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

2007-2008


2007: July, August, September, October, November, December
2008: January, February, March, April, May, June

Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies
Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
Sponsored by the CGI Faculty Working Group on Contemporary Islamic Thinkers
  (Other events are recommended but not sponsored by the Seminar or CCSMEMC.)

Maps and directions: UNC-CH, Duke, NCSU


July 27, 2007: Shahriar Kabir, Bangladeshi journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist, "The State of Human Rights in the Changing Political Horizon in Bangladesh." Followed by a documentary film, SOS (28 minutes). 6:00:-8:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

July 27-28, 2007: Seminar: Islam Beyond the Middle East: South Asia, Africa, Indonesia, and Western Europe. Supported by the African Studies Center and the United States Department of Education Title VI Program. Speakers include:

  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Islam in South Asia, from Adam’s Peak to Bamiyan"
  • Lisa Lindsay, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Islam in Africa"
  • James L. Peacock, professor of anthropology, and Lorraine Arragon, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "Indonesian Islam"
  • Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "Islam in Western Europe"

August 2-September 20, 2007: “When Artistic Expression Becomes a Livelihood: The Stories and Handiwork of Indian and Kenyan Women.” 8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m., weekdays; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturdays; FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Display of embroidered pieces by women in India and hand-dyed and woven wool rugs by women in Nairobi, Kenya, with photos and written stories of the artists and their
communities. Admission is free.

August 10, 2007: Performance: Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, singer from Bangladesh, performing from and about R. Tagore. 11:00 a.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

August 19, 2007: India's 60th Independence Day. Hindu Bhavan, Morrisville. Attractions include exhibitions from various Indian states, a variety of ethnic food, jewelry, and henna painting. Admission is free. Sponsored by Greater Carolina Kerala Association, Pratham, Hindi Vikas Mandal, Indian American Forum for Political Education, North Carolina Bengali Association, RTP Maharashtra Mandal, Tamil Cultural Association of NC, Triangle Kannada Association, Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA), Telugu Association (TATA), and Association for India's Development (AID).

  • 9:00-9:45 a.m.: Assemble at Gamma Building in Morrisville
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Parade from Gamma Building to Hindu Bhavan
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Outdoor program and Flag hoisting ceremony
  • 11:00-3:00 p.m.: Cultural Extravaganza and Indian Mela

August 25, 2007: Amar Sen and Sabyasachi Sen, performing artists from India, "Handshadowgraphy." 6:00-7:00 p.m., Sheaffer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Admission $5 (free for children 5 years and younger). Sponsored by the Duke University Asian Student Association and Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter.

August 25, 2007: Conversation with Neelam Bashir, South Asian story writer. Amar Sen and Sabyasachi Sen, performing artists from India, "Handshadowgraphy." 8:00 p.m., 1009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Urdu Majlis (Urdu Literary Society), UNC-CH.

August 30, 2007: Mohana Rajakumar, Qatar University, "Haram in the Harem: Narratives of Muslim Domesticity in India, Algeria, and Pakistan" Followed by a documentary film, SOS (28 minutes). 1:30-2:30 p.m., 123 Tompkins, North Carolina State University. Sponsored by NCSU's Department of English and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

August 31, 2007: Global Music: "From Dervish to Grunge: Sounds From Turkey," hosted by Tess Pendergrast with featured guest F. Cangüzel Zülfikar, associate director, Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH. 5:00-6:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill.

  September 4, 2007: G. A. Lipton, graduate student, religious studies, UNC-CH,"The Equivalence (Al-Taswiya) of Muhibb Allah Ilahabadi: Evidence for the Chishti Incorporation of Iranian philosophical thought in Early-Modern India." 4:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

September 12-16, 2007: Play: "When the Bulbul Stopped Singing" (2004), by David Grieg, based on the book by Palestinian human rights lawyer Raja Shehadeh. PlayMakers Repertory Company, Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, UNC-CH.

September 13, 2007: Film: The Battle of Algiers (Italy, 1966, 121 minutes), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. 7:00 p.m., 209 Manning, UNC-CH. To be followed by a discussion on the parallels between the Algerian people's struggle against French colonialism and the Iraq war. Sponsored by UNC Students for a Democratic Society.

September 15, 2007: Film: Ahmad Mahmoud (2004, 56 minutes), directed by Bahman Maghsoudlou. 5:00 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH. To be followed by Q&A with the director. Sponsored by UNC Persian Cultural Society and the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina.

September 17, 2007: Michael Goldman, professor of sociology, University of Minnesota, "Getting Bangalored: Excitement and Dispossession in the Making of Asia's Newest 'World City.'" 1:30-3:00 p.m., Room 204 Science Building (Old Art Museum), East Campus, Duke University. Part of the Duke Sawyer Seminar on health issues in India and China, of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

September 18, 2007: Sasson Somekh, University of Tel Aviv, "Sami Mikhail: The Arab-Jewish Presence in Modern Hebrew Literature.” 3:00 p.m., 107 Science, Duke University.

  September 20, 2007: Karim Douglas Crow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, “Islamic Rationality.” 4:00 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

  September 20, 2007: Film and discussion: Maryam Moghaddas (Iranian television serial on the life of the Virgin Mary, part 1 of 8, 60 minutes). 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1015 Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

September 21, 2007: Charles Lawson, US Department of State, "Bringing Parties Together: Water in U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy." 11:40 a.m., Love Auditorium (B101), Levine Science Research Center, Duke University. Part of the Duke Water Seminar Series, sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment
and Earth Sciences
, Duke University.

September 21, 2007: Sacred Music Symposium. Guest speaker: Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH. 1:00-5:00 p.m., Talley Student Center, Walnut Room, NCSU. Free and open to the public.

September 21, 2007: Concert: Hyderabad Brothers (Sri D. Seshachari and Sri D. Raghavachari, vocal), Sri S. Varadarajan (violin), Sri K. V. Prasad (mridangam). 7:00 p.m., PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. Presented by the South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA), with a facility grant from the Durham Arts Council. Tickets: adults $20, students and seniors $10, children under 12 free.

September 21, 2007: Concert and Poetry Reading: “Sacred Music Transcendent/Embodied.” Featuring Coleman Barks, poet and translator of Rumi, and the NC State Chamber and Concert Choirs. 8:00 p.m., Stewart Theater, NCSU. Tickets through Ticket Central, 515-1100.

September 24, 2007: Panel: "Question and Answer Session on Islam." With panelists John Miller, student, UNC-CH; Aliasad Somjee, student, UNC-CH; Ola Mohamed, student, UNC-CH; and Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH. 7:00 p.m., 204 Saunders Hall. Sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Carolina.

September 25, 2007: Sasson Somekh, University of Tel Aviv, “A Baghdad Childhood: the Autobiography of an Arab Jew.” 3:00 p.m., 107 Science, Duke University.

September 25, 2007: Pundy Pillay, executive director, Sizanang Center for Research and Development, Pretoria, South Africa, “South Africa: 13 Years after Apartheid.” 5:00-7:00 p.m., 232A Withers Hall, NCSU. To be followed by a panel discussion with: Craig C. Brookins, director of Africana Studies, NCSU; Kenneth Vickery, professor of history, NCSU; Prudence Layne, coordinator of African/African-American Studies, Elon University. Co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, NCSU, and the Africana Studies Program, NCSU.

September 26-30, 2007: Rumi Festival, Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

September 26, 2007: Conference: "Unheard Voices in the 'War on Terror.'" Presented by the Duke Human Rights Center. All events to be held in Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University.

12:00-1:15 p.m.
Stephen Grey, author of the Ghost Plane
"Ghost Planes: The US Policy of Extraordinary Rendition and North Carolina’s Role"

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Conversation with Maher Arar via live video-conference from the University of Ottawa
With Steve Watt, ACLU attorney, and Christina Cowger, North Carolina Stop Torture Now

3:45-5:00 p.m.
Ariel Dorfman, professor of Latin American studies, Duke University, and Duke students
Readings from Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak

September 26, 2007: Discussion and book signing: David Johnson, photographer and graduate student, UNC-CH, Voices of Sudan. 3:30-4:30 p.m., UNC Bookstore.

