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February 2021

Exhibition: Golden Mummies of Egypt

February 13, 2021 - July 11, 2021

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

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June 2021

Exhibit: Streetwise Istanbul

June 20, 2021 | 2:00 pm - August 22, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Sancar Turkish Cultural and Community Center, 1609 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Streetwise Istanbul is a collaboration between an Irish American author and Turkish photographer featuring images, stories and wisdom of everyday people who make a living on both sides of the Bosporus, and to whom Istanbul owes its color and vibrancy. Quotes and anecdotes offering glimpses into the hearts and minds of street vendors, metro musicians, artisans and others will surprise and enlighten and show us what we all have in common. Streetwise Istanbul aims to enhance global understanding and dispel…

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July 2021

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Kishwar Naheed

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

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Kishwar Naheed (b. 1940). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID:…

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August 2021

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Sabiha Saba (virtual)

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

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, August 14 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Sabiha Saba. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID: 935 1441 5522…

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Panel Discussion: Afghanistan in Context (virtual)

August 20, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Over the past two weeks, events in Afghanistan have unfolded with dizzying speed. The images of Afghans desperate to flee the country and Taliban leadership flanked by heavily armed fighters in the presidential palace are shocking to many.   How can we understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan right now? Why are people fleeing and who is most at risk? Why did the country fall to the Taliban so quickly? What can and should the U.S. and…

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Lecture: “Biden’s Afghan Endgame” with Ambassador Doug Lute

August 25, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Professor Peter Feaver as he welcomes former Ambassador to the U.N. Douglas Lute to discuss the Biden Administration's Afghanistan plan.   Sponsored by American Grand Strategy (AGS), Political Science, and Sanford School of Public Policy.   For more information, contact Paige Rotunda.   Washington Duke Inn, Presidents Ballroom Duke University

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September 2021

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

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

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

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Lecture: “U.S. and the Broader Middle East in the Post ‘Helos Out of Kabul’ Environment” with Michael Singh (The Washington Institute)

September 1, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us for a conversation with Michael Singh on Middle East strategy in the context of great power competition. Professor Feaver and Michael Singh will discuss broader Middle East security policy following the recent developments of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.   Michael Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at The Washington Institute and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. As the Institute's managing director, Mr. Singh conducts policy…

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Lecture: “The Graveyard of Empires? A Comparative View of the Soviet and American Wars in Afghanistan” with Dr. Jeff Jones (UNC-Greensboro) (virtual)

September 1, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

  The Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring a lecture by Dr. Jeff Jones (UNCG) on The Graveyard of Empire? A comparative view of the Soviet & American Wars in Afghanistan.   Jeff Jones completed his Ph.D. in 2000 at UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently an Associate Professor of Russian-Soviet and contemporary world history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His…

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

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

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

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Lecture: “Immersive Journalism on Xinjiang: Covering Human Rights in China” with Ben Mauk and Sam Wolson (virtual)

September 2, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Reporters Ben Mauk and Sam Wolson speak about Xinjiang and "Reeducated,” an award-winning immersive virtual reality documentary chronicling human rights abuses against Uyghurs in China.   Advance registration required.   Ben Mauk (he/him): Mauk writes for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, and the London Review of Books. He co-founded and directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop. In 2021, he co-developed and wrote an immersive V.R. documentary for The New Yorker on life inside a Chinese reeducation…

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

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

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

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Conversation: “American Defense Policy at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities” with Michèle Flournoy (virtual)

September 7, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Registration Link.   The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy will host a conversation with Professor Peter Feaver and Michèle Flournoy on American strategic defense policy. In the wake of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover, competition with China and tense relations with Russia, what challenges and opportunities lie ahead in American security?   Michèle Flournoy has spent her career formulating national security policy and advising presidents on military operations. In 2009, she became the…

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Conversation: “What Did Bin Laden Do to America? A Conversation on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Wajahat Ali (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Professor David Schanzer will welcome Wajahat Ali, an influential writer and one of the leading Muslim American public intellectuals, to discuss the impacts of 9/11 on the United States and the world. The discussion will cover social and cultural impacts of 9/11 on America and political discourse, as well as how 9/11 has been experienced by Muslims and other people of color. Ali is a keen observer of American politics and will…

