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

2006-2007


2006: July, August, September, October, November, December
2007: 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 27, 2006: Panel: Escalating Crisis in the Middle East: Issues and Options. 7:00-8:30 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the General Alumni Association, UNC-CH. Panelists include: Michael Hunt, professor of history, UNC-CH. Curtis Jones, retired diplomat and author of Divide and Perish: The Geopolitics of the Middle East (2006). Timothy McKeown, professor of political science, UNC-CH. Jeff Spinner-Halev, professor of political ethics and interim director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

August 11-September 9, 2006: Theater: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, "The Librarian of Basra." Part of the show, "As The Crow Flies: Tales from Four Directions." Fridays-Sundays through September 3, Forest Theatre, UNC-CH, Tickets: $10; September 8-9, N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh, Tickets: $15.

August 12, 2006: Workshop: Urdu Language Learning and Technology. 1:00-5:00 p.m., Foreign Languages Technology Center Old Laundry Building, NCSU. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and the Hindi-Urdu Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCSU. Please RSVP to the Hindi-Urdu Program, NCSU. Presenters include: Qaisar Abbas, director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Florida Atlantic University Dwight Stephens, Critical Languages Program, NC Center for South Asia Studies Arfaeen Iqbal, founder & CEO, Grouppk.com, Lahore, Pakistan John Caldwell, Darvazah Project / Outreach Program, NC Center for South Asia Studies.

August 12, 2006: Urdu Majlis (Urdu Literary Society). 9:00 p.m., 123 Tompkins Hall, NCSU. Special guests: Qaisar Abbas, acclaimed poet, founder of Aiwan-e Urdu, Orlando, Florida, and Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Florida Atlantic University Arfaeen Iqbal, founder and CEO of Grouppk.com (Lahore, Pakistan).

August 19, 2006: Concert: Tarzz. 6:30 p.m., Green Hope High Scool, Cary, NC. Tickets: $10 and up. Part of the Pakistan Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the N.C. Pakistani American Anjuman.

August 25, 2006: Maryam Othman,national secretary of the Federation of Muslim Women's Association of Nigeria, "FOMWAN, Its Programs, and International Collaborations." 3:00-4:00 p.m., IntraHealth International, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the U.S. African Development Foundation.

August 31, 2006: Panel: "The Continuing Conflicts in Israel and the Arab World." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the University Scholars Program, Duke University. Panelists include:

  • miriam cooke, professor of Arabic, Duke University
  • Shai Ginsburg, professor of Hebrew, Duke University
  • Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Gabriel Sheffer, visiting professor of political science, Duke University

September 1, 2006: Elizabeth Frankenberg, professor of sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, "The Economic and Demographic Impact of the Tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia." 12:00 p.m., Room 405, Carolina Population Center East, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH.

September 5, 2006: Bruce B. Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, and miriam cooke, professor of Arabic, Duke University, "Role of Muslim Networks." 2:30-4:00 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Tuition: $5. Sponsored by the General Alumni Association, UNC-CH.

September 9, 2006: Aziz Sancar,, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, UNC-CH, "Turkish Clock and Biological Clock." 5:00 p.m., Divan Cultural Center, Cary. Part of the Scholars @ Divan series, Divan Cultural Center.

September 11, 2006: Exhibition Opening: Picture Mourning: Twelve Images/Eight Photographers, curated by Rob Sikorski. 6:00-7:30 p.m., Franklin Center Gallery, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Artists include Bruce Davidson, Wendy Ewald, John Fago, Paul Fusco, Eric Gottesman, Michael Hintlian, Susan Meiselas, and Fazal Sheikh. Sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University.

September 11-13, 2006: Film Series: Aftershocks: September 11. Curated by miriam cooke, professor of Arabic, and Negar Mottahedeh, professor of literature, Duke University. Organized by the Film/Video/Digital Program, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Center for International Studies, Institute for Critical U.S. Studies, Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Department of English, Perspectives in Marxism and Society, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University. Events include:

September 11, 2006: Film: Underexposure (Iraq/Germany, 2005, 74 minutes), directed by Oday Rasheed. U.S. premiere. Introduction by Abdul Sattar Jawad, visiting scholar, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. 8:00 p.m., Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director.

September 12, 2006: Film: The Road To Guantanamo (U.K., 2006, 95 minutes), directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, followed by a panel discussion with:
  • Chair: miriam cooke, professor of Arabic, Duke University
  • Jane Gaines, professor of English, Duke University
  • Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Madeline Morris, professor of law, Duke University
  • Negar Mottahedeh, professr of literature, Duke University
  • David Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
September 13, 2006: Film: Iraq in Fragments (U.S./Iraq, 2006, 94 minutes), directed by James Longley. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University.

September 13, 2006: Alon Tal, professor of environmental policy, Ben Gurion University, "Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World." 1:00 p.m., Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Environmental Program, UNC-CH.

September 14, 2006: Barbie Zelizer, professor of communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, "From 9/11 to the Iraq War: How Images of Impending Death Shape the News." 7:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. The James W. Pence Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, UNC-CH.

September 14, 2006: Shirin Ebadi, Iranian attorney, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, "The Status of Women: Our Future, Our Responsibility." 7:00 p.m., McIver Ampitheater, Meredith College. Sponsored by the Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture Fund, Meredith College.

September 15, 2006: Cemalnur Sargut, Sufi teacher from Turkey, and Nevval Sevindi, Turkish reporter and author, "Rumi Says 'Love!'" 7:00 p.m., Divan Cultural Center, Cary.

September 18, 2006: Shelley Feldman, professor of development sociology, Cornell University, "Claiming a Past, Making a Future: The Liberation War Museum (Dacca) as a Site of Struggle." 7:00 p.m., contact sponsor for site. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies

September 18, 2006: Jeff Spinner-Halev, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "Israeli Politics and the Palestinians." 7:30-9:30 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Part of the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies.

September 20, 2006: Film: Overstay (Japan, 1998, 74 minutes), directed by Ann Kaneko. Followed by discussion with the director; Tahir Naqvi, visiting professor of cultural anthropology, Duke University; Noah Pickus, associate director, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University; and Simon Partner, professor of history, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, and Screen/Society, Duke University.

September 22, 2006: Concert: Turkish and Greek Dance Party with DJ Tolga. 10:00 p.m., Talullas, Chapel Hill.

September 26, 2006: Film: West Beyrouth (Lebanon, 1998, 105 minutes), directed by Ziad Doueiri. Room 038, Graham Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

  September 27, 2006: A Celebration of Naguib Mahfouz. 4:30-6:00 p.m., 205 Alumni Building, UNC-CH. A group of writers and scholars will read from Mahfouz's works and reflect on his contribution to Arab and world literature.

September 27, 2006: Jerry Hough, professor of political science, Duke University, "Military Force in Nation-Building: The Implications of the American and Mexican Wars of Independence for Iraq." 12:00-1:15 p.m., 109 Language Building, Duke University. Part of the Faculty Brown Bag Seminar Series, Department of Political Science, Duke University.

September 28, 2006: Syriana (U.S., 2005, 126 minutes), directed by Stephen Gaghan. 6:00 p.m., Room 001, Hooker Building, UNC-CH. Part of the Movie & Discussion Series sponsored by the Student Government of the School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization, the Minority Student Caucus, and the Student Global Health Committee, School of Public Health, UNC-CH.

September 28-October 1, 2006: Ninth Annual Rumi Festival of Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Rifa'i-Marufi Order of America, Chapel Hill. Events include:

September 29: Concert: HuDost! 8:00 p.m., ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

September 30: Unity Zikr. 9:00 p.m., Fleming Lodge, New Hope Camp and Conference Center, Chapel Hill.

September 29-30, 2006: Conference: Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History. Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

September 29, 8:15-10:45 a.m. Session I, "State-Building and Frontiers of Power (Monetary, Military, Administrative)."
  • Chair: Tom Metcalf, professor of history and Indian studies, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Munis Faruqui, professor of South Asian studies, University of California, Berkeley, "At Empire’s End: The Nizam, Hyderabad and 18th Century India."
  • Sunil Kumar, professor of history, University of Delhi, "Frontier Feudatories and the Ignored Elites: Turks, Mongols and a Persian Secretarial Class in the Early Delhi Sultanate."
  • Bin Wong, professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles, "Fiscal and Administrative Frontiers in Chinese State Making."
  • Commentator: Gordon Johnson president of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
September 29, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Session II, "Frontiers, Trade, and Drugs."
  • Chair: Philip Brown, professor of history, Ohio State University.
  • Stephen Dale, professor of history, Ohio State University, "Silk Road or Cotton Road, Or ... : Indo-Chinese Trade in Pre-European Times."
  • Claude Markovits, director of research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, "Sindh in the Early 19th Century: Drug Frontier of British India?"
  • George Souza, visiting senior research fellow, National University of Singapore, "Opium and the Company: Maritime Trade and Imperial Finances on Java, 1684-1796."
  • Commentator: Peer Vries, professor of history, University of Leiden.
September 29, 2:45-5:15 p.m. Session III, "Cultural Frontiers."
  • Chair: Stewart Gordon, research associate, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan.
  • Muzaffar Alam, professor of South Asian languages and civilizations, University of Chicago, "The Mughals and the Sufis Reconsidered."
  • Sanjay Subrahmanyam, professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles, "How to be an Alien: Niccolo Manucci in Mughal India and Beyond."
  • Cynthia Talbot, professor of history, University of Texas, Austin, "A Frontier of Cultural Fusion: The Kyamkhani Rajput-Muslims of Rajasthan."
  • Commentator: Joanne Waghorne, professor of religion, Syracuse University.
September 29, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Conference Reception, hosted by the Department of History, Duke University.

