2010-2011

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2010: July, August, September, October, November, December
2011: January, February, March, April, May, June

Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies
Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

(Other events are recommended but not sponsored by the Seminar or CCSMEMC.)

Maps and directions: UNC-CH, Duke, NCSU


August 6-7, 2010: Black Theodicy Forum: What do Christianity and Islam Have to Say About Black American Suffering? FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute of African American Research , UNC-CH.

August 12, 2010: Dinner Event: Michael Corbin, deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq issues, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nikos Taverna, 4075 Davis Drive, Morrisville. Sponsored by the International Affairs Council of North Carolina. Space is limited and RSVP is required (919-838-9191). This is a no-host dinner; you may order on your own.

August 21, 2010: Dance: "Carolina Casbah!" by the Association of Central Carolina Middle Eastern Dancers. 7:30 p.m., The Arts Center, 300 East Main Street, Carrboro. Tickets $15, children $5. Professional Middle Eastern dancers and musicians from throughout central North Carolina. Live music provided by special guests, the Lost Nomads. Light refreshments will be served.

September 2, 2010: Fundraising Iftar Dinner for Pakistan Flood Victims. 7:45 p.m. (iftar time), Cary Masjid, 1076 W. Chatham Street, Cary 27511. For tickets and information please contact Fowzia at 631-807-6671. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Cary and Helping Hand USA.

September 9, 2010: David Gilmartin, professor of history, North Carolina State University, "The People and Religion in 20th Century India." 7:00-9:00 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be served; you are welcome to bring a dish. Please contact Alicia Jones for the event location. Part of the Colloquium Series of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

September 9, 2010: Exhibition: Esse Quam Videri: Muslim Self Portraits, by artist Todd Drake. Exhibit closing reception. 7:00-9:00 p.m., Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

September 12, 2010: Fourth Annual Cary Islamic Center Eid Celebration. Includes rides, food, bazaar, henna. Parking lot of the Islamic Association of Cary, 1076 West Chatham St, Cary. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Cary.

September 15 - November 11, 2010: Exhibition: AFTERMATH, by artist and professor of art elin o'Hara slavick. AFTERMATH is displayed on three floors of the FedEx Global Education Center. Artist lecture on November 3 at 6:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

September 16, 2010: Film:"Salata Baladi" (An Egyptian Salad), (2008). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

September 16, 2010: Steve Sabol, professor of history, UNC-Charlotte, "The Touch of Civilization: Russian Colonization of the Kazakhs and American Colonization of the Sioux." 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center with support from the Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Institute for the Study of the Americas, African Studies Center, Center for Global Initiatives and Parr Center for Ethics.

September 16, 2010: Ann Elizabeth Mayer, professor of law, University of Pennsylvania, "Islam and Human Rights: New Perspectives in recent United Nations Discussions." Lunch will be provided. 12:15 p.m., Room 3037, Duke Law Building, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke Law, the Center of International Comparative Law, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 17, 2010: N.C. Pakistani American Anjuman's Independence Day and Eid Event: Musician Tehseen Javed. Proceeds will go to flood victims in Pakistan. General Admission $20, students $15, children ages 5 to 10 $5, children under 5 free. 5:00-10:00 p.m., Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd, Cary. Sponsored by Pakistani-American Anjuman of North Carolina, Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1, Chaudhry Halal Meat and Indus Fashions.

September 21, 2010: David Lambert, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "The Hebrew Bible Through the Ages." Lunch will be provided, reservations are required by emailing ccjs@unc.edu at least one week prior to the event. 1:00 p.m., Incubator Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

September 22, 2010: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Assessing the Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization." 3:00-5:00 p.m., Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill. Tickets $30. Sponsored by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values and the NC Civic Education Consortium, UNC-CH. Lecture preceded by K-12 Teacher Training. Pre-registration is required.

September 22, 2010: UNC Students' Experiences from Study Abroad in the Middle East this Summer, (Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Morocco). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

September 22, 2010: Shahla Adel, lecturer in Persian, Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, "Persian Music: From Traditional to Modern." 9:00 p.m., WXYC 89.3 FM. Part of the "Global Music Show" series, co-sponsored by UNC Global and the Area Studies Centers, UNC-CH.

September 23, 2010: Philip Howard, professor of communication, University of Seattle, "The Digital Origins of Democracy: Information Technology & Political Islam." Refreshments provided. 5:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Duke University Seminar on Global Governance & Democracy sponsored by the Center of International Comparative Law, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 24, 2010: Benefit Concert: "Aaja Sonia" Evening of Songs and Masti with Pakistani singer Saima Khan in concert with Ryaan Khan and Hannan Sultan. Purchase your tickets in advance from Olive Green- 6715 Hillsborough Street or contact Syed Yousuf at 919-454-1704. The proceedings of this concert will go to help the flood victims in Pakistan. 7:00 p.m., Tuxedo Junction, 405 South Brooks St., Wake Forest.

September 27, 2010: Richard Elliot Friedman, professor of Jewish studies, University of Georgia, "The Death of the Gods: Or Why a Monotheistic God Speaks in the Plural." 7:30 p.m., Friday Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

September 28, 2010: Elkhan Mehtiyev, visiting Fulbright Scholar at Duke University, "Security Policy of the Caucasian Nations: Regional and International Implications." 8:00 p.m., Room 302, Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC-CH Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

September 29, 2010: Film:"40qm Deutschland" (40 Square Meters of Germany), directed by Tevfik Baser (Germany, 1986). 8:00-9:30 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Voices, Muslim Cultures Film series" cosponsored by the Screen Society, Duke and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 30, 2010: Film:"Control Room", directed by Jehane Noujaim (2004). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

October 1-2, 2010: Conference: "TISS Annual New Faces Conference." William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Presenters include:

  • Max Abrahms, postdoctoral fellow in international relations, Stanford University, "Why Terrorism Still Does Not Work: Implications for Research and Policy."
  • Patrick Johnston, postdoctoral fellow in political science, Stanford University, "Assessing the Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation in Counterinsurgency."
  • Peter Krause, doctoral candidate in political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "The Political Effectiveness of Non-state Violence: Terrorism, Insurgency, and the Pursuit of Power."

October 4, 2010: Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) Information Session. Duke and UNC students invited to attend the presentation by a representative of the U.S. State Department. 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 240, Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 6, 2010: Film:"Veer-Zaara", directed by Yash Chopra (2004). 6:30 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM), Department of Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu Section, UNC-CH, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

October 6, 2010: Arabiyyaat (Coffee Hour). Arabic food dance and more. 7:30 p.m., Mediterranean Deli, 410 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

October 6 - November 7, 2010: Gallery Installation: French Orientalist Art and Franco-Arabic Relations. Introductory lecture by graduate student Isabella Archer on October 14. Study Gallery, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-CH.

October 6, 2010: OneVoice Movement UNC Event. OneVoice is an international movement sponsoring moderate and cooperative talks about Israel and Palestine. 8:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict and OneVoice Movement.

October 7, 2010: Lise Morje Howard, professor of government, Georgetown University, "U.S. Foreign Policy, Ideational Path Dependence, and Ethno-Religious Civil Conflict: Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Iraq." Lunch provided, RSVP required. 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of the CES Friday Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for European Studies, UNC-CH.

October 7, 2010: Leslie Pierce, professor of history, New York University, "Captive Bodies: Abduction & Violence in the Early Modern Ottoman World." Lunch provided, RSVP required. 12:00 p.m., Room 229, Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 7, 2010: Behnam Sadeghi, professor of Islamic studies, Stanford University, "Laws and Values: A Comparative Perspective on Pre-Modern Muslim Jurisprudence." Email Sandi Payne (payne@email.unc.edu) for a copy of the paper. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 7, 2010: Turkish Film Night: "Yahsi Bati (Wonderful West)", directed by Omer Faruk Sorak (Turkey, 2010). 6:00-8:30 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Turkish Program UNC-CH.