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Forum: 2021 AAD Sisco Memorial Forum, ‘Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy’ (hybrid)

September 9, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum in person in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on Carolina’s campus at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 9, 2021. The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. The forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy,” will examine large-scale diplomatic approaches to climate and water issues.   The…

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Cultural Event: Mehndi Ki Raat

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

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Lecture and Discussion: “9/11 Twenty Years Later: What Has Changed?” with Samia Serageldin (hybrid)

September 12, 2021 | 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Samia Serageldin is a writer, novelist, editor and public speaker. She was born in Egypt and studied at London University where she earned her M.Sc. in Political Science before emigrating to the United States in 1980. She is the author of three novels, The Cairo House, The Naqib’s Daughter, and Love is Like Water, as well as numerous contributions to anthologies and works on Islam, in addition to editing and contributing to the Duke Press edition of In the Name of Osama bin Laden.…

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Kitab Talk: “The Arabic Collections Online Project” with Guy Burak and David Millman (NYU Libraries) (virtual)

September 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

  Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a partnership of several major research libraries in the United States and the Middle East to digitize the Arabic monographs in their collections and make them freely accessible to the world. ACO consists of more than 17,000 volumes from most Arabic-speaking countries, Turkey and Iran. Our presentation will offer an overview of the project and the collection. We will also discuss some of the challenges we have faced over the years. Speakers: -Guy Barak,…

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Lecture: “99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project” with Alison Kysia (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  In a Wednesdays at the Center virtual event, multimedia artist and grassroots educator Alison Kysia shares a socially engaged art project she created called 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. After a prolonged experience of anti-Muslim bigotry, she created a series of 99 pinch pots that represent the 99 names of God in Islam, symbolizing the diversity of all encapsulated in the One. This multimedia art and storytelling project centers stories of Muslim women healing from experiences…

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Cultural Event: Arab American Dance (virtual)

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

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

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Lecture: “Life and Legacy of Aref Ghazvini” with Maryam Tabibzadeh (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Iranian Cultural Society of NC and Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke present Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring Maryam Tabibzadeh who will give a lecture on Life and Legacy of Aref Ghazvini.  This lecture is about constitutional revolution in Iran and will be conducted in Farsi.   Maryam Tabibzadeh was born In Darab, Pars in Persia (Iran). She earned her masters degree from Shiraz University and moved to the U.S., where she attended graduate school at…

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Discussion: “Is Nation-Building Ever successful: Lessons from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Balkans and Elsewhere” with Keith Mines (United States Institute of Peace) (virtual)

September 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Join Ambassador Patrick Duddy in a zoom conversation with Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program, as they discuss Mines’ new book, ‘Why Nation-Building Matters’. Register in advance. No one likes nation-building. The public dismisses it. Politicians criticize it. The traditional military disdains it, and civilian agencies lack the blueprint necessary to make it work. Yet functioning states play a foundational role in international security and stability. Left unattended, ungoverned spaces can produce crises from migration to economic collapse to…

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

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

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

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Workshop: “99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project” with Alison Kysia

September 17, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  To register, visit here.  Open to Duke Students only – this event is full but register to be added to the wait list. In this DukeCreate hands-on workshop, multimedia artist and grassroots educator Alison Kysia shares a socially engaged art project she created called 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. After a prolonged experience of anti-Muslim bigotry, she created a series of 99 pinch pots that represent the 99 names of God in Islam, symbolizing the diversity…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Meera Bai

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

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

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Book Talk: “Iranian Women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” with Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois University) (virtual)

September 22, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Zoom link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95925679038   The Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) present the Duke University Emamian Lectureship Series featuring a book talk by Professor M. Mateo Farzaneh. Dr. Farzaneh is a Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University and is the author of “Iranian women and Gender in the Iran-Iraq War” and The Iranian Constitutional Revolution. He is also the principal of the NEIU Foundation’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Initiative. This…

