/SA Program.   Sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies.   Carolina Hall, Room 220 UNC Chapel Hill

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“The Assassination of General Qasem Soleimani: Context and Implications for Iran and the United States” with Prof. Charles Kurzman (UNC)

January 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  On January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani. What do the United States, Iran, and the Middle East region gain and lose by the death of Gen. Soleimani? How will this impact US-Iran relations? Join us for a presentation by and Q&A with Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC. Prof. Kurzman is the author of The Missing…

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Public Talk: “West Africa Sufism and the Matter of Black Life” with Dr. Youssef J. Carter (Harvard University)

January 16, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carolina Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Dr. Youssef Carter is a College Fellow in the departments of Anthropology and African & African-American Studies at Harvard University. He teaches courses on campus related to Muslims in the United States, African Diaspora, and Anthropology. He is also an advisory board member of the 'After Malcolm Digital Archive', sponsored in part by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, which chronicles the oral histories of African-American Muslims and serves as a repository…

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Film Screening: “Synonyms” 2019 | Nadav Lapid

January 16, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  "Synonyms" (Nadav Lapid, 2019, 123 min, France/Israel, French & Hebrew w/ subtitles, Color, DCP)   Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Synonyms" features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope…

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Cultural Event: Arabic Halaqa & Arabic Reception

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Arabic Program at Duke for “A Journey with the Oud into Arab Music” featuring Dr. Azeddine Chergui. Dr. Chergui will play the Oud and talk about its prominent role in Arab music. Come meet Arabic students and faculty at Duke. Free and open to the public. Dinner refreshments provided.   Sponsored by Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.   Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, room 240 John Hope Franklin Center Duke University

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Candlelight Vigil

January 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke for a candlelight vigil in memory of flight PS-752 victims. For more information, contact me@emamian.com.   Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.   Duke Chapel lawn Duke University

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

January 18, 2020 | 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 January 18, 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 Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-1984, Pakistani poet and author in Urdu. He was one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan. Among other accolades, Faiz was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature and won the Lenin Peace Prize. Participants are invited to bring refreshments to…

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Lecture: “A window towards Shahnameh” with Dr. Sarami

January 18, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
lewisville, nc lewisville, NC + Google Map

  This lecture by Dr. Sarami will explore human beings and the effect of stories on its psychology, as well as review of the Shahnameh. At the beginning of the session, we will be remembering the victims of the flight PS-752 by versing poetry with live music. For more information, contact me@emamian.com.   5 to 6 PM Social gathering (food and  soft drink will be served) 6 to 6:15 Introduction 6:15 Start of the lecture and live music   Sponsored…

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Lecture: “Religion and State in Israel: The End of the Status Quo” with Tomer Persico (UC Berkeley)

January 19, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Religion and State relations were never simple in Israel, yet over the last three decades they've entered a dramatic overhaul. The famous "Status Quo", agreed between Ben-Gurion and the Ultra-Orthodox in 1947, is today a dead letter, highlighting the growing gap between public opinion in Israel and the formal word of the law. The Chief Rabbinate has lost public legitimacy, and diverse "Judaisms" challenge the traditional divisions in Israeli society. We shall examine the social conditions for these developments,…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Conversations with Duke’s Religious Life Leaders featuring Brother Joshua Salaam (Duke University)”

January 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  This conversation will feature Chaplain Joshua Salaam from the Center for Muslim Life. The discussion will include the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. For more information, visit here. Joshua Salaam is the Director and Chaplain at the Duke University Center for Muslim Life. Before starting at Duke in July 2018, Joshua worked with youth and families for 11 years at one of the largest Muslim communities in America. His diverse background gives him…

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Lunch Seminar: “Witnessing, Steadfastness, and Agency: The National Cartoon Figures of the Israeli Srulik and the Palestinian Handhala” with Yaron Shemer (UNC Chapel Hill)

January 22, 2020 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Pettigrew Hall, Suite 100, 172 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Each semester, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar. For more information and to RSVP, visit here. Guest speaker: Yaron Shemer, Associate Professor of Israel cultural studies and Jewish Studies at The University of…

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

January 22, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Tunisian-American dancer and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will be on campus hosting free workshops for the UNC community. These movement-based workshops are broadly focused on identity exploration and introducing body and spatial awareness into academic-style talks. The workshops are free, accessible, and with no prior performance history required. Built from a project uplifting Middle Eastern and North African identity in the world of the performing arts, M.E.D.I.U.M. will take place over a series of five weeks in the 2019-2020 Academic year,…

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Ethical Concerns and Global Research: Contemporary Europe in Focus

January 22, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This student panel will explore ethical concerns related to global research. Research has historically been framed as the production of new knowledge. But what happens when researchers based in one region are producing knowledge about another? How should the information be framed and used? This panel discussion features student researchers Lucía Mock (UNC School of Education), Shreya Parikh (UNC Department of Sociology), and Kellan Robinson (Contemporary European Studies and Global Studies, UNC Class of 2020). A moderated Q&A will…

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Lecture: “Cosmic Compressions in Galen’s Synopsis of Plato’s Timaeus,” with Aileen R. Das (U. of Michigan)

January 23, 2020 | 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This talk looks at epitomization as a creative act that offers pre-modern writers the opportunity to shape their areas of knowledge by ventriloquizing through past authorities. I utilize the example of the doctor-philosopher Galen of Pergamum’s (d. c. 217) Synopsis of Plato’s Timaeus, which survives in a ninth-century Arabic version, to demonstrate how theoretical commitments often drive epitomizers to make not only material but also formal modifications to their source text(s). Specifically, I argue that Galen ‘straightens’ the three…

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture: “Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey,” Mikhal Dekel (City College of New York)

