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October 2021

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
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  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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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
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  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
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  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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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
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  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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November 2021

Performance: Kayhan Kalhor

November 11, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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