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“Get the Terp Up Here!”: War as an Interpreter to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan with Nasirullah “John” Safi (virtual)

September 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Please join Professor Kyle Beardsley in a conversation with Afghan interpreter, Nasirullah "John" Safi. When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, many Afghans who previously worked with U.S. forces were left stranded and in danger. This discussion will explore Safi’s personal stories of working with the U.S. military to fight the Taliban and the dynamic culture and dangers facing Afghan interpreters. Nasirullah "John" Safi was born and raised in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Safi joined the U.S. mission in…

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

September 25, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. September 25, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Parvaneh Hosseini in Conversation with author Hamed Esmaeilion Register: https://go.unc.edu/Esameilion  Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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Discussion: Meet the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, Rustin Zarkar

September 27, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Graduate students researching topics related to Middle East and Islamic Studies are invited to join us for a meet and greet with Rustin Zarkar, the UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, on Monday, September 27. Seeking support from a library specialist can be extremely useful throughout your graduate career. Learn about the UNC Library collections in Middle and Islamic Studies, network with other students interested in these fields, and brainstorm how you might make use of the library…

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Book Talk: “A Recipe for Daphne” with Nektaria Anastasiadou (virtual)

September 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Nektaria Anastasiadou's debut novel, A Recipe for Daphne, was published by Hoopoe, the fiction imprint of the American University in Cairo Press, in February 2021. Nektaria is the 2019 winner of the Zografeios Agon, a prestigious Greek literary award founded in nineteenth-century Constantinople. She is currently developing the winning short story into a novel written in the Istanbul Greek dialect. Nektaria speaks Greek, Turkish, English, French, Spanish, and Italian. She lives in Istanbul.   Register in advance.   Sponsored…

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K-12 Teacher Training: Muslim American History Modules for the Social Studies Curriculum (virtual)

September 29, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Muslims have been present in the United States since before the country’s founding. In this webinar for educators, Yasmine Flodin-Ali, PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present on three complete lesson plan modules for high school social studies teachers on Muslim American history.   The different units focus on enslaved Muslims in the United States, early immigration from South Asia and the Middle East, and the Iranian Revolution. Relevant to high school curricula,…

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Panel discussion: “The Afghan Humanitarian Crisis” (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Media coverage of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan has largely ignored the massive displacement of communities fleeing Taliban rule. Tens of thousands of refugees are expected to reach the US in the next few weeks, and half a million more are predicted to flee the country by the end of the year. After decades of investment, the international community remains unequipped to address the current crisis. How can the United States mobilize its diplomatic and economic resources to provide both…

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Introduction to Kazakhstan (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Explore Kazakh culture and history with Dr. Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History. Learn more about the region and opportunities to study abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan through the Russian Flagship Program.   Register in advance.   Sponsored by the UNC Russian Flagship Program.   UNC-Chapel Hill 

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October 2021

Exhibit: From Fallujah

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

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

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Panel Discussion: Global Careers for LGBTQ Folk (virtual)

October 5, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Members of the LGBTQ+ community play key roles in international business, diplomacy, advocacy, and scholarship, but they can also face unique challenges in global careers because of their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (on top of all the other challenges of global careers). This panel brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community who are navigating careers that cross borders and tackle international issues to talk about some of the continuing challenges, unique opportunities, and best strategies…

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

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

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

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Cultural Event: Arab American Theater (virtual)

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

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

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

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

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Festival: “Triangle Islamic Festival of Arts”

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

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

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Discussion: In Conversation with Dua Saleh (virtual)

October 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Register in advance.   Join Duke Performances, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Center for Muslim Life for a conversation between musician, actor and performer Dua Saleh, Treniyyah Anderson '20, and the Center for Muslim Life's Maryam Arain.   Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019's Nūr - meaning "the light" in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and uses they/them pronouns)…

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Lecture: “In the Palace of Images” with Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) (virtual)

October 13, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Convivencia Lecture Series welcomes Ellen Haskell, the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Greensboro to discuss architecture "In the Palace of Images."   Ellen Haskell is Director of Jewish Studies and the Herman & Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at UNCG. Educated at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the University of Michigan, her field of expertise is the study of Jewish mysticism, with special…