January 27, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Mikhal Dekel (City College of New York) comes to Duke to give the Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture on her new book, "Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey." A book signing and reception will follow.   Dekel was born in Haifa, Israel, to a Holocaust refugee father and an Israeli-born mother. Over the course of seven intense years, she completed her mandatory military service, earned an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University's Buchmann School of Law, interned at the Tel Aviv…

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Lecture: Dust and the Digital Borderland with Ayesha Omer (NYU)

January 29, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  This talk follows an overland fiber optic cable from China’s Xinjiang region across the internationally-disputed territories of Gilgit-Baltistan to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, as part of China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. Omer charts the formation of a digital borderland in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges through the institution of digital communications, surveillance, and border customs infrastructure. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and leaked policy documents, she demonstrates that instantaneous digital connection is produced on fraught…

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CANCELED: Training: Been Here, Still Here: Muslims and Islamophobia in the U.S.

January 30, 2020 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on April 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Center for Muslim Life is offering a training on Muslims and Islamophobia in the United States this Spring. This introductory training includes a presentation and facilitated discussion about the history and presence of Muslims and Islamophobia in the US. Registration required here to attend. All are welcome. Send questions to ma321@duke.edu. Thursday, Jan 30: 9:30-11:30am Wednesday, Feb 26: 9:30-11:30am Thursday, Mar 5: 5-7pm Thursday, April 2: 5-7pm   Sponsored by the Duke Center for Muslim Life.   Multiple trainings The Center for Muslim Life…

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Public Talk: “Military Psychiatry 2020: Updates from Deployment to the Middle East,” with Justin Johnson, MD (Duke U.)

January 30, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Dr. Justin Johnson currently treats outpatients in the Durham VA Medical Center's OEF/OIF Combat Veteran Program, focusing on veterans from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the greater Global War on Terror. In addition, Dr. Johnson is a Major in the US Army Reserve, where he serves as the Command Psychiatrist for the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations (Airborne) Command. In that role, he advises the Commanding General and oversees the mental health care for roughly 12,000…

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Lecture: “The Mosque Belongs to Allah – No One Controls Who Uses it” with Khaled Esseissah (Georgetown University)

January 30, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  After completion of his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Université de Nouakchott, Mauritania and Université de Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal respectively, Dr. Khaled Esseissah achieved a second master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, while on a fellowship from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. He then studied at Indiana University-Bloomington where he attained a doctorate degree in African History. While studying for his PhD, Esseissah explored African American and African Diaspora Studies, as well as Global Studies…

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Public Talk: “Synaesthetic Shock: Islam, Gender, and Globalization at the Intersection of Affect and Film Forum” with Dr. Rebecca Moody (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

January 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Moody studied political science, and specifically the field of international relations at the University of Leiden. In 2005 she obtained her Masters degree on the basis of her thesis on coalition formation strategies in the United Nations Security Council. In 2010 she obtained her PhD degree on the influence of Geographical Information Systems on policy design and agenda-setting at the department of Public Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She specifically focuses on how forms of ICT such…

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Symposium: Black Muslim Atlantic

January 30, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This symposium was envisioned and organized with Imam Abdul Hafeez Waheed to honor the Black Muslim community in North Carolina and beyond, its culture, literature, history, and legacy from slavery until the present. Black Muslim Atlantic pays tribute to the work and writings of Omar ibn Sayyid through a pioneering project by Professors Carl Ernst and Mbaye Lo to translate his writings and create a digital archive. The symposium showcases the work of these professors and their students from…

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Lecture: “Leadership and Youth,” Imam Suhaib Webb

January 31, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Duke MSA is beyond pleased and honored to welcome Imam Suhaib Webb to Duke to discuss the intersections between leadership and youth in the modern era.   Suhaib Webb, an American Muslim imam and scholar, has a degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and in Islamic law from al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was named as a "Faith Leader to Watch" by The Center for American Progress in 2016, selected by the Muslim Community as one…

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February 2020

Info Session: CET Jordan Study Abroad Programs

February 4, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  For those students who are potentially interested in studying Arabic abroad, specifically in Jordan, join the Study Abroad Office in conjunction with CET Jordan for an information session on February 4. There will be food, games, information about study abroad option in Jordan, and more. For more information , contact jkennedy@cetacademicprograms.com.   Sponsored by UNC Study Abroad Office.   FedEx Global Education Center, room 2008 UNC Chapel Hill

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Documentary Screening: The Romey Lynchings

February 4, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies invites you to join us for the premiere of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about the horrific and racially-motivated murders of two Lebanese immigrants in 1929.   Produced by NC State’s Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were the most gruesome and violent attacks on Arab immigrants in the U.S., but…

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Lecture: “Turkish Foreign Policy in the Era of Erdoğan” with Dimitar Bechev, Research Fellow, UNC-CH

February 4, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Dimitar Bechev is Research Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. He has published extensively on the foreign policies of Russia and Turkey as well as on the Balkans. Dr. Bechev is a regular contributor to Ahval, a news and analysis portal focused on Turkey, as well as to Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He is currently working on a book about Turkey during the past two decades.  …

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Film Screening: Docunight #64 [Durham]: Fight Feast

February 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  #64: Fight Feast (بزم رزم) Directed by: Seyed Vahid Hosseini 2018 / 123 mins Persian with English Subtitles   Fight Feast (بزم رزم) is about the vicissitudinous story of Iranian music between 1979-1989, the years just after the revolution through the end of Iran-Iraq war. The narrative of restrictions and obstacles told by musicians, composers, and state authorities. The confrontation between music and politics. The simultaneous narration of two stories: the story of young people who sacrificed their lives…

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Persian Art Center in Carolina: “Life and Poetry of Nima Yooshij” with Dr. Shahla Bagheri

