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UNC-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC United States

January 2021

Carolina Seminar: “Claiming Hagia Sophia” with Halil Ibrahim Yenigun (San Jose State University)

January 25, 2021 | 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.   Halil Yenigun is on the faculty at San Jose State University in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on comparative political theory with a specific focus on contemporary Muslim political thought and…

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February 2021

Carolina Seminar: “Uprising in Syria” with Bassam Haddad (George Mason University)

February 8, 2021 | 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.   Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His areas of research include issues in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon; political…

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Carolina Seminar: “Annexing the West Bank” with Noura Erakat (Rutgers)

February 22, 2021 | 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.   Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice. Her research interests include human rights…

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March 2021

Carolina Seminar: “Iran Nuclear Treaty” with Pouya Alimagham (MIT)

March 29, 2021 | 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.   Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specializes on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant, focusing on such themes as revolutionary and guerrilla movements, imperialism,…

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April 2021

Carolina Seminar: “Leaving Iraq” with Nabil al-Takriti (University of Mary Washington)

April 19, 2021 | 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.   Nabil al-Takriti is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington. With scholarly interests that include Ottoman History, the modern Middle East, and Humanitarian Affairs, Prof. Al-Tikriti is primarily responsible for the…

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May 2021

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Ada Jafarey

May 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Ada Jafarey (1924-2015). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID: 974 3392 5373…

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June 2021

Discussion: “Cultivating A Global Mindset at Carolina” – A Conversation With Barbara Stephenson

June 16, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  What can strengthen the future of democracy around the globe? How do we train and develop the leaders our world needs? Barbara Stephenson, UNC’s vice provost of global affairs and chief global officer, discusses her experience as a U.S. ambassador and her strategy to cultivate A Global Mindset at Carolina in this exclusive interview led by business executive and Carolina alumna Susan Gravely ’73, ’79 (M.S.R.A.). Register. Sponsored by Tar Heels Together.   UNC-Chapel Hill

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July 2021

Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Kishwar Naheed

July 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Kishwar Naheed (b. 1940). In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets.  This event is in Urdu.   Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID:…

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August 2021

Panel Discussion: Afghanistan in Context (virtual)

August 20, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Over the past two weeks, events in Afghanistan have unfolded with dizzying speed. The images of Afghans desperate to flee the country and Taliban leadership flanked by heavily armed fighters in the presidential palace are shocking to many.   How can we understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan right now? Why are people fleeing and who is most at risk? Why did the country fall to the Taliban so quickly? What can and should the U.S. and…

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September 2021

Lecture: “The Oldest Guard: Landowners, Local Memory, and the Making of the Zionist Settler Past” with Liora Halperin (University of Washington) (virtual)

September 1, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Registration on the Eventbrite site is required to receive the Zoom webinar link.   In this talk, Liora Halperin tells the story of Zionist memory in and around the private Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) that were established in late 19th-century Ottoman Palestine. Though they grew into the backbone of lucrative citrus and wine industries in British mandate Palestine and Israel, absorbed tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, and became known as the "first wave" (First Aliyah) of Zionist settlement,…

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Lecture: “The 9/11 Disaster and the War in Afghanistan after 20 Years: How it Happened & How it Changed Everything” with J. Samuel Walker (hybrid)

September 2, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Join the Krasno Global Events Series for a presentation by J. Samuel Walker, author of the just published "The Day that Shook America: A Concise History of 9/11" (University Press of Kansas, August 2021). The event will be introduced and moderated by Prof. Klaus Larres (UNC-Chapel Hill; Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor; author Uncertain Allies: Nixon, Kissinger & the Threat of a United Europe, Yale UP, Nov. 2021) IN-PERSON location at 5.30pm: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC…

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Seminar: Propaganda in the Soviet-Afghan War with Jeff Jones (UNCG)

September 2, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Seminar on Russia and its Empires will start the academic year with a presentation by Jeff Jones of UNCG, who will present a chapter on his forthcoming book on the Afghan War. Jeff Jones (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Assistant Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His specific area of research is Russian-Soviet history and he is interested in 20th century global history. The Carolina Seminar: Russia and…

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Conference: “The War on Terror at Twenty: Assessing Lessons Learned from the American and British Experiences” (virtual)