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Book Talk: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi in conversation with Dr. Pamela Lothspeich (virtual)

October 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Book: Temporary Marriage in Iran (Cambridge UP 2020), Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi “Proposing a methodology that brings feminist theories of embodiment to bear on the Iranian literary and cinematic tradition, this study examines temporary marriage in Iran, not just as an institution but also as a set of practices, identities and meanings that have transformed over the course of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Based on analysis of novels and short stories from the Pahlavi era, and cinematic works produced…

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Performance: Dua Saleh

October 13, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  Purchase tickets and more information here.   Minneapolis-based vocalist, spoken-word poet, and actor Dua Saleh began recording music only two years ago, garnering immediate acclaim with the release of 2019’s Nūr — meaning “the light” in Arabic. Saleh (who identifies as gender non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns) followed the next year with Rosetta: a genre-bending EP blending warm vocals with raw hip-hop passages and haunting, otherworldly electronics. For Saleh — a Sudanese native, who fled the country with…

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Lecture: “Antigone in the War on Terror: Kamila Shamsie in Conversation with Ankhi Mukherjee” (virtual)

October 14, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  “Antigone’s Worldings” opens with a conversation between award winning writer, Kamila Shamsie, and postcolonial theorist, Ankhi Mukherjee, on Shamsie’s most recent novel, Home Fire. Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Home Fire re-contextualizes Sophocles’ Antigone in the global present of the on-going “War on Terror,” while complicating our understandings of agency, identity, and power as we see Aneeka struggle with the impossibility of burying her twin brother…

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

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

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Iranian Literary Diasporas: Claudia Yaghoobi in Conversation with author Omid Fallahazad (virtual)

October 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. October 16, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Claudia Yaghoobi in Conversation with author Omid Fallahazad Register: https://go.unc.edu/Fallahazad Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Mona Shahab (virtual)

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

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

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

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

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

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Lecture: “The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba” with Michele Lamprakos (University of Maryland) (virtual)

October 18, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  The Convivencia Lecture series welcomes Michele Lamprakos, Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation from the University of Maryland to discuss architecture and "The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba."   Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Michele Lamprakos specializes in the early modern/modern Arab-Islamic world and critical heritage studies. Her research focuses on two main themes: the lives and layers of buildings and sites; and contacts between faith-cultures in the Mediterranean. She is author of Building a…

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Lecture: “The Well and the Water Machine: The History of Desalination and Fossil-Fueled Water in the Long Shadow of Arabia’s Climate-Altered Future” with Prof. Michael Low (Iowa State University) (virtual)

October 18, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  It is an undisputed truism that the story of the 20th-century Arabian Peninsula is synonymous with the story of oil. Particularly after the 1973 oil crisis, exploding oil prices launched the region into significant socio-economic transformations. And while oil infrastructure has rightfully been understood as the lifeblood of this growth, another infrastructure remained virtually invisible, desalination facilities. Despite this seeming invisibility, desalination has become a defining material feature of life in the Arabian Peninsula. Since the 1970s and even…

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Kitab Talk: “Transcending Communal Divisions to Build the 1947 Partition Archive” with Guneeta Singh Bhalla (virtual)

October 19, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The 1947 Partition Archive is a project dedicated to documenting the people's history of the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, a globally disruptive event that created one of the largest mass refugee crises of the last century. Through an innovative crowdsourcing approach developed in 2010, The 1947 Partition Archive has democratized historical documentation, bringing forth voices from communities previously underrepresented and histories previously unknown. Today, over 9,500 witness oral histories recorded from 14 countries in over 36 languages and dialects have…

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K-12 Seminar: Global Education in a New World (virtual)

October 21, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  In March 2020 education changed as COVID-19 rapidly became a pandemic. Teaching and learning were reshaped worldwide. In this program from UNC World View, participants will explore how the field of education has been impacted across the globe. Participants will learn from experts as they meet several peer educators teaching in other countries and connect how the pandemic was handled in classrooms from multiple regions. Participants will learn from each other how educators were personally and professional impacted. Experts…