October 9, 2010: Cary Eid Festival. Includes rides, food, bazaar, henna, entertainment, dance performances. Free admission until noon; after 12:00 p.m. admission is $4 per person. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Sponsored by the Town of Cary and the NC Eid Festival, Inc.

October 10, 2010: Concert: Salar Aghili and Ensemble Dastan, vocalist and musician from Iran. Time, location, and ticket prices to be announced. Sponsored by the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University; the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina; and the Persian Cultural Center of North Carolina. Additional co-sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact event organizers Fred Moosavi or Amir Rezvani.

October 10, 2010: Persian Music Concert: Salar Aghili & Raz-o-Niaz Ensemble, with Hossein Behroozinia. Tickets available through Duke University Box Office. 7:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Persian Student Association, Duke University, the Iranian Cultural Society of NC, the Persian Arts Center in NC and the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University.

October 13, 2010: Film:"Khuda Kay Liye" (In the Name of God), directed by Shoaib Mansoor (Pakistan, 2007). 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM), Department of Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu Section, UNC-CH, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

October 13, 2010: Film:"Iraq in Fragments", directed by James Longley (2006). 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Films of James Longley Series" cosponsored by the Program in Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University and the Center for Documentary Studies, Libraries- Special Collections and Libraries, Duke University.

October 14, 2010: Film:"West Beirut", directed by Ziad Doueiri (1998). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

October 14, 2010: Pakistan Student Association, first interest meeting. Free food. 6:30 p.m., Room 209, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Pakistan Student Association.

October 14, 2010: Isabella Archer, masters student in Franco-Arab studies, UNC-CH, "Cleopatra and the East: Fantasy and Documentation in French Orientalist Art." 6:30 p.m., Study Gallery, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-CH.

October 14, 2010: Film:"Veiled Voices", directed by Brigid Maher (2009). 8:00-9:30 p.m., White Auditorium, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Voices, Muslim Cultures Film series" cosponsored by the Screen Society, Duke and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 18, 2010: Workshop: "De-colonial Jewish Thought and the Question of Palestine." With the participation of Anton Shammas, professor of comparative literature and Near Eastern studies, University of Michigan, and Santiago Slabodsky, professor of religion, ethics and society, Claremont University. For copies of suggested readings contact Tracy Carhart at tracy.carhart@duke.edu. Light dinner will be served. Parking on the Buchanan entrance to East Campus. 5:00-8:00 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Building, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Duke University.

October 19, 2010: CANCELED: M. Asaduddin, professor of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, "Women's Autobiographies in Urdu and Ismat Chughtai." 5:30-6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

October 19, 2010: Anton Shammas, professor of modern Middle Eastern Studies studies, University of Michigan, "Palestine Mapped Out: A Passport Story." 6:00 p.m., Room 0012, Westbrook Building, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Cultures Event Series" co-sponsored by Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, Jewish Studies, Duke University and the Fall 2010 Muslim Cultures Focus Cluster, Duke University.

October 20, 2010: CANCELED: M. Asaduddin, professor of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, "Reading Premchand in Two Tongues." 4:30-5:45 p.m., Room 110, Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

October 20, 2010: Film:"Sari's Mother + Gaza Strip", directed by James Longley (2006). 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Films of James Longley Series" cosponsored by the Program in Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University and the Center for Documentary Studies, Libraries- Special Collections and Libraries, Duke University.

October 22, 2010: Imtiaz Gul, independent scholar and director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad, "Pakistan's Double Jeopardy: Costs of Insurgency." Conversation and lunch. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

October 25, 2010: Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Journalism and the War on Terror: Reporting from the 'Dark Side.'" 4:30-6:00 p.m., Room 04, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Sponsored by The Ewing Lecutre on Ethics in Journalism and the Rutherfurd Living History Program of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

October 25, 2010: Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, Duke University, and senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director, "Prospects for Arab-Israeli Peace." 5:00 p.m., Room 0016, Westbrook Building, Divinity School, Duke University. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Office of Global Strategy and Programs and the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

October 26, 2010: Alsu Feiskhan, former assistant dean for international studies, Kazan University, Tatarstan, "Exploring Eurasia: Travel, Study, and Work Opportunities." Informational talk to undergraduate and graduate students about summer study programs, post-graduate studies, and employment in Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. 4:30 p.m., Room 211, Languages Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Duke University.

October 27, 2010: Gregory Mann, professor of history, Columbia University, "Imperial Shadows and 'French' West African Muslims in Sudan." 4:15 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University, the Center for African & African American Research, Duke University, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 27, 2010: Bob Woodward, author and journalist, "Obama's Wars." Book signing in the Sanford lobby from 5:15-5:55 p.m. Lecture begins at 6:00 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. A Karl von der Heyden Distinguished Lecture. Co-sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

October 27, 2010: Nathan Swanson, doctoral candidate in geography, UNC-CH, "Mapping the Middle East." 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

October 29, 2010: Sam Patten, senior program manager for Eurasia, Freedom House, "The Improbable Course of Freedom in Central Asia." 2:00 p.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, & East European Studies, UNC-CH.

November 1, 2010: Nick Spicer, Al Jazeera English correspondent. Lecture and discussion. 5:00 p.m., Room 04, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Part of the "Islam in the News Events Series" co-sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and the Fall 2010 "Muslim Cultures" Focus Cluster, Duke University.

November 3, 2010: Film:"Taare Zameen Par" (Like Stars on Earth), directed by Aamir Khan (2007). 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM), Department of Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu Section, UNC-CH, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

November 4, 2010: Naim Ateek, president and founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, "What Makes for Peace." 11:25 a.m., Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

November 4, 2010: Naim Ateek, president and founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, "From the Nakhba to KAIROS Palestine: A Palestinian Christian's Journey and Ministry." Brown-bag lunch seminar. 12:20-1:20 p.m., Room 0012, Westbrook Building, Divinity School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

November 4, 2010: Arabic Calligraphy Workshop, with Mohammad Habib, Duke University. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 4, 2010: Film: "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam", directed by Omar Majeed (2009). 6:00-9:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Presented by CGI Research Circle "Islam and Identity: Class, Religion, Nation," and sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

November 5, 2010: Department of Geography Colloquium: Micahel Samers, professor of geography, University of Kentucky, "Beyond Embeddedness: Territoriality, Embodiment, and Islamic Banking and Finance." Refreshments start at 3:15. Lecture from 3:30-4:50 p.m., Room 220, Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

November 8, 2010: Abdul Sheriff, professor of history, University of Dar Es Salaam, "Islamic Slavery or Slavery in Muslim Society?" 4:00 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Building, Duke University. Part of the "Islam in the Public Square Lecture Series" co-sponsored by Cultural Anthropology, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 9: Film:"Ajami", directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani (Israel, 2009). 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Voices, Muslim Cultures Film series" cosponsored by the Screen Society, Duke, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 10, 2010: Film: "Captain Abu Raed", directed by Amin Matalqa (Jordan, 2007). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 11, 2010: Turkish Film Night: movie TBA. 6:00-8:30 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Turkish Program UNC-CH.

November 11, 2010: David E. Johnson, senior political scientist, RAND Corporation, "Rediscovering the Full Range of Military Operations: Israel in Lebanon and Gaza." To register, complete and submit this survey. Reception starts at 6:45. Lecture starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

November 11, 2010: Rumi Poetry and Music Night. 7:00 p.m., Room 201, Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, East Campus, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Cultures Event Series" sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life, Duke University.

November 11, 2010: Eren Tasar, post-doctoral fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, "World War II and the Emergence of an Islamically Informed Soviet Identity in Central Asia." 6:30-8:00 p.m., Incubator Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies and the Carolina Seminar on Russian History.

November 15, 2010: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Information Session. 10:00 a.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

November 15, 2010: Film: "Good Morning Kandahar," directed by Ariel Nasr (Canada-Afghanistan, 2008). Commentary by Cindy Termorshuizen, deputy head of mission, Canadian Embassy in Kabul. Discussion of "Canadian Perspectives on Afghanistan" to follow film viewing. 5:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, & East European Studies, UNC-CH.