September 17, 2021 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  How did the US and UK governments respond in the days, weeks, and years following the major terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and 7/7/2005? What have both countries learned about dealing with the threat of terrorism? Panels of American and British former leaders will examine these questions.   American Panelists -Former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair -Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin -Ambassador James Dobbins -Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Lawrence Wright   British Panelists -Former Chief of…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Meera Bai

September 18, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Meera Bai (1498-1547). The collected poetry of Meera Bai is available in Urdu script on Rekhta.org in an ebook “Prem Vani” (https://rekhta.org/authors/meera-bai). Her works in Hindi script are widely available on the Internet. In the first half of the meeting we will share works by the featured poet. In the…

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K-12 Teacher Training: Muslim American History Modules for the Social Studies Curriculum (virtual)

September 29, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Muslims have been present in the United States since before the country’s founding. In this webinar for educators, Yasmine Flodin-Ali, PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present on three complete lesson plan modules for high school social studies teachers on Muslim American history.   The different units focus on enslaved Muslims in the United States, early immigration from South Asia and the Middle East, and the Iranian Revolution. Relevant to high school curricula,…

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Introduction to Kazakhstan (virtual)

September 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Explore Kazakh culture and history with Dr. Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History. Learn more about the region and opportunities to study abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan through the Russian Flagship Program.   Register in advance.   Sponsored by the UNC Russian Flagship Program.   UNC-Chapel Hill 

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October 2021

Panel Discussion: Global Careers for LGBTQ Folk (virtual)

October 5, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Members of the LGBTQ+ community play key roles in international business, diplomacy, advocacy, and scholarship, but they can also face unique challenges in global careers because of their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (on top of all the other challenges of global careers). This panel brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community who are navigating careers that cross borders and tackle international issues to talk about some of the continuing challenges, unique opportunities, and best strategies…

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Lecture: “Iraq Invasion, Intended or Unintended Consequences” with Dr. Shaki Jawad (virtual)

October 7, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Dr. Shakir Jawad is a Senior Global Health Advisor at Henry M Jackson Foundation and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Dr. Jawad worked as a Director General in the Iraqi Ministry of Health and then as an acting deputy Minister of Health. He was also the physician of the Ex-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussain after 2003 while Hussain was in prison. Dr. Jawad will share his experience with the class about…

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Book Talk: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi in conversation with Dr. Pamela Lothspeich (virtual)

October 13, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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  Book: Temporary Marriage in Iran (Cambridge UP 2020), Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi “Proposing a methodology that brings feminist theories of embodiment to bear on the Iranian literary and cinematic tradition, this study examines temporary marriage in Iran, not just as an institution but also as a set of practices, identities and meanings that have transformed over the course of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Based on analysis of novels and short stories from the Pahlavi era, and cinematic works produced…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Mona Shahab (virtual)

October 16, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Mona Shahab.  Mona Shahab will join us live on Zoom for a conversation about her works.   In the first half of the meeting we will have a conversation with the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite…

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K-12 Teacher Training Webinar – US/MENA Dialogues: “Social and Emotional Supports for Newcomer Students in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa” (virtual)

October 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Many communities around the world are experiencing an influx of migrant, immigrant, internally displaced, and/or refugee youth. This interactive webinar will provide approaches for helping students around the world thrive in their new environments. Drawing on lessons learned from the Study of Adolescent Lives after Migration to America (SALaMA), a study examining the well-being and psychosocial support needs of students from the MENA region, this session will share methods for supporting students globally in key areas: (1) school/district-level policies;…

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Lecture: “The Well and the Water Machine: The History of Desalination and Fossil-Fueled Water in the Long Shadow of Arabia’s Climate-Altered Future” with Prof. Michael Low (Iowa State University) (virtual)

October 18, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  It is an undisputed truism that the story of the 20th-century Arabian Peninsula is synonymous with the story of oil. Particularly after the 1973 oil crisis, exploding oil prices launched the region into significant socio-economic transformations. And while oil infrastructure has rightfully been understood as the lifeblood of this growth, another infrastructure remained virtually invisible, desalination facilities. Despite this seeming invisibility, desalination has become a defining material feature of life in the Arabian Peninsula. Since the 1970s and even…

