A program of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations,
with the generous support of the Carolina Seminars

2005-2006


2005: July, August, September, October, November, December
2006: January, February, March, April, May, June

Starred events are sponsored by the Seminar.
(Other events are recommended but not Seminar-sponsored.)

Maps and directions: UNC-CH, Duke, NCSU


July 21-22, 2005: Exhibit: "Unoccupied Minds," artwork by children in the Balata Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine, and 12 short films documenting their lives. Produced by the Balata Film Collective. July 21, 8:00 p.m., The Hillsborough Road Cooperative, 619/621 Hillsborough Rd., Carrboro. July 22, 7:30 p.m., Through This Lens Gallery, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham.

August 10, 2005: Film: Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land (United States, 2004, 80 minutes), directed by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally. 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road, followed by discussion with Israel Defense Forces reservist Major Stav Adivi, who is interviewed in the film. Sponsored by Balance & Accuracy in Journalism, Carolina Interfaith Taskforce Connecting the Americas, and the Community Church of Chapel Hill's Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee.

August 31, 2005: Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum at the Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University, "The Muslim World and the United States: Challenge and Change." 5:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. lecture, Embassy Suites Hotel, Research Triangle Park East, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary. Tickets: $25. Sponsored by the Stanford Club of North Carolina-Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill and the Stanford Alumni Association.

September 1, 2005: Film: Veer Zara (India, 2004, 182 minutes), directed by Yash Chopra. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina C State University. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

September 8, 2005: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Democracy in the Islamic World." 9:30 a.m., Carrboro Century Center. Part of the "Breakfast with an Expert" series, Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department.

September 8, 2005: Film: Mechina: A Preparation (Israel, 2005, 45 minutes), directed by Maital Guttman. 7:00 p.m., Student Union Cabaret, UNC-CH, followed by discussion with the director. Sponsored by NC Hillel.

September 9, 2005: Glaire Anderson, lecturer in fine arts, Brandeis University, "Court, Culture and the Villa in Tenth-Century Islamic Spain." 1:00 p.m., Room 121, Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Weiss Art Fund and the Department of Art, UNC-CH.

September 10, 2005: Conference: "The United Nations at 60: Past Accomplishments & Future Prospects." 9:00 a.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Speakers include Shahine Momenian, domestic violence lawyer, Iran. Conference registration fee: $25.00 (box lunch included), $10.00 students. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Wake County.

September 11, 2005: Scott E. Rutter, lieutenant colonel, United States Army (retired), "The War on Terror and Reflections on 9/11." 6:00 p.m., Polk Place, UNC-CH. Part of the September 11 memorial event sponsored by the Committee for Better Carolina, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, UNC College Republicans, and UNC Young Democrats.

September 13, 2005: Robert Hirsch, senior energy program advisor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), "World Oil Production: Peaking and Its Mitigation." 4:30 p.m., Room 114, Physics Building, Duke University. Part of the Energy in Transition seminar series, sponsored by the Robertson Scholars Program, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH; and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University.

September 13, 2005: Student Presentation: "Engineering Change: Indonesia, Summer 2005." 7:30 p.m., Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Center, Duke University. Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders, Duke University Chapter.

September 15, 2005: Film: 1947 Earth (India, 1998, 110 minutes), directed by Deepa Mehta. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, NCSU. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

September 16, 2005: Suzanne Maman, professor of public health, Johns Hopkins University, "Skinning the Goat and Pulling the Load: HIV Risk and Violence Among Youth in Tanzania." 12:00 p.m., 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the monthly global health seminar sponsored by the Office of Global Health, UNC-CH.

September 17, 2005: Dance Performance: Twilight at the Oasis. 6:30 p.m., Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Tickets: $75, benefitting Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center. Performers include Suzanna Del Vecchio, award-winning belly dancer, and Zeki Maviyildiz, Turkish dancer and choreographer.

September 17, 2005: "Symposium: Media and War" 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Discussion of the film Occupation: Dreamland (United States-Iraq, 2005, 79 minutes), directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds. Sponsored by the Department of Communications Studies and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, UNC-CH. Panelists include:

Soldiers' View, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:
  • Brit Erslev, captain, United States Army
  • James Massey, former Marine/Recruiter
  • Garrett Reppenhagen, Cavalry Scout/Sniper, U.S. Army
What We Know, How We Know It, and What It Means, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:
  • Cori Dauber, professor of communication studies, UNC-CH
  • David Paletz, professor of political science, Duke University
  • Napoleon Byars, professor of journalism and mass communication, UNC-CH
  • Garrett Scott, co-director of "Occupation Dreamland"
  • Ian Olds, co-director of "Occupation Dreamland"
The film opens September 16 at the Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville, September 17 at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill, and September 18 at the Six Forks Station Cinema in Raleigh, with a sneak preview with author Stan Goff, 7:30 p.m., September 9, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.

September 19, 2005: David Gilmartin, professor of history, North Carolina State University, "The Representation of the People: Colonial Election Law and the 'People' in 20th Century India." 7:30 p.m., contact the sponsor for location. Part of the South Asia Colloquium sponsored by the NC Center for South Asia Studies.

September 19, 2005: Film: Le Grand Voyage (The Grand Voyage) (Morocco, 2004, 108 minutes), directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "French and Francophone Film Series," Center for French and Francophone Studies and Screen/Society, Duke University.

September 20, 2005: Shaun Lopez, postdoctoral fellow in history, UNC-CH. "The Culture/Gender Wars: Margaret Fahmy and Murder in 1920's Egypt." 12:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Program in Women's Studies, UNC-CH.

September 20, 2005: Marcia Freedman, president of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace and former member of the Israeli parliament, "Beyond Gaza: The Role of the US and American Jews." 7:30-9:00 p.m., Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Sponsored by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.

September 20-21, 2005: Film: Stolen Childhoods (Brazil, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, United States, 2005, 85 minutes), directed by Len Morris. 7:00 p.m., September 20, Carolina Union Auditorium, UNC-CH. Discussion with the director and co-director Robin Romano, 7:30 p.m., September 21, Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH.

September 22, 2005: Naomi Ragen, Israeli author and playwright, "We Write the Books We Want to Read: The Compelling Jewish Narrative." 7:30 p.m., Hanes Art Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

 September 23, 2005: Edin Hajdarpasic, doctoral candidate in history, University of Michigan, "Multiculturalism and the Culture of Confessionalism: Remaking Museums in Post-War Sarajevo." 11:00 a.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

September 26, 2005: Khaled Hosseini, physician and author of The Kite Runner, "Doctoring: A Conversation on Medicine and Literature." 12:15 p.m., DN-2002, Duke University Medical School. Part of the "Humanities in Medicine Lecture Series," sponsored by the Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Duke University Medical School.

September 26, 2005: Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. 7:00 p.m., Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the Summer Reading Program, Duke University.

September 26, 2005: Film: "Viva Laldjérie" (Long Live Algeria) (Algeria, 2003, 113 minutes), directed by Nadir Moknèche. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "French and Francophone Film Series," Center for French and Francophone Studies and Screen/Society, Duke University.

September 27, 2005: Ross Kraemer, professor of religious studies, Brown University, "Jewish Women in Greco-Roman Antiquity: Representation and Reality." 7:30 p.m., Hanes Art Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

 September 28, 2005: Rula Quawas, professor of literature, University of Jordan, and visiting scholar, UNC-CH, "Arab Feminism Writers." 4:00 p.m., 271 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum.

September 28, 2005: Andrew Weissman, chairman, Energy Ventures Group, "Where Will the Natural Gas Come From?" 6:00 p.m., Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS Building, Duke University. Part of the Energy in Transition seminar series, sponsored by the Robertson Scholars Program, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH; and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University.

September 28, 2005: Noorin Nazari and Ervin Dervisevic, graduate students from Afghanistan and Kosovo in the Program in International Development Policy, Duke University, "Working in Conflict." 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Room 05, Sanford Institute, Duke University. Part of the Global Briefing series, sponsored by the Society for International Development, North Carolina Chapter.

September 29, 2005: Film: Train to Pakistan (India, 1998, 108 minutes), directed by Pamela Rooks. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina C State University. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

September 29, 2005: Sudan Forum: The Truth Behind the Stories. 5:30 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the OASIS Acts! Initiative, the community service arm of the Organization of African Students Interests and Solidarity, UNC-CH. A Sudanese student will give her first hand account of life in Sudan.

September 29-October 2, 2005: Rumi Festival. An annual event presented by the Rifa’i Marufi Order of America. Events include:

September 29, 2005: An Evening with Rumi: A Celebration of Music and Recitation. 8:00 p.m., The ArtsCenter, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Encore musical performances of Persian music by Shahram Mazhari and Mohammed Nahavandi of the Naghmeh Ensemble and Turkish music by members of the Osman Aksu Ensemble. Recitation of the mystical poetry of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi in Farsi and English. $15 adults, $12 students.

