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UNC’s Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations is proud to be hosting the SERMEISS Spring Meeting, March 16-18, 2012. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

All sessions will be held in the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. Parking for participants is available under the building.

To join SERMEISS or to receive information about registration materials for meetings, please write to sermeiss@georgiasouthern.edu.


Lodging for the SERMEISS Spring Meeting in Chapel Hill, March 16-18

Aloft
Both singles and doubles available. $109 a night, plus tax
Cut off date: 3/2/2012
Call 919 932-7772 and say you’re with the SERMEISS Spring Meeting group.

Sheraton Chapel Hill
Both singles and doubles available. $91 a night, plus tax
Cut off date: 2/17/2012
Call 919 969-2174 (or 1-800-325-3535) and say you’re with the SERMEISS Spring Meeting group.

Chapel Hill University Inn
Both singles and doubles available. $75 a night, plus tax
Cut off date: 3/1/2012
Call 1-888-452-5765 and say you’re with the SERMEISS Spring Meeting group.


Schedule

Friday, March 16 The Global Education Center

7:00-9:00 Informal Reception

8:00-9:00 Board Meeting

Saturday, March 18 The Global Education Center

9:00-9:50 “The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists” Charles Kurzman (UNC-Chapel Hill)

10:00-10:50 “Collective Memory: Heritage Sites and National Identity in the United Arab Emirates” Mary Ann Fay (Morgan State)

11:00-11:50 “The Long Tradition of Educating Women in the Islamic Sciences in Morocco” Sumayya Ahmed (UNC-Chapel Hill)

11:50-12:20 Business Meeting

12:30-2:00 Lunch at Local Restaurants

2:00-2:50 “Violent Discourse: Themes in Islamophobic Polemics” Andrea E. Cluck (University of Georgia)

3:00-3:50 “Beyond Islamophobia: American Muslims, Public Intellectual Activity, and Competing Visions of America” Omid Safi (UNC-Chapel Hill)

6:00 Dinner Buffet at The Mediterranean Deli

Sunday, March 19 The Global Education Center

9:00-10:00 Herbert L. Bodman Memorial Lecture: “Regional Politics After the Arab Spring: From Pan-Arabism to the New Arab Cold War” Curtis Ryan (Appalachian State)

10:15-12:00 Current Events Roundtable Discussion