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Symposium: “Arabic Literature in Translation” with Dima Ayoub (Middlebury), Alexandra Shraytekh (Tufts), and Michelle Hartman (McGill) (virtual)

October 22, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  This mini symposium proposes to investigate modern Arabic literature in translation. The translation of Arabic texts has a complicated history, incorporating publishers’ reticence to publish translations, politics, gender, as well as difficulties of situating Arabic literature within the all-encompassing world literature.   What gets translated and why? How are we the audience to read what is translated? Do these translations give us insight to Arab society and culture? What is the reception of these works? Why is the novel…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 2021

Community College Seminar: Global Business in a New World (virtual)

November 5, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  North Carolina is experiencing a rapid growth of global businesses and community college students will play a key role in meeting the needs of their workforce. This UNC World View program will explore topics related to global businesses and its impact on the North Carolina economy. Community college and early college educators will gain knowledge and resources on the specific needs of global businesses, including how they can prepare their students to meet the needs of the global workforce.…

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

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

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

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Performance: Kayhan Kalhor

November 11, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Three-time GRAMMY nominee Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh, (“little bow”), a bowed string instrument with a thousand-year history. Through his many musical collaborations, Kalhor was instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music and multiple collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. He has studied the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the…

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Conference: Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in North Carolina

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is pleased to host a conference for Arabic language educators this fall: Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in NC. This conference, held November 13-14, 2021, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will gather educators, administrators, and other representatives from K-16 institutions all working to expand Arabic as a world language offering. Featuring grade level-specific sessions as well as keynote presentations, the conference will connect Arabic language educators across the…

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Kitab Talk: “Grooves and Waves: Phonograph Records as Historical Sources in the Digital Age” with Christopher Silver (McGill University)

November 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In the decades following the advent of the phonograph at the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of shellac records circulated across the Middle East and North Africa. Etched between their grooves were a stunning array of popular, classical, and folkloric songs, sketches and monologues, and the otherwise sublime sounds of an extended era of profound change. At mid-twentieth century, in the midst of decolonization, mass migration, as well as the appearance of vinyl, most of the region’s earliest…

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Book Talk: “Global Jihad: A Brief History” with Glenn Robinson (Naval Postgraduate School)

November 16, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Most violent jihadi movements in the twentieth century focused on removing corrupt, repressive secular regimes throughout the Muslim world. But following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a new form of jihadism emerged—global jihad—turning to the international arena as the primary locus of ideology and action. With this book, Glenn E. Robinson develops a compelling and provocative argument about this violent political movement's evolution.   Global Jihad tells the story of four distinct jihadi waves, each with its own program…

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Seminar: Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 18, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Carolina Seminar on Russia and its Empires will host an event featuring Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill).   The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  For more information, contact Dr. Eren Tasar, etasar@email.unc.edu.     UNC-Chapel Hill

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Iranian Literary Diasporas: Esha Momeni in Conversation with author Fereshteh Molavi (virtual)

November 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. November 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm Esha Momeni in Conversation with author Fereshteh Molavi Register: https://go.unc.edu/Molavi Convener: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Associate…

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December 2021

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

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

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

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January 2022

K-12 Teacher Training: “How Islam is Portrayed in Comics” with Maryanne Rhett (Monmouth University)

January 13, 2022 | 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

  During this webinar we will discuss how Islam and Muslims have been, and continue to be, portrayed in comics and other forms of sequential art since the 1800s through today. Focusing largely on US comics the discussion will also take into account global examples including, but not limited to, works from Canada, Spain, and various elements of the Punch "empire."   Scholar: Maryanne Rhett (Professor of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University)   The Humanities in Class webinar series features live, interactive…

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April 2022

Educator Travel to Jordan

April 9, 2022 - April 16, 2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Educators: spend your spring break with The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies touring Jordan, April 9 – 16, 2022. We are partnering with GEEO to offer this great travel program. Participants will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites.   GEEO offers cost-subsided travel programs for educators during the spring, winter, and summer. The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers – and you…

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