October 1, 2005: Unity Zikr (The Ceremony of Divine Remembrance). 8:00 p.m., East Chapel Hill High School gymnasium, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill. Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance, with whirling dervishes from the US and Canada, and music by members of the Osman Aksu Ensemble. People of all faiths are welcome to participate in an inspired ceremony of music, chant and dance. $12.

October 1, 2005: Auction to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Unity Center of Peace Church, 8800 Seawell School Rd., Chapel Hill. The auction will feature live entertainment and a generous sampling of exotic items from artists, craftspeople and collectors, including oil and acrylic paintings, knitted and crocheted items, leathercrafts, gift certificates to local restaurants, skillshares and more. All proceeds will go to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Meridian, Mississippi to help the survivors of the hurricane who are seeking refuge and assistance.

October 5, 2005: Suheir Hammad, Palestinian-American poet, Hekima Reading Circle, "Born Palestinian, Born Black" 7:00 p.m., Stone Center Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Women's Center.

October 6, 2005: Suheir Hammad, Palestinian-American poet, readings from "ZataarDiva." 12:15 p.m., Pleasant's Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Bull's Head Bookshop, UNC-CH.

October 7, 2005: Linda Malone, professor of law, College of William and Mary, and advisor to the Iraqi Special Tribunal trying Saddam Hussein, "Trying Saddam Hussein." 12:30 p.m., Room 4048, Duke University Law School. Sponsored by the International Law Society, Duke University Law School.

October 10, 2005: Public Forum: How Do We Get Out of Iraq? "Stay the Course" vs. "Out Now." 7:30-9:30 p.m., Auditorium, Chapel Hill High School. Sponsored by the Democratic Party of Orange, Chatham, Durham and Wake Counties. Speakers include:

  • David Price, U.S. Congressman, Fourth District, NC
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH
  • Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, co-director of the Servant Leadership School
  • Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy studies, Duke University

October 12, 2005: Film: "The Prince" (Tunisia, 2004, 105 minutes), directed by Mohamed Zran. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director. Part of the film festival, "No Visa Required: Films from the Middle East", sponsored by the Film/Video/Digital Program and the Modern Middle East FOCUS Program, Duke University.

October 12-13, 2005: Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Washington, DC, "The Future of Democracy in the Muslim World." 7:15 p.m., October 12: 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH; October 13: Sanford Lecture Room 05, Duke University. Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy.

 October 13, 2005: Jonathan Berkey, professor of history, Davidson College, "The Transmission of Knowledge and Muslim Identity: Medieval Institutions and Modern Problems." 4:30 p.m., 122 Winston Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, NCSU.

October 14, 2005: Concert: Roswell Rudd and MALIcool with Mamadou Diabate. 8:00 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University. Tickets: $15. Sponsored by Duke Performances.

October 15-October 30, 2005: Theater: "Women's Minyan," by Naomi Ragen, Israeli author and playwright. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Produced by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance and Theatre Or in cooperation with the Department of Communication Studies, UNC-CH.

October 15, 2005: Karamu 2005 African Celebration. 6:00 p.m., Five Regions African Dinner and Community Drum Circle; 7:00 p.m., "Journey Through Africa" show; 9:00 p.m. African After-Party, Durham School of the Arts, 400 North Duke Street, Durham. Tickets: $17/$12 students. Sponsored by the African Education Project. Profits support the education of deserving young people in Africa through the AEP Scholarship Fund. Performers include Bradley Simmons, The Healing Force, Botewa African Dance Troupe, Wesley Williams Urban Dance Theater, Nahla Furat, Zankiliwa Dance Troupe.

October 16, 2005: Panel: "United States-Iran Relations." 2:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Speakers include Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH; Jalil Roshandel, visiting professor of political science, Duke University.

October 18, 2005: Film: Jahalin (Israel, 2001, 29 minutes), directed by Talya Ezrahi. 8:00 p.m., 130 Sociology-Psychology Building, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University.

October 20, 2005: Randa Siniora, general director of Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization. Title to be announced. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 3041, Duke University School of Law. Sponsored by the International Law Society, Duke University School of Law.

October 20, 2005: Yektan Turkyilmaz, Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology, Duke University, "On Trial in Armenia: Academic Freedom and Human Rights in Dangerous Places." 7:00 p.m., Von der Heyden Pavilion, Perkins Library, Duke University Part of the conference on "Working Rights: Labor and Human Rights in the Transnational South." Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative with co-sponsorship by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

 October 24, 2005: Jim Robbins, professor of international relations, National Defense University, "Winning the War on Terrorism." 7:00 p.m., 110 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum, UNC-CH, and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

October 25, 2005: Lauren Nauta, professor of history, North Carolina State University, "Struggles for Immunity: The Making of Smallpox Prophylactic Practice in the Punjab Plains." 7:30 p.m., contact the sponsor for location. Part of the South Asia Colloquium sponsored by the NC Center for South Asia Studies.

 October 26, 2005: Yoav Gelber, head of the Herzl Institute for Research and Study of Zionism at the University of Haifa, Israel, and visiting scholar in peace, war, and defense, UNC-CH, "Changing Israel's Ethos: Recent Transformations in Israeli Society." 7:30 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Cosponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, the Curriculum in International and Area Studies, and the University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH.

October 27, 2005: Film: Jinnah (Pakistan, 1998, 110 minutes), direted by Jamil Dehlavi. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina C State University. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

October 28, 2005: Derek Gregory, professor of geography, University of British Columbia, "Cities of Deadly Night: Cairo 1798/Baghdad 2003." 3:30-4:30 p.m., 220 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Cultures of Economies Research Group, University Program in Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the Coloniality/Modernity Working Group, Institute for Latin American Studies, and the Critical Mappings Research Group, University Program in Cultural Studies, UNC-CH.

October 28, 2005: Mary E. Segall, public health specialist with many years' experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Brownbag lunch. 12:00-1:00 p.m., 104 Carrington Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the School of Nursing Global Health Committee, UNC-CH.

November 1, 2005: Concert: Youssou N'Dour & the Egyptian Orchestra. 8:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Tickets: $26-60. Part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-CH.

November 1, 2005: Film: "Pulled from the Rubble" (U.K.-Iraq, 2004, 64 minutes), directed by Margaret Loescher. 7:00 p.m., Student Union Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH.

November 2, 2005: Avner Vengosh, professor of earth and ocean sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, "The Future of Water Resources in the Middle East: The Salinity and Radioactivity Factors." 4:00-5:00 p.m., Schiciano Auditorium B, Fitzpatrick Center, Duke University. Part of the Mechanics and the Environment seminar series, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University.

November 3, 2005: Film: Garm Hawa (Hot Wind) (India, 1973, 146 minutes), directed by M.S. Sathyu. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina C State University. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

November 3, 2005: Arnaud Blin, executive director of the Charles Liopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, "The Impact of Terrorism on History, from Antiquity to the 21st Century." 5:00 p.m., Room 230-232, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Institute for Critical US Studies, the Duke University Center for International Studies, and the Department of History, Duke University.

 November 4, 2005: Aditya Behl, professor of South Asian studies, University of Pennsylvania, "Poet of the Bazaars: Nazir Akbarabadi, 1735-1830." 4:00 p.m., 117 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of of Asian Studies, UNC-CH.

November 4, 2005: Conference: "The Moriscos." 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All lectures will be held in the conference room of the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2114 Campus Drive. Sponsored by the Duke University Department of Romance Studies and Duke in Madrid. Luncheon will be provided and an informal reception will follow. To make parking arrangements, please contact Cathy Knoop at cknoop@duke.edu or 660-3102. Scheduled lectures include:

  • Mercedes García Arenal, professor of Arab studies, Superior Council of Scientific Research, Madrid, "Sacred Origins and Memory of Islam: Writing History in Early Modern Granada."

  • David Castillo, professor of romance studies and literature, University of Buffalo, "How Does A Morisco Tale about a Visigoth Become a Gothic Tale about the Moriscos?"

  • Margaret Greer, professor of romance studies, Duke University, "The Politics of Memory in Calderón's El Tuzaní de la Alpujarra."

  • Gerard Wiegers, professor of Islamic Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands,"Granada Moriscos and the Origins of the Sacromonte Affair."

November 5, 2005: E. Bruce Brooks, professor of Chinese, University of Massachusetts, Amhert, "Eastern Light on the Synoptic Problem: The Analects and the Gospel of Mark in Comparative Perspective." 8:00-9:30 a.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the annual conference of the Southeastern Early China Roundtable, sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Curriculum in Comparative Literature, and the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH.

November 5-6, 2005: Theater: Tall Horse, by Handspring Puppet Company, South Africa, and Sogolon Puppet Troupe, Mali. 8:00 p.m., November 5; 3:00 p.m., November 6. Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Tickets:
$28-50. Part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-CH.

November 6, 2005: Yaacov Lozowick, director of archives at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Museum, "Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars." 7:30 p.m., North Carolina Hillel, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Council of Durham-Chapel Hill.

November 7-8, 2005: Reza Aslan, author of "No God But God." 2:45 p.m. each day, Campus Cinema, Witherspoon Student Center, NCSU.