September 27, 2007: S. Abdallah Schleifer, Washington bureau chief for Al Arabiya, “Islam, Islamism and the Media.” 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Cox Multipurpose Room, Cox Building, RTI International (3040 Cornwallis RD), RTP. Part of the Conflict Management Mitigation and Reconstruction (CMMR) Lecture Series. Seating is limited. RSVP to Katrina Jackson.

September 27, 2007: Satellite Broadcast and Webcast: “Public Health Is Global Health: An Innovative Approach to Fighting Disease in Uganda.” 2:00-3:00 p.m., Blue Cross/Blue Shield Auditorium, Hooker Research Center, UNC-CH (and via webcast). A collaboration of the School of Public Health/NC Institute for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 27, 2007: Sasson Somekh, University of Tel Aviv, “Arabic and Hebrew: Semitic Languages in the Modern World.” 5:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University.

September 27, 2007: Sylvain Boko, professor of economics, Wake Forest University; Craig Brookins, professor of psychology, NCSU; and Barbara Anderson, associate director, African Studies Center,
UNC-CH, "Preliminary Reflections on Post-Conflict Resolution in Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa." 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4th floor,FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Light dinner will be served.

September 27, 2007: Film: "The Kite Runner" (U.S., 2007). Rialto Theater, 1620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. Sponsored by GenerationEngage.

September 28, 2007: Charles Hirshkind, professor of anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, and Ellen Gray, professor of music, Columbia University, "Listening through the Body: A Workshop on the Ethnography of Sound." 2:30-5:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University.

September 28-29, 2007: Film: David and Layla (U.S., 2006, 108 minutes), with Q&A by director Jay Jonroy after the evening showtimes and the late afternoon showtime on Saturday. Galaxy Cinema, Cary.

September 30, 2007: Gandhi Jayanti Celebration. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Venture Hall and North Side Courtyard at the Exploris.

9:00 a.m.: Walk-a-thon
11:00 a.m.: Program including:
  • Flower offering to Ghandi statue in new location
  • Welcome and address
  • Children's group song
  • Music by Triangle artists
  • Classical and folk dances
  • Creative cultural arts of Mehandi and Rangoli

October 1, 2007: Brannon Ingram, graduate student, religious studies, UNC-CH, "Sufis, Scholars, and Scapegoats: Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and the Deobandi Critique of Sufism." 4:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

  October 1, 2007: "The Future of U.S.-Islamic World Relations: Hope Not Hate." 7:00 p.m., 1015 Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Speakers include: Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Center for Islam and Democracy, and Laila El-Haddad, Aljazeera reporter. To be followed by audience Q&A. Co-sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, Middle East Student Forum, Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC), Arab Student Organization, and the Muslim Student Association.

October 2, 2007: Film: Gandhi, My Father (India, 2007, 136 minutes), directed by Feroz Abbas Khan. 8:00 p.m., 116 Murphey, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Sangam.

October 2, 2007: Film: Zero Degrees of Separation (2005, 85 minutes), documentary examining the
Middle East conflict and the Palestine Occupation through the eyes of two mixed Palestinian and Israeli gay couples, directed by Elle Flanders. 7:00 p.m., 104 Howell, UNC-CH.

October 3, 2007: Fast-a-thon to Support Hunger Awareness Day, a charity effort to raise money for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Individuals are encouraged to participate in the day long fast from sunrise to sunset. Each person who fasts will earn the contribution of sponsoring businesses to feed those going hungry in the Triangle every day. "End the Fast Dinner" to be held at 6:30 p.m., Great Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Muslim Student Association.

October 3, 2007: Panel: "Contextualizing Representations of Sexual Politics in the Middle East," a discussion of the documentary Zero Degrees of Separation. 4:30 p.m., East Duke Parlors (019 + 020 East Duke), East Campus, Duke University. Panelists: Elle Flanders, director of the film; Rebecca Stein, professor of anthropology, Duke University; Negar Mottahedeh, professor of literature, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke's Program in the Study of Sexualities, the UNC-CH Minor in Sexuality Studies, and the Robertson Scholars Program.

October 4, 2007: Christof Galli, Middle East librarian, Duke Library, "Introduction to Research Using International Governmental Organizations (IGO) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Documents." 1:30-2:45 p.m., 023 Bostock Library, West Campus, Duke University.

October 5, 2007: Micere Githae Mugo, Kenyan poet, playwright and community activist, delivering the 2007
African Diaspora Lecture.
4:00 p.m., Auditorium, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

October 8-October 30, 2007: Seminar: "Elements of a Historical Tradition in Selected Early Indian Texts," taught by Romila Thapar, emeritus professor of ancient Indian history, Jawaharlal Nehru
University. A four-week seminar for faculty and graduate students, meeting 6:00-8:00 p.m. on October 10, 16, 23, and 30, Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Space is limited: to register, contact Christina Chia. Part of the Distinguished Scholars in Residence Series of the Franklin Humanities Institute.

October 11, 2007: Performance: Mamadou Diabante, master of the kora, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Global Education Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH.

October 15, 2007: Kristine Ghodsee, professor of gender and women's studies, Bowdoin College, "Headscarves and Hotpants: Islam, Secularism and Women’s Fashion in Southeastern Europe." 4:15 p.m., 111 Social Science Building, Duke University (West Campus). Part of the Fall 2007 Slavic and Eurasian Studies Lecture Series at Duke University, "Mapping Eurasia: From Central Europe to Siberia." Sponsored by Duke University's Arts and Sciences Council and the Focus Program.

October 15, 2007: Kristen R. Ghodsee, assistant professor of gender and women's studies, Bowdoin College, "Headscarves and Hotpants: Islam, Secularism, and Women's Fashion in Southeastern Europe." 6:00-7:00 p.m, 111 Social Sciences Building, Duke West Campus. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

  October 15, 2007: Brett Wilson, graduate student in religion, Duke University, "Qur'an Translation in Republican Turkey." 8:00-10:00 p.m. Part of the Islamic Studies Reading Group, open to all Triangle area graduate students and faculty in any discipline. For more information, contact Kathleen Foody.

  October 16, 2007: Panel Discussion: "Omar Ibn Sayyid and the African Muslim Presence in the Americas." 5:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH. Panelists are:

  • William Andrews, professor of English, UNC-CH
  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Lisa Lindsay, professor of history, UNC-CH

October 17, 2007: Film: The Land (Egypt, 1969, 130 minutes), directed by Youssef Chahine. 7:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Part of the 5th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the NCSU Film Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Union Activities Board Films Committee.

October 18, 2007: Fuad Sha’ban, professor of English, University of Petra in Jordan, "American Orientalism: The Orient ofthe Imagination." 4:30 p.m., 331 Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, NCSU.

  October 21-November 4, 2007: Exhibit: "Muslims of the African American Diaspora 1400-1800s.” Cameron Village Public Library, Raleigh. Free and open to the public.

October 21, 2007: Community Forum: "Walls or Bridges - Possibilities for Peace in Israel-Palestine." Keynote speakers: Mazim Qumsiyeh, former professor at Yale University and Palestinian activist, and Jan Jaben Eilon, national board member of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace). 1:00-4:00 p.m., Exploris Museum, Raleigh. Presented by Triangle Tikkun and the Muslim American Public Affairs Council.

 October 22, 2007: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, Humanistics University, Utrecht, "Reformation of Islamic Thought." 4 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center. Sponsored by the CGI Faculty Working Group on Contemporary Islamic Thinkers.