February 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for an event, “Life and Poetry of Nima Yooshij” with Dr. Shahla Bagheri, followed by live Persian music.   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 4:45-6:15pm, there will be a presentation by Hossein Vaez followed by discussion. From 6:15-7:30pm, there will be refreshments, poetry readings by the audience and live Persian music.   Sponsored by Persian…

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Careers Meet & Greet: Mohammad Al Abdallah – Executive Director, Syria Justice and Accountability Center

February 11, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Interested in employment with NGOs? Join us for coffee and pastries with Mohammad Al Abdallah, executive director of the NGO Syria Justice and Accountability Center, based in Washington, DC. Mr. Al Abdallah will discuss ways in which graduates can obtain work with non-governmental organizations, what employers are looking for, and what you can do in advance to graduating to position yourself for success. Q&A session to follow.   Mr. Al Abdallah is a Syrian human rights and democracy researcher…

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Discussion: “Peace vs. Justice in Syria: Where Do We Stand?” with Mohammad Al Abdallah (Syria Justice and Accountability Center)

February 11, 2020 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a presentation by Mohammad Al Abdallah, the Executive Director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center. Mr. Al Abdallah will discuss human rights violation in the war-torn country, the peace process taking place in Geneva, and US engagement with and against forces operating in Syria. This will be followed by Q&A.   Mr. Al Abdallah is a Syrian human rights and democracy researcher and activist. He received a Bachelor of Law from the Lebanese University in…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Conversations with Duke’s Religious Life Leaders featuring Rabbi Elana Friedman (Duke University)”

February 12, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  This conversation will feature Rabbi Elana Friedman from Jewish Life at Duke. The discussion will include the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. For more information, please visit here.   Rabbi Elana Friedman is the Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain for Jewish Life at Duke.  She was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she earned her Masters in Hebrew Letters.  Her diverse rabbinic experience includes serving as a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern at Congregation…

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Book Talk and Discussion: Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination by Professor Adom Getachew

February 12, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Adom Getachew (Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College, University of Chicago) will discuss her award-winning book, Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. In this book, Prof. Getachew reconstructs the animating questions, debates and institutional visions anti-colonial nationalists of the Black Atlantic pursued during the height of decolonization.   Cemil Aydin, Professor of History; Emily Burrill, Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Director of the African Studies Center; Susan Pennybacker, Chalmers…

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Lecture: “Asylum-Seeking, Song-Writing, and the Mobile Phone among Young Africans in Sicily” with Prof. Rachel Beckles Willson (University of London)

February 12, 2020 | 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Arguments about immigration developed in Europe since 2015 have frequently engaged with the mobile phone. But while this small object’s capacity to facilitate people’s movement through space is now clear, its role in musical processes, particularly in the same communities of people on the move, is more rarely discussed. Prof. Beckles Willson’s interest is in thinking about the phone in both fields - movement and musical practice - and her presentation will draw on her activist fieldwork in eastern Sicily (2017-2019) with male minors who had…

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Film Screening: Docunight #64 [Durham]: Fight Feast

February 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  #64: Fight Feast (بزم رزم) Directed by: Seyed Vahid Hosseini 2018 / 123 mins Persian with English Subtitles   Fight Feast (بزم رزم) is about the vicissitudinous story of Iranian music between 1979-1989, the years just after the revolution through the end of Iran-Iraq war. The narrative of restrictions and obstacles told by musicians, composers, and state authorities. The confrontation between music and politics. The simultaneous narration of two stories: the story of young people who sacrificed their lives…

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Discussion: “New light on the Arabic writings of Omar ibn Said” with Carl Ernst (UNC) and Mbaye Lo (Duke)

February 14, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The enslaved African Muslim scholar Omar ibn Said, who wrote an autobiography in Arabic in s1831 while enslaved in Bladen County NC, has attracted attention as a striking example of the presence of Muslims in early America. Yet little has been done to identify the Arabic sources that Omar quotes in his writings or to explain his strategy and Implied audience. This presentation offers new discoveries of his use of half a dozen Arabic works on theology and Sufism,…

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Book Launch and Discussion: Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of the Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Penny Sinanoglou (Wake Forest)

February 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Join the Triangle Global British History Seminar and the Global and Transnational Modern History Seminar for a launch and discussion of a new book by Penny Sinanoglou, Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University: Partitioning Palestine: British Policymaking at the End of the Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Prof. Sarah Shields (UNC-CH), and Prof. David Gilmartin (NCSU), will comment upon the book and lead a session with Prof. Sinanoglou. There is no advance paper, and light refreshments will be…

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Film Screening & Discussion: The Cave

February 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Varsity Theater, Varsity Theater, 123 E Franklin St,
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Free showing of the film, “The Cave” followed by a panel discussion. Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad delivers an unflinching story of Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues content with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks. The Cave paints a portrait of courage, resilience, and female solidarity.   Panelists: Dr. Allan Chrisman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Why and When People See Immigrants as Threatening” with Professor Juris Pupčenoks (Marist College)

February 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  This talk will be based on an experimental study that Prof. Pupčenoks conducted with Michael Grillo at Scheiner University. They conducted two survey experiments to see how psychological and economic considerations may influence the way Americans see immigrants before and after the heated 2016 Republican Primary session. In their study, they wanted to see how our respondents perceive high (while collar) and low skilled (working class) immigrants, and whether the respondents viewed differently migrants from the Middle East, Latin…

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Lunch & Learn with the New Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian: Rustin Zarkar

February 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a lunch event to welcome Rustin Zarkar, the new Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian. Learn about the UNC Library collections in Middle and Islamic Studies, and share your thoughts on the kinds of materials that would be useful for your work and research.   Rustin will discuss his new role with the UNC Libraries as well as his work on the Ajam Media Collective Project, an online multimedia platform covering culture and politics in Iran,…

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A Conversation: “Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization,” with On Barak (Tel Aviv U.)

