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UNC-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC United States

January 2022

Careers: “The Diplomacy Initiative: Meet the Mentors” (virtual)

January 27, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill are piloting a program to enable undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in national security and related fields. In Meet the Mentors, five ACNSL mentors will introduce themselves and describe their diverse career backgrounds. Introductions will be followed by breakout sessions in which students can chat with each mentor. Meet the Mentors is a great opportunity for students to find a mentor (or mentors) to meet with throughout the semester during the mentors’ office hours. There will be two virtual Meet the Mentors sessions that will kick off…

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Careers: “The Diplomacy Initiative: Meet the Mentors”

January 28, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill are piloting a program to enable undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in national security and related fields. In Meet the Mentors, five ACNSL mentors will introduce themselves and describe their diverse career backgrounds. Introductions will be followed by breakout sessions in which students can chat with each mentor. Meet the Mentors is a great opportunity for students to find a mentor (or mentors) to meet with throughout the semester during the mentors’ office hours. There will be two virtual Meet the Mentors sessions that will kick off…

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Carolina Seminar: “Harik Revolution and Culture in Algeria” with Dr. Muriam Haleh Davis (UC Santa Cruz) (virtual)

January 31, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Muriam Haleh Davis is Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests focus on development, decolonization and race in North Africa. Her first book, Markets of Civilization: Islam and Racial Capitalism in Algeria will be…

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February 2022

K-12 Spring Webinar Series, Contemporary Middle East in Context: “Land and Water in the Holy Land: the Role of Natural Resources in Arab-Israeli Relations” with Dr. David Katz (University of Haifa) (virtual)

February 8, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Between February and April 2022, K-14 educators in the U.S. and around the world are invited to a three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues in the Middle East with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session will feature a different issue that demonstrates how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Content experts will introduce important contemporary issues before delving back into the past to explore how we arrived at our present moment. Attending teachers…

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Carolina Seminar: “Water in Israel/Palestine” with Nadav Tal (EcoPeace) (virtual)

February 14, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Nadav Tal is Water Officer at EcoPeace. EcoPeace Middle East, formerly Friends of the Earth Middle East, is a regional environmental peacebuilding organization in the Middle East, bringing together Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis to create shared…

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Discussion: “Reporting from Jerusalem: Behind the Headlines with NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin” (virtual)

February 15, 2022 | 10:15 am - 11:30 am
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin joins us from Jerusalem to share reflections on his recent reporting about the ordinary and extraordinary lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Register in advance: http://go.unc.edu/Jerusalem Estrin has reported from the Middle East for over a decade, including seven years with the Associated Press. Since joining NPR in 2017, he has reported from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Other reporting has taken him to Britain, Egypt, France, Germany,…

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Scholar of Global Distinction Student and Educator Program: “Unsettling Borders and Boundaries through Refugee Stories: Midnight Traveler and an Afghan Family’s Journey to Europe” with Banu Gökariksel (UNC) (virtual)

February 17, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This is a tailored offering for community college students and educators at NC Scholar of Global Distinction campuses. The program is planned and administered by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and UNC World View, with support from UNC faculty. In its inaugural year, this program will explore Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences in partnership with Banu Gökariksel, UNC professor of geography and newly appointed chair of the curriculum in global studies. Scholar of Global Distinction students…

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Carolina Seminar: “War in Yemen” with Stacey Philbrick Yadav (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) (virtual)

February 28, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Stacey Philbrick Yadav is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She specializes in comparative politics of the Middle East and teaches classes in Middle East politics, Comparative politics and Islamic Political…

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March 2022

K-12 Spring Webinar Series, Contemporary Middle East in Context: “Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis and War in Context” with Dr. Dana Moss (University of Notre Dame) (virtual)

March 15, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Between February and April 2022, K-14 educators in the U.S. and around the world are invited to a three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues in the Middle East with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session will feature a different issue that demonstrates how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Content experts will introduce important contemporary issues before delving back into the past to explore how we arrived at our present moment. Attending teachers…

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Carolina Seminar: “Gender Questions: Iran” with Claudia Yaghoobi (UNC) (virtual)

March 21, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Claudia Yaghoobi is the Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies and director of the Persian program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Yaghoobi is a scholar of literary criticism, comparative literature, gender and sexuality…

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April 2022

Carolina Seminar: “A Discussion of Lebanon” with Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish (Bard College) (virtual)

April 4, 2022 | 11:15 am - 12:05 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for the Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies, organized by Dr. Sarah Shields in conjunction with her course, “HIST 276: The Modern Middle East.” Each lecture features a guest expert on contemporary events. Professor Abu-Rish is a scholar of the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. His research centers around state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan. His teaching experience includes…

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K-12 Spring Webinar Series, Contemporary Middle East in Context: “The Unwinnable War: The U.S. in Afghanistan” with journalist Rozina Ali (virtual) Tuesday, April 5 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

April 5, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Between February and April 2022, K-14 educators in the U.S. and around the world are invited to a three-part webinar series exploring certain current issues in the Middle East with a focus on historical context. Each 90-minute session will feature a different issue that demonstrates how understanding the past is essential for comprehending today’s Middle East. Content experts will introduce important contemporary issues before delving back into the past to explore how we arrived at our present moment. Attending teachers…

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Educator Travel to Jordan

April 9, 2022 - April 16, 2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Educators: spend your spring break with The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies touring Jordan, April 9 – 16, 2022. We are partnering with GEEO to offer this great travel program. Participants will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites.   GEEO offers cost-subsided travel programs for educators during the spring, winter, and summer. The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers – and you…

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