November 15, 2010: Shelley Feldman, president of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies and director of gender and sexuality studies, Cornell University, "Women's Labor & Microfinance Development since 1880s." 6:30 p.m., Room 3205, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by UNC AAasha.

November 15, 2010: Islam Reading Group 2.0. 7:00-8:30 p.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Contact Rose Aslan for RSVP and readings information.

November 16, 2010: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Information Session. 3:00 p.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

November 16, 2010: Evyatar Marienberg, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "How to Do it Right: Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Guidebooks on Marital Sexuality." 12:30 p.m., Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNCH-CH.

November 16, 2010: Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University, Online Islamic Law Q&A. Will address debates about the public role of Shariah law and take questions from online viewers during a live "Office Hours" webcast. 12:00 p.m., Duke University Ustream channel, http://www.ustream.tv/dukeuniversity. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 17, 2010: Film: "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big-Hearted Will Win the Bride), directed by Aditya Chopra (India, 1995). 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM), Department of Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu Section, UNC-CH, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

November 17, 2010: Film: "Back and Forth" (Israel, 2010). Film screening followed by Q&A with the film's producer Uri Rosenwaks. 7:00 p.m., Room 136, Social Science Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke Middle Eastern Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Program in the Art of the Moving Image, Duke, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

November 18, 2010: "Dancing Dabkah." Session about Dabkah Dance (origin, types, basic moves) led by Yasmeen Zamamiri. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

November 30, 2010: Khassan Baiev discusses his book, "The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire." 5:30 p.m., Room 107, White Lecture Hall, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Duke, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Fall 2010 "Between Europe & Asia" and "Muslim Cultures" Focus Clusters, Duke University.

Deccember 1, 2010: Shireen Hunter, professor of political science, Georgetown University, "The Perils of Using Islam as an Instrument of Foreign Policy." Lunch provided, RSVP required. 12:00 p.m., Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

December 1, 2010: Film: "Afrita Hanem" (The Genie Lady), directed by Henry Barakat (Egypt, 1949). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC.

December 1, 2010: Film: "Kal Ho Naa Ho" (Who Knows About Tomorrow), directed by Nikhil Advani (India, 2003). 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM), Department of Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu Section, UNC-CH, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

December 2, 2010: Michael Rulon, doctoral candidate in English and comparative literature, UNC-CH, "Healing the Wounds of War in Women's Writing of the Algerian Revolution." 4:00-5:00 p.m., Donovan Lounge, Greenaw Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Furst Forum in Comparative Literature sponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH.

December 2, 2010: Film: "Arna's Children," directed by Juliano Mer Khamis (2003). 7:30-9:30 p.m., Room 105, Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Students for Justice in Palestine.

December 3, 2010: Yalda Night Celebration. 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., Grand Ballroom, Talley Student Center, NCSU. 2160 Cates Ave., Raleigh. To purchase your tickets, please visit the Iranian Student Association website. Sponsored by Iranian Student Association, NCSU.

December 4, 2010: Concert: vocalist Iqbal Qasim accompanied by Samuel Luqa on Tabla. Purchase tickets online or contact Manzoor Cheema (919-412-7008) or Seema Faruqi (919-596-4792). 8:00 p.m., Seasons at Tandoor Banquet Hall, 5410 NC Highway 55, Suite # T, Durham. Sponsored by Tandoor Indian Restaurant, Aenur Rehman Mirza, Dharampal Singh Rihal, NC Eid Festival, Javed Qureshi, Spice Bazaar, Indian Grocery Store, Shamim Beauty Parlor, Amjad Pasha, Dr. Noor Shujrah, Manju Nigam (Blooming Buds), Apna Triangle, Sangam Mart, Kadambam Spices.

December 6, 2010: Juliane Hammer, professor of religious studies, George Mason Univesity, "Living Text: Qur'an 4:34 and American Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence." 5:00 p.m., Room 104, Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

December 6, 2010: Islam Reading Group 2.0. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Contact Rose Aslan for RSVP and readings information.

December 6, 2010: Film: "Deen Tight," directed by Mustafa Davis (USA, 2009). 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Muslim Voices, Muslim Cultures Film series" cosponsored by the Screen Society, Duke, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Program in the Art of the Moving Image, the Fall 2010 Muslim Cultures Focus Cluster, Duke, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

December 7, 2010: Panel "Out of the Bag: WikiLeaks & U.S. Diplomacy. Panelists include: Philip Bennett, professor of journalism and public policy, Duke University, Patrick Duddy, U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at the Duke University Center for International Studies, and Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy, Duke University. 12:00 p.m., Room 153, Rubenstein Hall, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke, the Duke University Center for International Studies, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

December 7, 2010: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, "Thinking About the Threat of Islamic Terrorism." 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Sponsored by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the Office of Global Health.

December 7, 2010: Colloquium: Matthew Cook, professor of postcolonial history and south Asian studies, North Carolina State University, "Court Over Board: Sindh and Institutions of Colonial Governance in London." Please contact Alicia Jones for the event location. Part of the Colloquium Series of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

January 9, 2011: David Price, U. S. House Representative, Congressional District 4 of North Carolina, "The Quest for Just Peace in Palestine/Israel." 10:00 a.m., United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the United Church of Chapel Hill.

January 13, 2011: Ghulam Nadri, professor of history, Georgia State University, "Islam and Commerce in Early Modern South Asia: Did the Shariah Inhibit Economic Performance?" 12:00 p.m., Room 229, Carr Building, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

January 13, 2011: Meredith Weiss, professor of political science, University of Albany, "Democracy and Pluralism: Lessons from Southeast Asia." CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. May be rescheduled. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center.

January 14, 2011: Jennifer Hyndman, professor of geography, York University, "The Geopolitical Imaginary of Omar Khadr: Enemy Combatant or Kid from Toronto?." 3:15 p.m., Room 220, Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Department of Geography Colloquium Series sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

January 14, 2011: Symposium: Pluralism in Asia. 8:40 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Kenan Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation. Presentations include:

  • Meredith Weiss, professor of political science, University at Albany, "Diversity, Rights, and Rigidity in Singapore."
  • Jeffrey Redding, professor of law, Saint Louis University, "Transgender Rights, the Taliban, and the Politics of Inclusion."
  • Madhavi Sunder, professor of law, University of California Davis, "Reading the Qur'an in Kuala Lumpur."
  • Dian Abdul Hamed Shah, Bright Sparks Fellow, University of Malaya, "Freedom of Religion in Malaysia: Debates on Norms and Politico-legal Issues."
  • Anil Kalhan, professor of law, Drexel University, "Pluralism, Federalism, and the 18th Amendment in Pakistan."

January 18, 2011: Muslim Engagement and U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century. Featuring Farah Pandith, special representative to Muslim communities for the U.S. State Department. Reception begins at 4:15 p.m., lecture begins at 5:00 p.m., Room 153, Rubenstein Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the American Grand Strategy Program, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Center for Muslim Life, Duke University, the Muslim Student Association, Duke University, the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University, and the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Duke University.

January 19, 2011: Benjamin Geer, postgraduate student, School of Oriental and African Studies in London, "A Sociological and Cognitive Approach to Nationalism and Nationalist Literature: A Case Study in Egypt." 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

January 20, 2011: Stephen D. Reese, professor of journalism, University of Texas-Austin, "Media Framing in the Global News Arena: The Case of Terrorism and Journalism." 2:00 p.m., Freedom Forum Conference Center, Third Floor, Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-CH.

January 20, 2011: Seminar: Mustafa Tuna, professor of Russian and central Eurasian history, Duke University, "Kazan Tatar Teachers' School: Russification as Social Engineering in Late Imperial Russia and the Global Predicament." 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminars, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies,UNC-CH, and the Department of History, UNC-CH.