October 22, 2007: Stuart A. Levey, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, "Terrorists, Proliferators, and Rogue Nations: Advancing National Security through Financial Pressure." 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 200 Rubenstein Hall, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

October 22, 2007: Capt. Joel Arends, South Dakota National Guard, "The War on Terror and the Enemies that U.S. Troops are Fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan." 7:00 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, sponsored by the UNC College Republicans and UNC Students for Academic Freedom.

October 22, 2007: The 2007 Uhlman Family Seminar: Ancient Wisdom: Faith & Doubt in Ecclesiastes, Job, Proverbs, & the Psalms. 9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Program in Humanities and Human Values and the General Alumni Association, with support from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. Tuition: $120. Speakers and topics:

  • "Unchanging Truth and the God of History: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in a Mutable World," Thomas A. Stumpf, emeritus professor of English and comparative literature, UNC-CH
  • "The Search for Wisdom: What Were They Looking For?" Anathea Portier-Young, professor of Old Testament, Duke University Divinity School
  • "Women and Wisdom: Images Lofty and Lowly," Carol Meyers, professor of religion, Duke University
  • "Gor Nisht: Listening to Yiddish Radio with Job, Koheleth and the Rebbe of Kotsk," Jonathan Boyarin, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • "Ancient Wisdom Then and Now," Professors Stumpf, Portier-Young, Meyers, and Boyarin

October 22-27, 2007: Community and Teacher Outreach Programs: "Islamic Africa." Librarians, in consultation with NC Museum of History, will develop activities for teachers, families, and students (focused on elementary and middle school students). Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH.

October 23, 2007: Khalil Shikaki, director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Open Forum. 10:00-11:00 a.m., 14 Manning Hall. Dr. Shikaki will discuss the challenges of conducting surveys in adverse settings such as Palestine. Drinks and snacks will be served during this discussion. Sponsored by RTI International and the Odum Institute.

  October 23, 2007: Khalil Shikaki, director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, "Palestine: Life, the Peace Process, Hamas and Fateh." 11:30-12:30 a.m., 14 Manning Hall. Attendance at this seminar is free, but registration is required. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, RTI International, and the Odum Institute.

October 23, 2007: Armchair Traveler Series: Guinea, Tanzania, Cameroon, India, and Ecuador. 5:30-8:00 p.m., 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. 2007-08 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows will give a brief overview of their countries, culture, daily life, and work. Each presentation lasts 30 minutes. Come for one or stay for all. RSVP to Elizabeth Gorsuch.

October 23, 2007: Armchair Traveler Series: Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Tajikistan, Kenya, and Slovakia. 5:30-8:00 p.m., 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. 2007-08 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows will give a brief overview of their countries, culture, daily life, and work. Each presentation lasts 30 minutes. Come for one or stay for all. RSVP to Elizabeth Gorsuch.

October 24, 2007: Film: Ticket to Jerusalem (Palestine, 2002, 85 minutes), directed by Rashid Masharawi. 7:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Part of the 5th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the NCSU Film Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Union Activities Board Films Committee.

October 24, 2007: Film: Motherland Afghanistan (PBS), directed by Sedika Mojadidi. 7:00 p.m., Auditorium, Aycock Family Medicine Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee and the International Health Forum.

October 24, 2007: Film: What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad (U.S., 2007). 9:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, sponsored by the UNC College Republicans and UNC Students for Academic Freedom.

October 25, 2007: Raffaella Cribiore, professor of classics, Columbia University, "Libanius in Antioch: The Job of an Official Sophist." 5:00 p.m., 220 Gray Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Late Ancient Studies, Duke University.

October 25, 2007: Sulayman Nyang, Howard University, "Islam in West Africa." 6:30 p.m., 4th floor, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. A seminar organized by the "Ecology and Social Processes in Africa" faculty working group.

October 25, 2007: Film: The Anatomy of a Coup: The CIA in Iran (U.S., 50 minutes). Followed by a discussion led by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH. 7:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum.

October 27, 2007: Sulayman Nyang, Howard University, "Islamic Africa in the 18th and 19th Centuries: The World They Came From." Targeted to K-12 teachers. Cameron Village Public Library. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH.

  October 30, 2007: Pablo Beneito, University of Seville. "The 'Abâdila, Servants of God, according to Ibn 'Arabî and His Followers: Onomatophany and Spiritual Typologies." 4:30-6:00 p.m., Howell 100, UNC-CH.

  October 30, 2007: Concert: Umm Kulthum Orchestra (Cairo, Egypt), in an evening of classical Arabic music. 7:00-10:00 p.m., Stewart Theater, NCSU. Presented by the NCSU Middle East Studies Program and the Egyptian American Club.

November 1, 2007: Madina Tlostanova, professor of comparative politics, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, "Exotic Beauty: (Self) Commodification of Women and Modernization in Central Asia." 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., Room 028, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 1, 2007: Faisal Alam, founder of Al-Fatiha, "Hidden Voices: The Lives of Queer Muslims." Faculty Hall, FUQUA School of Business, Duke University. Sponsored by DukeOUT, Duke University Union, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 2, 2007: Pilar Garrido, researcher, Seville, "The Vision of the Throne of God from Ibn Masarra to Ibn Arabi: A Unified Worldview." 12:00 -1:30 p.m., Room 130, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 3, 2007: Conference: "Turkey: Political and Literary Intersections." Richard White Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke University's Institute for Critical Theory, Franklin Humanities Institute, Center for International Studies, Asian and African Languages and Literatures, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and Duke Islamic Studies Center.

10:30-10:45: Opening Remarks
Fredric Jameson, Institute for Critical Theory, Duke University

10:45-11:15: Introduction
Erdag Göknar, Turkish Studies, Duke University
"Contexts and Intertexts in Modern Turkish Literature"

11:15-12:30: Session 1
Jale Parla, Comparative Literature, Istanbul Bilgi University
"The Writer-Manqué: Orhan Pamuk and His Predecessors"

12:30-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-2:15: Session 2
Sibel Irzik, Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul
"Military Coup Narratives and the (Dis)articulations of the Political in Contemporary Turkish Novel"

2:15-3:30: Session 3
Azade Seyhan, German and Comparative Literature, Bryn Mawr College
"Re(Orient)ation in Turkish-German Literature and Criticism"

3:30-4:30: Roundtable
miriam cooke, African & Asian Literatures, Duke University
Michael Hardt, Literature, Duke University
Firat Oruç, Literature, Duke University
Kenneth Surin, Literature, Duke University
Serhat Uyurkulak, Literature, Duke University

4:30-5:30: Reception at Women?s Studies Parlors

November 3, 2007: Film Premier: "Prince Among Slaves" (PBS Documentary), directed by Bill Duke and Andrea Kalin. 2:00 pm, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham. Tickets: $10. Sponsored by Cultural Enrichment Services, African Studies Center, UNC Center for Civil Rights, Hayti Heritage Center, and North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

November 5, 2007: Sergei Oushakine, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, Princeton University, "Repatriating Capitalism: Money, Lies, and Moral Dilemmas in Post Soviet Siberia." 4:15 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University (West Campus). Part of the Fall 2007 Slavic and Eurasian Studies Lecture Series at Duke University, "Mapping Eurasia: From Central Europe to Siberia." Sponsored by Duke University's Arts and Sciences Council and the Focus Program.

November 6, 2007: Arna's Children (Israel/Netherlands, 2003, 85 minutes). 7:00 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Refugee Week. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum, Advocates for Human Rights, and SPEAC (Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina).

November 7, 2007: Eric Mlyn, director of DukeEngage, Duke University, and Mbaye Lo, instructor of Arabic, Duke University, "DukeEngage: A Pilot Program in Yemen." 12:00 noon, Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Presented by DukeEngage, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the John Hope Franklin
Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
.

November 7, 2007: Film: The Sleeping Child (Morocco/Belgium, 2005, 95 minutes), directed by Yasmine Kassari. 7:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Part of the 5th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the NCSU Film Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Union Activities Board Films Committee.

