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July 2022

The Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham (through December 10th)

July 29, 2022 - December 10, 2022
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Libraries and Center for Muslim Life invite you to experience an exhibit on the "Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq" at the Islamic Center in Durham which will be on display until December 10th at Perkins Library.   For more information on the exhibit, visit here: https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/2022/ArRazzaq July 29 - December 10

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Preview the exhibit “Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham”

July 29, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join the Duke Libraries and Center for Muslim Life this Friday, July 29th from 1-3:30pm to preview the exhibit on the "Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham" which will be on display until December 10th at Perkins Library. Come to the CML for Jum’uah and then walk with them to Perkins to enjoy food and view the exhibit.   For more information on the exhibit, visit here: https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/2022/ArRazzaq  

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August 2022

ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM Exhibit

August 16, 2022 | 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  “ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM” is an evolving experiential art exhibition and digital archive created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic aesthetic that learns from frameworks of Afrofuturism and imagines a broader Muslim future free from the oppression of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our collective creation. In this groundbreaking exhibition, MIPSTERZ has organized Muslim Futurism into five themes: imagination, resistance, liberation, community, and identity. Through this lens, MIPSTERZ envisions a future where we all…

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ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM Exhibit

August 16, 2022 | 10:00 am - September 18, 2022 | 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

“ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM” is an evolving experiential art exhibition and digital archive created by MIPSTERZ that explores Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic aesthetic that learns from frameworks of Afrofuturism and imagines a broader Muslim future free from the oppression of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our collective creation. In this groundbreaking exhibition, MIPSTERZ has organized Muslim Futurism into five themes: imagination, resistance, liberation, community, and identity. Through this lens, MIPSTERZ envisions a future where we all people…

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Scavenger Hunt & Pizza

August 18, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill, The Pit, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  We'll meet in The Pit at 4:30pm and then divide up into teams to explore campus with a Scavenger Hunt!  Whichever team takes the most creative pictures at each UNC landmark wins Hillel swag. The program will wrap up at the UNC Hillel building (210 West Cameron Ave) at 6:00pm with a pizza dinner and tours of the Hillel building. Come alone or with a team! All UNC students are welcome to attend all Hillel events. For more info, visit…

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Healing the Emptiness: a Psychospiritual Guide

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

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

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September 2022

A Night Of Armenian Duduk Music Along With Middle Eastern Poetry

September 1, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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CONCERT   Join us for a night of music and poetry as our guest musician from Beirut, Raffi Chilingirian, will play the Armenian duduk (wind instrument) while our faculty will read Arabic, Turkish, and Persian poetry. After the music and poetry performance, we will have a panel discussion on the significance of duduk for Armenian heritage and the diaspora, the ways that duduk has traveled to other countries in the Middle East, and how music and poetry serve as great…

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Carolina Global Photo Competition 2022

September 6, 2022 - September 19, 2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Global Photography Competition is OPEN now. For more than 20 years, this competition has highlighted stunning sights and scenes captured by Tar Heels around the globe. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to submit up to three global photos taken in any world region and at any point in time. Become part of the tradition. Details & photo submission at go.unc.edu/globalphoto   UNC Chapel Hill

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Wednesdays at the Center: A Path to Muslim Flourishing, Joy, and Futurism

September 7, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

MIPSTERZ has focused its recent efforts around Muslim Futurism—a cultural and artistic aesthetic that learns from frameworks of Afrofuturism - imagining a broader Muslim future free from the oppression of today, set in a utopic tomorrow of our collective creation. The intersectional identities of Muslims and the compounded suffering experienced by so many require synchronous efforts of dismantling.   Futuring for Muslims today is an act of resistance against all hegemonic entities that have come to limit, restrict, and obliterate…

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Unraveling the Tawasin of Hallaj

September 8, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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A conversation between Nomanul Haq (Dean of the Institute of Liberal Arts at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore) and Carl Ernst (William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Islamic studies at the Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill)    The Kitāb al-Ṭawāsīn of the Sufi al-Ḥallāj (d. 922 CE) is a fascinating versified mystical treatise of a monumental and intriguing figure in the history of Sufism. Ḥallāj was mercilessly executed by Abbasid rulers in a mêlée of…

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Film Screening: Neptune Frost (2021)

September 8, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that's a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work. Co-directed by the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman.   In the hilltops of Burundi a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's…

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Space Jam / A MIPSTERZ Spotlight Series

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

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

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Kingdom, Commodity, or Community? The Religious and Philosophical Meanings of Nature