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Kitab Talk: “Transcending Communal Divisions to Build the 1947 Partition Archive” with Guneeta Singh Bhalla (virtual)

October 19, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The 1947 Partition Archive is a project dedicated to documenting the people's history of the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, a globally disruptive event that created one of the largest mass refugee crises of the last century. Through an innovative crowdsourcing approach developed in 2010, The 1947 Partition Archive has democratized historical documentation, bringing forth voices from communities previously underrepresented and histories previously unknown. Today, over 9,500 witness oral histories recorded from 14 countries in over 36 languages and dialects have…

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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

October 26, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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Discussion: “Open Access Scholarly Publication in Northern African Countries: Challenges and Opportunities” with Kamel Belhamel, University of Bejaia (Open Access Week Event) (virtual)

October 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  At this virtual event, Kamel Belhamel, faculty of technology at the University of Bejaia, Algeria, will join us to talk about achieving open access for scholars in northern African countries. His analysis considers many factors involved in the challenge, including language, local versus international journals, open access funding, infrastructure, policy, and more.   The term "open access" refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. Open access content is open to all, with…

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McLester Lecture Series: The Beauty of the Houri: Images and Interpretations of the Heavenly Virgins” with Dr. Nerina Rustomji (St. John’s University) (virtual)

October 27, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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  This UNC Religious Studies McLester lecture by Dr. Nerina Rustomji, St. John’s University, will address the images of the pure female companions or houris of Islamic paradise that appear in Arabic, French, and English texts. The houri offered a feminine ideal of purity for a variety of interpreters, including Qur’anic commentators, Latin Christendom theologians, British and French travel writers, eighteenth and nineteenth century poets and writers, and twentieth and twenty-first century interpreters of Islam. The talk considers how an…

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Film Screening: “Two Gods”

October 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

An intimate documentary about faith, renewal, and healing, TWO GODS follows a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in New Jersey, as he takes two young men under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. Inside a corner casket shop in East Orange, laboring amid the sawdust and the long pine boxes, casket makers work with mentors in the Islamic burial tradition. Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker who finds spiritual grounding in his work, brings two boys…

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Panel Discussion: “Ending the Longest War: America’s Wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan in Comparative Perspective” (virtual)

October 28, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In 2021 the United States declared an end to its military operations in Afghanistan and announced the withdrawal of US troops. While many in the media have heralded this as the end of America’s “longest war,” many others would argue that America’s military engagement in Vietnam was just as long and just as fraught – both for those who fought and for the country in conflict. Additionally, as the Taliban quickly conquered the whole of Afghanistan in August 2021,…

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November 2021

Presentation: “The BBC’s Framing of the Syrian Refugee Crisis” with Sergul Nguyen ’11 (virtual)

November 5, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  This virtual event is part of the TransAtlantic Masters Program Fall Friday Lecture Series. Sergul is a Turkish national. While in TAM, she studied in Prague and Paris. Following four years in journalism and corporate communication, she started a PhD in media and communications at Galatasaray University, Istanbul in 2015. She now lives in Utrecht. Since early 2020, she has worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam as a lecturer and primarily teaches organizational and corporate communication & supervises BA and MA…

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K-12 Teacher Training Webinar – US/MENA Dialogues: “Globalizing STEM: Strengthen International Connections and Engage Students in Understanding our Global Environment”

November 7, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Focusing on the GLOBE program, this session will provide ideas and resources for globalizing STEM courses and providing international connections across the United States, Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. As an international science and education program, GLOBE is dedicated to supplying the STEM professionals of tomorrow with the scientific knowledge necessary to tackle Earth's biggest challenges. GLOBE is a worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional,…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Meena Kumari “Naaz” (virtual)

November 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Meena Kumari “Naaz” (1933-1972). Meena Kumari’s Diwan “Tanha Chand” is available as an e-book on Rekhta.org.   In the first half of the meeting we will discuss the life and works of the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by…

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Discussion: “Dune and Islam: How To Understand the Movie” with Carl Ernst (UNC) and Michael Muhammad Knight (University of Central Florida) (virtual)