November 7, 2007: Film: Iraq in Fragments (USA, 2006, 94 minutes), directed by James Longley. Followed by a presentation by Adbul Sattar Jawad, former dean of the University of Baghdad who became a professor in exile at Duke University. 7:00 p.m., Richard B. White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Arab Student Organization, the Muslim Students Association, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 9, 2007: Performance: Mamadou Diabate, Grammy-winning Malian musician, "A Griot and His Kora." 4:00 p.m., Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Free and open to the public. Part of the The Rare Music series, sponsored by Duke University Musical Instrument Collections and Duke University Libraries.

November 10, 2007: "Contemporary Issues in Islamic Africa." Workshop for NC teachers. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 4th floor, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Presentations by scholars and support for developing related lesson plans, which will be available on the web. Contact Regina Higgins for more information. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH.

  November 12, 2007: Islamic Studies Working Group: Zahra Ayubi, graduate student in Religious Studies at UNC - Chapel Hill, "American Muslim Women and Islamic Divorce." 8:00-10:00 p.m. The Islamic Studies Working Group is open to all Triangle area graduate students in any discipline. For more information, contact Kathleen Foody.

  November 13, 2007: Panel: "Pakistan and Current Events." 5:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center. Panelists are:

  • Yasmin Saikia, professor of history, UNC-CH
  • David Gilmartin, professor of history, North Carolina State University
  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH

November 13, 2007: Film: Thirst (Atash) (Israel/Palestine, 2004, 100 minutes), directed by Tawfik Abu Wael. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University. Presented by Screen/Society.

November 14, 2007: Film: Offside (Iran, 2006, 90 minutes), directed by Jafar Panahi. 7:00 p.m., Witherspoon Cinema, NCSU. Part of the 5th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by the NCSU Film Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and Union Activities Board Films Committee.

November 15, 2007: Workshop: Coloniality and Gender. 12:00-2:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities and Women's Studies, Duke University. Guest speakers are:

  • María Lugones, professor of philosophy, University of New York at Binghamton, "Heterosexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System"

  • Madina Tlostanova, professor of comparative politics, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, "'Why Cut the Feet in Order to Fit the Western Shoes?': Non-European Soviet Ex-colonies and the Modern Colonial Gender System"

November 16, 2007: Anthony Oberschall, professor emeritus of sociology, UNC-CH, "Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Palestinian-Israel Conflict." 12:00 noon, 3009 FedEx Global Education Center. Sponsored by the Collective Violence and Conflict Resolution (CVCR) faculty-student workgroup.

November 16, 2007: Emily Burrill, professor of history, University of Kentucky, "Meanings of Marriage in a Market Town: Gender, Conjugality, and Law in Sikasso, French Soudan (Mali), 1895-1960." 3:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Women's Studies, UNC-CH.

November 16, 2007: Iftikhar Nasim, Pakistani poet, "Sexuality in South Asian Literature." 5:30 p.m., 218 Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Sangam, and the Carolina Asia Center.

November 16, 2007: Poetry reading. Featuring three contemporary Turkish poets: Lale Müldür, Güven Turan, and Seyhan Erözçelik. 6:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies, with support from the U.S. Deptartment of Education and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

November 16, 2007: Conference: Crisis of Democracy, Governance Failure, Religious Extremism and
Consequence on the Regional Business and Economy
.
The focus of this conference is Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CMC 1024 H. M. Michaux, Jr., School of Education Building, NCCU. Sponsored by NCCU School of Business, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, and the Association of Economic and Development Studies on Bangaldesh.

Opening Remarks:
Beverly Jones, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, NCCU

Sessions:
  • Crisis in Democracy/Political Instability
  • Governance Failure
  • Rise of Religious Extremism
  • Economic and Business Consequences
Partial List of Session Chairs and Panelists:
  • Yasmin Saikia, professor of history, UNC-CH
  • Stanley Kochaneck, professor of political science, Pennsylvania State University
  • Sandria Freitag, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies
  • Robert Moog, professor of political science, NCSU
  • Farida Khan, professor of economics, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • David Gilmartin, professor of history, NCSU
  • Bijoy Sahoo, professor of finance, NCCU
  • Anis Ahmed, Voice of America
  • Ali Riaz, professor of political science, Illinois State University
  • ABM Nasir, professor of economics, NCCU

November 20, 2007: Gil Burnham, co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, "Contracting Health Services in Afghanistan." 12:00 noon, 3005 Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Office of Global Health, School of Public Health; and theHealth and Human Rights Subcommittee, Student Global Health Committee.

November 26, 2007: Rumi Poetry Night. 7:30 p.m., Duke Coffeehouse (East Campus behind Wilson Dormitory). Sponsored by the Persian Students Association, Duke University.

November 27, 2007: Daphna Canetti-Nisim, Yale University, "It's All about Security: Perceptions of Threat and Conceptions of Minority Policy in Israel." 5:00 p.m., 355 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-CH.

November 27, 2007: Panel: "Women and Islam 101: Everything You Need to Know." 7:30 p.m., 209 Manning Hall.

November 13, 2007: Film: Waiting (Attente) (Palestine/France, 2005, 90 min.), directed by Rashid Masharawi. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University. Presented by Screen/Society.

November 28, 2007: Julie Norman, Ph.D. candidate, international relations, American University in Washington, DC, "Exploring the Lives of Palestinian Youths Through Photography." 12:00-1:00 p.m., Center for Documentary Studies auditorium, Duke University. Part of the Contrast Project. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 28, 2007: Arben Hajrullahu, Hubert Humphrey Fulbright Fellow, "Long-term Peace in the Western Balkans: The Case of Kosovo." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

November 28, 2007: Boaz Atzili, Harvard University, "On Borders and (Dis)Orders: Border Fixity, State Weakness and International Conflict in Lebanon." 3:30 p.m., 355 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-CH.

November 29, 2007: Shai Tamari, Rotary World Peace Fellow and UNC-CH graduate student, "An Israeli-Jewish Voice Challenges Our View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 7:00 p.m., 431 Greenlaw Hall. Sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine through Education & Action in Carolina (SPEAC), Middle East Student Forum, Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ), and Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF).

November 29, 2007: Roudtable: "Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan: Hope or Despair for Democracy?" 7:00 p.m., 146–146A Alfonso Elder Student Union, North Carolina Central University. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, NCCU. Panelists are:

  • Jeffrey M. Elliot, professor of political science, NCCU
  • Nadeem Iqbal, information technology consultant
  • Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor, director of international programs, NCCU
  • Khodr Zaarour, adjunct instructor, political science, NCCU
  • Rolin G. Mainuddin, professor of political science, NCCU (moderator)
  • Lenneal J. Henderson, professor of political science, NCCU (closing remarks)

December 3, 2007: Navin Bapat, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "Explaining Wars on Terrorism: Non-State Actors and International Conflict." 12:00 noon, 3009 FedEx Global Education Center. Sponsored by the Collective Violence and Conflict Resolution (CVCR) faculty-student workgroup.

December 3, 2007: Heather Stoll, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Presidents, Powers and Parties in Legislative Elections: A Cross-national Analysis and the Case of Israel." 3:30 p.m., 355 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, UNC-CH.

December 3, 2007: Julie Flowerday, independent scholar, “The Unclassifiable Language: David Lorimer’s Attempts with Burushaski, 1920s-1930s." 7:00 pm, location TBA one week before the event. Part of the Fall 2007 Colloquium series of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

  December 5, 2007: Shah-Ahmad Mutalov, National University of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, “Central Asia: The Place Where Algebra Was Born?" 5:30 pm, 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored with the UNC Office for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; UNC Cell and Developmental Biology Department; Central Asian Focus Group.