September 10, 2022 | 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In this current era of climate change, it is clear that how we conceptualize humankind’s relationship to nature—whether explicitly or implicitly—has enormous ramifications. This seminar will explore various religious and philosophical approaches to the natural world, paying particular attention to the ways in which unspoken assumptions about nature shape our everyday behavior. Together, we will examine a set of key ideas that have shaped American attitudes toward nature, and we will explore the transformational power of reconceptualizing humankind’s place within…

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Muslim Futurism: Panel, Closing Reception and Film Screening

September 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  In partnership with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Arts, MIPSTERZ is proud to present a panel discussion exploring Muslim Futurism and the academic and creative disciplines that support the dreaming of alternate futures. This event is free and open to the public. Parking available at the Campus Drive lot across from the Rubenstein Arts Center.   2:00 -3:30 pm - MUSLIM FUTURISM: Definitions and Manifestations 3:30 - 5:00 pm - Closing reception for ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM…

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Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, with Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari

September 13, 2022 | 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Biden administration has moved on from the tempting prospect of negotiating a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. But elections in Israel, potential leadership succession for the Palestinian Authority, and the Abraham Accords regional peace agreements all have implications for the conflict going forward. Join Ambassador Dennis Ross in a conversation with former Palestinian negotiator Ghaith al-Omari about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   RSVP online here   Co-sponsored by: UNC Hillel, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs:…

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The Institutional and Educational Legacy of Imam W.D. Mohammed

September 15, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

The Black Muslim Coalition and The Department of Religious Studies at Duke present "The Institutional and Educational Legacy of Imam W.D. Mohammed" Lecture by Imam Rashad Abdur-Rahman of Masjid Al-Islam in Atlanta. Refreshments will be provided.   This event will take place in person but you are able to join via zoom at Meeting ID 924 6443 3229   For more information, visit here. Sponsored by BMCo, Duke Libraries, and Religious Studies at Duke   Mary Lou Williams Center (lower level)…

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Peace in Progress: A Conversation with Bassem Eid

September 18, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Palestinian human rights pioneer and commentator in Middle Eastern affairs, Bassem Eid, joins Students Supporting Israel in discussion about the prospect of a two-state solution, as well as a look at the daily life and on the ground struggles of the Palestinian people. Seeing the bigger picture, he seeks dignity for his fellow Palestinian people and peace with his neighbors.   Register here.   For more information, contact Alexandra Ahdoot at alexandra.ahdoot@duke.edu.   Zener Auditorium, Reuben-Cooke 130 Duke University

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Jews, and the Transformation of American Folklore

September 19, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hill Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies presents their inaugural alumni lecture “Ghetto Pastoral: Street Scene, Jews, and the Transformation of American Folklore” by Dr. Naomi Graber. In 1947, Kurt Weill, Elmer Rice, and Langston Hughes’s Street Scene opened on Broadway. Although Weill referred to the work as a “Broadway opera,” Street Scene embodies what Michael Denning calls a “ghetto pastoral,” a genre that arose in the early 1930s depicting violent, yet innocent coming-of-age stories in ethnic or black urban working-class neighborhoods, combining naturalism and allegory to prove…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925.”

September 20, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Stacy D. Farenthold is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, where she is also affiliated with the Global Migration Research Center. Farenthold’s research blends migration and borderlands approaches to social history. Her debut book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente (Oxford University Press), is a history of World War I as told from the Syrian diaspora, and was awarded the Arab American National Museum's Evelyn Shakir Award for Scholarly Nonfiction in 2020, the 2019 Chaiwallah Prize…

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Film: Feathers (Omar El Zohairy, 2021)

September 24, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

  When a magic trick goes awry at a children's birthday party, the authoritative father of the family turns into a chicken. An avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls everyone; the mother, whose mundane life was dedicated to her husband and children, is now urged to come to the fore and take care of her family. While moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back and secure their survival, she goes through a total transformation. "'Feathers' is fueled by a quiet,…

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Syria Seminar Series: The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958 (Sami Moubayed)

September 26, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Duke History, DUMESC and DISC for a public book talk from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET with Sami Moubayed titled " The Makers of Modern Syria 1918-1958: The Rise and Fall of Syrian Democracy 1918-1958."   Sami Moubayed is a Syrian historian and former Carnegie scholar. He is also author of Under the Black Flag: At the frontier of the New Jihad.   Online Webinar Registration - Zoom   Duke University

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Workshop: “Southeast Asia Sinophone Literature”