November 8, 2005: "Shaam-e-Ghazal" (An Evening of Ghazals), with acclaimed vocalist Sudhir Narain and Dexter Raghunanan on tabla. 7:30 p.m., Hindu Society of North Carolina Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. A benefit for earthquake relief. Requested donations: General $10, Sponsors $100 and $50, Students and Seniors $5. Dinner available by Royal India ($4.00). Co-sponsored by the Hindu Society of North Carolina, the Pakistani American Anjuman, Geet Bazaar (South Asian Radio on WKNC 88.1 FM), and the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

November 10, 2005: Carl Schrag, former editor of the Jerusalem Post, "Using the Media to Understand the Arab-Israeli Conflict." 6:30 p.m., 104 Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Carolina Students for Israel, UNC-CH.

November 11, 2005: Kathleen McCarty, doctoral graduate in environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health, "Diet, GST Polymorphisms and Arsenic-Related Skin Lesions in Bangladesh." 1:00-2:00 p.m., 2101G McGavran-Greenberg Hall (Epidemiology Conference Room). Part of the Cancer Epidemiology Seminar Series, sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology, UNC-CH.

November 13, 2005: Religions of India Field Trip. 12:00-5:30 p.m., meet in front of Witherspoon Student Center Annex, NCSU. From there we will proceed to the Sikh Gurudwara, Hindu Bhavan, and the Islamic Center. At the Sikh Gurudwara langar (lunch) is served after the service. Carpooling is encouraged. For more information and to reserve a space, click here. Participants are strongly urged to attend all three segments and come with an open mind. This is a unique opportunity to learn about three major world faiths and observe first-hand how they are practiced. Sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Program, NCSU, and the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies.

November 14, 2005: Film: "I Love Cinema" (Egypt, 2004, 125 minutes), directed by Oussama Fawzi. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director. Part of the film festival, "No Visa Required: Films from the Middle East", sponsored by the Film/Video/Digital Program and the Modern Middle East FOCUS Program, Duke University.

November 15, 2005: Ibrahim Muhawi, professor of Islamic studies, University of Munich, "Palestinian Memoirs of the Intifada." 6:00 p.m., 2101 Campus Drive, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University.

November 16, 2005: Film: Mechina: A Preparation (Israel, 2005, 45 minutes), directed by Maital Guttman, fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University. 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director. Part of the Wednesdays at the Center series sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute.

November 16, 2005: Film: The Battle for Islam (U.K., 2005, 90 minutes), directed by the British Broadcasting Corporation. 8:00 p.m., 139 Social Sciences Building, Duke University, followed by discussion with producer Ziauddin Sardar. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University.

November 16, 2005: Panel Discussion: Jewish Women in the Military. 7:30 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. Sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Durham Hadassah. Panelists include:

  • Marian Krugman, U.S. military, 1941-1945
  • Ruth Berman, U.S. military, 1978-1982
  • Erin Sadownik, currently a lieutenant, Ft. Bragg
  • Rachel Ariel, Israeli military, 1971
  • Karen Berger, Israeli military, 1998-2000

 November 17, 2005: Ibrahim Muhawi, professor of Islamic studies, University of Munich, "Mahmoud Darwish and the Space of Memory." 12:30-2:00 p.m., 205 House Library, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the University Center for International Studies, the Curriculum of Comparative Literature, and the Curriculum in International and Area Studies, UNC-CH.

 November 18, 2005: Mary Neuburger, professor of history, University of Texas, Austin, "Under the Fez, Behind the Veil: Muslim-Christian Encounters in Modern Bulgaria." 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 039 Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

November 21, 2005: Ayse-Gul Altinay, professor of anthropology, Sabanci University, Istanbul, "Where Did Ottoman Armenians Go? Reconstructing a Silenced History Through Stories." 1:30-3:00 p.m., 133 Social Sciences Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University.

November 21, 2005: Dr. Sumera Hayat, clinical associate in family medicine, Duke University Medical Center; Dr. Ahmad Rufai Abdullah, board member of the Islamic Association of Raleigh; and Caroline Whalen, masters student in public health, UNC-CH, "Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in Islamic Communities." 3:30 p.m., Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Community Based Participatory Research Seminar (CBPR) Series, UNC-CH.

November 28, 2005: Matthew Simmons, chairman, Simmons & Co., "How Do We Dig out of Our Energy Hole?" 6:00 p.m., Schiciano Auditorium, CIEMAS Building, Duke University. Part of the Energy in Transition seminar series, sponsored by the Robertson Scholars Program, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH; and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University.

November 28, 2005: Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, Jewish and Palestinian-American comedians, "Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace." 7:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Tickets: $3.00 for non-NCSU students/faculty. Sponsored by the Middle Eastern and North African Student Association, Inter-Residence Council, Student Government, University Honors Program, and University Scholars Program, NCSU.

November 28-30, 2005: Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman, Israeli architects, "Space of Politics." 4:00 p.m., Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University. Benenson Lectures sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, Duke University. Presentations include:

  • November 28, 2005: "A Civilian Occupation."
  • November 29, 2005: "Builders and Warriors."
  • November 30, 2005: "Politics into Art."

November 29, 2005: Francis Deng, director, Center for Displacement Studies, Johns Hopkins University, "Approaches and Obstacles to Peace and Development in Sudan." 6:00 p.m., Pleasants Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH.

November 29-December 1, 2005: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum, Table Talk at the Campus Y, Advocates for Human Rights, Coalition to End the Cycle of Violence, Students United for Responsible Global Environment (SURGE), and the Arab Student Organization, UNC-CH. Events include:

November 29: "Writings on the Wall." Multimedia art presentation about the graffiti and mural paintings on the barrier wall in the West Bank, compiled by students who spent last summer in the West Bank. 6:00-7:00 p.m., 105 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH.

November 30: "Beyond the Wall: The Realities of Palestinian Displacement." Opening reception of photo exhibit of a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan composed by a group of UNC students who spent last summer in Jordan. Refreshments will be served. 7:00 p.m., Student Union Underground, UNC-CH.

December 1: Film: Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land (United States, 2004, 80 minutes), directed by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally. 8:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH.

December 1, 2005: Roberto Dainotto, professor of Italian, Duke University, "History, Freedom and Democracy: Michele Amari's Orientalist Europe." 3:00 p.m., Room 3503, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Department of Romance Languages, UNC-CH.

December 2, 2005: L. Kenneth Palmer, post-doctoral fellow, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH, "State-building, Institutional Reform, and Democratization: Implementing Power-sharing in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland." 12:00 p.m., 120 Vance Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Working Group on Collective Violence and Conflict Resolution, UNC-CH.

December 2, 2005: Film: Turtles Can Fly (Iran, 2004, 98 minutes), directed by Bahman Ghobadi. 5:00 p.m., Multicultural Center Lounge, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Persian Students Association, Duke University.

 December 5, 2005: Ian Lustick, professor of political science, Unviersity of Pennsylvania, "The Wizard Behind the Curtain: The De-Fetishization of Jerusalem and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace." 7:30 p.m., Hanes Art Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. Cosponsored by the Morris, Ida, and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

December 5, 2005: Film: Khamosh Pani (Silent Water) (Pakistan, 2003, 105 minutes), directed by Sabiha Sumar. 7:00 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre, D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina C State University. Part of the film series, "Partition and Aftermath," sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU; the NC Center for South Asia Studies; and the D.H. Hill Library, NCSU.

December 6, 2005: Theater: Yad VaShem, by Aharon Megged, performed by students of Advanced Modern Hebrew, UNC-CH. 7:00 p.m., NC Hillel, 210 West Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill.

December 6, 2005: Francis Bok, former Sudanese slave, now an associate at the American Anti-Slavery Group, Boston, "Escape from Slavery." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Free the Slaves project of the Advocates for Human Rights, the Student Congress, Students United for Darfur Awareness Now, Student Movement to End Child Soldiering, Students for the Advancement of Race Relations, Black Student Movement, Organization for African Students Interests and Solidarity, Linking Immigrants to New Communities, State of the Union Project, Amnesty International, NC Hillel, Table Talk, Gold-n-Love, Patchwork Magazine, and Boiling Point Magazine, UNC-CH.

December 9, 2005: Juan Cole, professor of history, University of Michigan, "Genealogies of Shiite Democracy: Sistani and the Constitutional Revolutions." 12:00 p.m., 229 Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Department of History, Duke University. Seating is limited.

December 14, 2005: Roxanne Euben, professor of political science, Wellesley College, "Travel, Translation and Comparative Political Theory: Muslim and 'Western' Journeys to the Other Shore." 12:00 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Department of Political Science, Duke University. Seating is limited.

December 14, 2005: Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, "Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden." 7:00 p.m., Internationalist Books and Community Center, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

January 12, 2006: Janet Afary, associate professor of history, Purdue University, "From Mullah to Goya: The Art and Politics of Mullah Nasreddin, 1906-1912." 12:00 p.m., 229 Carr Building, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Department of History, Duke University. Seating is limited.

January 12, 2006: Friis Arne Petersen, Danish ambassador to the U.S., "The Terrorist Threat and the War in Iraq: The View from Europe." 12:15-1:15 p.m., Room 3041, Duke University School of Law. Sponsored by the the Program in Public Law, Duke University School of Law, and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.