September 30, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Session IV, "Frontiers of Settlement and Environmental Change."
  • Chair: Janet Ewald, professor of history, Duke University.
  • Peter Perdue, professor of Asian civilizations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Ethnicity on Chinese Frontiers: An Unending Question."
  • Sumit Guha, professor of history, Rutgers University, "Frontiers of Historical Memory: What the Marathas Remembered of Vijayanagara"
  • John McNeill, professor of history, Georgetown University, "African Diseases and European Settlements in American Environments: A Tale of Two Catatrophes (Darien 1698-1700 and Kourou 1763-65)."
  • Commentator: Ron Herring, professor of government, Cornell University.
September 30, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Session V, "Frontiers and World History."
  • Chair: Barbara Metcalf, professor of history, University of Michigan.
  • Richard Eaton, professor of history, University of Arizona, "Some Reflections on Empires and Frontiers – A Typology."
  • Pat Manning, professor of history and African-American studies, Northeastern University, "Migration and Family Structure: Modeling Family History of the Early Modern World."
  • Carl Trocki, professor of Asian studies, Queensland University of Technology, "Chinese Business and Southeast Asia Frontiers."
  • Commentator: David Gilmartin, professor of history, North Carolina State University.

September 30, 2006: Teacher Workshop: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Middle East But Were Afraid to Ask. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Registration required. Provides 8 contact hours of continuing education credit. Sponsored by Exploris Museum and the Middle East Studies Program, NCSU.

September 30, 2006: Film: Paradise Lost (Israel/Palestine, 2003, 56 minutes), directed by Ebtisam Mara'ana. 1:45 p.m., Richard White Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University. Part of the United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival, organized by the United Nations Association West Triangle Chapter in conjunction with Screen/Society and the Program in Film/Video/Digital, and sponsored by the Duke Center for International Development, the Program in Women's Studies, the Hart Leadership Program, the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace & Conflict Resolution, Duke University, and a personal donation by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Klemmer.

October 2-4, 2006: Ramadan Week. Meredith College. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, Meredith College.

October 2, 2006: "Hijab Dialogue." Muslim students discuss why they do or do not wear hijab. 10:00-11:00 a.m., 204 Harris Hall, Meredith College.

October 3, 2006: Film: Islam: Empire of Faith, Part 1 (U.S., 2001, 50 minutes), produced by PBS. 7:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Meredith College.

October 4, 2006: Debbie Jaunich, member of the Islamic Center of Raleigh, "Women in
Islam."
5:00-6:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Meredith College.

October 5, 2006: Film: Love, Labor, Loss (U.S./Niger, 2006, 75 minutes), directed by Lisa Russell. 5:30 p.m., Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC-CH, followed by discussion with the director. Sponsored by the Health and Human Rights Subcommittee of the Student Global Health Committee, the Student Congress, and the Campus Y Health Focus Committee, UNC-CH.

October 5, 2006: Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian author, and Marty Rosenbluth, country specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, Amnesty International USA, "While the World Was Watching Lebanon: An Update on the Situation in Gaza and the West Bank." 8:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Jews for a Just Peace-NC, Campaign to End the Cycle of Violence, Triangle Tikkun, Coalition for Peace with Justice, Muslim American Public Affairs Council, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA, Balance & Accuracy in Journalism, Triangle Area Green Party, and Amnesty International at UNC.

October 11, 2006: Marty Rosenbluth, country specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, Amnesty International USA, "Why Law Matters in Times of War: A Human Rights Perspective on the Israel/Lebanon Conflict." 7:30-9:30 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Amnesty International at UNC.

October 11, 2006: Film: Baghdad ER (U.S., 2006, 63 minutes), directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neil. 6:00 p.m., 2003/4 Michael Hooker Research Center. UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee.

October 11, 2006: Kosta Harlan, Students for Democratic Society, UNC-CH, and David Hungerford, N.J. People's Organization for Progress, "The War in Iraq and the Struggle for Sovereignty." 7:00 p.m., 317 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.

October 11, 2006: Mia Bloom, professor of international affairs, University of Georgia, "Suicide Terrorism." 6:45 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. To reserve a space, contact Carolyn Pumphrey at 919-613-9280 or pumphrey@duke.edu by October 9. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the International Relations Program, Duke University.

October 12, 2006: Umar Yasin Diego Guadalupe/Abu Uthman Hernan Guadalupe, director of The PrimeXample Company, Inc., "Latinos in Islam: Rediscovering Our Roots," and Film: Luces Sobre Islam, a documentary about Latino Muslim experience in Los Angeles, directed by Nicole Ballevian. Dinner will be served. 6:15 p.m., Carmichael Ballroom, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Hispanic Association (CHispA), Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Chi Phi Sorority Inc., Kappa Chapter, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the UNC Muslim Student Association.

October 13, 2006: Film: The Iron Wall (Israel/Palestine, 2006, 58 minutes), directed by Mohammed Alatar. 6:30 p.m., United Church of Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

October 13, 2006: Concert: Middle Eastern Improvisations, with Kayhan Kalhor, Persian
kamencheh musician, and Erdal Erzincan, Turkish baglama musician. 8:00 p.m., Goodson
Chapel, Duke University. Tickets: $15. Part of the Duke Performances series.

October 16, 2006: Glaire Anderson, professor of art, UNC-CH, "An Islamic Villa Culture? The 'Pleasure Gardens' of Tenth-Century Cordoba." 4:30 p.m., 220 Gray Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Late Ancient Studies, Duke University.

October 16, 2006: Mehdi Khalaji, doctoral student in Islamic studies, Sorbonne, and visiting fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, "U.S.-Iran Negotiations: Benefits and Risks for Democracy." 7:00 p.m., 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

October 26-December 21, 2006: Exhibit: Resplendent Reds: 19th Century Turkmen Textiles. Gallery of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, NCSU.

October 17, 2006: Syed Moshin Ahmed, senior analyst, Pakistan Microfinance Network, "Current State of Microfinance in Pakistan." 7:30-8:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Economics Club, the Campus Y, and the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, UNC-CH.

October 17, 2006: Symposium: Ethics on the Edge of Tradition. 3:30-6:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Department of Religion and the Center for Judaic Studies. Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan fast) followed by dinner at 6:30. RVSP to Kimberly Soliman at 668-1955. Participants include:

  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University, "Reading Ghazali's Ethics in the Threshold."

  • David Burrell, professor of philosophy and theology, University of Notre Dame, "Ways al-Ghazali Leads Us to Understanding."

  • Bruce Lawrence, director, Duke Islamic Studies Center, respondent.

October 18, 2006: Ben Majekodunmi, human rights officer for Lebanon, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, "International Human Rights Law: Is It Really Law, and Does It Really Protect?" 12:00 p.m., Room 4085, School of Law, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the International Law Organization, UNC-CH.

October 19, 2006: Engseng Ho, professor of anthropology, Harvard University, "Burial and Travel: Representational Shapes of a Mobile Islam." 3:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 24, 2006: Kevin Morrison, doctoral student in political science, Duke University, "Oil, Non-tax Revenue and the Redistributional Foundations of Regime Stability." 7:00-8:30 p.m, Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Part of the University Seminar on Global Governance and Democracy, sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies.

October 25, 2006: Daniel Boyarin, professor of Talmudic culture, University of California at Berkeley, "The Son of Man: A Jewish Life." 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

October 25, 2006: Film: 1947 Earth (India/Canada, 1998, 110 minutes), directed by Deepa Mehta. 7:30 p.m., Room 218 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Fall 2006 South Asian Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, and co-sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar radio program, WKNC 88.1 FM.

October 27, 2006: Nadia Yaqub, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding." 4:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, 4th floor Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Lilian R. Furst Forum, Curriculum of Comparative Literature, UNC-CH.

October 29, 2006: Panel: “At the Gate: Perspectives on Turkish Republic.” 2:30 p.m., Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School (McColl Building), UNC-CH. Sponsored by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina. Panel to be followed by a reception with a sampling of Turkish folk dances, music, and snacks. Panelists are:

  • David Price, Congressional representative, North Carolina fourth district, "US-Turkey Relations against a Backdrop of U.S. Relations throughout the Middle East."