February 20, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Old Chem, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for a conversation about Energy, Politics, and Middle East History with On Barak (Tel Aviv U.) and Adam Mestyan (Duke U.)   The Age of Empire was driven by coal, and the Middle East—as an idea—was made by coal. Coal’s imperial infrastructure presaged the geopolitics of oil that wreaks carnage today, as carbonization threatens our very climate. Powering Empire argues that we cannot promote worldwide decarbonization without first understanding the history of the globalization of carbon energy. How did…

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POSTPONED – Lecture: “Domestic Violence, Feminism, and Islam: A Difficult Conversation” with Dr. Juliane Hammer (UNC-Chapel Hill)

February 20, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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** Due to the winter weather advisory, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for some time in April.**   Through interviews with Muslim advocates, service providers and religious leaders, Dr. Juliane Hammer details the different strategies that Muslim American organizations use to address domestic violence within their communities, and the effects that Islamophobia has on this important work. Professor Hammer's talk will be followed by Q & A and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.…

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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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Public Talk: Black Muslim Talkspace presents “Who Taught You to Love Yourself” with Rashida James-Saadiya (Sapelo Square)

February 20, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Rashida James-Saadiya for this month's premiere Black Muslim Talk Space. She will explore the work and union of Malcolm X and Sister Betty Shabazz, and the many ways in which love has been reimagined over time and utilized as a tool for spiritual growth, healing, and creative resistance in Black communities.   Rashida James-Saadiya is a cultural educator, and multidisciplinary artist invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. Her work explores migration, identity, and the transmission of…

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Cultural Event: Egyptian Folkloric Dance Workshops and Show

February 22, 2020 | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Mohamed Ali from Alexandria, Egypt will be coming to Durham to teach two styles of Egyptian folklore dance "Saidi" (upper egyptian stick dance), 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Shaabi (modern Cairo street dance), 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Living Arts Collective in Downtown Durham. No previous experience is necessary. Later that evening we will host a special Middle Eastern dance and music show at the Durham Fruit and Co theater, 7:00 pm. Mohamed will perform his traditional dances along…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis

February 22, 2020 | 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, February 22, 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 Saleem Ahmad (1927-1983). 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 endeavor with no political or…

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Film Screening: Prince Among Slaves

February 22, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  In honor of Black History Month, there will be a screening of UPF's award-winning film- Prince Among Slaves. Please click here to register for free tickets. Prince Among Slaves   In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from the Gambia River, headed for American shores with its hold laden with hundreds bound in chains. Eight months later, a handful of survivors found themselves for sale in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them, 26-year-old Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a highly educated African prince,…

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Public Talk: “The US and Political Dynamics in the Arab Gulf Region” with Ambassador Marc Sievers

February 24, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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Ambassador Marc Sievers will give a public talk on the United States and Political Dynamics in the Arab Gulf Region. Sievers served as US ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman from January 2016 to November 2019. He was a foreign service officer since 1981 and received numerous awards over his career, including three State Department Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards. He served as political counselor in Riyadh, deputy political counselor in Ankara, and political officer in Rabat and Cairo.…

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Documentary Screening & Discussion: The Romey Lynchings

February 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join us for a screening of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about prejudice and racial violence against Arab immigrants in the United States. Produced by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were indicative of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Lebanese immigrants who came to America to work and build a…

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Krasno Global Events Lecture Series: “Ambassadors Forum- On the Brink of War?: Conflict and Rivalry in the Middle East”

February 25, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Krasno Global Events series for a talk & discussion with two former U.S. ambassadors based in the Middle East; Ambassador David Litt (U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, 1995-1998), and and Ambassador Marc Sievers (U.S. ambassador to Oman, 2016-2019). The event will be moderated by Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill). ​The Krasno Events Series is a series of regular lectures, talks and discussions at UNC-Chapel Hill to enhance our understanding and comprehension of global affairs, past and…

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Poetry Reading: Arab American Poet Nathalie Handla

February 25, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

  The Khayrallah Center invites you to an evening of poetry and conversation with renowned Arab American poet Nathalie Handal. Nathalie Handal will do a reading, followed by a Q&A session. Parking is free in the Entrepreneurship Garage. For more information, please contact Ms. Kristen Porter: kristen_porter@ncsu.edu.   Handal is the author of several works and editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and named…

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Istanbul: The Beloved City” with Professors Selim Kuru (UW Seattle) and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (U. Penn)

February 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  Speakers Selim Kuru and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano will introduce the culture and gendered contexts of early modern Ottoman Istanbul through poetry and literature. Prof. Kuru received his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from Harvard University. Selim Kuru′s work focuses on Ottoman 14th-16th centuries Anatolian literary history, genres with respect to the topic of love and its place in the elite Ottoman society. Prof. Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano studies early modern Ottoman intellectual history, and its connections to literature, poetry,…

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Workshop: Gnawa LanGus: Community Music and Dance Workshop

February 26, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  Join Gnawa LanGus, fronted by GRAMMY-nominated musician Samir LanGus, for a free community workshop on the indigenous music and dance traditions of Morocco and North Africa. For all levels of ability.   Gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues,” Gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles,…

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Global Career Night

February 26, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Hear from a panel of extraordinary UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from a variety of UNC units will join the panelists and attendees. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus. Co-sponsored by the UNC Curriculum in Global Studies, the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, the Carolina Asia Center, the UNC African Studies Center, the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, the UNC Center for Middle…

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A Conversation: “Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey” with Duke Faculty & Guests