January 15, 2006: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, and Ronald W. Johnson, executive vice president for international development, RTI International, "Iraq: One Year After Elections." 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zanzibar Room, Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Part of the Pressing Issues Forum Series, co-sponsored by Exploris Museum and the International Affairs Council of North Carolina.

January 15, 2006: Eric Meyers, professor of Judaic studies, Duke University, "Israel from the Ground Up." 3:00 p.m., Rosenzweig Gallery, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham. Opening reception for exhibit by Duby Tal, Israeli photographer, "Terra: Earth and the Human Imprint," January 15 - March 19, 2006. Sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina.

January 17, 2006: Pauline Jones Luong, associate professor of political science, Brown University, "Political Islam in Central Asia." 12:15 p.m., 201 Flowers Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Department of Political Science, Duke University. Seating is limited.

January 18, 2006: Alexander Elinson, professor of Arabic, Queens College, City University of New York, "Narrating Identities: Writing the Border between Muslim Spain and North Africa." 2:00 p.m., 205 House Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH.

January 19, 2006: Zeev Maoz, professor of political science, University of California, Davis, "International Networks, 1816-2000." 2:00-3:30, 355 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH.

January 20, 2006: Phil Morgan, professor of sociology, Duke University, "Family Change and Continuity in the Islamic Republic of Iran." 1:00 p.m., 329 Sociology/Psychology Building, Duke University. Part of the Jenson Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Duke University.

January 22, 2006: Iman Ibrahim Pasha, Associate Imam, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Atlanta, "Islam."
2:00 p.m., Zanzibar Room, Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Part of the "Global Faiths" series.

January 23, 2006: Mahmoud Abdallah, professor of Arabic, Wayne State University, and director of the Arabic Summer School, Middlebury College, "The Effect of Arabic Discourse Types on L2 Reader." 3:30 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH.

January 26, 2006: Concert: Mamadou Diabate, Malian kora player. 12:00-2:00 p.m., Educational Foundation Terrace, Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Thursdays on the Terrace series sponsored by the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH.

January 27, 2006: Global Music Show: Sufi Music, with Carl W. Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, and DJ Brannon Ingram, graduate student in Islamic studies, UNC-CH. 5:00-6:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill. This is the first installment in the new Global Music show, which is being sponsored by UNC area studies centers. The show will be broadcast the last Friday of each month and can be heard online with streaming audio.

January 27, 2006: Ellen McLarney, professor of Arabic, Duke University, "The Homeland in a Mercenary World Order: Examples from the Arabic Novel." 1:30 p.m., 207 House Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH.

January 27, 2006: Film: Sag-Koshi (Killing Mad Dogs) (Iran, 2001, 135 minutes), directed by Bahram Beyzaee. In Persian with no subtitles. 6:00 p.m., Green Room, Talley Student Center, NCSU. $3 admission. Sponsored by the Iranian Students Association, NCSU.

January 28, 2006: Teacher Workshop: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Middle East But Were Afraid to Ask. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Registration required. Provides 8 contact hours of continuing education credit for 7th and 9th grade teachers. Sponsored by Exploris Museum and the Middle East Studies Program, NCSU.

January 28, 2006: Concert: Alamgir, Pakistani-American pop singer. 6:00 p.m., Reedy Creek Middle School, 930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary. Admission $12/$20. Part of the Eid Milan Party sponsored by the Pakistan-American Anjuman.

January 30, 2006: Rami Khouri, editor at large, Daily Star newspaper, Beirut, Lebanon, "Democracy and Media in the Middle East." 2:30 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, University Scholars Program Provost Office, Department of English, NCSU, and the Triangle Lebanese Association.

January 31, 2006: Rami Khouri, editor at large, Daily Star newspaper, Beirut, Lebanon, "Four Years after 9/11: A Critical Arab View of the U.S. in the Middle East." 7:30 p.m., 121 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of History, and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.

February 1, 2006: Norman Finkelstein, professor of history, DePaul University, "Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History." 8:00 p.m., 139 Social Sciences Building, Duke University. Sponsored by Hiwar, Duke Progressive Alliance, the Institute for Critical US Studies, and the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University.

February 2-3, 2006: Joyce Apsel, founding director of Rights Works International and professor of humanities, New York University, "Children Displaced by Civil Strife." 10:00 a.m., February 2, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH; and "Genocide Before Our Eyes: Education and Human Rights." 12:30 p.m., February 3, 271 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Minor in Social and Economic Justice, the Department of Sociology, the Campus Y, the Parr Center for Ethics, Students United for Darfur Action Now (SUDAN), and Dimes for Darfur, UNC-CH.

February 6, 2006: Film: Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (U.K., 1996, 73 minutes), directed by Isaac Julien. 8:00 p.m. in Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Introduction by Ranjana Khanna, professor of English, literature, and women's studies, Duke University, and Maurice Wallace, professor of English and African & African American studies, Duke University. Part of the Isaac Julien Retrospective Film Series, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Office of the President, Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Program in Film/Video/Digital, and Screen/Society, Duke University.

February 6, 2006: Damien Kingsbury, professor of international and political studies, Deakin University, Australia, "The Aceh Peace Process: Achievement and Prospects." 3:305:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH.

February 8, 2006: Bilal Ankaya, director of Interfaith Dialogue, Rumi Forum, Washington, D.C., "Jesus in Islam." 5:30 p.m., Room FPG-2518-B, Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Club, UNC-CH.

February 9, 2006: Isaac Julien, British filmmaker and artist, Somewhere Else: Theorizing the Making of True North and Fanttme Afrique." 5:30 p.m., Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium, Duke University. Mellon Distinguished Lecture, part of the Isaac Julien Retrospective Film Series, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Office of the President, Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Program in Film/Video/Digital, and Screen/Society, Duke University.

February 9, 2006: Film: Head On (Germany-Turkey, 2004, 121 minutes), directed by Fatih Akin. Introduction by Clayton Koelb, professor of Germanic studies, UNC-CH. 5:00 p.m., 039 Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Third Annual Comparative Literature International Film Series, Curriculum of Comparative Literature, UNC-CH.

February 9, 2006: David MacFadyen, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, University of California, Los Angeles, "How Russian Cinema Broke Every Box Office Record on January 1st, 2006 (Profit and Politics in the Representation of Uzbekistan)." 4:30 p.m., 103A Allen Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Duke University.

February 10, 2006: Screening and Conversation: From Theater to Gallery: Isaac Julien's Short Films and Installations." With Isaac Julien, British filmmaker and artist; Ranjana Khanna, professor of English, literature, and women's studies, Duke University; and Sean Metzger, professor of English and theater studies, Duke University. 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by reception, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University. Part of the Isaac Julien Retrospective Film Series, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Office of the President, Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Program in Film/Video/Digital, and Screen/Society, Duke University.

February 10, 2006: Frank Griffel, professor of religious studies, Yale University, "How God Creates the World? Al-Ghazali and the Cosmology of the Aristotelian Philosophers." 4:00 p.m., 104 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

February 13, 2006: Jonathan Brockopp, professor of religious studies, Pennsylvania State University, "Theorizing Charismatic Authority in Early Islamic Law." 4:00 p.m., 204 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

February 13, 2006: Melani McAlister, professor of American studies and international affairs, George Washington University, "U.S. Evangelicals and Global Politics." 7:30 p.m., 121 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Honors Program, UNC-CH.

February 15, 2006: Uzi Leibner, professor of archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, "The Galilean Jewry in Late Antiquity: Sociological Changes and Identity Formation Against a Background of Crisis." 5:00 p.m., 228 Gray Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Late Ancient Studies, Duke University.

February 15, 2006: Sahar Amer, professor of international studies and Asian studies, UNC-CH, "A Saracen Eye for the French Gal." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Curriculum in Women's Studies, UNC-CH.

February 15, 2006: Kristen Brustad, professor of Arabic, Emory University, "Hal al-lughah al-`arabiyah lughah islamiyah faqat?" (Is Arabic a purely Islamic language?). 4-5:30 pm, 103 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2006: Ram Sidi, former anti-terror commander, Israel Defense Forces, "Terrorism Unplugged." 7:30 p.m., 104 Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum, UNC-CH, and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

February 16, 2006: Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, Colgate University, "Reforming Islam in the 'Axis of Evil': Methodology, Pluralism, and Tradition in Contemporary Iran." 4:00 p.m., 218 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2006: Concert: Nagi Hilal, Lebanese oud player and composer. 12:00-2:00 p.m., Educational Foundation Terrace, Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Thursdays on the Terrace series sponsored by the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH.

February 19, 2006: "10 Years After Beijing: The Status of Women's Rights Around the World." 2:00-4:00 p.m., Zanzibar Room, Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Part of Exploris's Women of the World Forum Series. Speakers include:

  • Robin Kirk, coordinator, Duke Human Rights Initiative.
  • Behjat Dehghan, founding director, Association of International Women for Human Rights.

February 20, 2006: Deborah Scroggins, journalist and author of the book Emma's War, "Women, Islam and the Terror of War. 7:30 p.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium, Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH.