  • Güven Güzeldere, professor of philosophy, Duke University, "Istanbul: Crossroads of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."

  • Thomas Phu, history teacher, Upper School, Durham Academy, "Questions for Turkey from Afar."

  • Robyn Yigit Smith, director of operations, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, "An American's Observations of Life in Rural Turkey."

  • Müge Çalikoglu, professor of pediatrics, UNC-CH, "Turkish Women: A Journey in Science."

  • Erdag Göknar, professor of Turkish, Duke University, "Turkish Identity in the U.S."

October 30, 2006: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, and Marty Rosebluth, Amnesty International USA's Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, "Blowback: The U.S., Middle East, and Global Perceptions." 7:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Persian Cultural Society, UNC Chapter of NAACP, Political Action Committee of the BSM, Campus Y, Table Talk, and Arab Student Organization.

October 30, 2006: Robert M. Jenkins, director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH, "Human Rights and Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia." 7:00 p.m., Hanes Art Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. Part of Conflict Awareness Week sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

October 30, 2006: Film: Ahlam Hind wa Kamilia (Egypt, 1989, 109 minutes), directed by Mohammed Khan. 6:00 p.m., 205 Alumni Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 1, 2006: Short video clips and discussion on Kashmir and Northeastern India. 1:00 p.m., 203 Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Conflict Awareness Week sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

November 1, 2006: Panel: War in Iraq: Human Consequences. 7:30 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Campaign to End the Cycle of Violence, and the Progressive Faculty Network, UNC-CH. Speakers include:

  • Abdul Sattar Jawad, visiting professor of Arabic and English, Duke University, "The Iraq War: Education and Academic Freedom."
  • Steve Wing, professor of epidemiology, UNC-CH, "The Iraq War: Public Health."

November 1, 2006: Film: Pinjar (The Skeleton) (India, 2003, 188 minutes), directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi. 7:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Fall 2006 South Asian Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies , and co-sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar radio program, WKNC 88.1 FM.

November 2, 2006: Film: The Ground Truth (U.S., 2006, 72 minutes), directed by Patricia Foulkrod. 6:00 p.m., 103 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

November 2, 2006: Diana Villiers Negroponte, U.S. Institute of Peace History Project, "Rhetoric and Reality Behind the Foreign Policy Push for Liberal Democracy in the Middle East." 4:00 p.m., Room 04, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr., Lecture on International Studies, Duke University.

November 2, 2006: Film: "Paradise Now" (Palestine-France-Germany-Netherlands-Israel, 2005, 90 minutes), directed by Hany Abu-Assad. 5:00 p.m., 307 Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Conflict Awareness Week sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

November 3, 2006: Graeme Robertson, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "Conflict in Chechnya." 5:00 p.m., 210 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Conflict Awareness Week sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

November 7, 2006: Amaney Jamal, professor of political science, Princeton University, "Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World." 12:30 p.m., 201 Flowers Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

November 8, 2006: Bruce B. Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, "Economic Jihad." 5:00-6:30 p.m., 225 Willis Commerce Building, North Carolina Central University. Sponsored by the School of Business, NCCU, and the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies.

November 9, 2006: Mariteuw Chimere Diaw, Center of International Forestry Research, Yaoundi, Cameroon, "Economic Alterity and the Alterity of Economics: Non-Conventional Economic Systems in the Age of Globalization." 5:00 p.m., 308 Alumni Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Cultures of Economies Research Group, Social Movements Working Group, African Studies Center, University Program in Cultural Studies, Department of Geography, and Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH.

November 10, 2006: Sudipta Sen, professor of history, University of California, Davis, "The Strange Death of Mansa the Watchman: A Tale of Colonial Homicide in Eighteenth Century North India." 12:00 p.m., 229 Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University.

November 10-11, 2006: Seminar: "Fundamentalisms: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim." 4:30 p.m., November 10-1:00 p.m., November 11. Tuition: $120. Sponsored by the Program in Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH. Speakers include:

  • Michael Lienesch, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "American Christian Fundamentalism: From its Origins to the New Christian Right."

  • Yaakov S. Ariel, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Guarding the Walls of Tradition: The History and Character of Jewish Fundamentalisms."

  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Islamic Fundamentalisms."

November 12, 2006: Eboo Patel, director, Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago,"Building the Student Interfaith Movement: From Dialogue to Action." 7:00 p.m., Von Canon C, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Interfaith Dialogue Project of Duke Chapel and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Muslim Student Association, Honor Council, Division of Student Affairs, Pathways Program, and Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University; the Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Club and Muslim Student Association, UNC-CH; and the Triangle Interfaith Alliance.

November 12, 2006: Religions of India Field Trip. 12:00-6:00 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, please contact Afroz Taj. 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, the Hindi-Urdu Program, UNC-CH, and the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies.

November 13, 2006: Tim McMillan, professor of African and Afro-American studies, UNC-CH, "Breaking down Barriers: Intersecting Struggles." 6:30 p.m., Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, UNC-CH. Sponsored by UNC Office of Diversity, Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Persian Cultural Society, UNC Chapter of NAACP, Political Action Committee of the BSM, Campus Y, Table Talk, and Arab Student Organization.

November 13, 2006: Timur Kuran, King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California, "Islamic Law and the Beginnings of Economic Modernization: The Middle Eastern Experience?" 12:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

November 13, 2006: Seham al-Foraih, professor of Arabic, Kuwait University, "Women, Poetry, and the Arab World." 4:00 p.m., Room 240 Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Department of Asian and African Languages & Literature, Duke University.

November 15, 2006: Panel: "Nuclear Proliferation." 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday Center, UNC-CH. RSVP to Carolyn Pumphrey appreciated but not required. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Panelists include:

  • Lawrence Grinter, editor, Maxwell Papers, Air War College, speaking on North Korea.
  • Jalil Roshandel, director of security studies, East Carolina University, speaking on Iran.
  • Jon Wolfsthal, fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, speaking on Russia.

November 15, 2006: Film: Train to Pakistan (UK/India, 1998, 111 minutes), directed by Pamela Rooks. 7:30 p.m., Room 218 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Fall 2006 South Asian Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, and co-sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar radio program, WKNC 88.1 FM.

November 16, 2006: Marc Bregman, professor of rabbinic literature, UNC-Greensboro, "Midrash as Visualization: Depicting the Binding of Isaac in Text and Image." 7:30 p.m., UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

November 16, 2006: Festival: Sharkiyyat (prosaically rendered: Things from the East). Student talent show, food competition, music, and dancing. 5:30-10:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program and the Francophone Program, UNC-CH.

November 20, 2006: Hannatu Abdullahi, midwife and chief nursing officer, Kano State Hospital Management Board, Nigeria, "Life-Saving Postabortion Care in Kano, Nigeria: A Nurse Midwife's Experience in this Predominantly Muslim State." 5:30 p.m., 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by IPAS, Chapel Hill. 

November 27, 2006: Film: Suicide Killers: Paradise Is Hell (Palestine/US, 2006, 75 minutes), directed by Pierre Rehov. 7:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

November 28, 2006: Adeeb Khalid, professor of history, Carleton College, "Being Muslim in the Soviet Union: Religion, Nationality, and Citizenship in Central Asia." 11:30 a.m., 229 Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 29, 2006: Film: Bab al-Oued City (Algeria, 1994, 93 minutes), directed by Merzak Allouache. 6:00 p.m., Room 038, Graham Memorial, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 29, 2006: Film: Umrao Jaan (India/Pakistan, 1981, 145 minutes), directed by Muzaffar Ali. 7:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Fall 2006 South Asian Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, and co-sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar radio program, WKNC 88.1 FM.

November 29-30, 2006: Seminar: "Archaeology in the Holy Land: Ethnic Identities and Religious Practices." 4:30 p.m., November 29-1 p.m., November 30. Tuition: $120. Uhlman Family Seminar in Jewish Studies, sponsored by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH. Speakers include:

  • Eric Meyers, professor of religion and director, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University, "History and the Politics of Archaeology."

  • Jodi Magness, professor of religious studies and classical archaeology, UNC-CH, "Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome."

  • Carol Meyers, professor of religion, Duke University, "Archaeology and the Hidden Religious Culture of Israelite Women."

  • Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers, "Artistry, Piety, and Ethnicity at Ancient Sepphoris."

  • Carol Meyers, Jodi Magness, and Eric Meyers, "Archaeology in the Holy Land."

  November 30, 2006: Global Music: Music from the Axis of Evil (Iraq and Iran), hosted by Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, and DJ Brannon Ingram. 5:00-6:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill.