September 27, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This mini-workshop, co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the Chinese Program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, will bring together a celebrated authors and academic experts to discuss Southeast Asian Sinophone Literature. First 黎紫書 Li Zishu will speak on “作为地方文学—马华文学的存在” (“The Existence of Malaysian Chinese Literature as a Form of Local Literature”). Professor Keren He will provide translation into English. It will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the Li Zishu’s talk and on Southeast Asian Sinophone…

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CMEIS Social Cafe

September 27, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Come meet and socialize with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (CMEIS) current students, faculty and staff over delicious Middle Eastern sweets and tea from Med Deli.   Sponsored by the Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies   4003 FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill  

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Film Screening “A Tale of Love and Desire”

September 27, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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All are welcome to this fil screening as part of UNC’s Albertine Cinémathèque French film festival. A Tale of Love and Desire (Une histoire d’amour et de désir) explores sexuality and desire as juxtaposed with language and Tradition. Directed by Leyla Bouzid, the film follows the story of a young French-Algerian man who falls in love with a young Tunisian girl. Simultaneously, this man discovers erotic Arab literature that he never imagined existed and tries to resist his desire while…

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Lecture: “Duke MSA x Suhaib Webb”

September 28, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  Join Duke CML and MSA for an evening with Imam Suhaib Webb. Refreshments will be served! Open and free for all! Suhaib Webb is a Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma with a background in Education & Azhar University from the College of Shariah (Islamic Law & Jurisprudence). Imam Suhaib has served various communities in North America and is currently the founder of S.W.I.S.S. RSVP here   Sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life and Muslim Student Association at Duke  …

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Come Together: “A Moment of Collective Silence and Solidarity”

September 29, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Students, faculty, public, and global communities are invited by UNC Persian Studies to come together virtually in solidarity with protesters in Iran. We will have a moment of silence followed by sharing stories and wisdom, reading poetry, and playing music as a means of healing. Sponsored by UNC Persian Department and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.   Online at: https://go.unc.edu/Iran2022

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Lecture: FedEx GEC’s 15th Anniversary & Frederick W. Smith

September 29, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In honor of the 15th anniversary of the FedEx Global Education Center's opening, UNC is excited to host Frederick W. Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx Corporation. Smith, who developed the idea for FedEx during his undergraduate years, will make the case for re-engaging on free trade agreements, offering his insights into supporting sustainable global trade and managing threats to open global order. Smith will be joined by Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and former U.S. ambassador. The lecture will…

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Lecture: Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch

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

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

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October 2022

Panel Discussion: “The Present is Female: #MahsaAmini, Women’s Leadership, and Iran’s Feminist Revolution”

October 3, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us virtually for a panel discussion with Dr. Fatemeh Shams (UPenn) and Dr. Esha Momeni (UCLA), moderated by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) about the current protests in Iran and the political and social history leading to this moment.Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC Persian Studies, and Duke University Middle East Studies Center   Online at: https://go.unc.edu/Iran22

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Weekly Lecture Series: “What is the Arab Identity”

October 4, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the Arab Student Association for the third of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region   Tuesday October 4| 7:00-8:00pm – “Origins of Arab Identity” Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00-8:00pm – “Political Arab Identity” Tuesday, October 18 | 7:00-8:00pm – “LGBTQ+ Arab Life” Wednesday, October 26 | 7:00-8:00pm – “9/11 and State Sanctioned Violence Against Arabs”Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus Y.  …

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Lecture: “Feminist Economic Analysis of Women’s Precarious Disempowerment: COVID-19 in Uzbekistan

October 5, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This presentation provides a feminist analysis of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s precarious livelihoods and the lack of multi-dimensional empowerment in Uzbekistan due to a market-driven economy, liberalization and neoliberalism – structures that are ill-prepared to deal with gender equality and pandemic. Feminist analysis aims to examine the gendered nature of the pandemic and its social and economic outcomes by looking at the unequal distribution of pandemic risks. Viewing these conditions through a conceptual feminist framework and…

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Discussion: Global Jewish Modernism Lab presents: “What is Citizenship”

October 6, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Mia Fuller (UC Berkeley), Shai Ginsburg (Duke), Igiaba Scego (Author and Visiting Scholar, Duke). “What is…” Dialogue Series: Each dialogue involves the examination of one term and its representation and use in diverse geographical and historical contexts, both within Jewish Studies and outside of it. Each conversation involves at least two scholars, one from Duke and one from another institution.   Sponsored by the Global Jewish Modernism Lab at Duke.   Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Duke University

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Conference: “New Faces XXII”