November 13, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Register: https://go.unc.edu/DuneIslamWebinar   Frank Herbert's Dune is inspired by themes from the history of Islam that are both direct and subtle. Carl Ernst and Michael Muhammad Knight will discuss the new film and the book it is based on and explore how Islam is part of its foundation. + Carl Ernst is a leading scholar of Islamic Studies and Sufism and William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. + Michael…

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Emerging Scholars Lecture: “Coin Deposits from Ancient Synagogues in Late Antique Palestine” with Tine Rassalle (UNC) (virtual)

November 15, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  During archaeological excavations in Israel/Palestine over the last century, fifty-seven separate coin hoards have been found in ancient synagogue buildings dated to Late Antiquity (300-700 CE). This talk provides an overview of these deposits and lays out the separate functions these hoards could have had within the Jewish communities of Late Antiquity. By analyzing the religious and socio-economic circumstances of that time, this talk will show that coins to the ancient Jews were much more than just tools for monetary…

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Kitab Talk: “Grooves and Waves: Phonograph Records as Historical Sources in the Digital Age” with Christopher Silver (McGill University)

November 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  In the decades following the advent of the phonograph at the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of shellac records circulated across the Middle East and North Africa. Etched between their grooves were a stunning array of popular, classical, and folkloric songs, sketches and monologues, and the otherwise sublime sounds of an extended era of profound change. At mid-twentieth century, in the midst of decolonization, mass migration, as well as the appearance of vinyl, most of the region’s earliest…

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Presentation: Study Abroad Week: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Programs (virtual)

November 16, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Study Abroad Office invites you to register for Study Abroad Week, November 15-19! Join us virtually to learn about the exciting variety of global opportunities available to Tar Heels! Throughout the week, we’ll offer sessions on best-fit programs for students by area of study, showcase our language and culture programs, and share funding information. A session on Asian & Middle Eastern Studies programs will be offered on November 16 at 4pm. Check out the webpage to view all the sessions. Register to attend in…

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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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International Education Week 2021 Series for K-12 Educators: “Water in the Middle East: Significance, Survival, and Sustainability” (virtual)

November 17, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Now more than ever, we live in an interconnected world of limited resources and limitless possibility. In celebration of International Education Week, the Duke-UNC area studies centers and the NC Department of Public Instruction will host a series of events for educators to explore issues related to food, water, and sustainability. Throughout the series, we will explore the interconnectedness of agriculture, water, community health and well-being, culture, sustainable development, and climate.   Each session will highlight content and resources…

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Seminar: Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 18, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Carolina Seminar on Russia and its Empires will host an event featuring Zuhra Altymyshova (Manas Kyrgyz-Turkish University & CSEEES) and Eren Tasar (UNC Chapel Hill).   The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  For more information, contact Dr. Eren Tasar, etasar@email.unc.edu.     UNC-Chapel Hill

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December 2021

FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

December 2, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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Book Talk: Dr. Waleed Ziad in conversation with Rustin Zarkar (virtual)

December 2, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The remarkable discoveries of over 300 new varieties of local copper currency from the Sakra region in northwestern Pakistan, covering a 700-year period, have opened up new vistas in the study of Gandhara in late antiquity. This monograph introduces the native Sakra copper coinage, which can be dated from ca. 500 to 1100, corresponding to the Nezak, Turk Shahi, Hindu Shahi, and Ghaznavid periods.   Dr. Waleed Ziad is Assistant Professor and Ali Jerrahi Fellow in Persian Studies in…

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Panel Discussion: Supporting Less-Commonly Taught Language Teaching in North Carolina (virtual)

December 7, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Both to serve an increasingly diverse population in North Carolina, and to prepare students for global business and service, less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs) are important to the future of language teaching in the state. However, supporting these kinds of languages requires creative thinking and different approaches from languages that have more teaching materials available, more trained instructors, and more integration across North Carolina’s schools and universities. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the…

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Panel Discussion: Future Directions for Heritage Teaching and Dual Language Immersion in North Carolina (virtual)

December 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  North Carolina is an established national leader in dual-language immersion programs at the K-12 level, yet the state must continue to adapt and grow with the needs of both heritage and non-heritage speakers. Programs for heritage speakers and dual language immersion programs not only respond to different needs among language learners, but they also must use different pedagogical strategies. This panel brings together experts from varying levels of education, diverse parts of the state, and different languages to discuss…