November 30, 2006: "Islam in America." 7:00 p.m., Perkins Library Rare Book Room, Duke University. Part of the "Changing Institutional Cultures Lecture Series 2006/2007" sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This panel will feature:

  • Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, professor of religion and humanities, Reed College
  • Peter Skeery, professor of political science, Boston College

November 30, 2006: Film: Love, Labor, Loss (U.S./Niger, 2006, 75 minutes), directed by Lisa Russell. 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Medical Student Amphitheatre, Duke University, followed by discussion with the director. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the International Women's Health Alliance, Duke University.

November 30, 2006: Zahra Ali, professor of literature, Kuwait University, and Fulbright Scholar, Duke University, "Mapping Dystopia: Arabic Sculpture and the Postcolonial Condition." 4:30 p.m., Room 130/132, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

December 4, 2006: Meenakshi Khanna, professor of history, Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi, India, and Fulbright Scholar, UNC-CH, "The Dreams and Visions of an Uwaisi Sufi." 6:30 p.m. Contact sponsor for location. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asian Studies.

December 4, 2006: Seema Alavi, professor of history, Jamia Millia Islamia, India, "From Mughal Gentleman Physician to Native Doctor: Imperial Medicine in India, 1600-1900." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 229 Carr Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University.

December 7, 2006: George Saliba, professor of Arabic and Islamic science, Columbia University, "The European Renaissance and the World of Islam." 4:00 p.m., 0012 Westbrook Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University.

December 7, 2006: Julius Nyang'oro, professor of African studies, UNC-CH, "The Continuing Crisis in Darfur: An Evolving Human Tragedy." 7:30 p.m, Restaurant Starlu, 3211 Shannon Rd., Durham. $50 minimum donation per person to benefit the Save Darfur coalition.

December 8, 2006: Concert: Tarannum Naz, acclaimed vocalist from Pakistan, accompanied on tabla by Imran Mehdi. 8:00 p.m., G107 Caldwell Hall, NCSU. Tickets: $15. Sponsored by King Kabob, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, Urdu Majlis Literary Society, and Geet Bazaar radio program, WKNC 88.1 FM.

December 11, 2006: Jodi Magness, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Ancient Jewish Tombs and Burial Customs in Jerusalem." 7:30-9:30 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Part of the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies.

December 16, 2006: Eric Moss, Israeli psychotherapist, "Psychological Pressures on the Treating Psychotherapist in Times of Social Turmoil and Trauma: The Israeli Case." 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Friday Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation and the NC Psychoanalytic Society.

December 16, 2006: Concert: Rock for Reproductive Rights with Mamadou Diabate Ensemble, Malian kora player, and singer Katharine Whalen. 8:00-11:00 p.m., ArtsCenter, Carrboro. Tickets $15, benefiting IPAS, Chapel Hill.

December 17, 2006: Eric Moss, Israeli psychotherapist, "A Family Affair: Coping with the Stress of War." 2:00-4:00 p.m., Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation. Sponsored by Jewish Family Services and the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation.

December 17, 2006: Rumi Interfaith Celebration. 7:00 p.m., Beth El Synagogue (Freedman Center), Durham. Please bring a candle, and if it's easy, bring a cushion or portable chair. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Sponsored by Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) and stone circles. Presenters include:

  • Sponsors: Jeanette Stokes, RCWMS, and Claudia Horowitz, stone circles
  • Ericka Wilkins, classically trained soloist
  • Wongong So, Duk Jon Kim, Leslie DiLorenzo, Won Buddhist Temple
  • Nathanette Mayo, Fruit of Labor and Black Workers for Justice
  • Georgia Stone, soloist
  • Bilal Ankaya, Outreach Coordinator, Divan Cultural Center
  • Janzi, Fahir, and Yekta Zülfikar, playing ney (reed flute), kudum (kettle drums) and bendir (frame drum)
  • Nancy Rocamora, music director, Judea Reform Synagogue
  • Kathleen Hannan and Sheila Fleming, Bodies, Voices & Spirit Community Chorus

December 20, 2006: Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "What Hope for Democratic Stability in Afghanistan?" 12:00 p.m., Holiday Inn in Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association.

December 22-28, 2006: Film: Kabul Express (India, 2006, 106 minutes), directed by Kabir Khan. 9:35 p.m., Galaxy Cinema, Cary.

January 3, 2007: Rania Masri, professor of environmental science, University of Balamand, Lebanon, and co-founder of the Campaign of Civil Resistance, a civilian, nonviolent group working to offer support to displaced persons, foster Lebanese unity, and work on political/legal issues; and Rifaat Masri, Lebanese businessman, "The War in Lebanon and its Aftermath." 7:00 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library. Benefit for the Campaign of Civil Resistance, Lebanon. Co-sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, Coalition for Peace with Justice, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Triangle Branch.

January 10, 2007: Philip Schrodt, professor of political science, University of Kansas, "Israeli Security in Post-Sovereign World." 3:00 p.m., 355 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-CH.

January 19, 2007: Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Betrayer and Betrayed: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot." 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., contact sponsor for location. Tuition: $120. Part of the Adventures in Ideas Seminars, Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH.

January 20, 2007: Dance: Lebanese Dance with Badia Ishak. 2:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Tickets: $5, free for kids under 4 years of age.

January 24, 2007: Charles Becker, professor of economics, Duke University, and Ai-Gul Seitenova, Fulbright scholar, "Health and Disability Research in Eurasia." 4:30 p.m., 139 Social Science Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University.

January 24, 2007: Matt Cook, lecturer in anthropology, North Carolina State University, "Merchants and Sindh's Annexation." 7:00 p.m., Contact sponsor for location. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

January 25, 2007: Cindy Castano, director/producer of "My Slave, My Infidel," will speak about the horrors of the slave trade in the Sudan and show a part of her new documentary. 5:00 p.m., Tate Turner Kuralt Auditorium, School of Social Work, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Health and Human Rights Subcommittee of the Student Global Health Committee, UNC-CH.

January 28, 2007: Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Iran and the U.S.: Beyond the 'Axis of Evil.'" 4:00-5:30 p.m., Durham Friends Meeting House, 404 Alexander Avenue, Durham. Sponsored by Triangle TIKKUN, the Muslim American Political Affairs Council, Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Durham Friends Meeting.

January 29, 2007: Nasrollah Pourjavady, professor of philosophy, University of Tehran, "The Language of Spiritual Experience (zaban-e hal) in Persian Sufism" 8:00 p.m., 104 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH.

January 29, 2007: Yana Hashamova, professor, of Slavic and East European Languages and Literature, Ohio State University, "Trafficking in the Balkans: Screening Tribulation and Trauma." 3:00 p.m., Room 116, Old Chemistry Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University. January 29, 2007: Valerie Ritter, professor of south Asian languages and civilizations, University of Chicago, "Why Nature Matters to Hindi Poetry: Romanticism in the Prism of the Modern" 4:00 p.m., 222 Phillips Hall, UNC-CH.

January 29, 2007: General interest meeting for new student organization, Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC). 6:30 p.m., 304 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. The mission of SPEAC is to humanize the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by standing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for dignity, human rights, and justice.

February 1, 2007: Film: Darfur Diaries (U.S./Sudan, 2006, 57 minutes), directed by Aisha Bain, Jen Marlowe, and Adam Shapiro. 7:30 p.m., Erdahl-Cloyd Theater, D.H. Hill Library, NCSU. Film to be followed by discussion led by Anna Bigelow, professor of Islamic studies, NCSU. Part of Darfur Awareness Week, sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs, the Park Scholarships Program, and the Political Science Club, NCSU.

February 4, 2007: Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times columnist, "First Genocide of the 21st Century: Report from Darfur." 7:30 p.m., Nelson Hall Auditorium, NCSU. Part of Darfur Awareness Week, sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs, the Park Scholarships Program, and the Political Science Club, NCSU.

February 5, 2007: Panel Discussion: "Perspectives on the Darfur Crisis." 7:30 p.m., Room 232-A, Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of Darfur Awareness Week, sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs, the Park Scholarships Program, and the Political Science Club, NCSU. Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Craig Brookins, director of Africana studies, NCSU.
  • Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science, UNC-CH.
  • Haywood Rankin, U.S diplomat.
  • Mansour Malik, hydrogeologist, North Carolina state government.
  • Scott Sutton, Darfur activist.

February 5, 2007: Ghassan Hage, professor of anthroplogy, University of Sydney, "Spectres of Exterminability." 5:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the University Program in Cultural Studies, UNC-CH.

February 5, 2007: Yvonne Ridley, journalist and Islamic activist, "Islamic Feminism: Removing the Veil of Bigotry Towards Muslim Women." 7:30-9:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Islamic Association of Raleigh and hosted by the Muslim Students Association and MOSAIC, UNC-CH.

February 5, 2007: Dorothea Janney, nurse formerly with Doctors Without Borders, "Medicine on the Ground in a Resource Poor Setting," a photodocumentary of her 11 month experience in Darfur, Sudan. 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 2204, Medical Biomolecular Research Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by International Health Forum, and Physicians for Human Rights, School of Medicine, UNC-CH.