October 7, 2022 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Triangle Institute for Security Studies 23rd annual New Faces conference will showcase the work of six exceptional rising scholars in the field of security studies, giving them an opportunity to present their ongoing research. Presentations run from 8:40am - 5:20pm and lunch is provided for in person attendees. Presentation #5 will be "The Gulf Between Their Wars: Illusory American and Arab Visions of Post–Cold War Middle Eastern Order, 1989-1991," Daniel Chardell (2:50pm-4:00pm).   Register to attend in-person here or online streaming…

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Concert: “Music of Persia in Celebration of Mehregan”

October 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  A concert featuring Saeed Farajpoori as composer & kamancheh, Amir Koushkani on tar, Hamin Honari on percussion and Raha Yousefi singing. General admission is $25 but free for Duke and UNC students. To reserve tickets, email Musicofpersia2022@gmail.comSponsored by the Graduate Student Assocaition of Iranians at Duke, the Persian Cultural Society at UNC, Chapel Hill & Persian Student Association at Duke, and the Iranian Cultural Society of NC.   Sonja Hayes Stone CenterUNC - Chapel Hill

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Film Screening: “Infiltrators”

October 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine for our monthly film night! On the first Friday of every month of the semester, we invite those interested in learning more about Palestine to come and watch a film, documentary, or other form of cinematography to experience stories of Palestinians in an inclusive and open space. There will be a short, optional discussion of the film after each meeting. This weeks film is "Infiltrators" a visceral “road movie” that chronicles the daily travails…

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Discussion: MSA Live with Hamza Abdullah

October 8, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  MSA Live is an evening of discussion with Hamza Abdullah. Formerly an NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mr. Abdullah has had a unique relationship with his faith as he navigated the world of professional athleticism. Today he continues to advocate for the mental health and safety of players in the NFL. Doors open at 5:30pm and program starts at 6:30pm. This event is open to the public - Buy tickets $15   Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Students Association  …

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Teach-In: “Iran Protests and Women’s Activism 2022”

October 11, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Featuring: Golnar Gishnizjani, Visiting Scholar of Gender and Digital Media Studies, UNC CMEIS; Ehsan Sheikhalharam, Ph.D. Candidate in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, UNC-CH; Farzaneh Taksibi, Research Fellow at the Institute for the Environment, UNC-CH; and Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC-CHTeach-ins became popular in Universities in the US in the 1960s as part of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Join us to learn, discuss and come together to work towards collective action.RSVP on FacebookSponsored by: UNC Persian Studies, Department of Asian…

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

October 11, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join us for a special screening of the 2022 LUX Audience Award-winning film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić. The film focuses on Aida, a translator for the United Nations, during the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995. Based on true events, the film tells the story of Aida, an English teacher and translator taking shelter in a United Nations military base operated by Dutch peacekeepers, alongside her husband, two sons, and 30,000 other refugees. As the Serbian…

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Discussion: “A Conversation with Brother Ali”

October 12, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Join Duke CML’s own Brother Joshua Salaam as he is in conversation with Brother Ali. Brother Ali is a respected Hip Hop artist, speaker, and community leader.  His two-decade resume includes eight critically-acclaimed albums, mentorships with iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim, and performances on late night shows with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien. His provocative and uplifting brand of Hip Hop has earned him coveted press features like Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary edition and Source Magazine’s “Hip…

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Lecture: “Hearing the Un-Heard and Seeing the Un-Seen with Jane Lewisohn”

October 12, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

The Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke (GSAID) and the Iranian Cultural Society of NC (ICSNC) present “In Conversation with Jane Lewisohn – Hearing the Un-heard and Seeing the Un-seen: Archiving Persian Performing Arts from Wax Cylinders to Film Farsi”. Jane Lewisohn is the founder of The Golestan Project. This lecture will be conducted in English and Persian and is free and open to the public.Sponsored by: Persian Studies Program at UNC Chapel Hill;  Duke University Graduate & Professional…

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Discussion: “Political Arab Identity”

October 12, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Arab Student Association for the second of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region. This week's topic will be the Political Arab Identity. The lecture will be followed by a time for questions and discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus Y.   Campus Y, Anne Queen Faculty CommonsUNC - Chapel Hill

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Lecture: “Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch”

October 13, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Dr. Necati Alkan, from the University of Bamberg, Dept of Turkish Studies, will talk about the Tevârîh-i Antakya: Legendary Chronicles of Antioch. Like many ancient cities, the foundation of Antioch on the Orontes, modern day Antakya in South Turkey, is based on myths and legends that were recorded, passed on and modified over the centuries in different languages. In this presentation we will survey several manuscripts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish in which we find fantastical narrations of the beginnings of…