January 21, 2011: Carolyn Warner, professor of sociology, Arizona State University, "Generosity Dynamics of Catholics and Muslims, of Catholicism and Islam: Some Preliminary Results." 1:00-2:30 p.m., Room 329, Sociology/Psychology Building, Duke University. A light lunch will be served by sign-up only. Part of the "Islam in the Public Square Lecture Series" co-sponsored by Department of Sociology, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

January 24, 2011: Elias Muhanna, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, "Books of Worlds in a World of Books: Arabic Encyclopedism during its Golden Age." 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

January 24, 2011: Omar Kamil, professor of political science, Dubnow Institute, Germany, "Conflicting Memories: The Arabs and the Holocaust." Kaplan-Brauer Lecture on the Contribution of Judaism to Civilization." RESCHEDULED for Fall 2011. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

January 24, 2011: Omar Kamil, professor of political science, Dubnow Institute, Germany, "Conflicting Memories: The Arabs and the Holocaust." Kaplan-Brauer Lecture on the Contribution of Judaism to Civilization." RESCHEDULED for Fall 2011. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

February 24, 2011: Meredith Weiss, professor of political science, University of Albany, "Democracy and Pluralism: Lessons from Southeast Asia." 5:30 p.m., Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center.

January 24, 2011: UNC Dabkeh Dance Group 'Harakat Al Heels' Informational Meeting. 9:00 p.m., Room 3203, FPG Student Union, UNC-CH. Contact Yasmeen Zamamiri for more information. Sponsored by UNC Dabkeh Dance Group.

January 26, 2011: Film: "Hassan & Morqos" (Hassan & Mark), directed by Rami Imam, (Egypt, 2008). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema/Screenarts, UNC-CH, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

January 26, 2011: Special Seminar: The Civil Affairs Mission: Preventing Conflicts Before They Occur with LTC Basil Catanzaro, Civil Liaison Team 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), US Army Special Operations Command. 11:00 a.m., Room 210, Park Shops, North Carolina State University. For more information contact Dr. Tom Losordo at tlosord@ncsu.edu. Sponsored by the UNC Partnership for National Security, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU, and the Agricultural Training & Reachback Initiative, NCSU.

January 27, 2011: Film: "Budrus," directed by Julia Bacha, (Palestine, 2009). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. An award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, who unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus, in the West Bank, from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Part of The Global Big Screen film series. Q&A with film producer following the screening. Popcorn to be served prior to film. Hosted by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and sponsored by UNC-CH Hillel, the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, the Hebrew program, UNC-CH, the Arabic program, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

February 1, 2011: Zaid Adhami, doctoral candidate in religious studies, Duke University, "Calling People to Islam: African American Muslims in the Public Sphere." 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of 'Islam in the Global Context Speaker Series: Islam in North America' sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

February 1, 2011: Film: "Offside," directed by Jafar Panahi, (Iran, 2006). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema/Screenarts, UNC-CH, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

February 2, 2011: "Tunisia Teach-In." 7:30 p.m., Room 126, Social-Psychology Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. Speakers include:

  • Mohsen Kadivar, professor of religion, Duke University, "Lessons from Iran's Green Revolution."
  • Frances Hasso, professor of women's studies, Duke University, "The Jasmine Revolution: a Postcolonial Turning Point in the 'Arab' Middle East."
  • Azeddine Chergui, lecturer in Arabic, Duke University, "Morocco."
  • Abdeslam Maghraoui, professor of political science, Duke University, "Is Egypt Next?"
  • Alyssa Miller, doctoral student in cultural anthropology, Duke University, "The Role of Social Media in the Jasmine Revolution."
  • Brandon Gorman, doctoral student in sociology, UNC-CH, "Discourses of Democracy in Authoritarian Contexts: The Case of Ben Ali."

February 3, 2011: 2010-2011 Uhlman Family Seminar: "In the Name of God? Interpreting Religious Law." 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., UNC-CH. To learn more about tuition and to register please visit the website. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

February 3, 2011: Vincent Tiberj, professor of political science, Sciences Po, "As French as Everyone Else? A Survey of French Citizens of Maghrebin, African, and Turkish Origin." Author will discuss his new book. Please RSVP via email to europe@unc.edu. 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 2008/2010, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

February 3, 2011: Film: "Port of Memory" directed by Kamal Aljafari, (Palestine, 2009). 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 107, White Lecture Hall, Duke University. Q&A with the director to follow. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, the Arabic program, UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema/Screenarts, UNC-CH, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

February 4, 2011: Film: "The Roof" and "The Visit," directed by Kamal Aljafari, (Palestine/Germany, 2006). 5:30-8:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. The Roof won the Best International On Screen (Video) Award at the 2008 Images Festival in Toronto as well as Best Soundtrack at the FID Marseille Documentary Festival in France. Kamal Aljafari's most recent film, Port of Memory, which received the Prix Louis Marcorelles given by CULTURESFRANCE of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be shown at Duke University. After the screenings, enjoy a discussion with film maker Aljafari. Master class (open to the public) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 205 Undergraduate Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, the Arabic program, UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema/Screenarts, UNC-CH, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

February 7, 2011: Think Fast Forum: Egypt. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the UNC General Alumni Association, the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Speakers include:

  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Doria El Kerdany, lecturer in Arabic, UNC-CH
  • Nadia Yaqub, professor of Arabic, UNC-CH
  • Moderator: Richard Kohn, professor of history, UNC-CH

February 7, 2011: Bradley Burston, columnist, Haaretz Newspaper (Israel), "Pro-Mideast in America: Beyond 'Pro-Israel' and 'Pro-Palestine'." 6:00 p.m., Room 116, Murphey, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, NC Hillel, J Street U, J Street Triangle, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

February 8, 2011: Iqbal Singh Sevea, professor of international relations, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, "'Beware the Spells and Narcotics of the West!': Debating Nationalism and Islam in Colonial India." 3:15 p.m., Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

February 8, 2011: Candlelight Vigil: Hand in Hand Supporting Egypt. 6:00-8:00 p.m., grassy area in front of Duke Chapel, Duke University. Sponsored by Muslim Student Association, Duke University, Arab Students, Duke University, Amnesty International, Muslim Life at Duke, and Duke Students for Justice in Palestine.

February 9, 2011: Aman Ali: 30 Mosques in 30 Days - An American Ramadan Roadtrip Adventure. 6:30 p.m., Room 103, Bingham Hall, UNC-CH.

February 9-13, 2011: Theater: Black Watch - National Theatre of Scotland. Sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts, UNC-CH.

February 11, 2011: Leila Harris, professor at the Institute on Resources Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, "The Other Side of Green: Difference and Otherness in Environmental Narratives in Contemporary Turkey." 3:15 p.m., Room 220, Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Department of Geography Colloquium Series sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

February 13, 2011: Performance: Laila and Majnoon. 7:00 p.m., Great Hall, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. Tickets on sale for $5, email unc.paksa@gmail.com for more information. All proceeds go to Pakistan flood relief. Sponsored by the Pakistani Students Association, UNC-CH.

February 14, 2011: Edmund Hull, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, "High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaida in Yemen." 2:00-3:30 p.m., Room 008, Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

February 15, 2011: Lynn Ramey, professor of French, Vanderbilt University, "Representing Race: the Queen of Sheba's fate in the Middle Ages." 5:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2011: Zekeria ould Ahmed Salem, professor of political science, Universite de Nouakchott, Mauritania, "Challenging Social Inequality and Debating Islam: Ethnicity, Belonging and Muslim Politics in Mauritania." 12:00-2:00 p.m., Room 229, Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Center for African and African-American Research, Duke University, and theDepartment of African and African-American Studies, Duke University.