February 5, 2007: Film: Wedding in Galilee (France-Israel, 1987, 113 minutes), directed by Michel Khleifi. 6:30 p.m., 219 New West, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 6, 2007: Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times columnist, "First Genocide of the 21st Century: Report from Darfur." 7:30-9:00 p.m., Nelson Hall Auditorium, NCSU. Sponsored by the Park Scholarships and the Department of Political Science, NCSU.

February 6, 2007: Michael Cotter, former U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, "Central Asia: Oil, Economic Growth, and Democracy." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series, UNC-CH.

February 7, 2007: Abusaleh Shariff, chief economist, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India, "Growth & Equity in the Indian Economy & Society: The Case of Indian Muslims." 5:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

February 8, 2007: Dick Davis, professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures, Ohio State University, and Jane V. Curran, professor of German, Dalhousie University, "Poetry against the Clash of Civilizations." 7:30 p.m., Old Chemistry 123, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Duke University.

February 8, 2007: Film: The Namesake (India/US, 2006, 122 minutes), directed by Mira Nair. 7:00 p.m., Galaxy Cinema, Cary. A free special preview screening sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, Geet Bazaar WKNC 88.1, and YOURDIL.

February 9, 2007: Dick Davis, chair of the department of Eastern Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University, reading "A Trick of Sunlight." 7:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Duke University.

February 13, 2007: Bruno S. Frey, professor of economic policy and non-market economics, University of Zurich, "Dealing with Terrorism: Stick or Carrot?" 7:00-8:30 p.m., Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Institute, Duke University. Sponsored by the University Seminar on Global Governance and Democracy and the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University.

February 13, 2007: Sandria B. Freitag, associate director, NC Center for South Asia Studies, "Elaboration of Empire: Colonial Rule and the Creation of 'Traditional' India.” 7:00 p.m., contact sponsor for location. Sponsored by the Triangle South Asia Consortium.

February 13, 2007: Abdul Sattar Jawad, research professor, John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Duke University, and former editor of the Baghdad Mirror, "Middle East Media." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series, UNC-CH.

February 14-March 4, 2007: Theater: The Great Game, by D. Tucker Smith. Bryan Center, Duke University. Tickets: $25, $5 students.

February 14, 2007: Hakan Altinay, executive director, Open Society Institute-Turkey, "The Next Iran or the Next Spain? Turkey at the Crossroads." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Initiative, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

February 15, 2007: Les Roberts, professor of population and family health, Columbia University, "Media Coverage of the Johns Hopkins Iraq Mortality Studies." 4:00 p.m., 121 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, UNC-CH.

February 15, 2007: Michael Stone, professor of religious studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, "Ancient Judaism and the Prism of Orthodoxy." 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2007: Steven R. Whitcomb, commanding general of the Third Army, U.S. Army Central Command, and Coalition Forces Land Component Command, "War in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Current Armed Forces." 2:30-4:00 p.m., 201 Chapman Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2007: Ai-Gul Seitenova, Fulbright Scholar, Department of Economics, Duke University, "Reflections and Accounts from the Professional Life of an Accomplished Economist from Kazakhstan." 12:15-1:15 p.m., International House, Duke University. Part of the International Scholar Brown Bag Lunch Series sponsored by International House, Duke University.

  February 19, 2007: Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet and former literary editor, The Baghdad Observer.

February 19: Lecture in Arabic on her experiences as an Iraqi and immigrant to the U.S. as well as her writing and her experience teaching Arabic in Dearborn, Michigan. 4:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Annual Arabic Program Lecture, sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 19: Poetry Reading: "The War Works Hard." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, Department of Asian Studies, Curriculum in Women's Studies, and Curriculum in International Studies.

February 21: Poetry Reading: "The War Works Hard." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian & African Languages & Literature, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Focus Program, and Women's Studies, Duke University.

February 21, 2007: Film: Syriana (U.S., 2005, 126 minutes), directed by Stephen Gaghan. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the Morality of Power series sponsored by Screen/Society, Duke University.

February 21, 2007: Hala Amir El Taher, senior vocational training specialist, Ministry of Manpower and Migration, Egypt, and Humphrey Fellow, Department of Public Policy, UNC-CH, "Egyptian Women and Their Roles in Society." 2:30–4:00 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Tuition: $5. Part of the Carolina College for Lifelong Learning, General Alumni Association, UNC-CH.

February 22, 2007: Film: Imarat Ya'qubian (The Yacoubian Building) (Egypt, 2006, 161 minutes), directed by Marwan Hamed. 5:30 p.m., 211 Chapman Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 22, 2007: Elizabeth Frankenberg, professor of sociology, UCLA, "Individual and Collective Trauma in the Aftermath of the Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia." 12:00–1:00 p.m., 271 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, UNC-CH.

February 23, 2007: Traditional Mawlawi ritual, performed by the the Whirling dervishes of Rumi from Konya, Turkey. 7:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by the Divan Cultural Center. Tickets are priced at $24 and $30, with a 20% discount for students, youths, and seniors.

February 23-24, 2007: Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Betrayer and Betrayed: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot." 4:30 p.m., February 23 - 12:00 p.m., February 24, contact sponsor for location. Tuition: $150. Part of the Adventures in Ideas Seminars, Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH.

February 24, 2007: Kareem Shora, national executive director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, panelist at conference on "One Person, One Voice: Immigration and the Right to Participate." Time and location to be announced on the sponsor's website. Part of the 11th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity, School of Law, UNC-CH.

February 24, 2007: Axis of Evil Comedy Show, with comedians Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, and Aron Kader. 7:00-8:30 p.m., Page Auditorium, followed by reception, 9:00-10:00 p.m., Von Canon rooms, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Persian Student Association and Arab Students Association, Duke University.

February 25, 2007: Burmese School Benefit Dinner and Show. 6:00 p.m., Great Hall, Student Union, UNC-CH. Featuring cuisine catered by the Triangle's best Asian restaurants, performances by talented campus groups, and the opening of the Southeast Asia Photo Exhibit, displaying winning photographs by UNC professors and students (exhibit opens at 5:00 p.m.). Tickets are $7 in advance, available in the Pit. All proceeds directly support a school in Mae Sot, Thailand, that educates the children of Burmese migrant workers. Sponsored by Southeast Asia Interest Association (SEAIA).

February 25, 2007: Jeff Spinner-Halev, director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH, "Obstacles to Peace between Israel and Palestine." 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Beth Meyer Synagogue, Raleigh. Sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, in honor of Eli N. Evans, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

February 26, 2007: Taieb Belghazi, professor of English, University of Rabat, Morocco, "Reflection on Jihad and Just War." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Gorter Distinguished Scholar Lectures sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

February 26, 2007: Informational Meeting about the new Concentration in Arab Cultures in the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH. 6:00-7:30 p.m., 219 New West, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

  February 26, 2007: Film: Private (Italy, 90 minutes, 2004), directed by Saverio Costanzo. 7:00 p.m., 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum, UNC-CH.

February 26, 2007: Discussion and Teach-in: Scott Sutton, international traveler and speaker, and Taylor Steelman, organizer in the national student movement to stop the genocide in Darfur. Discussion with Scott Sutton at 8:00 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall; teach-in with Scott Sutton and Taylor Steelman at 8:45 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall. Sponsored by S.U.D.A.N. (Students United for Darfur Awareness Now), UNC-CH.

February 28, 2007: Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Muslim Leadership." 6:00 p.m., 3206 Student Union. Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Student Association.

February 28, 2007: Greg Mortenson, mountaineer, co-author of Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time, and founder of the Central Asia Institute, which has built 57 schools in rural Pakistan and Afgahanistan, as well as several public health projects. 7:00 p.m., Carolina Friends School, Chapel Hill. Part of the fifth anniversary celebration of Carolina Friends School's Afghan Sister Schools Project, co-sponsored by Carolina Friends School, The Regulator Bookshop, and Townsend Bertram & Co.

February 28, 2007: Mark Crescenzi, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "The Iraq War: Preserving Our Safety or Creating New Danger?" 7:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Table Talk, Campus Y, UNC-CH.

February 28, 2007: Jodi Magness, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls." 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Kaplan-Brauer Lecture on the Contribution of Judaism to Civilization, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

March 2, 2007: Concert: Mamadou Diabate, Malian kora player. 8:00 p.m., Goodson Chapel, Duke University. Benefit concert followed by a reception and silent auction for the International Organization for Women and Development, Inc., a non-profit which provides fistula repair surgery for women in Niger. Sponsored by the International Women's Health Alliance, Duke University.

  March 2-3, 2007: Global Middle East Workshop.

March 2:
All events this day held in 3206A-B Student Union, UNC-CH (unless otherwise noted)

10:30 a.m.
Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of Persian, Washington University-St. Louis, reading from Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran (UNC Press, 2007) at the Bull's Head Bookstore, UNC Student Stores.