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Conversation: “Is American Conservatism Dead?” with Bret Stephens

October 13, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In the age of Trump, what's left of and for American conservatism? Is the Republican Party altered forevermore? And what are we to make of -- and do about -- the hate that consumes so many Americans, including a resurgence of anti-Semitism? Best-selling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni will put those questions and more to Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, at Penn Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. Mr. Stephens will also…

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General Body Meeting: UNC Students for Justice in Palestine

October 17, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Phillips Hall, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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UNC’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) invites those interested in learning about the history of Palestine, as well as how students can advocate for Palestinians, to our welcome event and first general body meeting on October 17 6 PM-8PM in Phillips Hall Rm. 265! Come to socialize and meet members of the chapter! It will feature two guest speakers who are members of SJP who will talk about this chapter, a brief history of Palestine, as well…

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Discussion: “LGBTQ+ Arab Life”

October 18, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Arab Student Association for the third of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region. Speakers will discuss LGBTQA+ Arab life, followed by time for Q & A. Refreshments will be provided. The final talk of the series "What is the Arab Identity" will be on  9/11 and state sanctioned violence against Arabs. Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus Y.…

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Discussion: “Jasūr X Ethan Dinçer”

October 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join Jasūr Magazine and Ethan Dinçer, senior editor at JDEED, to discuss his forthcoming article in Jasūr 4.2 “Textile Troubles: An Economic-Legal Review of Turkey’s Garment Industry.” His piece explores the intersection of informal labor ethnicization, mechanization, and e-commerce in Turkey’s fashion industry. This is the first in a series of student talks Jasur will be hosting this semester leading up to the release of our special issue of student writing on contemporary political economy in the Middle East.Sponsored by…

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Lecture: Sephardic Studies Lecture with poet Ronny Smock

October 24, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Ronny Some was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He has published 13 volumes of poetry (The last called “so much god “) and two books for children with Shirly Smock. He has been translated into 44 languages. Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French, Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian and English. More info here   Visitor parking options include the Morehead…

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Discussion: “Crossing the Line: Antizionism vs. Antisemitism”

October 24, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Frank Porter Graham Student Union Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Jessica Green, Campus Regional Manager at StandWithUs, will focus on how to define Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in the context of critiquing Israel. This discussion-based presentation will go case-by-case to discern between valid criticism of the Israeli government and Anti-Zionism. UNC Students for Israel hope to spread awareness on how one can determine antisemitism from genuine, valid, welcomed critique of Israel., and welcome all to join the conversation.   Sponsored by the UNC Heels for Israel   Student Union 2518-A…

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Lecture: “Intersectional Palestine, Linking Liberation Struggles”

October 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Murphey Hall, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Featuring Dr. Noura Erakat and Dr. Khury Petersen-Smith and moderated by Reverend J. Mark Davidson. Dr. Erakat has served as legal counsel for a U.S. Congressional Subcommittee, as a legal advocate for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as national organizer of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Dr. Petersen-Smith researches the violence that the U.S. carries out and supports and builds solidarity with the movements resisting it. Sponsored by UNC Students for Justice…

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Discussion: “9/11 and State Sanctioned Violence Against Arabs”

October 25, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Y, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Join the Arab Student Association for the final installment of a series of weekly lectures delving into a new and exciting element of the MENA region. This is the final discussion in the "What is the Arab Identity" series, and will be about 9/11 and state sanctioned anti-Arab violence. The lecture will be followed by time for Q & A. Refreshments will be provided.Sponsored by the UNC Arab Student Association, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, History Department and Campus…

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Five Elections in Three Years: Inside the battle over Israeli Democracy

October 26, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  On November 1, 2022, Israelis will go to the polls for the fifth time since 2019. What are the reasons for this upcoming election? Who are the parties and personalities running for a seat in the Knesset? What makes this election different (if at all) from the previous four elections? And what could be its consequences for Israel, the Palestinians and neighboring countries? Join us for a virtual discussion with Israeli journalist Amir Tibon, the US Editor for Ha’aretz. From…

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Lecture: “Afghan Crucible: Global History and Legacy of the 1979 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan”

October 26, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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On 24 December 1979, Soviet armed forces entered Afghanistan, beginning an occupation that would last almost a decade and creating a political crisis that shook the world. To many observers, the Soviet invasion showed the lengths to which one of the world's superpowers would go to vie for supremacy in the global Cold War, with disastrous results still felt today. The Soviet war, and parallel covert American aid to Afghan resistance fighters, would come to be a defining event of…

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Film Screening: “The Law in These Parts” with Director, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

October 26, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz is a director, screenwriter and editor. He is known for the documentary The Law in These Parts (2011), which received the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a Peabody award, and numerous other prizes. His earlier documentaries, The Inner Tour (2001) and Martin (1999), were shown in the Berlin Film Festival's Forum section and MoMA's New Directors / New Films series. Alexandrowicz's single fiction feature, James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003), premiered in Cannes Directors' Fortnight and…

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November 2022

Syrian Seminar Series: “Aesthetics and Politics in Ba‘thist Syria.”