February 21, 2006: Jeff Halper, executive director, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, "Palestine and Israel after Elections: Apartheid, Unending Conflict, or a Just Peace?" 7:00-9:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Campaign to End the Cycle of Violence, Table Talk, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA.

February 21, 2006: Jalil Roshandel, professor of political science, Duke University, "The U.S. and Iran." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Great Decisions lecture series, UNC-CH.

February 27, 2006: Allan Arkush, professor of Judaic studies, Binghamton University, "The Theocratic Idea in Judaism." 4:00 p.m., 204 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

February 27, 2006: Lisa Blaydes, graduate student in political science, UCLA, "Electoral Budget Cycles under Authoritarianism: Economic Opportunism in Mubarak's Egypt." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Comparative Politics Seminar, Department of Political Science, Duke University.

February 28, 2006: Islamic Studies Reading Group. 7:15-8:30 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Dinner will be served; please RSVP to Kelli Anderson (kelli.anderson@duke.edu). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

February 28, 2006: Robert Jenkins and L. Kenneth Palmer, director and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH, "The State of Nation-Building: International Intervention and Education Reform in the Balkans." 3:00-4:30 p.m., 271 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop on Collective Violence and Conflict Resolution, UNC-CH.

March 1, 2006: Kevin McKiernan, journalist, photographer and filmmaker, "The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland." 4:30 p.m., Room 05, Sanford Institute, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Duke University.

March 2, 2006: Panel Discussion: "Iraq, Torture and Domestic Spying: What's the Right Strategy in the War on Terror?" 4:30 p.m., Room 04, Sanford Institute, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke University/UNC-CH/RTI. Panelists include:

  • Bruce Jentleson, director, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.
  • David Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke University/UNC-CH/RTI.
  • Scott Silliman, professor of law, Duke University Law School.
  • Christopher Schroeder, professor of law, Duke University Law School.

March 7, 2006: Amos Elon, Israeli historian and social critic, "Israel: The Situation: A Conversation with Amos Elon," chaired by Bernard Avishai, professor of management and public policy, Duke University. 4:30 p.m., Centenary Room, Divinity Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies, the Evans Family Foundation Fund, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Duke University; and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

March 7, 2006: Film: 10 Days in Gaza (Israel, 2005, 64 minutes), directed by Dov Gil-Har. 7:30 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Carolina Students for Israel, UNC-CH.

March 7, 2006: David Cuthell, executive director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, Washington, D.C., "Turkey." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Great Decisions lecture series, UNC-CH.

March 8, 2006: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "What They Think of Us: The Middle East." 4:00 p.m., Richard White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Part of the Speaker Series, "What They Think of Us: The United States in the Eyes of the World," sponsored by the History Department and Alumni Affairs, Duke University.

March 8, 2006: Abdul Sattar Jawad, professor of English literature and journalism, Baghdad University, Iraq, and visiting professor and research scholar, Duke University, "Shakespeare in Iraq." 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Wednesdays at the Center series sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies.

March 17-19, 2006: Conference: "Moving Literatures: Literary Transformation in Islamicate South Asia." North Carolina State University. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

March 17: Room 817, Governor's Room, Brownstone Hotel, Raleigh

1:30 p.m. Welcome: Tony K. Stewart and Anna Bigelow, professors of religion, NCSU.

Panel Chair: Afroz Taj, professor of Hindi/Urdu, NCSU.
1:45 p.m. Tony K. Stewart, professor of religion, NCSU, "The Fluid Translation of Vernacular Genres: Romantic Idioms of South Asia."
3:00 p.m. Allison Busch, professor of Hindi/Urdu, UNC-CH, Poetry in Motion: Brajbhasha-Persianate Literary Transactions in Mughal India."
4:15 p.m. Farina Mir, professor of history, University of Michigan, "Historicizing Hir-Ranjha."

March 18: 122 Winston Hall, NCSU

Panel Chair: Anna Bigelow, professor of religion, NCSU.
9:30 a.m. Syed Akbar Hyder, professor of Asian and Islamic studies, University of Texas at Austin, "Mirza Ghalib's Chiragh-e Dair and its Progressive Interlocutors."
10:45 a.m. Homayra Ziad, doctoral student in Islamic studies, Yale University, "The Cultured World of Naqshbandi Khwajah Mir Dard: Valorizing Literature and Music."

Panel Chair: David Gilmartin, professor of history, NCSU.
1:30 p.m. Nile Green, lecturer in theology, Oxford University, "Writing the Islamic Holy Man: Language, Genre and the Politics of Description between India and Iran."
2:45 p.m. Samira Sheikh, research fellow in history, Oxford University, "Tales of Conversion from Gujarat: Mobility and Transformation on a Moving Frontier."
4:00 p.m. Amina Steinfels, professor of religion, Mt. Holyoke College, "From the Madrasa to the Khanqah: The Sufi Transmission of Islamic Texts."

March 19: Room 817, Governor's Room, Brownstone Hotel, Raleigh

Panel Chair: Sandria Freitag, associate director, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.
9:30 a.m. Dan Ehnbom, professor of art history, University of Virginia, "Formats and Formations: Illustrated Manuscripts in South Asia."
10:45 a.m. Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Fragmentary Translations of the Apocryphal 'Hymn of the Pearl' in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Urdu."

March 20, 2006: Film: Faat Kine (Senegal, 2000, 90 minutes), directed by Ousmane Sembene. Introduction by Eunice Sahle, professor of African studies and international studies, UNC-CH. 5:00 p.m., 039 Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the film series, "Rethinking the National," UNC-CH.

March 21, 2006: Gil J. Stein, professor of archaeology, University of Chicago, "Colonies without Colonialism? A Mesopotamian Trading Enclave at Hacinebi (Turkey) ca. 3700 B.C." 5:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Inaugural Carolina Lecture in Archaeology, sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-CH.

March 22, 2006: Rashad Zidan, Iraqi pharmacist working in Baghdad and Fallujah with Women and Knowledge Society to aid victims of war, especially orphans. 7:00 p.m., 222 Dabney Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by NCSU College Democrats, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, CodePink, Global Exchange, the NC Peace & Justice Coalition, and the Middle East and North African Student Association, NCSU.

March 23, 2006: "Holy War: Concepts and Corruptions." Discussion of Catholic and Muslim perspectives on the Crusades and jihad. 7:00 p.m. 104 Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, UNC-CH, and the Newman Catholic Center, Chapel Hill.

March 24, 2006: Performance/Opera: Vijay Iyer, pianist-composer, Mike Ladd, post-hip-hop poet, and Ibrahim Quraishi, multi-media artist, "Still Life With Commentator." World Premiere. 8:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Tickets: $15-35. Part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-CH.

March 24-26, 2006: Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS), Spring 2006 Meeting. University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Registration required. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Humanities UNC-CH.

March 24:

7:00-9:00 p.m. Informal Reception
8:00-9:00 p.m. Board Meeting

March 25:

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Barbara J. Michael, professor of anthropology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, "Din and Divination."

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Hagar el-Hadidi, doctoral student in anthropology, UNC-CH, "The Production of Locality: Women, Guilds, and Zar Rituals in Cairo."

11:00-11:50 a.m.
Farrukh Hakeem, professor of criminal justice, Shaw University, "Hijab in Public Spaces: Veiled Responses and Variable Policies in the Occident."

2:30-3:00 p.m. Business Meeting

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Reading Strategies for Introducing the Qur'an as Literature."

4:10-5:00 p.m.
Nasser Isleem, lecturer in Arabic, UNC-CH, and April Najjaj, professor of history, Greensboro College, "Incorporating Culture Into the Foreign-Language Classroom."

8:00 p.m.
Films, led by Vernon Egger, professor of history, Georgia Southern University.

March 26:

9:10-10:00 a.m.
Yektan Turkyilmaz, doctoral student in cultural anthropology, Duke University, "Why Do People Decide Not to Coexist? De-Ottomanizing the Province of Van, 1915."

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Current Events Discussion, led by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH.

March 25-26, 2006: Yehuda Amichai Colloquium, in honor of the memory of Yehuda Amichai, Israel's most beloved poet. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University.

March 25:

7:00 p.m. Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham.
Havdalah followed by an evening of music and musings on Amichai's poetry and cultural legacy.

Steven Sager,
rabbi, Beth El Synagogue, Durham, "'Gods Change, Prayers Are Here to Stay': Beginnings of the Ending." Concert: Music inspired by Amichai's poetry by Etty Ben-Zaken, Israeli actress and vocalist, Eitan Steinberg, Israeli composer and musical director, and Nagi Hilal, Lebanese oud player.

March 26:

9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Breedlove Reading Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Colloquium.

9:00 a.m.
Welcoming remarks: Eric Meyers, professor of religion, Duke University.

9:15 a.m.
Chana Bloch, professor of English and creative writing, Mills College, "A Jew at the Opera: Translating Amichai."

10:00 a.m.
Chana Kronfeld, professor of Near Eastern studies, University of California, Berkeley, "The Language of Love and Tea with Roasted Almonds: Amichai's Poetic Reception and Appropriation."