December 6, 2007: Roundtable: Academic Publishing Global and Local. 4:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of the Scholarly Publishing Series organized by the Franklin
Humanities Institute in collaboration with Duke University Press. Made possible by a multi-year grant from
the Mellon Foundation. Participants in the roundtable are:

  • Moderator: Steve Cohn, director, Duke University Press
  • miriam cooke, professor of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University
  • Hsiung Ping-Chen, research fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Elaine Maisner, senior editor Latin American Studies), University of North Carolina Press
  • Wiljan van den Akker, dean of the humanities, Utrecht University, Netherlands

December 6, 2007: Arna's Children (Israel/Netherlands, 2003, 85 minutes), followed by discussion with Shai Tamari, an Israeli graduate student and Rotary World Peace Fellow. 7:00 p.m., NC Hillel (210 West Cameron Street, Chapel Hill).

December 7, 2007: Carlos del Rio, professor of medicine, Emory University, "In the Eye of the Storm: The Emerging Epidemics of HIV, HCV, and TB in the Former Soviet Republics." 8:30 p.m., Ground floor conference room, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Infectious Diseases, Center for AIDS Research, and Global Health International.

December 7-8, 2007: Seminar: "Xenophobia: Nationality and Ethnicity in Wartime America." 4:30 p.m., Friday, through 1:00 p.m., Saturday. Tuition: $120. Scholarship tuition for teachers: $60. Sponsored by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values. Speakers and topics are:

  • Eric L. Muller, professor of law, UNC-CH, "American Inquisition: The Government’s Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II."

  • Rosa Perelmuter, professor of Spanish, UNC-CH, "From Havana to the Hub: Reflections on Cuban-Jewish Exile."

  • Erin Carlston, professor of English and comparative literature, UNC-CH, "Traitors in America: From the Rosenbergs to Tony Kushner."

  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Understanding Iranian Youth."

  • Panel with all speakers: "Xenophobia: Causes, Cures, Prospects."

December 7-8, 2007: Conference: "Locating Agrarian Publics: Trans-National Peasant Movements and Globalization." 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday; 9:00–4:00 p.m., Saturday; 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar. Participants include:

  • Richard Schroeder, professor of geography, Rutgers University, “Tiffany’s, Terrorists and Tanzanite: Constructing Ethical Routes to Market for Tanzania’s National Gem.”

  • Sara Berry, professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, “Peasants or Citizens? Rural Struggles over Land, Authority and Inclusion in West Africa.

December 14, 2007: Film: Khuda Ke Liye (In the Name of God) (Pakistan, 2007), directed by Shoaib Mansoor. Galaxy Cinema, Cary.

January 10, 2008: Jonathan A. Brown, University of Washington, Seattle, "Lying for the Prophet of God: Questions of Manipulating Forgery in the Islamic Tradition." 5:45 p.m., York Reading Room, Gray Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Duke University.

  January 10, 2008: Film: Alisher Navoy (Soviet Union, 1948, 100 minutes), directed by Kamil Yarmatov. Follwed by faculty talk/reception. 7:00 p.m., 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

  January 11-12, 2008: Conference: "Poverty, Inequality, and the South Asian State." 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, School of Social Work, and Carolina Asia Center.

January 14, 2008: Ovamir Anjum, doctoral candidate in history, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "Reason and Ethics in Medieval Islamic Thought: From the Ash’arites to Ibn Taymiyya" 12:00 noon, York Reading Room, Gray Building (West Campus), Duke University. Organized by the Department of Religion, Duke University.

January 14, 2008: Reece Jones, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "'The Global War on Terror', Geopolitical Boundary Narratives, and Border Fencing in India and Bangladesh." 2:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, 4th Floor Dey Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

  January 14, 2008: Derek Penslar, University of Toronto, "Israel and the Diaspora: Convergence or Rupture?" The Morris, Ida and Alan Heilig Lectureship in Jewish Studies. 7:30 p.m., Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

January 14, 2008: Akram Khater, professor of history, NCSU, "A Twisted Vine: Palestinian and Israeli Narratives of War and Peace." 7:30 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Part of the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies. $20 for four lectures. For more information, call (919) 848-3752.

January 21, 2008: Chad Haines, professor of anthropology, American University in Cairo, “Global Hopes, Neo-liberal Dystopias: Gurgaon, Dubai and the ‘New’ South Asia.” Part of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies Colloquium Series. 7:00 pm. Please contact the sponsor for seminar location.

January 22, 2008: Film: Bam 6.6, directed by Jahangir Golestan-Parast, followed by Q&A with peace activist, Rostam Pourzal. 7:00 p.m., Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum.

January 23, 2008: Mona Hassan, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern studies, Princeton, "Mourning the Loss of the Abbasid Caliphate: Muslim Interpretations of the Mongol Sack of Baghdad." 12:00 noon, York Reading Room, Gray Building (West Campus), Duke University. Organized by the Department of Religion, Duke University.

January 23, 2008: Stephen Cory, professor of history, Cleveland State University, "The Sun Rises from the West: Reviving the Caliphate in Early Modern Morocco." 2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton. Organized by the Department of History.

January 23, 2008: Panel: "Iran: A Threat?" 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill (106 Purefroy Road). Sponsored by the Middle East Student Forum and Balance and Accuracy in Journalism. Panelists are:

  • Rostam Pourzal, president, Campaigns against Sanctions
  • Simin Royanian, co-founder, Women for Peace and Justice in Iran
  • Phil Wilayto, community and anti-war organizer

January 24, 2008: Film: Faces of Change, followed by discussion with director Michele Stephenson. North Carolina premier of a documentary in which grassroots activists from different corners of the world explore communities in Brazil, India, Mauritania, Bulgaria, and the United States. Part of the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration. 5:00 p.m., Room 1015 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Women's Center.

January 28, 2008: Naomi Brenner, doctoral candidate in comparative literature, University of
California at Berkeley, "Modernist Encounters: Rachel Bluwstein and Avraham Shlonsky on the Pages of Musaf Davar." 9:00 a.m., 105 Murphey. Organized by the Department of Asian Studies.

January 28, 2008: Film: Reel Bad Arabs (U.S., 2006, 50 minutes), directed by Sut Jhally. Followed by a discussion with Joseph Palis, graduate student in geography, UNC-CH; Murat Es, graduate student in geography, UNC-CH; and Srinath Jayaram, graduate student in communication studies, UNC-CH. Part of Palestine Week. 7:00 p.m.,100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by ScreenArts in association with the
Communication Studies Department, the Middle East Student Forum, the Center for Global Initiatives Student Research Circle: Migration and the Media, and Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC).

January 29, 2008: Fariyal Ross-Sheriff, professor of social work, Howard University, "Resettlement of Refugees: In an American and Global Context." 12:00 noon, School of Social Work Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by The Diversity Caucus.

  January 29, 2008: Islamic Studies Working Group: Attiya Ahmad, graduate student in Cultural Anthropology at Duke, "Becoming Muslim: Migrant Domestic Workers and Islamic Da'wa in Kuwait," 7:00-9 p.m. The Islamic Studies Working Group is open to all Triangle area graduate students in any discipline. For more information, contact Kathleen Foody.

January 29, 2008: Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Israel and Palestine for Beginners." 7:30 p.m., 3205 Student Union, UNC-CH. Part of Palestine Week.

January 30, 2008: Na'ama Rokem, recently completed doctorate in comparative literature, Stanford University, "The Prose of Testimony: H.N. Bialik in the City of Slaughter." 9:00 a.m., 105 Murphey. Organized by the Department of Asian Studies.

January 30, 2008: Alan Mikhail, doctoral candidate in history, University of California at Berkeley, speaking as a candidate for a UNC-CH position in Muslim North Africa history. 2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton. Organized by the Department of History.

January 30, 2008: Fariyal Ross-Sheriff, professor of social work, Howard University, "Strengths of Muslim Women." 6:00 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Women's Center, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the School of Social Work.