February 27, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join us for this special program where Duke Faculty and guests will discuss the current challenges that face academic institutions across the globe. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Special thanks to the Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.   Pink Parlor, East Duke Building Duke University, East Campus

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Open House: International Students, Scholars, and Faculty

February 27, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  International students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the UNC College of Arts & Sciences for an open house on February 27, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Global health scares, new federal travel policies, and international geopolitical tensions have prompted questions and concerns. The College, ISSS, and student support offices will come together to share information, review resources, and answer queries – and have some cookies.   Sponsored by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences.   FedEx Global…

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Lecture: “The Life (and Death) of Phoenician Seafarers in the First Millennium BCE” with Professor Helen Dixon

February 27, 2020 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
NC State University Raleigh, NC 27695 United States + Google Map

The Khayrallah Center and NCSU History Department invite you to a lecture on the history of Phoenicians by Professor Helen Dixon. Parking: Hillsborough Street Metered Parking.   Helen Dixon is an interdisciplinary scholar of the ancient Mediterranean world specializing in Phoenician history and culture in the first millennium BCE. Her research has evolved from archaeological excavation, museum study, and archive work in Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Greece, and focuses on how Phoenicians and their…

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Film Screening: “For Sama” Screen/Society

February 27, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Film Screening: "For Sama" (Waad Al-Kateeb/Edward Watts, 2019, 100 min, UK/Syria, Arabic w/ subtitles, Color, DCP) Best Documentary winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, "For Sama" is an intimate journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while…

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Public Talk: “Who Taught You to Love Yourself” with Rashida James-Saadiya (Sapelo Square)

February 27, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Rashida James-Saadiya for this month's premiere Black Muslim Talk Space. She will explore the work and union of Malcolm X and Sister Betty Shabazz, and the many ways in which love has been reimagined over time and utilized as a tool for spiritual growth, healing, and creative resistance in Black communities. For more information visit here.   Rashida James-Saadiya is a cultural educator, and multidisciplinary artist invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. Her work explores migration,…

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Performance: Gnawa LanGus: ‘Building Bridges: Muslims in America’

February 27, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

  The Gnawa blended their own traditions with native religious beliefs - just as displaced sub-Saharan West Africans did in the Americas - and healing music was created for private use by a community that was not permitted to directly observe their relationship with Allah. Played with percussive instruments, Qarqaba (large iron castanets), polyrhythmic clapping, and a three-stringed, bass lute-like sintir - Gnawa music draws on an abundant African-Islam history of ritualistic music believed to heal people possessed by jinn,…

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Panel & Roundtable: “Turkish Novel in Global Contexts”

February 28, 2020 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Panel presentation by Zeynep Uysal (Boğazici U.), Hülya Adak (Sabancı U.), Murat Gülsoy (Boğazici U.) and Efe Khayyat (Rutgers U.) on various academic themes and issues of the modern Turkish novel in global contexts as it pertains to their work and the field. This will be followed by Duke Faculty Roundtable with Nancy Armstrong, Shai Ginsburg, Anne Garreta, and Erdağ Göknar. For more information visit here, or please email: griffin.orlando@duke.edu.   Organized by Duke Middle East Studies Center; co-sponsored by…

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Conference: “Who Speaks for Islam? Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” – 17th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference in Middle East and Islamic Studies

February 29, 2020
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The 17th Annual Duke-UNC conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. This year’s conference “Who Speaks for Islam?: Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” will be held in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Keynote speaker Professor Kecia Ali will speak to gendered citational politics and structures of authority within the academy.   For more information, please visit the conference website. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium…

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Performance: Welcoming Nowruz

February 29, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Persian Art Center in Carolina for a Nowruz celebration with original music by Siavash Pourfazli and Shahram Mazhari, as well as classical Persian dance. Goodson Chapel is located next to the main Duke Chapel; park in the garage at Chapel Dr. and walk to the Divinity School. Doors open at 6:00. Free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Rezvani at amirrezvani65@gmail.com with questions.   Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina the Graduate Student Association of Iranians…

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March 2020

K-12 Workshop: Andalucía: History and Culture of Muslim Spain

March 2, 2020 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC Center for European Studies, and National Humanities center for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop to explore “Al-Andalus,” the name given to Spain during 800 years of Islamic rule. During this time, Andalucía flourished as a center for learning, development and the arts, generating poetry, music, philosophy, and more. In this one-day workshop, teachers will learn about the history of Andalucía and the nature of the…

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Lunch Talk: Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University)

March 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Center for Muslim Life and the Women's Center for lunch with Professor Kecia Ali, scholar of religion, gender, and ethics. Professor Ali's scholarship focuses on the study of Islamic Jurisprudence and Women in Early and Modern Islam. She is currently a Professor of Religion at Boston University, and her books include Sexual Ethics in Islam (2006), The Lives of Muhammad (2014), and Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010). Duke undergraduate Sarah Chaoui '21 will lead a…

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KF Sephardic Studies Lecture: “Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora” with Devi Mays (University of Michigan)

March 2, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Devi Mays received her BA in Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her PhD in History and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2013.  Dr. Mays works on transnational Jewish networks in the Mediterranean and global contexts, with a focus on Sephardic Jews.   Her dissertation, “Transplanting Cosmopolitans: The Migrations of Sephardic Jews to Mexico, 1900-1934,” deals with Sephardic migrants between the Ottoman Empire, its successor states, and Mexico, studying the transnational identities,…

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Lecture: “Muslim Women: Unity & Diversity in A Global Tradition” with Professor Kecia Ali (Boston University)