11:15 a.m.
Natasha Gordinsky, professor of Hebrew literature, Hebrew University, "'I Am an Expert on the Botany of the Tree of Knowledge': Amichai's Epistemological Journey."

12:00 p.m.
Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, professor of Hebrew language and literature, Duke University, "Yehuda Amichai: Poet of the Sacred Quotidian."

3:00-4:30 p.m., Nelson Music Room, Duke University.
Mallarme Chamber Players: Middle Eastern Delight: Music and Musicians from the Middle East, with performances by Ben-Zaken, Steinberg, and Hilal. Concert followed by discussion with audience.

5:00-7:00 p.m., Nelson Music Room, Duke University.
Dan Miron, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, Columbia University, "Space, Time and Language in the Early Poetry of Yehuda Amichai."

March 26, 2006: Jodi Magness, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Ancient Synagogues in the Land of Israel." Annual Kanof Lecture, 2 p.m., Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

March 28, 2006: Islamic Studies Reading Group. 7:15-8:30 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Dinner will be served; please RSVP to Kelli Anderson (kelli.anderson@duke.edu). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

March 28-29, 2006: "South Asia: Cultural Traditions, Contemporary Dilemmas." Center for School Leadership Development, Friday Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by World View, an international program for educators, UNC-CH, and the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies. Speakers include:

March 28:

9:00 a.m.
Tony Stewart, professor of religion, NCSU, "The Many Faces of South Asia: Issues and Dilemmas."

9:30 a.m.
Religion in South Asia: From Ancient Traditions to Modern Identities and Contemporary Visions.
  • Leela Prasad, professor of religion, Duke University, "Hinduism."
  • Anna Bigelow, professor of religion, NCSU, "Islam."
11:15 a.m.
Sandria Freitag, associate director, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, "From Visions to Politics: Communalism and Fundamentalism in Modern South Asia."

12:45 p.m.
David Gilmartin, professor of history, NCSU, "Making Sense of South Asia in Curricula: Integrating Key Issues and Themes."

2:15 p.m.
  • Harihar Bhattarai, professor of anthropology, NCSU, "Nepal: Its People, Culture, and History."
  • Lola Williamson, professor of _ , Meredith College, "The Caste System in Modern India: Tradition & Its Discontents."
  • John Richards, professor of history, Duke University, and director, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, "Afghanistan: Its People, Culture, & History."
3:30 p.m.
  • Sandria Freitag, associate director, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, "Using Visual Culture in Teaching."
  • Sudha Shreeniwas, professor of human development and family studies, UNC-Greensboro, "Family and Culture in South Asia." Yasmin Saikia, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Local Nationalism and Identity Issues in South Asia."
4:45 p.m.
Purnima Shah, Duke University, and John Caldwell, director of outreach, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, "Performance: South Asian Music and Dance."

March 29:

8:30 a.m.
Robert Moog, professor of political science, NCSU, "India and Pakistan: Nuclear War or Other Future Scenarios."

9:15 a.m.
Lauren Nauta, professor of history, NCSU, "Key Ecological and Agricultural Issues in South Asia."

10:15 a.m.
Peggy Bentley, professor of public health, UNC-CH, "Nutrition and Body Image in India."

11:00 a.m.
Meenu Tewari, professor of city and regional planning, UNC-CH, "India's Role in the Global Economy."

11:45 a.m.
Sandria Freitag, associate director, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, "Legacies and Global Contributions of South Asia – What We Take Back to Our Colleges."

March 29, 2006: Concert: Rahim Alhaj, Iraqi oud player and composer. Lecture and concert with the Ciompi Quartet. 8:00 p.m., Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University. Tickets: $15. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative, Duke Performances, Duke University Center for International Studies, the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, and the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

March 30, 2006: James Yee, formerly a Muslim U.S. Army chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire: A Conversation with Captain James Yee." 7:30 p.m., Richard White Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative and the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

March 30, 2006: Concert: Rahim Alhaj, Iraqi oud player and composer, "The Arts, Activism and Iraq: A Conversation with Rahim AlHaj." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Ethnomusicology Working Group, and the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

March 30, 2006: Martin J. Mawyer, president of Christian Action Network, "Jihad in America: How American Mosques Are Grooming Home-Grown Terrorists." 7:30 p.m., 106 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC College Republicans, UNC-CH.

March 31, 2006: Georgia Frank, professor of religion, Colgate University, "Judas, Peter, and the Senses in Sixth-Century Constantinople." 3:30-4:45 p.m., 0014 Westbrook, Duke University. Part of the Symposium on the Senses in Late Antiquity, sponsored by the Center for Late Ancient Studies, Duke University.

April 1, 2006: Janet Ewald, professor of history, Duke University, "Mapping Maritime Men and Creating the [Trans]National in the Indian Ocean, c. 1610-1830." 3:30 p.m., 229 Carr Building, Duke University. Part of "Method & Meaning: A Workshop in Historical Approach and Interpretation," sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University.

April 1, 2006: Turkish Food Festival, including 40 Turkish dishes, handicraft exhibits, Turkish folk dance performances, and activities for kids. 1:00-5:00 p.m., Divan Cultural Center, Cary.

April 3, 2006: Panel: Different Faces of Islam: Between Religion, Culture and Tradition." 4:00-6:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH.
  • Fuad Aliyev (Azerbaijan), Humphrey scholar in public policy, UNC-CH.
  • Jafar Muhibullah (USA), doctoral student in religion, Duke University.
  • Emad Khan (Saudi Arabia), post-doctoral fellow in dentistry, UNC-CH.
  • Ahmad-Rufai Abdullah (Nigeria), founder, United States African Development Foundation, Cary, NC.

April 3, 2006: Joyce Dalsheim, visiting fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, "Uncertainty, Democracy and the Impossibility of Recognition: Religious Settlers in the Colonial Present of Israel/Palestine." 1:303:00 p.m., Room 133, Social Science Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University.

April 5, 2006: The War in Iraq: Challenges and Options." 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday Center, UNC-CH. Please RSVP to pumphrey@duke.edu. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Panelists include:

  • Jeffrey Record, professor of strategy and international security, U.S. Air War College.
  • Rondall R. Rice, lieutenant colonel, director of operations and assistant professor of history, U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Robin Dorff, executive director, N.C. Institute of Political Leadership.
  • Curtis Jones, retired diplomat, U.S. Department of State.
  • Moderator: Richard H. Kohn, professor of history and chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.

April 5, 2006: John Prendergast, senior adviser at the International Crisis Group, and Jerry Fowler, staff director of the Committee on Conscience, which guides the genocide prevention efforts of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sudan: The Moral Implications of Intervention." 3:00 p.m., Love Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative, the Community Service Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University.

April 6-9, 2006: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham. Sponsored by Duke University and the New York Times. Films, followed by Q&A with the directors, include:

April 7: Film: Rain in a Dry Land (USA, 2006, 83 minutes), directed by Anne Makepeace. 11:15 a.m., Marriott at the Civic Center, 201 Foster St., Durham.

April 7: Film: Iraq in Fragments (USA, 2006, 90 minutes), directed by James Longley. 5:45 p.m., Cinema One, Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St., Durham.

April 8: Film: SAZ (Israel, 2004, 51 minutes), directed by Gil Karni. 12:15 p.m., Marriott at the Civic Center, 201 Foster St., Durham.

April 8: Film: Smiling in a War Zone (Denmark, 2005, 78 minutes), directed by Simone Aaberg Kaern and Magnus Bejmar. 2:45 p.m., Cinema One, Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St., Durham.

April 8: Film: Kabul Transit (USA, 2006, 92 minutes), directed by David Edwards, Gregory Whitmore. 7:00 p.m., Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham.

April 9: Film: Time Piece (Turkey/USA, 2006, 110 minutes), directed by Nurdan Arca, Vzg|r Arik, Edet Belzberg, Linda Goode Bryant, Alex Gibney, Nathaniel Kahn, Albert Maysles, Ersan Ocak, Murad Vzdemir, Sam Pollard, Sehbal Senyurt, and M|stafa \nl|. 9:00 a.m. Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St., Durham.

April 9: Film: My Country, My Country (USA, 2005, 90 minutes), directed by Laura Poitras. 11:30 a.m., Cinema One, Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St., Durham.

April 13, 2006: Film: Miss Sarajevo (USA/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1995, 33 min.), directed by Bill Carter. 8:30 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Human Rights Week, sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

April 14, 2006: Book talk by Afschineh Latifi, author, "Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran." 5:00-7:00 p.m. Schiciano Auditorium-B at the Fitzpatrick Center for
Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine & Applied Sciences, Duke University. Sponsored by the Persian Students Association, Duke University.

April 14-15, 2006: Conference: "Translating Islam: Cultures, Histories and the Presentist Challenge." 3rd Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference on Islamic Studies. Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University, and the Robertson Scholars program, Duke/UNC-CH.

April 14, 2006:

9:45-10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction. Brett Wilson, doctoral student in religion, Duke University.