November 1, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Since coming to Duke University she has taught Arabic language and a wide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. She has directed several study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo…

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Discussion: “Ray Takeyh, Hasib J. Sabbagh and Israeli Security”

November 1, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, will be joining AGS for talk about developments in Iran and the link between Israeli security issues and other geopolitical issues in the region.Sponsored by Duke Program in American Grand Strategy.   Sanford School of Public PolicyDuke University

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Comedy Show “UNC ASO First Annual Masrah Araby”

November 4, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Varsity Theater, Varsity Theater, 123 E Franklin St,
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the UNC Arab Student Organization for a night of comedy at the Varsity Theatre. Palestinian comedians Zaid Fouzi and Rami Abushhab will be performing, as we celebrate Arab humor and identity in the U.S. The event will be followed by a Q&A session and is open to everyone. Tickets cost $12 and can be reserved by completing this online form and venmo @UNC_ASO   Sponsored by UNC Arab Student Organization.   Varsity Theatre 123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill

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Film Screening: “My Grandfather’s People (Dedemin İnsanları)”

November 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Directed by Çetin Irmak, the film My Grandfather's People (Dedemin İnsanları) was released in 2011 and is set in a quaint town on Turkey's Aegean coast.  Despite the picturesque setting, the film grapples with a number of heavy topics including the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the 1980 military coup in Turkey, as well as questions over nationalism, assimilation, and belonging. The film analyzes these topics through the relationship between a grandfather (Çetin Tekindor) and his grandson (Durukan Çelikkaya). The film, while…

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Lecture: “Southern Jews and the Lost Cause”

November 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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All are welcome to the Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South with Professor David Weinfeld. In this talk "Southern Jews and the Lost Cause: Confederate Memory and Jewish Identity" David Weinfeld shows how Southern Jews participated in Lost Cause commemoration to better integrate into the white majority, an effort complicated by the Christian imagery that pervaded Lost Cause ideology and persistent antisemitism in Southern society. At the same time, he will examine moments when Southern…

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Lecture: “American Refuge, True Stories of the Refugee Experience”

November 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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Diya Abdo is the Lincoln Financial Professor of English in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College. A second-generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in Jordan, Dr. Abdo's teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. She has also published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In 2015, Dr. Abdo founded Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR), which advocates for housing refugee families on college and university campus grounds and supporting them in…

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Lecture: “Duke welcomes Yossi Klein Halevi”

November 7, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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The Duke Center for Jewish Studies welcomes back Yossi Klein Halevi, to engage in a conversation with Imam Abdullah Antepli on the state of Israel. Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Halevi's 2013 book, Like Dreamers, won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book…

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Understanding the Syrian Calamity: Roots, Dynamics, and Transformation of the Uprising”

November 8, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor in the Scharf School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and coeditor of A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Haddad is cofounder/editor of Jabaliya ezine and executive director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves as founding…

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Discussion: “Arabic in Professional Contexts with Katy Whiting of the Sijal Institute”

November 9, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  Katy Whiting is the Managing Director of the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture in Amman, Jordan. She has extensive experience teaching Arabic and developing curricular materials at the K-12 and collegiate levels. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Design. Whiting will discuss her journey, both personal and professional, with the Arabic language as a non-native speaker in the Arabic-speaking world. Sponsored by the NC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies,…

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Gathering: “Ferdowski Student Prize Celebration and CMEIS Social Cafe”

November 10, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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_ Join us to celebrate this year's prize winners, and to socialize with current students, faculty and staff at the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. John Miller (Religious Studies) will present "Prophetology and Religious Epistemology in Iran Humanistic Approaches to Revelation and their Jurisprudential Entailments". Alya Suayah (Political Science & Women's Studies) presents "Vulnerabilityas Subversion in the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad". Food and refreshments will be served.   _RSVP on HeelLife Sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle…

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Panel Discussion: “Palestine 101”