2:00 p.m.
Alec Hargreaves, professor of French, Florida State University, "Suburbs of the Middle East? Muslims in Contemporary France"

3:20 p.m.
Elizabeth Thompson, professor of history, University of Virginia, "Scartlett O'Hara in Damascus: Cinema and the Politics of Late Colonialism in the Arab World"


March 3:
All events this day held in 210 Hyde Hall, UNC-CH (unless otherwise noted)

9:20 a.m.
Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of Persian, Washington University-St. Louis, "Balancing Truth with Fiction: Toward a New Language for Cultural Representation"

10:45 a.m.
David Waldner, professor of politics, University of Virginia, "Middle East Regimes in Post-Colonial Perspective"

1:30 p.m.
Akram Khater, professor of history, NCSU, "Becoming Syrian in America: A Global Geography of Ethnicity and Nation"

2:45 p.m.
Summation by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH

4:30 p.m.
Alice Bloch, dancer and choreographer, and Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of Persian, Washington University-St. Louis, "The Watching Heart: A Journey in Peace." Dance and poetry performance, to be held in 209 Manning Hall.

March 2-4, 2007: Conference: Imperialist Order Transformed? Global Perspectives on the Legacies of World War I. Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. Organized by the Global History Network and sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies. Speakers include:

  • Cemil Aydin, professor of history, UNC-Charlotte, & Dominic Sachsenmaier, professor of history, Duke University, "Critiques of Western Modernity: Chinese, Middle Eastern and European Networks."

  • Kris Manjapra, doctoral student in history, Harvard University, "Roy, Debates on Capitalism and Intellectual Exchange between South Asia and Central Europe 1910-1925."

  • Susan Pedersen, professor of history, Columbia University, "The League of Nations and the Mandates System."

  • Mekjondo Kaapanda, doctoral student in legal studies, University of Cambridge, "Civilized Negroes: Pan-African Petitions to the League of Nations."

  • Fatma Gvgek, professor of sociology, University of Michigan, "Provincializing Modernity: the Social Engineering Projects of the Young Turks During World War I."

  • Harald Fischer-Tini, professor of history, International University of Bremen, "Indian Diaspora and 'Cultural Nationalism' during World War I."

March 3, 2007: Film: Kadosh (Israel, 1999, 110 minutes), directed by Amos Gitai. 7:30 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Hebrew Program, UNC-CH.

March 5, 2007: Film: Valley of the Wolves - Iraq (Turkey, 2003, 65 minutes), directed by Serdar Akar. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by Screen/Society, Duke University. Event not yet confirmed.

March 6, 2007: Elias Chacour, archbishop of Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and Jeremy Milgrom, Israeli rabbi and co-founder of Clergy for Peace, "Dialogue on Israel/Palestine." 12:30 p.m., Campus Y, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Campus Y, Muslim Student Association, and NC Hillel, UNC-CH.

March 8, 2007: Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, UNC-CH, "Beyond Islam vs. the West." 2:30–4:00 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Tuition: $15. Part of the Carolina College for Lifelong Learning, General Alumni Association, UNC-CH.

March 17, 2007: Shining Night, an evening of mystical Persian music, poetry, and devotional whirling in honor of Rumi’s 800th birthday, with performances by the Naghmeh Ensemble. 7:30-10:00 p.m., Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro Street, Carrboro. Tickets: $15 (with student ID, $12). Sponsored by The Universal Center of Light.

March 19, 2007: Marty Rosenbluth, Amnesty International country specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, "At War: Protecting Innocents in a Conflict Zone." 2:30–4:00 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Tuition: $15. Part of the Carolina College for Lifelong Learning, General Alumni Association, UNC-CH.

March 19, 2007: Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, discussing and signing his book The Qur'an: A Biography. 7:00 p.m., Regulator Bookshop (720 Ninth St., Durham).

March 19, 2007: Gabi Sheffer, professor of political science, Hebrew University, "Are the Jewish Diaspora and Its Relations with Israel Unique?" 7:30-9:00 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Sponsored by the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies.

March 19, 2007: Mustafa Ozel, president of the Arts & Sciences Foundation, Istanbul, "Turkey & Europe: Civilizational Confrontation or Dialogue." Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies, Duke University.

March 20, 2007: Zion Zohar, director of the President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry, Florida International University, "Mysticism, Magic and Rabin's Murder: The Pulsa DeNura Ritual." 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

March 21, 2007: Jamal Haddad, Arab-American businessman, "From Refugee Status in Kuwait to Baba Ghanoush in Cary and Chapel Hill." 7:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Meredith College. Part of the "Touches of Arabia" week sponsored by the Arabic 102 class, Meredith College.

March 22, 2007: Debra Mubashshir Majeed, professor of religious studies, Beloit College, "Representations of Muslim Women: The Power of Choice." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Gorter Distinguished Scholar Lectures sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

March 22, 2007: Ian Buruma, professor of democracy, human rights, and journalism, Bard College, "Muslims in Europe: Among the Unbelievers." 5:15 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.

March 22, 2007: Nonie Darwish, founder of Arabs for Israel, "Radical Islam and its Effect on Western Civilization." 7:30 p.m., 104 Howell Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Carolina Students for Israel.

March 24, 2007: Workshop: What Is Eurasia? 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Speakers include:

  • 10:15 a.m. Erdag Goknar, professor of Turkish studies, Duke University, "Approaches to Eurasia."
  • 10:30 a.m. David Christian, professor of history, San Diego State University, "The Idea of Inner Eurasia."
  • 11:45 a.m., Gabit Bekakhmetov, student from Kazakhstan, Duke University, "The View From Kazakhstan."
  • 1:45 p.m. David Need, professor of religion, Duke University, "Islam in Central Asia."
  • 2:45 p.m. Michael Newcity, deputy director, CSEEES, Duke University, "Caspian Sea Oil."
  • 3:30 p.m. Documentary film on Central Asia.

March 26, 2007: Anna Bigelow, professor of philosophy and religion, North Carolina State University, "Before Partition: Challenges to the Plural Kingdom.” 7:00 p.m., contact sponsor for location. Sponsored by the Triangle South Asia Consortium.

March 26, 2007: Film: Sijill Ikhtifa' (Chronicle of a Disappearance) (Palestine-Israel-U.S.-Germany-France, 1996, 88 minutes), directed by Elia Suleiman. 6:00 p.m., 207 House Undergraduate Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 26-30, 2007: Holocaust Remembrance Week. Events include:

Monday, March 26
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the Quad: Ribbons of Remembrance
6:00 p.m. at Carmichael Ballroom: Table Talk and free dinner with local survivors.

Tuesday, March 27 - Wednesday March 28
Noon at the Pit: 24-hour Vigil and Reading of the Names.

Wednesday, March 28
7:30 p.m. at the Pit: Screening of "Life is Beautiful."

Thursday, March 29
10:00 p.m. at W.B. Yeats (360 W. Franklin): Dimes for Darfur Bar Night. $5 cover donation goes to Sudanese children in refugee camps.

Friday, March 30
6:15 p.m. at NC Hillel: Holocaust Memorial Service and Shabbat Dinner. RSVP online.

March 28, 2007: Film: About Baghdad (Iraq-U.S., 2004, 90 minutes), directed by Sinan Antoon and Bassam Haddad. 7:00 p.m., 232A Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 4th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, NSCU.

March 29, 2007: James Brennan, lecturer in African history, University of London, "Sovereignty and Islam in the Politics of Decolonization in Coastal Kenya, 1945-1964." 4:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Department of History.

  March 29, 2007: Salim Tamari, professor of sociology, Birzeit University, "War and Modernity: The Centrality of WWI in the Re-Making of Levantine Culture." 5:00 p.m., 3024 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. This is the first public lecture sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations in our new location at the FedEx Global Education Center.

March 29, 2007: Jeff Spinner-Halev, professor of political ethics, UNC-CH, and Gabi Sheffer, professor of political science, Hebrew University, "Israel at a Crossroads: Where is it Headed?" 5:00 p.m., York Reading Room, 2nd floor, Gray Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

March 31, 2007: Build for Habitat for Humanity, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Pittsboro. Transportation to the site will be provided. If you are interested in participating, contact Ariel Zirulnick. Space is limited. Sponsored by the Jewish and Muslim Alliance.

March 31, 2007: Negar Mottahadeh, professor of literature, Duke University, "Against Voyeurism: Iran's Stand Against the Meta-desire of Cinema." 4:00 p.m., 240 Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the conference on "Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism and Anthropological Knowing," sponsored by the Department of History and the Arts & Sciences Committee on Faculty Research, Duke University.

March 31, 2007: Amr Dabbour, local Islamic scholar, "Jesus in Islam." 2:00-4:00 p.m., Room 1111, The Mary Townes Science Center, North Carolina Central University. Sponsored by Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman, Durham.

