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September 2021

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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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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November 2021

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

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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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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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
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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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March 2022

Screening of Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary (with Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt)

March 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Visit by Filmmaker and Scholar Avner Faingulernt Tuesday March 29 12:30-1:45 pm: In-person presentation in Yaron Shemer’s class “Beyond Hostilities” (open to the public, Graham Memorial 039)   6:30 pm: Screening of the documentary Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker (free and open to the public. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, the FedEx Building)   Men on the Edge: Fishermen’s Diary a film by Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramson (2005, 90 min.)   The documentary,…

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April 2022

Legal Improvisation in the Ottoman-European Borderlands (1820s-1840s) with author Emily Greble

April 7, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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Emily Greble’s research interests include Islam in Europe, the transition from empire to nation-state, civil conflict, and local responses to socialism. Greble’s first book, Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe (Cornell, 2011) examines the persistence of institutions and networks in the city of Sarajevo under Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Her second book, Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe (Oxford, 2021) upends the polemical doxa that Muslims were outsiders or foreigners to Europe, arguing that they are central…

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Film Screening: “The Mother of Two Springs: Mosul” and discussion with film producer Noor Ghazi 

April 18, 2022 | 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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In June of 2014, Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell under the atrocity of ISIS. Under a constricted social life, people suffered on many different levels. Noor Ghazi, a Professor of the Practice under the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, travelled to Mosul after its liberation in 2018 to document the atrocity under ISIS. In this documentary, you will hear from people who lived, experienced and suffered under ISIS in Mosul. A discussion with Noor…

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Discussion: “Alumni in Diplomacy Panel Discussion” (part of Diplomacy Week) (Hybrid)

April 22, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  Join UNC Global on April 22 for a panel discussion featuring three accomplished Carolina alumni working in the world of diplomacy and international affairs. The event is part of UNC Global’s first-ever Diplomacy Week. RSVP to let us know how you're coming! Jennifer Davis is a career Foreign Service Officer who is currently completing a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship at Georgetown University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and concurrently has just begun as a Senior Advisor to…

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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
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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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Unraveling the Tawasin of Hallaj

September 8, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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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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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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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
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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: 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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October 2022

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

October 11, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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
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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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Lecture: “Afghan Crucible: Global History and Legacy of the 1979 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan”

October 26, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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November 2022

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

November 10, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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Lecture: “Legacy of Violence: A History of British Empire in Palestine”

November 14, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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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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Film Screening: “The Water Diviner (Son Umut)”

November 30, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street
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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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