November 10, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Phillips Hall, UNC
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine to learn about Palestine. Co-presenters Professor Dr. Nadia Yaqub and local expert Dana Alhasan will walk us through the history of Palestine. After their talks, there will be an open Q&A. All are welcome and pizza will be provided! Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine   Phillips Hall 265UNC - Chapel Hill

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Conversation: “Jasūr Magazine presents a discussion with Helen Zughaib, Lebanese-American Artist”

November 10, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

Join Jasūr on Thursday, Nov 10 at 6 PM EST to host Helen Zughaib, a globally celebrated artist whose work currently hangs in the White House. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, her artwork explores themes of migration, gender, and religion through a vast array of mediums, such as gouache and collage. With exhibitions and artwork on display in the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and the Arab American National Museum, Zughaib brings many…

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Film Screening: “Infiltrators”

November 10, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
219 New West NC United States + Google Map

  Join the UNC chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine for our monthly film night! On the first Friday of every month of the semester, we invite those interested in learning more about Palestine to come and watch a film, documentary, or other form of cinematography to experience stories of Palestinians in an inclusive and open space. There will be a short, optional discussion of the film after each meeting. This weeks film is "Mayor", which follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of…

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Lecture: “Anti-Christ in Egypt: Sex, Gender, and Crime in an Early 20th C. Narrative of Imperial Crisis,” with Francesca Biancani

November 11, 2022 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Bldg, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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  In early 20th century Cairo was a vibrant and booming global metropolis. The integration of Egypt into the global market had led to rapid urban growth and increased migration. As occupational prospects for women outside the family were limited, sex work became a prominent feature of the new modern city. However, the economic and social changes in Egypt ignited national anxieties about racial degeneration, social disorder and imperial decadence. Based on a wide range of rare primary sources, including…

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Lecture: “Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire in Palestine”

November 14, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Drawing on more than a decade of research on four continents, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Caroline Elkins implicates all sides of Britan's political divide in the creation, execution, and cover-up of imperial violence was the most salient factor underwriting Britan's empire and the nation's imperial identity at home. Elkin's upends long held myths and sheds new light on empire's role in shaping the world today. _ RSVP for credit on HeelLife _ This event is part of the UNC Center…

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Lecture: “Breathing out Violence: Fake News and other Dangerous Speech in Ancient Israel”

November 14, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

All are welcome to the Emerging Scholars Lecture with Emily Branton, doctoral candidate in the UNC department of religious studies. In the era of social media, we are acutely aware of how dangerous a tweet, a sound bite, or a pernicious piece of medical misinformation can be. This might feel like uncharted territory, but Ancient Israelites in the biblical period also lived in a world of dangerous and even deadly speech. Emily will explore descriptions of, and responses to, dangerous…

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Lecture: “Displacement in the Middle East: Causes, Consequences, and Communities in the Diaspora”

November 14, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Today, 89.3 million individuals worldwide are forcibly displaced. Over 35 million originate from Middle Eastern and North African countries. At the same time, over 32 million remain in the region, either as refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons (IDPs). This webinar will explore causes and consequences of displacement in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We will consider how environmental factors, demographic shifts, and constructions of ethnic and national belonging contribute to displacement, but also how migration exacerbates…

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The Other Side of Silence: a Memoir of Exile, Iran and the Global Women’s Movement

November 17, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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  Join Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, director of the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, for a conversation with Dr. Afkhami about the book, her life experiences, and more than 4 decades as an advocate for women’s rights. Dr. Mahnaz Afkhami is an Iranian women's rights activist who served in the Cabinet of Iran from 1976-1978. She is founder and president of Women's Learning Partnership, executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran's pre-Revolution government. Her work with international non-governmental…

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Nights of Plague (Novel Reading by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk & Conversation with Erdağ Göknar)

November 17, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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A plague arrives to Mingheria, a half-Muslim and half-Christian island in the Ottoman Mediterranean. The Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II sends his most accomplished quarantine expert to the island—an Orthodox Christian. Some of the Muslims, including followers of a religious sect and its leader Sheikh Hamdullah, refuse to respect the quarantine--and then a murder occurs. Join us for a reading and discussion with Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk about his new novel, Nights of Plague.   Thurs. Nov. 17, 6:30 PM White Lecture Hall, East Campus…

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Memories of Distant Mountains (Visual Presentation and Discussion with Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, focusing on images from his travel notebooks)

November 18, 2022 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr
Durhamn, NC 27705 United States
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Until the age of 22, Pamuk aspired to be a painter. His forthcoming book, Memories of Distant Mountains, collects images and text from his travel notebooks that capture his sketches and thoughts in Istanbul, Urbino, Mumbai, Goa, Granada, Venice, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. Join us for a literary journey with Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk   The Nasher Museum Fri., Nov. 18, 1:30 PM   Register online  

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Syrian Seminar Series: “Sectionalization of the Syrian Uprising: Why, Who, and How?”