January 30, 2008: Panel: "Tar Heels in Palestine," with UNC students Sam Dolbee, Sarah Grossblatt, Shai Tamari, Hudson Vaughan, Haley Koch, and Clayton Pfannenstiel. 7:30 p.m., 103 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Palestine Week.

January 31, 2008: Panel: "Apartheid, Anti-Semitism, Social Justice, Activism." 5:00 p.m., 3205 Student Union, UNC-CH. Part of Palestine Week. Panelists are:

  • Christopher F. Lee, professor of history, UNC-CH.
  • Rebecca Stein, professor of cultural anthropology, Duke University.
  • Shai Tamari, Rotary Peace Scholar
  • Mary Lou Leiser Smith, Coalition for Peace with Justice

January 31, 2008: Belly Dancing and Dabka Lessons. 7:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center. Sponsored by the FedEx Global Education Center and the Arab Student Organization.

February 2, 2008: Concert: Hip-Hop for Palestine. 8:00 p.m., Great Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Palestine Week.

February 4, 2008: Yaron Shemer, lecturer in Middle Eastern studies, University of Texas at Austin, "Salvage Cinema: Memory, Reconciliation, and Irony in the Films of Second-Generation Mizrahi Immigrants." 9:00 a.m., 105 Murphey. Organized by the Department of Asian Studies.

  February 5, 2008: Ghada Amer, Cairo-born artist, "Exploring Contemporary Gender Roles Through Art." 6:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center. Co-sponsored by the UNC-CH Art Department through the Robin and Nancy Hanes Lecture Series, the African Studies Center, Center for Global Initiatives, and Curriculum in Women's Studies.

February 5, 2008: Leslie Peirce, professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, New York
University, panelist on "Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Racial and Religious Difference in the Renaissance Empires." 6:30 p.m., Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Part of the Faculty Bookwatch series, presented by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke University Libraries.

February 6, 2008: Mona Hassan, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern studies, Princeton University, speaking as a candidate for a UNC-CH position in Muslim North Africa history. 2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton. Organized by the Department of History.

February 7, 2008: Joan W. Scott, professor of social science, Princeton University, "Cover-up: French Gender Equality and the Islamic Headscarf." 7:30 p.m., Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC School of Social
Work (325 Pittsboro Street). A Mary Stevens Reckford Lecture on European Studies, sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.

February 8, 2008: Michael S. Doran, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, "Countering al-Qaeda’s Ideology." 12:00 noon, IDG Peace Room, Hobbs Building, Research Triangle Institute International. Presented by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Seating is limited; RSVP by February 4 to Michelle Koeneke.

February 11, 2008: Michael Deutsch, lawyer with the People’s Law Office in Chicago and past director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, “The Case of Muhammad Salah: Torture, Secrecy, and Human and Civil Rights Violations in Post-9/11 U.S. Federal Prosecutions.” 12:00 noon, Room 5042, School of Law, UNC-CH. Presented by UNC Clinical Programs.

February 11, 2008: Bruce B. Lawrence, director, Duke Islamic Studies Center, “Abraham as Islamic Prophet and Icon for Pluralism.” 7:00 p.m., Christina and Seby Jones Chapel, Meredith College. Held in conjunction with the "Families of Abraham" art exhibit and funded by the Meredith Center for Women, Ethics and Public Life.

February 12, 2008: Joe Groves, professor of international peace and conflict resolution, American University, and co-director of Interfaith Peace-Builders, "Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Nonviolence in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict." 3:00 p.m., 3413 Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC) and the Middle East Student Forum.

February 16, 2008: Israel at 60: History, Politics, Problems, and Prospects. A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg, professor of history, emeritus, UNC-CH. Part of the "Adventures in Ideas Seminars" sponsored by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, UNC-CH. 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 8. The tuition is $135 ($120 by January 24). The optional lunch is $10. Tuition for teachers is $67.50 ($60 by January 24). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.

February 19, 2008: Panel: International Perspectives on the U.S. Presidential Primaries. Featuring four international graduate students: Reaz Mahmood, from Bangladesh; Sherine El-Toukhy, from Egypt; Hai Tran, from Vietnam; Maya Mateshvili, from Georgia. Moderated by Leroy Towns, professor of political communications, UNC-CH. 5:00 p.m., Freedom Forum Conference Center, 3rd floor, Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

February 20, 2008: Banu Gökariksel, professor of geography, UNC-CH, "The Headscarf Ban and Women's Islamist Activism in Urban Turkey." 12:00-1:00 pm, Toy Lounge, 4th floor, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. February Luncheon Colloquium, Curriculum in Women's Studies, UNC-CH.

  February 21, 2008: Islamic Studies Working Group: 8:00-10:00 p.m. The Islamic Studies Working Group is open to all Triangle area graduate students in any discipline. For more information, contact Kathleen Foody.

February 21, 2008: Dahlia Wasfi, Iraqi American lecturer, "What Is Life Really Like in Occupied Iraq?" 7:00 pm, 307 Dey Hall, UNC-CH. To be followed by a faciliated question and answer period. Sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society.

February 22, 2008: Dance Performance: Urban Bush Women, U.S. dance troupe, and Compagnie Jant-Bi, Senegalese dance troupe. 8:00 p.m., Memorial Hall. Tickets: $20-40, $10 for students.

February 23-24, 2008: Conference: Alexandrian Personae: Scholarly Culture and Religious Traditions in Ancient Alexandria (1st ct. BCE - 3rd ct. CE). Saturday events: 1005 FedEx Global Education Center; Sunday events: 105 Caldwell Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH (McLester Faculty Development Funds); Department of Theology, University of Göttingen; German Research Foundation: Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Ratio Religionis; College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-CH; Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH; Center for European Studies, UNC-CH; Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

February 23-24, 2008: Theater: Master of the House, by Shmuel Hasfaris, reading by Theatre Or. 8:00 p.m., Feb. 23; 2:00 p.m., Feb. 24; Reynolds Theater, Duke University.

February 24, 2008: Arnon Degani, Israeli soldier, "Breaking the Silence: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out from the Occupied Territories." With photographs and testimonials from a traveling exhibit based on the experiences of Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories. 7:30 pm, Judea Reform Congregation (1933 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham). Sponsored by the Durham Chapel Hill Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom.

February 25, 2008: Colloquium: "Jerusalem: Law, Land, Buildings." 1:00-6:00 p.m, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University with additional support from the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation Endowment, Harvey J. Goldman Endowment, Fleishman Endowment, and the Evans Israeli Academic and Cultural Residency Program. Scheduled speakers are:

  • Marshall J. Breger, professor of Law, Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America
  • Nazmi Jubeh, co-director of Riwaq, Centre for Architectural Conservation, and professor of history, Birzeit University
  • Gregory Khalil, attorney and former legal advisor wth the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU)
  • Daniel Seideman, attorney and founder, “Ir Amim”
  • Rebecca L. Stein, professor of cultural anthropology, Duke University
  • Annabel Wharton, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University

February 25, 2008: Joseph A. Massad, professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history, "Re-orienting Desire: The Gay International and the Arab World." 6:00 pm, 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine Through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC) and Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Straight Alliance (GLBTSA).

February 26, 2008: Barry Flood, professor of art history, NYU, "Figures as Flowers: Nature, Animation, and the Status of the Image in Islam." 4:15 pm, 108 East Duke Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Late Ancient Studies and the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University.

  February 29, 2008: Global Music: The Silk Road: Music Across the Kyrgyz Mountains, with visiting Kyrgyz scholars Sheradil Baktygulov and Sairagul Matikeeva and DJ Ainsley Morse. 5:00-6:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill. Cosponsored with the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

  February 29-March 1, 2008: "Global Middle East Workshop.” 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminars and Center for Global Initiatives.