February 16, 2011: Graduate Students Middle East Outreach Meeting. Join us for Med Deli refreshments. Please RSVP to Regina Higgins at regina_higgins@unc.edu. 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 2008, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

February 17, 2011: Matt Hotham, doctoral candidate in religious studies, UNC-CH, "'I Too Desired a Child': Celibacy, Bodily Discipline and the Development of Early Sufism - The Case of Ibn Khafif." 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of 'Islam in the Global Context Speaker Series: Islam in North America' sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

February 17, 2011: Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University, "Blasphemy and Politics in Islam." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Seasons at Tandoor Banquet Hall, Greenwood Commons, 5410 NC Highway 55, Suite # T, Durham, NC. Sponsored by the Pakistan American Coalition for Education, Pakistan Matters, Imam Abduallah Antepli, Duke University Imam, Cheema Communications, Muslim American Political Affairs Council, Muslim Student Association, UNC-CH.

February 18, 2011: Abdeslam Maghraoui, professor of political science, Duke University, "'Office Hours' Q&A: Egypt, Tunisia, and Beyond." 12:00-1:00 p.m., the Duke University Ustream channel.

February 19-20, 2011: 8th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference: "How Ideas Win: Formations of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy In Muslim Practice and Thought." Rooms 1005 and 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Presenters TBA. For more information visit the website or to apply please contact DukeUNCconf@gmail.com.

Presenters include:
  • Keynote Speaker: Shahab Ahmed, associate professor of Islamic studies, Harvard University
  • Mohammad Ali, University of California Berkeley, Law, "Muslim Autobiographical Narratives: Individuality and the Self in Medieval Islamic Literature"
  • Mohamad Ballan, University of Chicago, Social Sciences, "Between Convivencia and Hijrah: The 1501 Hispano-Muslim Qasida to Sultan Bayezid II and the Renegotiation of Orthodoxy in al-Andalus"
  • Amer Beshir, International Islamic University Malaysia, Islamic and Other Civilizations, "Contesting Deobandi Orthodoxy: Sufi Iqbal and his attempts at bridging the Deobandi-Barelvi divide"
  • Aryo Danusiri, Harvard University, Cultural Anthropology, "Reassembling Orthodoxy: Urban Circulatory Forms of Tariqa Alawiya Youth Movement in Contemporary Indonesia"
  • Simon Fuchs, Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies, "Third wave Shiism - Sayyid Arif Husain al-Husaini and the Islamic Revolution in Pakistan"
  • Brandon Gorman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sociology, "Appropriate(d) Democracy: Analyzing Elite Discourse across North Africa"
  • Roshan Iqbal, Georgetown University, Arabic and Islamic Studies, "The Emperor Has No Clothes"
  • Hamza Mahmood, Cornell University, Near Eastern Studies, "Jacob's Death and the Dye of God: Qur'anic Re-appropriation of Jewish and Christian Salvational Claims"
  • Ariela Marcus-Sells, Stanford University, Religious Studies, "The Orthodoxy of Miracles: A West-African Sufi debate in the Nineteenth Century"
  • Raymond Pun, City University of New York, Middle East Studies, "Women's Mosque in China: A Question of Islamic Authenticity"
  • Amanda Propst, American University in Cairo, Arab and Islamic Civilizations, "Kalam Allah: Muslim Interpretations of God's Word in Historical Context and the Development of the Ash'ari School"
  • Abbas Rattani, Johns Hopkins University, Bioethics, "The Formation of Heterodoxies, Twelver Shi'i Orthodoxy, and a Sunni Super-Orthodoxy from Ghulat Rhetoric"
  • Mun'im Sirry, University of Chicago, Divinity, "Contesting the Exclusivist Theology of Orthodoxy: Reformist Muslim Approaches to the Qur'anic Islam"
  • Todd Williams, University of Washington, Law & International Studies, "Islamic Legal Authority in a Non-Muslim Society: Designing The Islamic Credit Union of Bellevue, Washington"
Faculty respondents include:
  • Mona Hassan, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Charles Kurzman, Co-Director, Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH
  • Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University

February 21, 2011: Film: "Bilal's Stand," directed by Sultan Sharrief, (US, 2010). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Auditorium, Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, UNC-CH and the Black Student Movement, UNC-CH.

February 21, 2011: Laugh in Peace Tour with Azhar Usman and Rabbi Bob Alper. 8:00-9:30 p.m., Von Canon Rooms, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by Jewish Life at Duke, Muslim Students Association, Duke University, Duke Arab Student Organization (ASO), Student Organization Finance Committee (SOFC), Duke Friends of Israel (DFI), Duke Hillel, and Jewish Life at Duke.

February 22, 2011: Jennifer Salan, senior producer, Al-Jazeera English, "From Cairo to Washington: Al-Jazeera English in Today's Media Context." 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University.

February 22, 2011: Film: "No One Knows About Persian Cats," directed by Bahman Ghobhdi, (Iran, 2009). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, the Department of Music, Duke University, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Duke University, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

February 23, 2011: Eve Troutt Powell, professor of history and Middle East and Africana studies, University of Pennsylvania, "Huda and Halide and the Slaves at Bedtime: Narratives of Childhood and Enslavement in Egypt and the late Ottoman Empire." 4:15 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Buildling, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for African & African American Research, Duke University, the Department of African and African American Studies, Duke University, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the History Department, Duke University.

February 23, 2011: Hassan Ahmed, dean of faculty of economic and social studies, Khartoum University, "Sudan after the Referendum: Opportunities and Challenges." Respondents include Mashair Ahmad, director, Society Studies Center, Khartoum and Omer Elkhair Ibrahim, executive manager, Sudan Center for Democracy and Development. 5:00-6:45 p.m., Room 107, White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Arabic Program, Duke University.

February 24, 2011: Human Rights Conference - Human Rights in Islam: The Politics of Cultural Translation. In conjunction with the related course "Human Rights in Islam" (AMES 195S/252S). 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH. Presentations include:

  • Lila Abu-Lughod, professor of anthropology and women and gender studies, Columbia University, "Do Muslim Women Have Rights?"
  • Abdullahi an-Na'im, professor of law, Emory University, "Human Rights, Universality, and Sovereignty: Relevance and Irrelevance of Shari'a."
  • Sherman Jackson, professor of Arabic and Islamic studies, University of Michigan, "Western Muslims and Human Rights: An Alternative Framework?"
  • Arzoo Osanloo, professor of anthropology, University of Washington, "Don't Just Ask the Devil: Human Rights and Forgiveness in Iran."
Local participants include:
  • Charles Kurzman, Co-Director, Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH
  • miriam cooke, Director, Duke Middle East Studies Center & professor of Arabic, Duke University
  • Frances Hasso, professor of international comparative studies & women's studies, Duke University
  • Mohsen Kadivar, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Ellen McLarney, professor of Arabic, Duke University
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University

February 28, 2011: Margaret Mills, professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures, Ohio State University, "Ethics and Politics in Everyday Talk in Afghanistan." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 152, Bay 7, Smith Warehouse, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke Alumni Affairs, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies.

February 28, 2011: James B. Steinberg, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Middle East Topics. 5:30 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. A Karl von der Heyden Distinguished Lecture. Co-sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Office of Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University, and the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

February 28, 2011: Bob Woodward, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Middle East Topics. 5:30 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. A Karl von der Heyden Distinguished Lecture. Co-sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Office of Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University, and the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

February 28, 2011: Film: "The Time That Remains," directed by Elia Sulieman, (Israel & Palestine, 2009). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

March 1, 2011: Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "Naming a Taboo, Reconizing and Identity: The Challenges of Homosexuality in the Arab World Today." 3:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Women's Center.