March 2, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Though 'the Muslim Woman' has often been portrayed one-dimensionally, Muslim women and girls defy easy generalizatiaons. Nearly one of every eight people on the planet is a Muslim woman or girl, and Islam is only one facet of their lives. Drawing from global examples, but emphasizing the United States, this talk explores how ideas about women are central to debates over Muslim identity and religious authority-and to outsiders' negative stereotypes about Islam.   Kecia Ali (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University)…

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Turkish Circle: “Uyghur Diaspora: Transnational Migration, Political Legitimacy and Turkish Citizenship, 1949-2019” with Arianne Eckinci (UNC)

March 3, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Arianne Ekinci is a PhD student in Asian History at UNC-Chapel Hill focusing on ethnic Uyghurs and East Turkestan political movements in China and Diaspora. A light dinner will be served. Hosted by the UNC-Duke Turkish Circle, Supported by the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation.   FedEx Global Education Center, room 3024 UNC Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: “Asian Entanglements in Arid Lands: Arizona, Arabia, and Desert Geopolitics” with Natalie Koch (Syracuse University)

March 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

  In 2014, the largest dairy company in the Middle East, Almarai, purchased a farm near Vicksburg, Arizona. The Saudi company is now growing alfalfa there and shipping it back to their headquarters at Al Kharj farms, where it has a herd of more than 160,000 milk cows just outside of Riyadh. Why is a Saudi company investing in farmland in Arizona? And why does Saudi Arabia have such a large dairy industry? Further, given that dairy and alfalfa farms…

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Lunch Seminar: “Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth” with Jodi Magness (UNC Chapel Hill)

March 4, 2020 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Pettigrew Hall, Suite 100, 172 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Each semester, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies hosts informal lunch seminars to discuss academic topics related to the field of Jewish Studies. The lunch seminars are for Carolina’s faculty and graduate students, and interested undergraduates. Reservations are required as lunch will be provided. Reading materials are often sent in advance of the lunch seminar. For more information and to RSVP, visit here. Guest speaker: Jodi Magness (www.JodiMagness.org) is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (category…

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Public Talk: “Prospects for Peace: Senior Fellows from the Washington Institute speak about their experience negotiating between Israelis and Palestinians”

March 4, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari, senior fellows at The Washington Institute will speak about their experiences in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Join us for a conversation about the current prospects for progress between Israelis and Palestinians and whether peace is possible in the Middle East with experts on the conflict and negotiations. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended to reserve a seat at the event. David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow…

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Talk & Conversation: “Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt” with Hanan Hammad (Texas Christian University)

March 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Talk & Conversation with Hanan Hammad about her book Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016). Participants: Hanan Hammad (Texas Christian University), Frances Hasso (Duke Gender, Sexuality, and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, History), Adam Mestyan (Duke History). For more information, please visit here. SPONSOR(S): History, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.   East Duke Campus,  Pink Parlor (East Duke Building)

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Paper Workshop & Discussion: “The Desert as Laboratory: Science and State-making in the Drylands of Arizona and Arabia” with Natalie Koch (Syracuse University)

March 5, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Carolina Hall Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In December 2019, it was announced that the University of Arizona (UA) was receiving a $4 million grant from the Sultan of Oman for his new “One Million Date Palms for Oman” initiative. The university has since been developing new date palm research laboratories outside of Muscat, which are set to open in 2020. Beginning with this new project, this article shows that collaboration between the two regions around desert agriculture has been vital to state-making in both regions…

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Discussion: “Moving Through Hate, Love & Faith: A U.S. Marine Veteran’s Journey to Islam” with Robert McKinney

March 5, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Come meet and learn the story of Richard McKinney, a former U.S. Marine who plotted to blow up an Islamic Center in Muncie, Indiana, and through an unusual turn of events ended up in a place that is utterly surprising - and hopeful. Please RSVP here.   This event is sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life.   Bryan Center – Multicultural Center Duke University

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Film Screening: Docunight #65 [Durham]: Platform

March 5, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  #65: Platform Directed by: Sahar Mosayebi 2019 / 87 mins Persian with English Subtitles   A ROCKY-esque tale of determination and grit, PLATFORM follows three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sisters’ thrilling underdog story explores not only their dedicated training but also their surprising place in society as they challenge traditional gender roles on the path to success. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by the Graduate…

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Cultural Event: Common CommUNITY Annual Open House

March 7, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Raleigh Raleigh, NC United States + Google Map

  The Islamic Association of Raleigh's Outreach Team invites you to the educational Annual Open House, scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 11:00am. This year's theme is "Our Common CommUNITY.” It will feature a keynote address by a decorated war veteran and Imam AbuTaleb. Come learn about your fellow American Muslims, observe them at prayer and sample culinary treats from around the Islamic world. This is a free event. Please refer here for the detailed program, timings and registration.   Sponsored…

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Film Festival: REEL Israel – Annual Israeli Documentary Film Series

March 8, 2020 - March 12, 2020
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  The REEL Israel Documentary Film Festival will feature award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films that present Israel from angles rarely seen in the news: heart-wrenching stories about families and friendship, life and death, and revelations from the past. Films were selected by Duke University professor and film scholar Shai Ginsburg. Post-screening discussions will be scheduled with Professor Ginsburg and others. Films include: Advocate In the Desert: A Documentary Diptych There are No Lions in Tel Aviv A Whore Like…

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Book Talk: The Rumi Prescription: Melody Moezzi in conversation with Krista Bremer

March 9, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poetry has been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself - to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. With the help of her father, who is a lifelong fan of Rumi's poetry, she immerses herself in this rich body of work, and discovers…

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CANCELED: Seminar: “Reciprocity in Business-Government Relations: A Comparative Perspective—Turkey, Japan, and France” with Patrick Fridenson (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