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Conference: Asia Scholar Network Conference 2021 (virtual)

December 11, 2021 | 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The UNC System Asia Scholar Network exists to create a community of scholars working on Asia-related topics across the 16 UNC system campuses and community colleges across the state. We build on the strengths of each college and university, providing scholars with opportunities to network, share information and collaborate. Ultimately, we also hope to improve access to resources for the study of Asia and spark collaboration in the field of Asian studies in the state of North Carolina. Read more about…

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January 2022

Discussion: “Protest and Crisis Politics in Kazakhstan: Understanding What Happened? & Considering What May Happen?” (virtual)

January 13, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join country and region experts Asel Doolotkeldieva (OSCE Academy), Dian Kudaibergenova (Cambridge), Edward Schatz (U of Toronto), and Sam Greene (King's College) for a conversation on the current protests and political crisis in Kazakhstan. Moderated by Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS/Humbolt) Regina Smyth (Indiana U) Joshua Tucker (NYU, Jordan Center). Register in advance. Presented by the Competitive Authoritarian Protest Research Network (CAPRN), The University of Manchester, ZOiS Centre for East European and International Studies, King’s College London’s Russia Institute, UNC’s Center for Slavic, and…

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FLAS Info Session: Scholarships for Language Study (virtual)

January 14, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  Application deadline: February 4, 2022 More information and Zoom link: http://go.unc.edu/UNCFLAS   Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking less commonly taught language and area studies coursework. This program provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate  and undergraduate students at the intermediate level and above. FLAS Fellowships are possible because of grants provided from the U.S. Department of Education to the UNC area and global studies centers. Students must submit through the FLAS@UNC online…

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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Daagh Dehlvi (1831-1905) (virtual)

January 15, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Daagh Dehlvi (1831-1905). In the first half of the meeting we will discuss the life and works of the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu. Zoom Web Browser Access Link Meeting ID:…

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Cultural Event: “The Life and Works of Ahmad Shamlou” with Jalal  Alavinia (virtual)

January 23, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Join the Persian Art Center in Carolina for a look at the life and works of Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet, writer, and journalist, featuring speakers Dr. Amir Rezvani and Jalal Alavinia. Jalal Alavinia is a translator, publisher, and literary researcher. The event will include time for virtual socialization, questions and answers, as well as poetry readings by the audience. This event is in Persian.   Zoom link. Sponsored by Persian Art Center in Carolina.   Persian Art Center in Carolina

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Panel Discussion: Global Career Night 2022 (virtual)

January 23, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in…

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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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Iranian Literary Diaspora s: Mehrak Kamali in Conversation with author Shahriar Mandanipour (virtual)

January 29, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

This virtual lecture series is dedicated to exploring how Iranian diaspora authors reflect on the community’s attempts at carving out forms of belonging to their host nations. Authors and discussants may address specific modes of power and representation that Iranian diaspora community has developed to rehabilitate their position as members of a minoritized population with ambivalent feelings of belonging. Shahriar Mandanipour is an Iranian American writer, literary theorist, and essayist. He is the author of 13 books - his fourteenth…

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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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Cultural Event: Urdu Majlis on Amanat Lakhnavi (1815-1858) (virtual)

February 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Please join us via Zoom for the next monthly meeting of Urdu Majlis, the Triangle's Literary Forum, on Saturday, February 19 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The featured poet is Agha Hassan ‘Amanat’ Lakhnavi (1815-1858), the author of “Indar Sabha”. In the first half of the meeting we will discuss the life and works of the featured poet. In the second half, you are invited to share your original work or poems by your favorite poets. This event is in Urdu.…

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Panel Discussion: Global Career Night 2022 (Virtual)

February 23, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Hear from a virtual panel of phenomenal UNC alumni in globally focused careers! Panelists represent a variety of career options: government, private industry, NGOs, and more. They will share their professional journeys from studying (like you!) at UNC, through the career searches, networking, and life choices that led them to their current roles. In the Q&A, panelists will take your questions on everything from advice on the job hunt to sustainable career growth over the years. Wherever you are in…