10:00-11:15 a.m.
Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University, "Translations and Transition in Muslim Thought."

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Panel 1: Translating Modernity
  • Chair: Michaelle Browers, professor of political science, Wake Forest University.
  • Ertan Aydin, professor of political science, Çankaya University, Turkey, "Turkish Modernism in the 1930s: Translation of French Laicité into Turkish Laiklik."
  • Bart Scott, graduate student in religion, Duke University, "Reason within the Bounds of Mere Language: Sir Ahmed Khan Translates the Enlightenment."
  • Katharina Ivanyi, graduate student in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, New York University, "God's Custom Concerning the Rise and Fall of Nations: The Tafsir al-Manar on Q 8:53 and Q 13:11."
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Panel 2: Islam in a New World Idiom
  • Chair: Juliane Hammer, professor of religious studies, Elon University.
  • Wesley Joyner, graduate student in history, University of South Carolina, "People of the Book: Muslim Slaves in America and Their Documents."
  • Brannon Ingram, graduate student in religious studies, UNC-CH, "Marketing Islam in America: Ahmedi Da'wah and African-American Musims."
  • Matthew Hotham, graduate student in English, Syracuse University, "Islamic Teacher or Ecstatic Poet: Negotiating the Exclusive Identities of Rumi in America."
April 15, 2006:

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Questions of Language: Textuality, Circulation and Hegemony
  • Chair: Firat Oruç, graduate student in literature, Duke University
  • Rachel Harrell-Bilici, graduate student in Slavic languages and literatures, University of Michigan, "Cultivating a New Islamic Literacy: The Language of the Popular Religious Press in Present Day Uzbekistan."
  • Mucahit Bilici, graduate student in sociology, University of Michigan, "The English Language and Islam: Genealogy of an Encounter."
  • Martin Nyugen, graduate student in Near Eastern languages and civilizations, Harvard University, "Enlightenment Orientalism Translated: George Sale and the English Translation of the Qur'an."
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Panel 4: Transreligion and the Local: The Case of South Asia
  • Chair: David Gilmartin, professor of history, NCSU.
  • Ali Altaf Mian, graduate student in English, University of Louisville, "Tajdid-i Tasawwuf-o Suluk: South Asian Ulamas' Attempts at Translating and Situating Sufism in an Orthodox Theological Framework."
  • A. Azfar Moin, graduate student in history, University of Michigan, "Heretical Monarchs and Reincarnated Messiahs: Interpreting Islamic Orthodoxy in Mughal India."
  • Sherali Tareen, graduate student in religion, Duke University, "Reifying Religion while Lost in Translation: Mirza Mazhar Jan-i Janan (d. 1781) on the Hindus."
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

April 16, 2006: Public Discussion: Hamas: What Now? 7:30-9:00 p.m., Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Sponsored by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.

April 19, 2006: Film: Measures of Distance (U.K./Lebanon, 1988, 15 minutes), directed by Mona Hatoum. 4:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Conference on "Frames: Imaging Indigeneity and Diaspora," sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Dean of Humanities, Duke University.

April 19-21, 2006: Mukhtaran Mai, Pakistani activist for women and the disempowered. All events to benefit the Mukhtaran Mai Earthquake Relief Fund and the Mukhtaran Mai School Fund. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Earthquake Relief Coalition, Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, the Carolina Asia Center, the Associate Provost for International Affairs, the Department of History, the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, the Program in Women's Studies, and the University Center for International Studies, UNC-CH; the NC Center for South Asia Studies, Geet Bazaar South Asia Radio, The Daily Tar Heel, The Chapel Hill News.

April 19, 7:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner. Donations strongly suggested. For event location, please RSVP to Yasmin Saikia.

April 20, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Lecture: "I Was Raped for Honor." Multipurpose Room, Student Union, UNC-CH. Special guest, Amna Buttar, president of the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights. $5 lunch.

April 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion Panel: Rape Awareness, A Human Rights Issue. Also featuring Yasmin Saikia, professor of history, UNC-CH; Amy Tiemann, local author and activist; and Amna Buttar, president of the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights Church of Reconciliation, 110 North Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Orange County (NC) Rape Crisis Center and the Orange County Department of Human Rights and Relations.

April 21, 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Mukhtaran Mai: Formal Dinner Event. Fiesta Restaurant, 4212 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. North Carolina. $30 dinner. Formal attire is required.

April 20-21, 2006: Conference: U.S. National Security Strategy: Finding the Right Balance. Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security and the Program in Public Law, Duke University School of Law, with support from the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development, the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and the Center for International Business Education & Research, Duke University; and Warren and Faye Wickersham. Designated as a Centennial Regional Meeting by the American Society of International Law.

April 20:

8:30 a.m. Opening Comments.
  • Scott L. Silliman, executive director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University.
  • Christopher H. Schroeder, professor of law and public policy studies, Duke University.
8:45 a.m. Panel I: Iraq 2006: Where to From Here.
  • Chair: Bruce R. Kuniholm, director, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.
  • Stephen Grummon, director, Office of Analysis for Near East and South Asia, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State.
  • Nancy Soderberg, senior advisor, International Crisis Group, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Rand Beers, professor in public policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and former special assistant to President George H. W. Bush.
  • Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director, American Islamic Congress.
10:45 a.m. Panel II: The United States Military and Privatization.
  • Chair: Scott L. Silliman, executive director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University.
  • Scott W. Stucky, majority general counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces.
  • Jarisse J. Sanborn, brigadier general and staff judge advocate, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, United States Air Force.
  • Joseph K. Sikes, director, Housing and Competitive Sourcing Division, deputy under secretary for installations and environment, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • William L. Nash, retired major general, U.S. Army; director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations.
12:45 p.m. Luncheon, R. David Thomas Center.
  • Kenneth A. Minihan, retired lieutenant general U.S. Air Force, former director of the National Security Agency, now managing director and member of the Homeland Security Fund Investment Committee, Paladin Capital Group.
2:15 p.m. Panel III:Shaping US Foreign Policy for the Next Decade.
  • Chair: Bruce W. Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, Duke University.
  • Christopher Preble, director of foreign policy studies, The Cato Institute.
  • Steven N. Simon, senior fellow in Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Ole R. Holsti, professor of political science, Duke University.
  • Richard H. Kohn, chair, Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, UNC-CH.
7:00 p.m. Dinner, R. David Thomas Center.
  • Walter B. Jones, U.S. representative, 3rd District, North Carolina.
April 21:

8:30 a.m. Panel IV: Defending the Infrastructure.
  • Chair: David H. Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.
  • Robert Mahoney, general manager for security, Public Safety Department, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Rafi Ron, president, New Age Security Solutions.
  • David Howe, managing director and chief operating officer, Civitas Group llc.
  • Noel P. Greis, director, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-CH.
10:30 a.m. Panel V: Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties.
  • Chair: Christopher H. Schroeder, professor of law and public policy studies, Duke University.
  • John R. Schmidt, partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; and former associate attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Neil J. Kinkopf, professor of law, Georgia State University College of Law.
  • Greg T. Nojeim, associate director, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; and former federal prosecutor.
12:30 p.m. Luncheon, R. David Thomas Center.
  • Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
2:00 p.m. Panel VI: The Role of the Media in the War Against Terrorism.
  • Chair: David J. Jarmul, associate vice president of news and communications, Duke University.
  • Art Harris, national investigative correspondent, formerly with CNN.
  • Jackie Northam, national security correspondent, National Public Radio.
  • Susan Taylor Martin, reporter, St. Petersburg Times.
  • Jay DeFrank, former director of media relations, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; and deputy director, Air Force Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.

April 20 and 25, 2006: Student Conference: Imagining Palestine. Presentations by undergraduates in Honors 031, UNC-CH.

April 20, 12:30-1:45 p.m., 205 House Undergraduate Library, UNC-CH:

Panel: Place and Identity.
  • Marie Pierman, "Maps: Claiming Identity."
  • Amy Temas, "The Palestinian's Guide to Palestine."
  • Michael Turner, "Nazareth: Conflict and Identity."
  • Sam Dolbee and Sean Love, "Palestinians In America: Exile or Homeland?"
  • Rania Chelala, "Palestinian Memoirs and the Third Way."
April 25, 12:30-1:45 p.m., 204 House Undergraduate Library, UNC-CH:

Panel: Women and Politics.
  • Roger Horowitz, "Women, Social Work, and Politics in the West Bank."
  • Allison Leung, "Palestinian Women and Military Engagement."
Panel: Expression as Empowerment in Palestine.
  • Brian Phelps, "The Cyberspace Intifada."
  • Jessica Scruggs, "Naji Ali and the Formation of Palestinian Political Cartooning."
  • Margaret Teich, "The Kufiyyah and the Global Left."
Panel: Palestinian Identity and the Global Community: Historically, Physically and on the Web.
  • Paige Michael-Shetley, "Palestinians and Marxist Political Idnentity in the Cold War."
  • Sarah Grossblatt, "Palestinian Identity of Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon."
  • Mary Williams, "Creating Palestinian Communities on the Internet, Case Study: The CAT Campaign."