March 16, 2020 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, 27599-3195 United States
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**This seminar has been canceled. However, Patrick Fridenson will be in Chapel Hill next Monday and Tuesday and would be pleased to meet individually with anyone who would like to talk with him. Contact Donald Reid at dreid1@email.unc.edu. On Monday, March 16, 3:30-5:00, in Hamilton 569, Professor Patrick Fridenson (of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) will offer a seminar on his current research: “Reciprocity in Business-Government Relations: A Comparative Perspective—Turkey, Japan, and France.” Professor Patrick Fridenson has…

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POSTPONED: Book Talk: “Your Sons are at Your Service: Tunisia’s Missionaries of Jihad” by Aaron Y. Zelin

March 17, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

**This event has been postponed until fall 2020** Aaron Y. Zelin  is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a visiting research scholar in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He is the founder of the website Jihadology.net, a primary source archive of global jihadi materials. Copies available for purchase and book signing following talk.   Tunisia became one of the largest sources of foreign fighters for the Islamic State—even though the country…

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CANCELED: Public Lecture: “Updating Ur: Mesopotamian Households in the Light of New Excavations” by Elizabeth Stone and Paul Zimansky (Stony Brook University)

March 17, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**This event has been canceled** Beginning in 2015, a Stony Brook University expedition directed by Elizabeth Stone and Paul Zimansky has devoted three field seasons to investigating the residential districts of this storied city in southern Mesopotamia, attempting to understand how Ur’s transition from the seat of a powerful empire in the late 3rd millennium to a city-state ruled by outsiders in the early 2nd millennium affected patterns of daily life. Excavations in and around the Old Babylonian houses excavated…

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CANCELED: Lecture: “The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race,” with Neda Maghbouleh (University of Toronto)

March 18, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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**This event has been canceled** Join us for a public talk with Neda Maghbouleh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at U. of Toronto Mississauga. In The Limits of Whiteness, Maghbouleh offers a groundbreaking, timely look at how Iranians and other Middle Eastern Americans move across the color line. Her findings are essential for understanding the unprecedented challenge Middle Easterners now face under "extreme vetting" and potential reclassification out of the "white" box. Maghbouleh tells for the first time the compelling, often…

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CANCELED: Nowruz Celebration

March 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**This event has been canceled** Student Research Forum at 1:00 p.m. Reception at 2:00 p.m. Lecture at 3:00 p.m.   Enjoy traditional refreshments in recognition of the Persian New Year. Program will feature student presentations and a talk, “The Last Iranian Americans? Bans, Sanctions, and Immigrant Disintegration,” by Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto.   Sponsored by the UNC Libraries, co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.   Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room UNC Chapel Hill

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CANCELED: Discussion: The Jordan and the Nile: Can We Avoid Water Wars?

March 19, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**Due to the Coronavirus and global travel restrictions, this event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for the fall.** In 1985, then Secretary General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros Ghali said “The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics.” That future may be today. Increasing demands, pollution, climate change, and upstream development are now threatening key rivers across the Middle East and North Africa. Two rivers lay at the intersection of water,…

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CANCELED: Conversation: “American Diplomacy in a Disordered World” with Ambassador William Burns

March 19, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

**This event has been canceled** Please join Ambassador William Burns - President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and former ambassador to Russia and Jordan – for a conversation on “American Diplomacy in a Disordered World.” Moderated by UNC Professor Dr. Ted Leinbaugh. Bill Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in…

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Carolina Seminar: Varieties of Esoteric Islam in Post-Soviet Tatarstan with Agnes Kefili (Arizona State University)

March 19, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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After the collapse of the USSR, intellectuals from traditionally Soviet Muslim ethnicities began the complicated process of rethinking their religious identities, political philosophies, and worldviews. Although Western scholars often present this process as an unproblematic “return to Islam,” the newly religious thinkers of the 1990s engaged the rich philosophical universe of their time, incorporating and rejecting elements of New Age, occult, and esoteric systems in their efforts to formulate answers for the contemporary world. My paper focuses on the Tatars (the largest…

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POSTPONED: K-12 Teacher Training: Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Orientation

March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

**This event has been postponed to summer 2020** The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a funded, eight-month intensive fellowship for teachers to explore Middle Eastern and African history, cultures, and diaspora through structured experiential learning experiences across North Carolina. Running March to December 2020, this program aims to enhance teacher expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies in part by making relevant connections to local communities. Participation is  through competitive application process.   Participants will attend…

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POSTPONED: World View’s Spring Programs for Community College Educators: Global is Local

March 20, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC United States + Google Map

**This program has been postponed until 2021** This program is a collaboration between North Carolina global industries, North Carolina community colleges and UNC World View. Each event will provide community college leaders and faculty a unique opportunity to hear from local industry leaders about meeting the needs in the competitive and ever-evolving economy. Two events are planned for spring 2020.   Sponsored by UNC World View.   Eastern North Carolina, Co-hosted by Pitt Community College March 20, 2020 Click here…

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CANCELED: World View K-12 Global Education Seminar: Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

March 24, 2020 | 8:00 am - March 25, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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  K-12 educators will gain relevant information and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peacebuilding. Educators will be introduced to key themes, diverse resources and strategies for exploring these topics in the classroom. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020  Click here to register.   Educators who have participated in a World View program in the past two years are encouraged to apply for the James L. Peacock Scholarship! One recipient will receive a scholarship to attend the March 24-25,…

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CANCELED: Performance: Indecent Spaces with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

March 26, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Indecent Spaces is a collaborative performance work exploring connections between identity, gender, race, and space by Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Mellon Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow at Carolina Performing Arts, in partnership with architect Charles Renfro / DS+R, collaborating principally with UNC distinguished sociologist Charlie Kurtzman. Rare music by Isang Yun is allowed by world-renowned violinists Jennifer and Angela Chun. Through dance, three-dimensional video art, architectural elements, social commentary, and music, Indecent Spaces explores the complex histories of the United States—including inquiry…