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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

Panel Discussion: Women in Business Around the World: A Series of Lightning Talks (virtual)

March 1, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

While representation is on the rise for women in business, women are still underrepresented in the field globally. It has been proven that women make significant positive changes to organizational culture and processes, as well as to the bottom line. Women around the world are excelling as entrepreneurs, running mature businesses, and bringing more diversity to the workforce. In this engaging set of lightning talks held in honor of Women’s History Month, our expert speakers will share global perspectives of…

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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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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,…

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Friends of Roots: Two Truths in One Heart, Two Peoples in One Land (Discussion)

March 24, 2022 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Khalil Sayegh is a Gaza-born Palestinian from a refugee family who grew up with deep anger towards Israel and its people. Hanan Schlesinger is a passionate Zionist settler living in the West Bank. Together, these unlikely partners are paving a path of peace for their people.Join Khalil and Hanan as they share their personal, interconnected stories and present the groundbreaking and challenging grassroots work of Roots/Shorashim/Judur. They come, not with a peace plan, but with the conviction that human understanding…

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April 2022

Cultural Event: Ramadan Lantern Lighting with Muslim Student Association

April 1, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

This Friday UNC will be lighting a lantern to celebrate the arrival of Ramadan in the Pit. Join us for a special appearance by Chancellor Guskiewicz! Sponsored by The UNC Muslim Student Association Student Union/Pit UNC-Chapel Hill

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Carolina Seminar: “A Discussion of Lebanon” with Prof. 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 Prof. 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…

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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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Cultural Event: Carolina Community Iftar

April 22, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Governance of the Hinton James Residence Hall presents the Carolina Community Iftar.   HeelLife link to RSVP for the event: https://heellife.unc.edu/event/8048012.   For more information, contact Güzin Karagöz or Sena Atay.

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September 2022

Carolina Global Photo Competition 2022

September 6, 2022 - September 19, 2022
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Global Photography Competition is OPEN now. For more than 20 years, this competition has highlighted stunning sights and scenes captured by Tar Heels around the globe. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to submit up to three global photos taken in any world region and at any point in time. Become part of the tradition. Details & photo submission at go.unc.edu/globalphoto   UNC Chapel Hill

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Kingdom, Commodity, or Community? The Religious and Philosophical Meanings of Nature

September 10, 2022 | 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

In this current era of climate change, it is clear that how we conceptualize humankind’s relationship to nature—whether explicitly or implicitly—has enormous ramifications. This seminar will explore various religious and philosophical approaches to the natural world, paying particular attention to the ways in which unspoken assumptions about nature shape our everyday behavior. Together, we will examine a set of key ideas that have shaped American attitudes toward nature, and we will explore the transformational power of reconceptualizing humankind’s place within…

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October 2022

Conference: “New Faces XXII”

October 7, 2022 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

  The Triangle Institute for Security Studies 23rd annual New Faces conference will showcase the work of six exceptional rising scholars in the field of security studies, giving them an opportunity to present their ongoing research. Presentations run from 8:40am - 5:20pm and lunch is provided for in person attendees. Presentation #5 will be "The Gulf Between Their Wars: Illusory American and Arab Visions of Post–Cold War Middle Eastern Order, 1989-1991," Daniel Chardell (2:50pm-4:00pm).   Register to attend in-person here or online streaming…

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Lecture: Sephardic Studies Lecture with poet Ronny Smock

October 24, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Ronny Some was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He has published 13 volumes of poetry (The last called “so much god “) and two books for children with Shirly Smock. He has been translated into 44 languages. Selections of his poems have appeared in Arabic translation, French, Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian and English. More info here   Visitor parking options include the Morehead…

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November 2022

Lecture: “Displacement in the Middle East: Causes, Consequences, and Communities in the Diaspora”

November 14, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Today, 89.3 million individuals worldwide are forcibly displaced. Over 35 million originate from Middle Eastern and North African countries. At the same time, over 32 million remain in the region, either as refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced persons (IDPs). This webinar will explore causes and consequences of displacement in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We will consider how environmental factors, demographic shifts, and constructions of ethnic and national belonging contribute to displacement, but also how migration exacerbates…

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