March 4, 2008: Wangechi Mutu, artist, "Modern Africa Revealed Through Pieced Art." 6:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC-CH Art Department through the Robin and Nancy Hanes Lecture Series with support from the African Studies Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

March 5, 2008: Mustafa Tuna, doctoral candidate, Princeton University, "Between Islam and Empire: Turning Religious Scholars into Civil Servants in the Late Russian Empire." 4:15 p.m., 305 Languages Building, Duke University. Organized by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University.

March 5, 2008: Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor, "Global Security Challenges." 7:45 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

March 9, 2008: Film: Israel: Myths and Propaganda (U.S./Israel, 2008), produced by Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East. 2:00-4:00 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill (106 Purefoy Road). Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

March 17, 2008: Gerhard L. Weinberg, professor emeritus of history, UNC-CH, "New Information Regarding Palestine from the Declassified Files of World War II and the Holocaust." 7:30 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Part of the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies. $20 for four
lectures. For more information, call (919) 848-3752.

March 18, 2008: David Abulafia, professor of history, Cambridge University, "The First Atlantic Slaves, 1350-1520: Conquest, Slavery, and the Opening of the Atlantic." 5:30 p.m., Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. First in a new Crossroads Lecture Series sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

March 18, 2008: Christopher Miller, professor of French and African and Afro-American
Studies, Yale University, "The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade." 6:00 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University (West Campus). Sponsored by Duke's Department of Romance Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Atlantic Studies Program.

March 19, 2008: Concert: Haale, Iranian-American singer combining psychedelic rock and traditional Sufi music. 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall. Tickets: $20, $10 for students.

March 19, 2008: Film: Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the North Caucasus" (2007), presented by Grace Lile, moving image archivist for Witness. 1:15 p.m., Rare Book Room, Duke University Library. Sponsored by the Archive for Human Rights.

March 20, 2008: Anna Schurmann and Omar Robles, "The Group Lending Model and Social Closure: Inclusion, Exclusion & Health in Bangladesh and an Analysis of Associations between Microcredit and Health Outcomes in Indonesia." 8:00 p.m., 119 Social Sciences, Duke University. Cohosted by the Duke Microfinance Initiative and the HBHE Global Health Roundtable.

March 25, 2008: Film: Prince among Slaves (U.S., 2008), directed by Andrea Kalin and Bill Duke. 7:00 p.m., Soc Psych 130, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Week, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

  March 25, 2008: Abdallah H. Metwally, School of Library, Archives and Information Technology,
Cairo University, "Healing with Reading: Using Holy Texts in Bibliotherapy Programs." 5:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

March 26, 2008: Simon Harak, director, Center for Peacemaking, Marquette University, "The Global War on Terror: Who Wins? Who Loses?" 1:30 p.m., 3413 Student Union, UNC-CH. Cohosted by Great Decisions and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense.

March 26, 2008: Arabic Calligraphy Workshops. 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., Belltower 110, Duke University. Space is limited: contact Mehak to reserve a space. Part of Islamic Awareness Week, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

March 27, 2008: David Price, Congressman (D-NC), speaking about his latest trip to Israel and his policy perspective of the U.S.-Israel relationship. 2:00 p.m., 3206 Student Union, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Israel Public Affairs Committee, Young Democrats of North Carolina, and the Roosevelt Institution.

March 27, 2008: Cori Dauber, professor of communication, UNC-CH, "Terrorism as Media Event: Terrorist and Insurgent Strategies for Manipulating the Western Press." 2:00 p.m., Room 340 (Research Center),
Carroll Hall. Part of the Mary Junck Research Colloquium Series.

March 27, 2008: Rami Nashashibi, activist and Palestinian-American Rami Nashashibi. 7:00 p.m., Soc Sci 139, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Week, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

March 28, 2008: Jummah on the Quad. 2:30 p.m., Chapel Quad, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Week, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

March 30, 2008: Triangle Jewish Film Festival. Galaxy Cinema, Cary. Featured films include:

  • Someone to Run With (Israel, 2006, 118 min.), directed by Oded Davidoff
  • Souvenirs (Israel, 2006, 75 min.), directed by Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat
  • Sweet Mud (Israel/Germany, 2006, 100 min.), directed by Dror Shaul

  March 31-April 5, 2008: Middle East Week 2008: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity. Hosted by the Arab Student Organization, Persian Cultural Society, Middle East Student Forum, and NC Hillel. Co-sponsored with NC Hillel and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center.

Monday, Mar. 31
"A Whole New World? 'Unveiling' Aladdin"
7:00 p.m., Murphy 116

Tuesday, Apr. 1
"Hummus with a Side of CHiPS" Show
7:00 p.m., Hamilton 100

Wednesday, Apr. 2
Ambassador Hesham Youssef, "Defining the Middle East"
7:00 p.m., Global Education Center

Thursday, Apr. 3
Middle Eastern Food Night.
5:30 p.m., Connor Lobby

Friday, Apr. 4
Middle East Shabbat: Service and Dinner
6:30 p.m., NC Hillel
RSVP at www.nchillel.org

Saturday, Apr. 5
Finale Party
10 p.m., Vespa

April 1, 2008: Aasiya Riyaz, joint director of the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, "Democracy and Elections in Pakistan." 4:00 p.m., 331 Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies and AIPS.

April 1, 2008: Youssef Nabil, Cairo artist, "Contemporary Portraits with Traditional Coloring." 6:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Hosted by the UNC-CH Art Department through the Robin and Nancy Hanes Lecture Series, with support from the African Studies Center.

April 2, 2008: Vincent Hugeux, senior reporter, Foreign Desk, L'Express, "Reporting in Hostile Territories." 12:00 noon, Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Organized by the Center for French and Francophone Studies in collaboration with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

April 2, 2008: Jane Anderson, postdoctoral fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, "Intellectual Property and Indigenous Knowledge: Politics, Practice, Alternatives." 4:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Part of Current Residents, a lecture series featuring visiting scholars and fellows at Duke.

April 2, 2008: Film: Half Moon (Iran, 2006, 114 min.), directed by Bahman Ghobadi. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by Screen/Society.

  April 3, 2008: Hesham Youssef, chief of staff, Arab League of Nations, "A Troubled Past--The Future of U.S.-Arab Relations." 7:00 p.m., 325 Riddick Hall, NCSU.

April 3, 2008: Film: USA vs Al-Arian (Norway, 2007, 100 mins.), directed by Line Halvorsen. To be followed by Q&A with the director and with Peter Erlinder, lawyer for Dr. Al-Arian. 7:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Students United for a Responsible Global Environment and Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action at Carolina (SPEAC).

April 3-6, 2008: Full Frame Film Festival. Durham, NC. Films and other events of interest include:

April 4, 2008: Elizabeth Lipsmeyer, professor of art history, Old Dominion University, "Holy Wars and Unholy Art: Images of the Muslim on Christian Churches." 5:00 p.m., 218 Hanes Art Center. Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

  April 5-6, 2008: 5th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, "Practice and Embodiment in Islam." Download conference program. Events to be held at the John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH; University Program in Cultural Studies, UNC-CH; Curriculum in Women's Studies, UNC-CH; Department of Sociology, UNC-CH; Duke Islamic Studies Center; Department of Religion, Duke University; and Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, Duke University.

April 7, 2008: Duncan McCargo, professor of Southeast Asian politics, University of Leeds, "Making Sense of Thailand's Southern Violence: Islam and Legitimacy." 4:00-6:00 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

April 7, 2008: Film: USA vs Al-Arian (Norway, 2007, 100 mins.), directed by Line Halvorsen. To be followed by Q&A with the director and with Peter Erlinder, lawyer for Dr. Al-Arian. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University.

April 8, 2008: Peter Erlinder, lawyer for Dr. Al-Arian, "Justice Denied? The Case of Sami Al Arian." 12:00 noon, Room 4004, UNC Law School. A short clip of the award-winning film US v Al-Arian (Norway, 2007, 100 mins.), directed by Line Halvorsen, will be shown. Sponsored by the UNC ACLU, UNC Law School Clinical Programs, UNC National Lawyers Guild, and the International Law Organization.