March 1, 2011: Panel Discussion: "Religious Pluralism in American Society." 5:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Part of American Citizenship Series sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Campus Y, the Three Cups of Tea Community Dialogue, UNC Student Government, and the Difficult Dialogues Initiative. Panelists include:

  • Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain, Duke University
  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, professor of religious studies and American studies, UNC-CH
  • Timothy Marr, professor of American studies, UNC-CH
  • Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, UNC-CH (moderator)

March 1, 2011: Film: "1958," directed by Ghassan Salhab, (Lebanon, 2009). 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. In 1958, a woman gives birth to her first child in Senegal, land of immigration, while Lebanon, her country of origin, is plunged in a serious internal conflict, a forerunner of the future civil war. In Arabic, French, and English. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

March 3, 2011: Flavia Laviosa, professor of Italian, Wellesley College, "Honor Killings: a Global Challenge to Women's Human Rights." 5:30-7:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 3-4, 2011: Conference: "The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma." McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, NCSU. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

March 12, 2011: Music: Mamak Khadem Ensemble, Persian vocalist and musician. Part of the Nowrouz celebration, admission is free. 7:00-9:30 p.m., Page Auditorium, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke University, the Center for Muslim Life, Duke University, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Graduate & Professional Student Council, Duke University, Women's Studies, Duke University, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, the Women's Center, Duke University, AnandTech of Raleigh, NC, the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

March 13, 2011: Norooz Celebration: Norooz in Persian Poetry . Poetry reading will be accompanied with live music by Hamid Yazdani on the santoor and Chekad Sarami on the violin. 4:00 p.m., 602 Oak Tree Drive (The Club House), Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Persian Art Center in North Carolina.

March 14, 2011: Islam Reading Group Meeting. Discussion of a paper by Murat Es, doctoral candidate in geography, UNC-CH, "Mosques are not only for praying!": 'Europeanization' of Turkish Islam." Dinner from Med Deli provided. 6:00 p.m., first floor conference room, Coates Hall, UNC-CH. Contact Rose Aslan for an advance copy of the paper.

March 15, 2011: Film: "Encounter Point", directed by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, (2006). A Just Vision film by the creators of "Budrus." Presentation by Emily Schneider, spokesperson for Knesset member, Dov Khenin, of the Jewish-Arab, socialist party, Hadash - The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, will follow the screening. 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by UNC Students for Justice in Palestine.

March 16, 2011: Bryan Bruns, consulting sociologist, specializing for improving participation in irrigation and water resources management, "Water Governance as Polycentric Problem-solving: A Comparative Perspective on Asian Experience." 5:30 p.m., Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

March 16, 2011: Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq, founders of the "30 Mosques 30 Days" Blog. 6:30-8:00 p.m., Room 130, Social-Psychology Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 16, 2011: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, leader of the effort to build a controversial inter-faith cultural center in lower Manhattan, "Unfinished Dreams: America, Religion, and Citizenship." 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Hill Hall, UNC-CH. Admission is free but tickets will be required. See the event web-page for more information. This is the 2011 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

March 17, 2011: "Interfaith Relations Today: Challenges and Promises", a conversation between Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative and "Rev. Sam Wells, dean of Duke Chapel. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Duke Chapel, Duke University. Sponsored by the Faith Council, Duke University.

March 17, 2011: Bryan Bruns, consulting sociologist, specializing for improving participation in irrigation and water resources management, "Crafting Rules for an Invisible Commons: Responding to Yemen's Groundwater Crisis." 12:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

March 19, 2011: Islam Awareness Month Event Workshop: Islamophobia, Media and communication training workshop for Muslims. If interested, please email nme2@duke.edu as soon as possible. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Room 130, Social Psychology Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 19, 2011: Turkish Day at Chapel Hill. Join us to celebrate the 3rd Annual Turkish Day with traditional music and dance. Turkish coffee, Turkish Delight, and other refreshments to be served. 12:00-5:00 p.m., Turkish House (Turk Evi), 743 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation.

March 22, 2011: Cemil Aydin, professor of history, George Mason University, "The Idea of the 'Muslim World' in Global Intellectual History." 4:00 p.m., Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

March 22, 2011: Fahad Bishara, doctoral candidate in history, Duke University, "Sea of Obligation: Debt, Law and Commerce in the 19th c. Indian Ocean." 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of 'Islam in the Global Context Speaker Series: Islam in North America' sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

March 22, 2011: Film: "Inside Mecca," National Geographic documentary (2003). 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 115, Teer Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 22, 2011: Film: "10-11," directed by Pelin Esmer, (Turkey, France & Germany, 2009). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

March 22, 2011: Calligraphy Night. 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 126, Social Psychology Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 23, 2011: Graham Gerard Ong-Webb, doctoral candidate, London School of Economics, "Piracy in Maritime Asia: Problems, Politics, and Prospects." 6:00-7:30 p.m., Auditorium, D.H. Hill Library, NCSU. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NCSU, the School of Public and International Affairs, NCSU, and the Visiting Young Scholars Program, NCSU.

March 23, 2011: Robert Pape, professor of political science, "Dying to Win." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 130, Social-Psychology Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 23, 2011: Film: "Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community," directed by Stephanie Daniels, (US, 2008). Screening and discussion. 7:00-10:00 p.m., 406 Swift Avenue, Raleigh. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University. Co-sponsored by Uniting NC and the Islamic Association of Raleigh.

March 23, 2011: Spring African Diaspora Lecture delivered by Amina Salum Ali, ambassador from the African Union to the United States. 7:00 p.m., Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH and the Carolina Women's Center.

March 24, 2011: Beatrice Manz, professor of history, Tufts University, "Nomads of the Middle East and Central Asia -- New Perspectives." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

March 24, 2011: Ingrid Mattson, president, Islamic Society of North America, "Islam in a post-9/11 U.S." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 128, Physics Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 25, 2011: ASO Arabian Nights. Featuring Palestinian comedian Mo Amer. Fatoush, hummus, pita, falafel, chicken with rice, baklava, tea, and coffee will be available. Student tickets on sale for $5, email nshazly@email.unc.edu for tickets or see any member of UNC's ASO or NCSU's MENASA. Advance tickets also available for students with valid IDs at Med Deli (410 West Franklin St, Chapel Hill) or Jerusalem Bakery (2233 Avent Ferry Rd #105, Raleigh. Tickets at the door: $5 for children 12 and under, $10 all others. 7:00-9:00 p.m., Great Hall, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arab Student Organization, UNC-CH and the Middle East and North Africa Student Association, NCSU.

March 25-6, 2011: New Eurasia Conference: Policy Challenges 20 Years Later. Registration required at ceees.unc.edu. Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the Program in the Study of Sexualities, Duke University, the Carolina Women's Center, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Participants include:

  • Zumrat Salmorbekova, Consultant for International Peace and Development, "Ethnic policy in post-conflict Kyrgyzstan."
  • Dr. Graeme Robertson, Department of Political Science, UNC-CH, "Ethnicity, Clan and Region in Kyrgyz Politics."
  • Acacia Shields, consultant for Amnesty International and the Open Society Institute, , "Fanning the Flames: How anti-fundamentalist policies have contributed to ethnic intolerance in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan."
  • Csaba Marosvari, MA RUES '12, UNC-CH, "Cold reality in the 'Land of Fire'" Twenty years of geopolitical wrestling over the hydrocarbon resources of Azerbaijan."
  • Dr. Erika Weinthal, Duke Environment at the Nicholas School, "Oil and Environmental Activism in Kazakhstan."
  • Dr. David McNelis, Institute for the Environment, UNC-CH, "Ecological Problems of the Caspian Sea."
  • Zumrad Ahmedjanova, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University, "Self-immolation in Uzbekistan. An act of protest or the only choice?"
  • Anna Kirey, MA RUES '12, UNC-CH, "Formal and informal organizing by transgender people and women-loving women in Central Asia: notes from the field."
  • Will Meyer, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UNC-CH, "Hiding and Seeking in Tbilisi: Global Sexuality Discourse and Georgian Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)."

March 28, 2011: Rev. Don Wagner, expert on Christian Zionism, "After Egypt: Background and Strategies Regarding Israel and Palestine 5:00-6:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, Muslim Life, Duke University, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.

March 28, 2011: Interfaith Trialogue. 6:00 p.m., Room 100, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Participants include Father James Berends, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz, and Sister Ali Zemat. Sponsored by UNC Muslim Students Association, UNC Campus Ministries, and UNC-CH Hillel.