November 22, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Basileus Zeno is an archaeologist and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He holds a BA (2006) in Archaeology and Museum Studies and an M.A. (2011) in Classical and Islamic Archaeology from Damascus University (Syria). Until summer 2012, Basileus was doing his Ph.D. in classical archaeology at Damascus University, but he could not complete his research because of the outbreak of the war. In 2013, he started his M.A. in Political Science at Ohio University,…

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Conference: “Feminist Theory and Imperialism”

November 30, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Duke Parlors, 1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speakers include: Elena Gapova, Professor of Sociology, Western Michigan University on "When the Guns Speak: Feminist Discourses in the Time of Russian-Ukrainian War"; Xueping Zhong, Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture, Tufts University on "Feminist Theory and Imperialism: A Class (and Chinese) Perspective"; Maya Mikdashi, Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University on "Feminism, Anti-Imperialism, and Anti-Authoritarianism: A View from the Middle East"; Serene J. Khader, Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center on…

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Film Screening: “The Water Diviner (Son Umut)”

November 30, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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This film the delves into the story of Australian father Joshua Connor, fantastically portrayed by film director Russell Crowe. Unfortunately, ensuing World War One’s battle of Gallipoli (Çanakkale), Connor’s three sons never return from war. After losing his wife to the heartbreak of losing her children, he leaves Australia to traverse the remaining, barren war landscapes of Gallipoli in search of them. There he meets a beautiful Turkish woman moved by his story, later offering her help and connections. The…

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Lecture Series: “Life and Legacy of Abolqasem Lahouti”

November 30, 2022 | 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

This talk is part of an ongoing lecture series about constitutional revolution in Iran. Mayam.Tabibzadeh, a has published numerous short stories, articles, poems and several books. All are welcome to hear her speak about Abolqasem Lahouti, an Iranian-Soviet poet and political activist between 1887-1957. Event schedule:6:45 - 7:00 Social7:00 - 7:10 Introduction 7:10 - 8:30 Speaker 8:30 - 9:00 Q&A, Poetry & Free DiscussionSponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina & Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke. Aria Iranian Community Center, DurhamOr online here  *Lecture will…

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December 2022

Film Screening: “Radiograph of a Family” (Firouzeh Khosrovani, 2020)

December 2, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke University NC United States + Google Map

In this poetic and personal exploration, Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani uses photographs, letters, re-creations and archival footage to examine her parents’ marriage, which reflects the divide between traditionalism and modernization in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. Charting the course of the relationship from when her mother quite literally married a photograph of her father through correspondence passionately debating a series of disagreements on religion and secularism and arts and culture, it becomes clear that their ever-changing dynamic is inextricably…

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Final Exhibit Day of The Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham (closing December 10th)

December 10, 2022 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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The Duke Libraries and Center for Muslim Life invite you to experience an exhibit on the "Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq" at the Islamic Center in Durham which will be on display until December 10th at Perkins Library.   For more information on the exhibit, visit here: https://library.duke.edu/exhibits/2022/ArRazzaq July 29 - December 10  

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Book Talk: “Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City”

December 12, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Durham Durham, United States + Google Map

All are welcome to come hear prolific author and journalist Andrew Lawler speak about his new book. Jerusalem is a city of endless beauty and fascination for residents, visitors, and historians. It is also a political tinderbox with conflicting ethnic, religious, and societal claims to its many glories. Archaeology has been a focal point of Jerusalem study as layer after layer of its history is revealed, adding fact, nuance, detail, and drama to its story. Those who study Jerusalem and its unique…

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March 2023

The Center for the Middle East and Islamic Studies 20th year anniversary: Comedy and Hip-Hop Show

March 3, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Students, faculty, and members of the community are all invited to join us for an evening of entertainment featuring Tehran Ghasri, a Black-Persian stand-up comedian, followed by a performance by Syrian-American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum and accompanied by Palestinian-American musician Ronnie Malley and NC local DJ Rang.   More about the performers: Tehran Ghasri is a comedian, actor, host, television and radio personality, and philosopher with a law degree. Self-described as part Black, part Persian and part amazing, Tehran has been compared to a mix of…

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