April 8, 2008: Panel: Living Faiths: What Do Religions Have to Learn from Each Other? 7:30 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. Sponsored by the Faith Council, Duke Chapel, the Interfaith Dialogue Project, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Jewish Life at Duke, Muslim Student Association, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke Divinity School, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Westminster Presbyterian Fellowship, Congregation at Duke Chapel, Duke Lutherans, Center for Jewish Studies, Durham Congregations in Action, The Office of the Provost, Self Knowledge Symposium, Duke Episcopal Student Center, Division of Student Affairs. Panelists are:

  • W. Deen Mohammed, leader in the American Muslim community
  • Peter Ochs, professor of Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
  • Ronald Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action, and professor of theology, Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Moderator: Sam Wells, dean, Duke Chapel

April 9, 2008: Bernard Avishai, consulting editor, Harvard Business Review, "The Hebrew Republic: From Greater Israel to Global Israel." 12:00-1:30 p.m. Breedlove Room, 204 Perkins Library, Duke University (West Campus). Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke-Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar, and Jewish Life at Duke.

April 9, 2008: Nino Kildaze, professor of preventive medicine, Tbilisi State Medical University, "Women Health Issues in Georgia." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

April 9, 2008: Robert Satloff, executive director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, "In Search of an Arab Schindler: Jews, Arabs and the Holocaust in Arab Lands." 6:00-7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development with funding provided by the Rudnick Lectureship Endowment.

April 9, 2008: Film: Love for Share (Indonesia, 2006, 120 min.), directed by Nia Dinata. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University.

April 10, 2008: Roundtable: Muslim Women and Sexuality. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Frank Graham Lounge (Room 3108), Student Union, UNC-CH. This event is free and open to all UNC and Duke students and faculty, but space is limited and undergraduates will have priority in registering. To register, email Prof. Erin Carlston and inform whether you are an undergraduate, graduate or faculty member. Invited participants are:

  • Attiya Ahmad, graduate student, cultural anthropology, Duke University
  • Zahra Ayubi, religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Shelina Kassam, professor of sociology and equity studies, University of Toronto
  • Minoo Moallem, professor of gender and women's studies, University of California-Berkeley
  • Taiyyaba Qureshi, UNC Law School

April 10-11, 2008: Conference: "Combating Terrorism: Charting the Course for a New Administration." Events to be held at the Thomas Center and Geneen Auditorium in the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Conference program and registration form available online. Sponsors include the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, the Center for International and Comparative Law, and the Program in Public Law at Duke University School of Law.

  April 10-12, 2008: Conference: "Marketing Muslim Women." Events to be held at the FedEx Global Education Center, John Hope Franklin Center, and other venues. Full schedule and registration available online. Speakers include:

  • Tayyibah Taylor, Azizah magazine, “Azizah: Vogue for the Muslima”
  • Nawal El Saadawi, founder, Arab Women's Solidarity Association, “Muslim Women in the Market”
  • Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Minoo Moallem, professor of gender and women's studies, University of California at Berkeley

April 11, 2008: Shirin Ebadi, founder of the Association for Support of Children's Rights and the first Iranian-Muslim woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, "Defending Human Rights in Iran: Challenges for the West, Women, and Islam." 5:30 p.m., Richard White Auditorium, Duke University (East Campus). Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center.

April 11-13, 2008: Theater: "Uncle Morty's Funeral," by Joanna Zelman, UNC drama student. April 11 and 12, 8:00 p.m., April 13, 2:00 p.m., Bingham Blackbox, UNC-CH.

April 12, 2008: Shai M. Tamari, Rotary World Peace Fellow, "Understanding Hamas: Moving Ahead in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 2:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of a full-day conference held by the Duke-UNC Rotary Center, "Sowing the Seeds of Peace in the
World."

April 14, 2008: Richard Elliott Friedman, professor of Jewish studies, University of Georgia, "Israel: A Brief History of 3200 Years." 7:30 pm, Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theatre. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion, UNC-CH.

April 14, 2008: Gerhard L. Weinberg, professor emeritus of history, UNC-CH, "The Positions of World War II Leaders Roosevelt, Stalin, and Others on What Palestine Should/Would Look Like if the Allies Won the War." 7:30 p.m., National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park. Part of the Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies. $20 for four lectures. For more information, call (919) 848-3752.

April 15, 2008: Maureen Healy, professor of history, Oregon State University, "Reliving the Siege of Vienna: Austrians and Turks in 1683-1883." 4:00 pm, 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH.

  April 15, 2008: Rula Quawas, professor of English and director of the Women's Studies Center, University of Jordan, "The Feminist Movement in Jordan: Success and Failures." 5:00 pm, 219 New West, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Curriculum in American Studies, the Curriculum in International Studies, and the Department of Asian Studies at UNC-CH, as well as Duke University.

  April 15, 2008: Tanvir Anjum, visiting professor of history from Quaid-i-Azam University, "Locating Civil Society in a Premodern Muslim Context: Chishti Sufism in the 13th and 14th Century South Asia as a Case Study." 5:30 pm, 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

April 17, 2008: 4th Annual Muslim Jewish Arts Festival. 7:00-9:30 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by NC Hillel, UNC Muslim Students Association, Carolina Student Arts Forum, Late Night Carolina, Carolina Performing Arts, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, and the Gwen and Aziz Sancar Foundation.

  April 17-19, 2008: Conference: "Franco-Arabic Cultures Today: Developments, Dialogues, and Challenges." FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Conference program is available online. Organized by Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, Arabic Program, UNC-CH, and Martine Antle, professor of French, UNC-CH, in conjunction with the Center for European Studies.

April 18, 2008: Abdallahi An-Na`im, professor of law, Emory University, "Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a," 5:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center Sponsored by African Studies Center, University Program in Cultural Studies, Center for Global Initiatives, Campus Y, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Curriculum in International Studies.

April 19, 2008: Performance: Souhail Kaspar with Rachid Halihal and Naji Hilal, an evening of Arabic music, percussion, and dancing. 8:00 p.m., Durham Arts Council. Tickets: $16 in advance, $18 at the door.

April 22, 2008: Film: Bridge over the Wadi (Israel, 2006, 55 minutes), directed by Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann. Followed by a short discussion led by Shai Tamari, graduate student in history, UNC-CH. 7:00 p.m, 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH.

April 23, 2008: Waseem Anwar, professor of English, Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan, "Theorizing the Pakistani Post-Postcolonial Real." 12:00 noon, Room 130/2, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and the NC Center for South Asia Studies.

April 24, 2008: Michael Pregill, professor of religious studies, Elon University, and Annette Yoshiko Reed, professor of religious studies, University of Pennsylvania, "From the Throne of Moses to the Chair of Ali: Intersections of Jewish Christianity and Islam in Late Antiquity." 6:00 p.m., Room 201, Spence Pavilion, Elon University. Sponsored by the Elon University Religious Studies Department.

  May 7, 2008: Amal Wagih, Department of Library and Information Science, Cairo University, "Metadata Generation for the Arabic Collection at the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations: An Exploratory Study." 11:00 a.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center.

May 9, 2008: Concert: Habib Wali Mohammed, vocalist, with his son Nadeem Wali Mohammed. 8:30 p.m., Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center. For tickets and more information, contact Afroz Taj, (919) 851-1119. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, NC Center for South Asia Studies, Urdu Majlis, Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1 FM, Taj Connection TV, Cheema Communications, MJM Real Estate Group, and Royal India.

May 12, 2008: Sairagul Matikeeva, professor of international relations, International University of Kyrgyzstan, "Kyrgyzstan's Domestic and International Security Challenges." 12:30-2:30 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

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