March 30, 2011: Panel Presentation: "Ending America's Wars." 4:30-6:30 p.m., Room 121, Hanes Art Auditorium, UNC-CH. Followed by a reception. Sponsored by the Society for Military History and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.

March 30, 2011: Andrea Elliot, investigative reporter, New York Times, "Islam in a Post-9/11 US." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room 004, Sanford Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.

March 31, 2011: Joyce Dalsheim, professor of global, international and area studies, UNC-Charlotte, "Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project." 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by he Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Geography, UNC-CH, the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH, the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

March 31, 2011: Andreas Etges, professor of North American History, Free University of Berlin, "Dilettantes Abroad? 'The Ugly American' and the Foreign Service in the 1950s and 1960s." 12:00-2:00 p.m., Room 229, Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University.

March 31, 2011: Robert Jones, founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, "Fear, Fairness, FOX News: The Forces Shaping How We Think of American Muslims." 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 111, Biological Sciences Building, Duke University. Part of "Islam Awareness Month" sponsored by the Muslim Life, Duke University.

March 31, 2011: James M. "Mike" Holmes, general in the United States Airforce and the principal director for Middle East policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, "A Middle East Policy Update." 7:30-9:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Please RSVP to tiss@duke.edu. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Duke University.

April 1, 2011: African Social Movements in a Globalizing Context. Introduced and moderated by Eunice Sahle, professor of African and African American studies and global studies, UNC-CH. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 116, Murphey Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH, the Department of Geography, UNC-CH, and the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, UNC-CH.

April 4, 2011: 5th Annual Duke-UNC Arabic Lecutre: Miral Mahgoub Al-Tahawy. Novelist and visiting professor at Appalachian State University will read from her latest book Brooklyn Heights and give a lecture in Arabic, "Tahrir: An Ever-Shining Sun, Never to Set." 4:30 p.m. lecture, 6:00 p.m., reading. Room 130, Social/Psychology Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, Muslim Life, Duke University, the Women's Center, Duke University, the Program in International Comparative Studies, Duke University, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.

April 5, 2011: Reading and book-signing by Miral Mahgoub Al-Tahawy, prize-winning Egyptian novelist. English translation of her works will be available for purchase. 5:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Program in International Comparative Studies, Duke University, and the Women's Center, Duke University.

April 6, 2011: Emma Flatt, professor of history, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, "Spices, Smells and Spells: Olfactory Magic in a Courtly Society of Medieval South India." 4:00 p.m., Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

April 6, 2011: Shai Tamari, associate director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and former foreign policy advisor to US Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), "US Foreign Policy and the Israel-Palestine Conflict." 7:00 p.m., Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 West Tryon Street, 27278. Part of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church's continued study on "Partners in Peacemaking, discovering paths and obstacles to a Just and sustainable peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict."

April 9, 2011: Eight Annual Rotary Fellows Spring Conference: Imagining Peace. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Class VIII Rotary Peace Fellows present research on peace and development. Please RSVP online at www.RotaryPeaceCenterNC.org. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center . Presenters include:

  • Gozel Arazmedova (Turkmenistan), "Change of status of women and its impact on access to secondary education in post-conflict Tajikistan."
  • Manuela Mot (Romania), "Kazakhstan's potential role in chairing the OSCE."

April 11, 2011: Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern studies, Princeton University, "Middle Eastern Oil Reserves and the Global challenges of Energy and the Environment." 4:00 p.m., Room 103, Gross Chemistry Building, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

April 11, 2011: Damien Cave, correspondent, New York Times, "Interpreting Disaster." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 139, Social Sciences Building, Duke University. Part of the Provost's Lecture Series "Natural Disasters and Human Responses" sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Duke University.

April 11, 2011: Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Authorial Persona in the Arabic poetry of al-Hallaj." An evening of poetry and discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to tehseen@email.unc.edu if you plan to attend to receive a preview of Prof. Ernst's translation of selected poems. 5:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Islam Reading Group and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

April 11, 2011: Film:"Reel Bad Arabs", directed by Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, (US, 2006). Followed by a discussion moderated by Mike Waltman, professor of communications, UNC-CH. Part of the CommStudies Week with a focus on rhetoric. 6:00 p.m., Room 203, Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Communication Studies Program, UNC-CH.

April 12, 2011: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "International Misadventures: The League of Nations and the Middle East." Register online at http://alumni.unc.edu/article.aspx?sid=7989. Tuition $15, $5 for GAA members. 2:30-4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

April 12, 2011: Salman Rushdie, author, "Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World." 6:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. The Franklin Humanities Institute's Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities co-sponsored by the office of the President, Provost, Vice-Provost for the Arts, Dean and Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Education at Duke University, the Center for Philosophy Arts and Literature, Duke, the North Carolina Consortium for South Asia Studies, and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

April 12, 2011: Shai Tamari, associate director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and former foreign policy advisor to US Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), "An Introduction to Effective Legislative Advocacy of Congress: The Case of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 7:00 p.m., Durham Friends Meeting, 404 Alexander Ave, Durham 27705. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

April 14, 2011: Natalie Tabar, legal research and advocacy officer, Al-Haq human rights organization, Ramallah, and Salwa Duaibis, research and advocacy officer, Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, Ramallah, "Palestinians in East Jerusalem: Rights and Laws." 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Hebrew Program, UNC-CH, the Arabic Program, UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

April 14, 2011: Film: "Finding Zabel Yesayan," by Lara Aharonian and Talin Suciyan. Screening followed by Q&A with Talin Suciyan, film-maker and journalist. 5:30 p.m., Franklin Humanities Institute Garage (C105), 1st Floor, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, Duke University. Sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

April 14-5, 2011: Conference: National Security since 9/11: New Norms for a New Decade?" Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Thursday's panel session will be held in the McClendon Auditorium while Friday's panel sessions will be held in the Geneen Auditorium, both located in the Fuqua School of Business. All meals will be in the Thomas Center. Sponsored by The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University Law School and the Program in Public Law, Duke University Law School. Presenters include:

  • H. E. Imad Moustapha, ambassador of Syria to the United States. Thursday, April 14, 12:45 p.m., R. David Thomas Center, Duke University. This lecture takes place at a luncheon.

April 15, 2011: Department of Sociology and Anthropology Seminar with John Hagan, professor of sociology and law, Northwestern University. 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 129, 1911 Building, NCSU. Topics to encompass Hagan's articles "Racial Targeting of Sexual Violence in Darfur", "How Law Rules: Torture, Terror, and the Normative Judgments of Iraqi Judges", and "The Collective Dynamics of Racial Dehumanization and Genocidal Victimization". Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NCSU.

April 16, 2011: GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics. Are you doing service, research, or an internship in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East? Join this pre-departure training to help you evaluate expectations, anticipate cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities, and develop intercultural competencies. You will also have the chance to meet others doing similar work across the globe. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

April 18, 2011: Charles Hirschkind, professor of anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, "From the Blogosphere to the Street: Social Media and Revolution in Egypt." Public talk and colloquium with graduate students extending conversations initiated by Talal Asad during his February 2010 visit. If you would like to join Charles Hirschkind for lunch, please, RSVP to Natalia Suit (suit@ email.unc.edu) by 12 April. 3:00 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

April 19, 2011: Film: "Women Without Men," directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari, (Morocco, 2009). 8:00-10:00 p.m., Richard White Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Graduate Student Association of Iranians at Duke, the Department of Music, Duke University, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Duke University, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

April 20, 2011: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Human Rights and Middle East Conflicts." A session designed to bring faculty into more intimate and intense conversations on issues that matter today. Will include coffee and tea during the talk and will be followed by a wine reception with hors d'oeuvres from Foster's Market. Cost is $30 per program. 3:00-5:00 p.m., Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. Part of Humanities in Action! sponsored by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH.