April 21, 2006: Eric Moss, Israeli psychotherapist, "Healing in the Wake of Trauma and Loss: Lessons Learned from Clinical Work with Israeli Civilians Who Have Lost Family Members to War-Related Violence." 2:00-4:00 p.m., Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, School of Social Work, UNC-CH. Free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Part of the Clinical Lecture Series, School of Social Work, UNC-CH.

April 21, 2006: Greg Mortenson, founder, Central Asia Institute, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations... One School at a Time." 12:301:30 p.m., Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Office of Global Health and the Student Global Health Committee, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.

April 22, 2006: Turkish Children's Day Celebration. 12:00-4:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Activities will include: Turkish Art of Marble; Turkish Evil Eye Bracelet Making; Turkish Delight "Lokum" & Turkish School Narnia Display; Game Table for Backgammon, etc.; Turkish Coffee & Tea Display/Service/Reading; Turkish Gofret, Susamli Cubuk, Juice Drinks for Children; Face painting and handing out balloons. Sponsored by the American Turkish Association, the Bridge to Turkey Fund, and Exploris Museum.

April 22, 2006: Concert: Mamadou Diabate, kora musician from Mali, Djembe Fire, a troupe of master drummers and dancers from Africa, and WNCU deejay Bouna Ndiaye. African Dinner-Dance Party: Third Fundraising Event to Fight Malaria. 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Five Oaks Clubhouse, 5109 Pine Cone Drive, Durham. Tickets: $20. Sponsored by Bonjour Africa Malaria Project and IntraHealth International.

April 23, 2006: Religions of India Field Trip. 12:00-5:30 p.m. Meet in front of Witherspoon Student Center Annex, NCSU. From there we will proceed to the Sikh Gurudwara, Hindu Bhavan, and the Cary Islamic Center. At the Sikh Gurudwara langar (lunch) is served after the service. Carpooling is encouraged.If you are coming from Durham or Chapel Hill, you can meet us at the Gurudwara (directions on the website) at about 12:45 p.m. Please RSVP by April 20, 2006. Participants are strongly urged to attend all three segments and come with an open mind. This is a unique opportunity to learn about three major world faiths and observe first-hand how they are practiced. Sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Program, NCSU, and the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies.

April 24, 2006: Ranabir Chakravarti, professor of history, Jawaharlal Nehru University, "Blockading the Gulf of Eden: A Bishop's Blueprint (14th Century)." 7:00 p.m. For seminar location and directions, click here. Part of the South Asia Colloquium series of the NC Center for South Asia Studies.

April 25, 2006: Islamic Studies Reading Group. 7:15-8:30 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Dinner will be served; please RSVP to Kelli Anderson (kelli.anderson@duke.edu). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

April 25, 2006: Simon James, professor of archaeology, University of Leicester, "Desert Dortress: Life and Violent Death in Roman Dura-Europos, Syria." 8:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-CH.

April 27, 2006: Teach-in: The Threatened War Between the U.S. and Iran. 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 3503, Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Progressive Faculty Network and the Middle East Student Forum, UNC-CH. Panelists include Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH; Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH; and Jalil Roshandel, professor of political science, Duke University.

April 28, 2006 Taieb Belghazi, professor of English, University of Rabat, "Subaltern Geopolitical Praxis in the New Global Arrangements: Harragas & Hard Rockers in Morocco." 2:00-5:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, with commentaries by miriam cooke and Leo Ching, professors of Asian and African languages and literatures, Duke University. Part of the program, "Shifting the Geo-Graphy and Bio-Graphy of Knowledge," sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University.

May 1-14, 2006: Yazan Kopty, undergraduate honors student, Duke University, Exhibit: "The Specter Nation: Palestinian Refugees, Nationalism, and the Right of Return." Café space, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Center for International Studies, the Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, and International Comparative Studies, Duke University.

May 2, 2006: Islamic Studies Reading Group. 7:15-8:30 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Dinner will be served; please RSVP to Kelli Anderson (kelli.anderson@duke.edu). Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks, Duke University.

May 3, 2006: Sarah Slye, graduate student in Slavic studies, UNC-CH, "Why Does War Rage On in Chechnya?" 3:05 p.m., Conference Room, Coates Building, UNC-CH. Part of the Piedmont Slavic Colloquium, sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

May 6, 2006: Annual Lebanese Festival, a celebration of Lebanese culture and cuisine. 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m., Kerr Scott Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Admission: $2. Sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Association.

May 6, 2006: Concert: Amit Inderdeo, Katina Nanhu, Bhavna Guyadeen, Anil Dookie, and other young singers, performers, and musicians. 6:30 p.m., Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium, 930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary. Tickets: $10-$25. Sponsored by the Pakistani American Anjuman.

May 12, 2006: Awakening: AIDS Awareness Benefit Concert, featuring Mamadou Diabate, Malian kora player, the Publik Kreativity Drama Krew, a South African AIDS awareness performance troupe, and others. Suggested donation: $25. 7:30 p.m., ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

May 19-20, 2006: Conference: Mapping Difference: Structures and Categories of Knowledge Production. Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and the Department of History, Duke University. Panelists include:

  • May 19, 2:15 p.m.: Cemil Aydin,, professor of history, UNC-Charlotte, "Reorienting Orientalism: Counter Visions of Race and Civilizations in the anti-Western Universalism of Asian Intellectuals (1839-1914)."

  • May 19, 5:00 p.m.: Marnia Lazreg, professor of sociology, Hunter College, "Fighting the Orient at the Heart of Empire: Anti-Subversive War and French Identity."

  • May 20, 9:00 a.m., Pierre Rousset, Association for a Tobin Tax in Aid of Citizens (ATTAC), Paris, "Marxism(s), Revolutions and the Third World: Reflections on Southeast and East Asian Experiences."

  • May 20, 10:00 a.m.: Afshin Matin-Asgari, professor of history, California State University, Los Angeles, "Orientalism and Iran's Reactionary Modernist Ideologies."

May 21, 2006: Triangle Jewish Film Festival. Galaxy Cinema, Cary. Sponsored by the Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federations. Films include:

Film: Live and Become (France/Israel, 138 minutes, 2005), directed by Radu Mihaileanu. 10:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Film: Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (Israel, 95 minutes, 2003), directed by Shemi Zarhin. 1:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

May 30, 2006: Film: Sans Kapiyi Kirinca (Luck Cracks the Door) (Turkey, 2005, 107 minutes), directed by Tayfun Güneyer. 6:30 p.m., Walnut Room, Talley Student Center, NCSU. Turkish Delight served before and after the movie. Part of the Turkish Delight Film Festival, sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, NCSU.

June 1-3, 2006: Conference: Globalization, Empire, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective. William and Ida Friday Center, UNC-CH. Fifth biannual conference of The Historic Society. Speakers include:

June 2, 10:15 a.m. Daniel Skinner, graduate student in political science, City University of New York, Graduate Center, "From Athens to Baghdad: Imperialism and Its Rhetorical Artifice of Need."

June 3, 10:45 a.m. John Marriott, professor of history, University of East London, "Imperial Modernity as Globalization: London and Calcutta in the 19th Century."

June 3, 1:45 p.m. David M. Gordon, professor of history, City University of New York, Graduate Center, "Inching Toward Globalization: France, China, and Southeast Asia, 1940-1950."

June 3, 1:45 p.m. Spencer A. Leonard, graduate student in history, University of Chicago, "A Fit of Absence of Mind? Ideology and Interest in the East India Company’s Conquest of Bengal."

June 3, 2006: Lebanese Dance by the Triangle Lebanese Association's Dabki youth dance group. 2:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh.

June 5, 2006: Film: Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak (Watermelon Rind Boats) (Turkey, 2004, 101 minutes), directed by Ahmet Ulucay. 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Student Center Cinema, NCSU. Turkish Delight served before and after the movie. Part of the Turkish Delight Film Festival, sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, NCSU.

June 11, 2006: Public Discussion: The Israel Lobby. 7:30-9:00 p.m., Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Sponsored by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.

June 12, 2006: Film: Organize Isler (Organized Affairs) (Turkey, 2005, 105 minutes), directed by Yilmaz Erdogan. 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Student Center Cinema, NCSU. Turkish Delight served before and after the movie. Part of the Turkish Delight Film Festival, sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, NCSU.

June 15-17, 2006: 9th Annual Hi Mom! Film Festival, Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Short films include:

White Stripes (Israel, 2006, 3 min.), directed by Ellie Zigdon. Part of the Friday Night Midnight Block, June 16, ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Tickets: $4.

Don't Make Yourself Worried (Iran, 2005, 15 min.), directed by Mohammad Hassan Shahmohammadi. Part of the Saturday Afternoon Block, 4:00 p.m., ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Tickets: $5.

June 26, 2006: Film: Gönül Yarasi (Lovelorn) (Turkey, 2005, 137 minutes), directed by Yavuz Turgul. 6:30 p.m., Witherspoon Student Center Cinema, NCSU. Turkish Delight served before and after the movie. Part of the Turkish Delight Film Festival, sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, NCSU.

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