April 4, 2007: Film: Color of Olives (Mexico-Palestine, 2006, 97 minutes), directed by Carolina Rivas. 7:00 p.m., 232A Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 4th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, NSCU.

April 4, 2007: Glaire Anderson, professor of art, UNC-CH, "A Medieval/Islamic Villa Culture? Suburban Estates in 10th-century Cordoba." 12:00 noon, Donovan Lounge (223 Greenlaw).

April 4, 2007: Film: Partial Stories of "Displacement" (30 minutes), directed by Azadeh Saljooghi. 6:30 p.m., Thomas Room, Lilly Library, Duke University. To be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker. Sponsored by the Program in Literature, Focus Muslim Cultures, Baldwin Scholars, Film/Video/Digital Program, and Lilly Library.

April 5-6, 2007: Muslim Ethics Symposium: Re-imagining Muslim Ethics. Room 240 John Hope Franklin Center Duke University. Featured speakers include:

  • Kevin Reinhart, professor of religion, Dartmouth College
  • Mawlana Waris Mazhari, editor, Tarjuman-Darul Uloom, Delhi
  • Hassan Hanafi, professor of philosophy, Cairo University
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University

 April 6-7, 2007: 4th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, "Islam and the Challenge of Pluralism: Muslim Encounters with the Other." Room 1005, Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Full schedule available online. Speakers include:

  • Hasan Hanafi, professor of philosophy, Cairo University
  • Maulana Waris Mazhari, Dar ul-Uloom Deoband, India
  • Kevin Reinhart, professor of religious studies, Dartmouth College

April 9, 2007: Hassan Hanafi, professor of philosophy, Cairo University, "From Fundamentalism to Post-Fundamentalism." 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Gorter Distinguished Scholar Lectures sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

April 9, 2007: Film: Osama (Afghanistan, 2003, 83 minutes), directed by Siddiq Barmak. 5:00 p.m., 104 Howell Hall, UNC-CH, introduced by Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science, UNC-CH. Sponsored by AIESEC, UNC-CH.

April 10, 2007: Thomas E. Ricks, senior military reporter, Washington Post, and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. 10:00-11:30 a.m., 305 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.

April 10, 2007: Fazal Sheikh, American photographer. 7:00-8:00 p.m., Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Building, UNC-CH. Part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Art, UNC-CH.

April 10, 2007: Film: My Country, My Country (Iraq-U.S., 2006, 90 minutes), directed by Laura Poitras. 7:00 p.m., 232A Withers Hall, NCSU, followed by discussion with the director. Part of the 4th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program, NSCU.

April 11, 2007: Michael Kraig, director of policy analysis and dialogue, Stanley Foundation, "Realistic Solutions for Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis." 4:00 p.m., 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy.

 April 11, 2007: Robert Crews, professor of history, Stanford University, "Muslim Networks and State Power in Eurasia." 4:00 p.m., Global Education Center, room 3024. Co-sponsored with the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and the Department of History.

April 11, 2007: Cori Dauber, professor of communication studies, UNC-CH, and Kelly Greenhill, professor of government, Wesleyan University, "Iraq: Images of Violence and Public Perceptions of the War." 6:30 p.m., Sunflower Room, Friday Center. Light refreshments will be served just prior to the meeting (6:00 - 6:30). An RSVP to pumphrey@duke.edu would be warmly appreciated. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

April 11, 2007: Film: Battle of Algiers (Algeria/Italy, 1966, 123 minutes), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of the "Morality of Power" series sponsored by Screen/Society, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Film/Video/Digital Program, Duke University.

April 11, 2007: Film: My Country, My Country (Iraq-U.S., 2006, 90 minutes), directed by Laura Poitras. 7:00 p.m., 121 Hanes Art Center, UNC-CH, followed by discussion with the director. Sponsored by the Screen Arts Film & Media Series, UNC-CH, in conjunction with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

April 12, 2007: Zsuzsanna Gulacsi, professor of art history, Northern Arizona University, "Sideways-Oriented Images and the Origins of Book Art in Late Antique and Early Mediaeval West and Central Asia." 4:40 p.m., 220 Gray Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Late Ancient Studies, Duke University.

April 12, 2007: Kelly Greenhill, professor of government, Wesleyan University, "The Power of the Picture? Evidence from the Case of Abu Ghraib." 7:30 p.m., Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Institute for Public Policy. Coffee and desserts will be served prior to the talk (6:45-7:30 PM). Please reserve a space by contacting Carolyn Pumphrey (613-9280 or pumphrey@duke.edu by April 9. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

April 12, 2007: "A Night Under the Moon and Stars," a showcase of music, poetry, the spoken word, visual art, and more. 7:00-9:00 p.m., Goldie's Restaurant (137 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. Part of the 3rd Annual Jewish-Muslim Arts Festival. Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Students Association and North Carolina Hillel.

April 12-13, 2007: Conference: "Confronting Terror at Home and Abroad: Which Way Forward?" Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, the Center for International and Comparative Law, and the Program in Public Law, Duke University School of Law, with the generous support of 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. Participants include:

  • Scott L. Silliman, executive director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University
  • Bruce B. Lawrence, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University
  • miriam cooke, professor of modern Arabic literature and culture
  • Abdeslam E. M. Maghraoui, director, Muslim World Initiative, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, United States Institute of Peace
  • Engseng Ho, professor of anthropology and social studies, Harvard University
  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH
  • Bruce R. Kuniholm, director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Stephen Grummon, director of the Office of Analysis for Near East and South Asia, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State
  • Rand Beers, adjunct professor of public policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, former special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for combating terrorism
  • Peter D. Feaver, special advisor for strategic planning and institutional reform, National Security Council, and professor of political science, Duke University

April 12-14, 2007: Conference: "Law, Politics, and Islam in Africa: A Conference to Honor Bereket Habte Selassie." Global Education Center. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, School of Law, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Events include:

April 12: Gloria Steinem, "Hope Without Borders: Notes on the Transnational African Vision." 6:00 p.m.

April 13-14: Conference panels featuring over 25 scholars from Africa and the US. For a full conference program, contact Milissa Markiewicz.

April 12-15, 2007: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham. Films include:

  • The Devil Came on Horseback (Sudan-U.S., 2007, 85 minutes), directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern.
  • Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears (U.K., 2006, 62 minutes), directed by Simon Chambers.
  • The Last Days of Yasser Arafat (Palestine-Australia, 2006, 77 minutes), directed by Sherine Salama.
  • Leila Khaled, Hijacker (Sweden, 2006, 58 minutes), directed by Lina Makboul.
  • Meeting Resistance (Iraq-U.S., 2007), directed by Molly Bingham and Steve Connors.
  • Promised Paradise (Indonesia-Netherlands, 2006, 52 minutes), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich.
  • Sari's Mother (Iraq-U.S., 2006, 21 minutes), directed by James Longley.
  • Shame (Pakistan-U.S., 2006, 95 minutes), directed by Mohammed Naqvi.
  • A Son's Sacrifice (U.S., 2006, 26 minutes), directed by Yoni Brook.
  • To Die in Jerusalem (Israel-Palestine-U.S., 2007, 90 minutes), directed by Hilla Medalia.

April 13, 2007: Film: The Last Days of Yasser Arafat (Australia, 2006, 77 minutes), directed by Sherine Salama. 3:00 p.m., Civic Center 1. Part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

April 14, 2007: Conference: "Human Rights, An Endangered Concept: The United Nations and the Advancement of Human Rights". 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m., McKimmon Center, NCSU. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, West Triangle Chapter and Wake County Chapter. Speakers include:

  • Neamatollah Nojumi, senior fellow, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University.
  • Hala el Taher, senior vocational training specialist, Ministry of Manpower and Migration, Egypt, and Humphrey Fellow, Department of Public Policy, UNC-CH.
  • Azadeh N. Shahshahani, project coordinator, Muslim/Middle Eastern Community Outreach Project, ACLU-NC Legal Foundation.
  • Marty Rosenbluth, country specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, Amnesty International.

April 14, 2007: Worshop: "Turkey: A Bridge between Two Worlds.". 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Exploris (201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh). Sponsored by Exploris, the International Affairs Council, and Turkish Cultural Foundation. Participants will receive certificates for 8 contact hours that can be submitted to their local school systems for CEU credit. This workshop fits into the curricula for 6th grade (Europe), 7th grade (Asia) and 9th grade (World History). Register here.

April 15, 2007: Film: To Die in Jerusalem (Israel, 2007, 76 minutes), directed by Hilla Medalia. 6:45pm p.m., Civic Center 1. Part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

 April 16, 2007: Film: Belonging (Palestine-Jordan-U.S., 2006, 71 minutes), directed by Tariq Nasir. 6:30 p.m., Fox Auditorium, School of Nursing (Carrington Building). Followed by discussion with the director. Cosponsored with the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Romance Languages, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Curriculum in International Studies, and the Program in Cultural Studies.