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POSTPONED: Symposium: Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora

March 28, 2020 | 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**Due to the Coronavirus and current university travel restrictions, this symposium has been POSTPONED until fall 2020.** This one-day symposium is an attempt to provide a safe space for public discussions of the nuances around discourses of love and desire in modern Iran, challenging and contributing to the dominant discourses on key topics. 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…

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12th Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival

March 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cary Cary, NC United States + Google Map

  The Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival is an annual celebration of poetry bringing together poets, scholars, and poetry fans in the humanistic spirit of the internationally renowned poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran. This year’s program honors Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy and includes Keynote Speaker David Liu, a poetry spotlight on Eduardo C. Corral, and live music by Chronis Vasiliou. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.   Sponsored by the American Turkish Association of NC;…

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CANCELED: Lecture: “World Literature as Translational Multiplicity: Sabahattin Ali’s ‘Comprehensive Germanistan Travelogue’ (1929)” with Kristin Dickinson (University of Michigan)

March 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Toy Lounge, UNC, Toy Lounge, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**This event has been canceled** In 1929, while studying abroad in Germany, modernist Turkish author Sabahattin Ali wrote a 10-page letter hone to his friends in Turkey which was meant to be a pseudo-historical travelogue. In her talk, Kristin Dickinson argues Ali’s Ottoman Turkish exposed Potsdam as a site of translation for his modernist imagination. Translation thus emerges as a productively unsettling, omnidirectional movement that underscores the hybridity of Germanness and Turkishness alike. Ali’s Travelogue also provides a prescient alternative…

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April 2020

Webinar: “Kitab Talk: Digital Scholarship & E-Resources during the COVID19 Closures” – A Conversation with Rustin Zarkar, UNC Librarian for Middle East & Islamic Studies

April 1, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Registration required here: http://go.unc.edu/KitabTalk   As universities close and courses move  online with the outbreak of COVID19, how can students and faculty conduct research from home? In this session of Kitab Talk, we will explore the various digital resources available through UNC Libraries, which include new databases, online archives, open access websites, and e-publications.   A collaboration between the UNC Libraries and Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, ‘Kitab Talk’ is a series of events connecting students, faculty,…

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CANCELED: Performance: City of Djinn

April 3, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC Department of Music for a guest artist recital featuring Marwan Kamel, buzuq, fretless guitar, percussion, and vocals, and Micah Bezold, modified guitar, percussion, vocals.   City of Djinn is composed of Chicago based musicians Marwan Kamel and Micah Bezold. This multitasking duo creates post-Tarab - a longform sonic tapestry of dark, psychedelic, drone rock that draws from experimental music vernacular as well maqam tradition. Their arsenal of instruments ranges from electric buzuq, modified quarter-tone acoustic-electric guitar, violin, fretless…

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Art Exhibition: Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

April 4, 2020 | 8:00 am - July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm

  Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city…

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CANCELED: 17th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference: Voices of Peace

April 4, 2020 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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**This event has been canceled** Please join us on 4 April 2020 for the 17th Annual Rotary Spring Conference. The theme this year is "Voices of Peace". Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their research and sharing examples of hope, peace-making, and positive change from every corner of the world. The conference will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus, from 8.30 am to 4:00 pm. Parking will be available for free in…

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CANCELED: Lecture: “Killing Civilians in War: Why did it happen? Why does it happen? The View from History” with Brian Farrell, National University of Singapore

April 7, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilson Library, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The notion that some types of people should not be targets for military operations, nor attacked violently by armed forces waging war, did not simply spring from our consciousness, or from any abstract sense of ethics or morality. It evolved historically, and not in any straight line either. Military history identifies the two extremes: times and places where no distinction of any kind between the ‘civilian’ and the warrior was either seen or respected; times and places where such…

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CANCELED: Film Screening: Tel Aviv on Fire

April 9, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC Department of Asian Studies for a screening of Tel Aviv on Fire, a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama satire film directed by Sameh Zoabi and co-written by Zoabi and Dan Kleinman. The film premiered internationally at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, where Kais Nashef won the Best Actor award. The Israeli premiere was at the Haifa International Film Festival, where the film won the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards. The film directly and intelligently addresses sensitive topics related…

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Virtual Event: “Israel, Politics, and Middle East Security in a Time of Pandemic” with Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

April 14, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Professor David Schanzer in a Zoom conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, as they discuss the state of Israeli politics and Middle East security during the coronavirus pandemic.   Please enter a few minutes early so that the event can begin at 12:00pm. Join the event here https://duke.zoom.us/j/439776231. For more information, visit here.   Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam…

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

April 14, 2020 | 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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CANCELED: Film Screening: The Romey Lynchings

April 14, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join us for a screening of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about prejudice and racial violence against Arab immigrants in the United States. Produced by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were indicative of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Lebanese immigrants who came to America to work and build a…

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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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CANCELED: World View K-12 Workshop: Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives

April 24, 2020 | 8:00 am - April 24, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

**This program has been canceled** Learn about food, food systems and how food is used to express culture and identity in our state and globally. Includes curriculum resources. For K-12 educators of all disciplines. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020  Click here to register.   Sponsored by UNC World View. NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

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June 2020

World View: K-12 Global Education Teacher Leader Institute

June 15, 2020 | 8:00 am - June 17, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

  Educators are invited to apply to the Teacher Leader Institute to further their own knowledge and understanding of global issues and to develop global competencies that support global education initiatives in their classroom. Application period will open in January. Continuing Education Units offered. #WorldView2020 Click here to for more details.   Sponsored by UNC World View.   Chapel Hill, NC

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