April 20, 2011: TEACH-IN Round Table Discussion Panel: "Mass Movements in the MENA Region: Implications for United States Foreign Policy." Room 143, Alfonso Elder Student Union, NCCU. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

April 21, 2011: Naglaa Hassan, lecturer in English literature, Fayoum University, Egypt, "The Role of Social Media and Its Impact on the Egyptian Revolution ." An interactive video presentation and cultural dialogue for students and teachers in North Carolina. RSVP by 5:00pm on Friday, April 15 http://www.international.appstate.edu/node/394 to access the interactive video presentation. Email bergstedtss@appstate.edu or call 828-262-8046 ext. 111 with questions. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, Appalachian State University.

April 21, 2011: Maryam Mosharraf, professor of Persian literature, Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran), "Mystical Interpretation of the Qur'an according to Ruzbihan Baqli." 4:00-6:00 pm, Room 2008-2010, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Islamicate Graduate Student Association, UNC-CH.

April 22-3, 2011: Workshop and Symposium: The English East India Company and Political Thought. Friday, April 22, 4:00 p.m., Room 2050, BRITE Building (302 E. Lawson St.), NCCU, Nicholas B. Dirks, professor of anthropology and history, Columbia University, "Bring the Company Back In: Reflections on the East India Company State." Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Franklin Humanities Center "Garage", Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, Duke University. Saturday's events include presentations by more than ten visiting and local scholars. Sponsored by the The North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, the Department of History, Duke University, the College of Liberal Arts, NCCU, Global Studies, NCCU, the Department of History, NCCU, and the Department of English & Mass Communications, NCCU.

April 24, 2011: Workshop: "Making an Ocean of Law: Licit and Illicit Activity in the Indian Ocean," chaired by Engseng Ho, professor of cultural anthropology and history, Duke University and Christopher Lee, professor of history, UNC-CH. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the The North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies. Presentations include:

  • Fahad Bishara, Duke University, "Elusive Subjects."
  • Pedro Machado, Indiana University, TBA
  • Johan Mathew, Harvard University, "Smuggling Specie: Mercantile Networks and Monetary Policy along the Arabian Sea, 1873-1966."
  • Mitra Sharafi, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Parsi Legal Culture in British India: Minority Strategies for Controlling Law."
  • Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Princeton University, "Laws of Marriage and Divorce Governing Arabs Within the British Straits Settlements."
  • Elke Stockreiter, University of Iowa, "Construing Lawful and Unlawful Marriages in Zanzibar Under British Colonial Rule."
  • Thomas McDow, George Mason University, TBA
  • Geeta Patel, University of Virginia, TBA
  • Ritu Birla, University of Toronto, "Vernacular Capitalists and the Modern Subject in India."

April 25, 2011: Presentation and Fundraiser: Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Egypt and Tunisia in Stanza, Still Shot, and Stories. An evening of poetry, photography, and in-depth presentations on this new artistic project from nationally acclaimed artists. Light food and drinks will be provided. 7:00 p.m., Room 2401, Riddick Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution Project.

April 26, 2011: TISS Seventh Annual Dinner in honor of undergraduates in security studies. Speakers will be students presenting their honors thesis research. We have only a limited number of spaces available and will give seats on a first come, first served basis. 5:45-9:15 p.m., Residence Inn by Marriott, 101 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Presenters include:

  • Yaniv Barzilai, Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Jennifer Rowland, allegiance to the al-Qaeda network

April 26, 2011: Zahra Ayubi, doctoral candidate in religious studies, UNC-CH, "Gendered Sufism: Women's Roles and Practices in Mystical Islam." 6:00-7:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of 'Islam in the Global Context Speaker Series: Islam in North America' sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

April 27, 2011: Lunch and Learn About Guantanamo Terror Trials with Scott Silliman, professor of the practice of law and executive director, Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. Professor Silliman will speak about military tribunals versus civilian trials in the war on terror. RSVP by April 22 at . 12:00-2:00 p.m., Carolina Meadows, Whipoorwill Lane, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the United Nations Association West Triangle Chapter.

April 27, 2011: Michael Gomez, professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, New York University, "The Shape of Things to Come: West African Medieval Empire through a Different Optic." 4:15 p.m., Room 225, Friedl Building, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

April 27, 2011: Presentation and Fundraiser: Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Egypt and Tunisia in Stanza, Still Shot, and Stories. An evening of poetry, photography, and in-depth presentations on this new artistic project from nationally acclaimed artists. Light food and drinks will be provided. 7:00 p.m., Room 3203, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution Project.

May 1, 2011: Women's Voices Chorus (WVC), along with string orchestra, will perform a spring concert entitled "Return to Joy" at 4:00 PM, Duke Chapel, Durham. The program includes "Songs from Behind the Caravan" by Abbie Betinis, with lyrics in Persian by Hafiz. Tickets available at www.womensvoiceschorus.org and at the door, $15 adults, $5 students.

May 4, 2011: Panel Discussion: "Now What? Counterterrorism and American National Security in a Post-Bin Laden World." 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 223, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the Department of Political Science, Duke University, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Panelists include:

  • Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy, Duke University
  • Bruce Jentleson, professor of political science and public policy
  • David Schanzer, professor of public policy, Duke University
  • Moderator: Seth Cantey, graduate student in political science, Duke University

May 4, 2011: Annual Russian/East European Studies Thesis & Certificate Presentations. 12:00 p.m., Room 3009, Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, & East European Studies, UNC-CH. Presentations include:

  • Gozel Arazmedova, "Women and Girls in Tajikistan: New Roles, New Expectations. Understanding the Challenges of School Participation in Tajikistan. Why do Girls Drop Out?"
  • Manuela Mot, "Kazakhstan and the 2010 Chairmanship of the OSCE - Progress Toward Democracy?"
  • Ian Robinson, "Uti possidetis juris and Rationalist Theory: The Problem of Kosovo and Serbia."

May 7, 2011: 1st Annual North Carolina Persian Festival. Includes dances, live music performances, cultural presentations, a fashion show, calligraphy and wonderful foods. Please visit the website at http://www.ncpersianfestival.com/ for details. 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. err Scott Building, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tickets $3, children 6 and under admitted free. Sponsored by the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.

May 7, 2011: 3rd Annual Palestine United Benefit, Dinner and Concert: "Celebrating the March to Freedom." An annual occassion to celebrate Palestinian culture and assist the Palestinian people. Donations go to The Jerusalem Fund organization to aid the West Bank Diabetes clinic. Event will be catered. Adult tickets are $50 before and $60 at the door, children (12 and under) are $25. For tickets, comments, or concerns please contact Sanaa Mallah at 919 (448)-7668 or at sanaa@unc.edu. 6:00-11:30 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham. Performers and speakers include:

May 9, 2011: Jeff Halper, Israeli-American peace activist and author of An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2008), "Palestinian Spring or Winter of Occupation Perspectives from an Israeli in Palestine." 7:00 p.m., Flyleaf Books, 725 MLKJ Blvd, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice. Co-sponsored by NC Peace Action, Outreach Board- Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Peace and Justice Committee-Community Church, Salaam-Shalom-Church of Reconciliation, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace, and the Justice Mission Group at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

May 10, 2011: Jeff Halper, Israeli-American peace activist and author of An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel (2008), "Palestinian Spring or Winter of Occupation Perspectives from an Israeli in Palestine." 7:00 p.m., Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice. Co-sponsored by NC Peace Action, Outreach Board- Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Peace and Justice Committee-Community Church, Salaam-Shalom-Church of Reconciliation, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace, and the Justice Mission Group at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

May 20, 2011: Public Discussion: "Pakistan in Post Osama Bin Laden World." This is a free discussion. Participants have option to purchase dinner (halal) at nominal price. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tandoor Indian Restaurant, 5410 NC Highway 55, Suite # I, Durham. Sponsored by Pakistan Matters, North Carolina Pakistan American Anjuman, and the North Carolina Pakistan American Coalition for Education.



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