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May 2021

Conference: Religions and Public Life Graduate Student Working Group

May 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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This event represents the culmination of the efforts of a year-long graduate student working group composed of Duke and UNC students working at the intersection of immigration and religion. Students have met monthly throughout the school year to develop their projects and receive feedback from the collegial environment of the working group. The first panel, “The Nation-State and its Others,” explores the ways in which the modern state interprets the relationship of religious groups within its borders to political exigency.…

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August 2021

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

August 25, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  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: “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
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  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: “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
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  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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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
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  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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Lecture and Discussion: “9/11 Twenty Years Later: What Has Changed?” with Samia Serageldin (hybrid)

September 12, 2021 | 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Lecture: “Life and Legacy of Aref Ghazvini” with Maryam Tabibzadeh (virtual)

September 15, 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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  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
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  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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Workshop: “99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project” with Alison Kysia

September 17, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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  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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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
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  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
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  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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Book Talk: “A Recipe for Daphne” with Nektaria Anastasiadou (virtual)

September 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  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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Panel discussion: “The Afghan Humanitarian Crisis” (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  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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October 2021

Discussion: In Conversation with Dua Saleh (virtual)

October 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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  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
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  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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Performance: Dua Saleh

October 13, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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  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
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  “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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