 April 18, 2007: Haji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang, renowned Arabic and Chinese calligrapher. Haji Nori Deen will give a performance-oriented presentation on Arabic and Chinese calligraphy styles, as well as speak on Muslims in China. 7:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall. Co-sponsored by the UNC Muslim Student Association, the Carolina Asia Center, and the Chinese Conversation Club.

April 19, 2007: Student Presentations, "Imagining Palestine." 12:30-1:45 p.m., 219 New West. These are public presentations by UNC-CH students from ARAB 452.

Place
  • Marium Chaudhry: In My Eyes, Jerusalem: Palestinian Nationalism in Relation to the Dome of the Rock
  • Hana Masood: Representations of Palestine in Western and Palestinian Guidebooks
  • Jennifer Jones: Modern Palestinian Architecture in the Occupied Territories and Israel
Palestinian Representations of Self
  • Kelly Gibbons: Representations of Palestine by Palestinian Political Parties
  • Haley Koch: Definitions of Space and Self: Palestinian Maps of Palestine
  • Sarah Lee: The Socialization of Children in Refugee Camps: Discovering "Home" away from "Home"
  • Marjorie Rapp: Museums and the Preservation of Palestinian Cultural History

April 19-20, 2007: Workshop for Community College Librarians: Islamic Africa. Pleasants Room, Wilson Library, and other sites, UNC-CH. Tuition: $135. Sponsored by World View: An International Program for Educators and the University Library, UNC-CH.

April 20, 2007: Roundtable Discussion: Religion and Democracy in the Middle East. 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Participating panelists are:

  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH.
  • Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science, UNC-CH.
  • Rye Barcott, dual graduate in Peace, War, and Defense and International Studies, UNC-CH, and Iraq veteran.

April 21, 2007: Sami Rasouli, founder, Muslim Peacemaker Teams, and Cindy Sheehan, founder, Gold Star Families for Peace. 7:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall. Supported by sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society, Grassroots Impeachment Movement, Progressive Democrats of America 4th Congressional District, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

April 23, 2007: M. Brett Wilson, doctoral candidate, Islamic studies, "The Politics of Qur'an Translation--From Mecca to Istanbul." 12:00 noon, Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Supported by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University; Duke Islamic Studies Center; and the Classics Department, Duke University.

April 24, 2007: Student Presentations, "Imagining Palestine." 12:30-1:45 p.m., 219 New West. These are public presentations by UNC-CH students from ARAB 452.

Musical Palestine
  • Jeff Patterson: The Impact of Marcel Khalife’s Adaptations of Darwish’s Poetry on Palestinian Society
  • Sharita Gruberg: Marginalization and Resistance in Palestinian Hip Hop Culture
  • Margaret Hair: Palestinian Popular Music Today
  • Rashad Hauter: Palestinian Music: The Evolution of Genres and Lyrics
Images and Voices
  • Patrick Chappell: The Cactus As Symbol: Palestinian Heritage and Collective Resolve
  • Suzanne Saleeby: Portrayals of Domestic Life in Palestine: A Study in Photography
  • Anu Madan: Taha Muhammad Ali and His Poetry
  • Sumreen Hussain: A Woman's Voice: Domestic Life in Short Stories by Palestinian Women Authors

April 25, 2007: Alphonse F. La Porta, former ambassador to Indonesia and president of the United States-Indonesia Society, "Democracy, Indonesia, and Its Relations with the U.S." 5:00 p.m., 219 New West. Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Interest Association.

April 26, 2007: Student Presentations, "Imagining Palestine." 12:30-1:45 p.m., 219 New West. These are public presentations by UNC-CH students from ARAB 452.

Social Issues in Modern Day Palestine
  • Rick Graven: Healthcare as a Political Mechanism in Palestinian-Israeli Relations
  • Kristen Wade: Women's Rights in Palestine
  • Eric Schmidt: The Struggles and Progress of a Palestinian-Controlled Education System
  • Hala Borno: Witnesses: The Impact of Violence on Palestinian Children's Art
Media and Politics
  • Harry Kaplowitz: Visual Representations of Identity and History in the works of Art Spiegelman and Naji al-`Ali
  • Matthew Angelo: Images of Palestine: A Look at Symbols in Political Cartoons
  • Justin Martin: Blogging for Sovereignty: An Exploratory Analysis of Palestinian Blogs
  • Daniel Smith: Yasir Arafat: Dual Representations in Palestinian Politics and Scholarship

April 27-28, 2007: Workshop: Diasporas, Trans-cultural Dialogues, Genealogies of Thoughts. 223B Trent Hall, Duke University. A "Shifting the Geography & Biography of Knowledge" worshop. Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies & the Humanities in association with Asian & African Languages & Literatures, Duke University.

Friday, April 27

10:30 a.m.: Roberto Dainotto, professor of Romance studies, Duke University, "The Forgetfulness of Historiography and the Europeanization of Europe: Michele Amari's Muslims of Sicily"

11:45 a.m.: Shu-mei Shih, professor of comparative literature, University of California, Los Angeles, "Against Diaspora: The Sinophone as Places of Cultural Production"

2:00 p.m.: Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion, Duke University, "Dialogical Encounters in Social Imaginaries: Ghazali and Malik Bennabi"

3:30 p.m.: Commentaries by Eunice Sahle, professor of African and African-American studies, UNC-CH, and Elena Yehia, graduate student in cultural anthropology, UNC-CH, along with general discussion
Saturday, April 28

10:00 a.m.: Informal conversation with panelists, commentators, audience, and organizers

April 27-28, 2007: Workshop: Marketing Muslim Women, Duke and UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, and the Program in Women's Studies, Duke University.

April 28, 2007: African Dinner-Dance Party with WNCU deejay Bouna Ndiaye, raising funds for life-saving malaria medicine. 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Five Oaks Clubhouse, 5109 Pine Cone Drive, Durham. Tickets: $25. Sponsored by Bonjour Africa Malaria Project.

April 29, 2007: Concert of live Sufi music with Hansraj Hans, accompanied by his sons Navraj and Yagraj. 7:00 p.m., Fiesta Restaurant and Nightclub (4212 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh). Tickets: $100 for singles, $150 for couples. Cosponsored by Royal India and Geet Bazaar Radio.

May 4-5, 2007: Conference: "Christian Missionaries in the Middle East: Re-Thinking Colonial Encounters". Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Department of History, NCSU. Panelists include:

  • David R. Ambaras, professor of history, NCSU.
  • Beth Baron, professor of Middle East history, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York.
  • Eleanor Abdella Doumato, visiting fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.
  • Ellen Fleischmann, professor of history, University of Dayton.
  • Akram Khater, professor of history, NCSU.
  • Christine Lindner, doctoral student in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, University of Edinburgh.
  • Renate Lunde, doctoral student in history, University of Bergen.
  • Michael Marten, Edinburgh-based historian and political scientist.
  • Aleksandra Majstorac Kobiljski, doctoral student in history, CUNY Graduate Center.
  • Rudi Matthee, professor of Middle Eastern history, University of Delaware.
  • Robert Tignor, professor of history, Princeton University.
  • Paul Sedra, professor of history, Simon Fraser University.
  • Heather J. Sharkey, professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Nancy L. Stockdale, professor of Middle Eastern history, University of North Texas.
  • Charlotte van der Leest, doctoral student in history of world Christianity, Leiden University.
  • Michael Zirinsky, professor of history, Boise State University.

May 20, 2007: Concert: Amritha Murali (vocal), Ranjani Ramakrishnan Arun (violin), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), performing classical Indian music. 3:45 p.m., PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Tickets: $10, $5 for students. Sponsored by the South Indian Fine Arts Academy.

May 26, 2007: Performance: Shesher Kabita (The Last Poem), based on a classic novel by Rabindranath Tagore. In Bengali with projected English subtitles. 6:00 p.m., PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Tickets: $10, $5 for students. Sponsored by the South Indian Fine Arts Academy. Presented by the Carolina Theatre Workshop; cosponsored by the Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar, WKNC 88.1 FM.

June 2-3, 2007: Theater: Hillel Mitelpunkt, "The Accident" (Israel, 2004). Workshop reading by Theatre Or, followed by discussion. 8:00 p.m., June 2; 2:00 p.m., June 3, Kenan Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, UNC-CH. Suggested donation: $15.

June 10, 2007: 2007 Triangle Jewish Film Festival. Screening times online, Galaxy Cinema, 770 Cary Towne Blvd, Cary. Films of interest include:

  • Little Heroes (Israel, 2005, 76 minutes), directed by Itai Levy
  • Janem, Janem (Israel, 2006, 105 minutes), directed by Haim Bouzaglo
  • Three Mothers (Israel, 2006, 106 minutes), directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis
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