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

2008-2009

To sign up for e-mail announcements of events, contact Cangüzel Zülfikar.

2008: June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2009: 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


June 28-December 28, 2008: Exhibit: "The Dead Sea Scrolls." North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.

September 10 , 2008: Film: Garam Hawa [Scorching Wind] (India, 1973, 146 minutes), directed by M.S. Sathyu. 6:30 p.m., 219 New West, UNC-CH. Part of the South Asia Film Festival at UNC, sponsored by the NC Center for South Asia Studies and Geet Bazaar (Desi Radio, Sunday 10-12 AM on WKNC 88.1 FM).

September 12, 2008: Suleiman Halasah (student, Jordan), Hadas Karmon (student, Israel), and David Lehrer (director), Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, "Nature Knows No Borders." 3:00 p.m., Miller Hall Conference Room, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Environment.

September 12-13, 2008: "Torture and Interrogation: Have We Gone too Far?" Hyde Hall, UNC. Sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Law, School of Public Health, Center for Global Initiatives, Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, and Sociology, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security, and Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics. Program schedule available online. Speakers include:

  • torture survivor Hector Aristizábal
  • U.S. Congressman David Price
  • Philip Bobbitt, director of the Center for National Security, Columbia University
  • Joseph Kennedy, professor of Law, UNC

September 15, 2008: Lisa Blaydes, professor of political science, Stanford University, "One Man, One Vote, One Time? Modeling the Prospects for Spontaneous Democratization in the Middle East." 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 15, 2008: Film: Shackled Women (Bangladesh, 1999, 41 minutes), directed by Keely Purdue. 12:00-1:30 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall. To be followed by a discussion. Sponsored by the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment as part of "Breaking the Silence: Women in Bangladesh."

September 16, 2008: Lecture by representative of Kiran, a non-profit organization focused on domestic violence issues in the South Asian population. 12:00-1:30 p.m., 206 Dey Hall. Sponsored by the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment as part of "Breaking the Silence: Women in Bangladesh."

September 18, 2008: Jerrilynn Dodd, professor of art history, School of Architecture of the City College of the CUNY, and consultant, Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Hunting in the Borderlands: Castilians and Nasrids Forge Cultural Identities in the Paintings of the Alhambra." 6:00 p.m., Auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building (School of Social Work). Reception to follow. The Fall 2008 Crossroads Lecture of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

September 18, 2008: Timna Seligman, associate curator, Ticho House, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, "The Bible in Israeli Art." 6:00-7:30 p.m., UNC Hillel.

September 18, 2008: Margaret Bentley, associate dean, Global Health Center, UNC-CH, speaking on maternal health issues. 7:00 p.m., Campus Y Lounge (180A East Cameron Ave). The talk will be followed by a fundraiser dinner. Dinner will be $5, and all the money raised will go towards raising funds to sponsor a family in Bangladesh. Sponsored by the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment as part of "Breaking the Silence: Women in Bangladesh."

September 19, 2008: Jerrilynn Dodd, professor of art history, School of Architecture of the City College of New York, and consultant, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Graduate Workshop: "Culture and Interaction." 3:00-4:30 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. This event is for interested graduate students from all disciplines. Prof. Dodd will look at specific case studies on the topic in relation to post-colonial methodologies. All are welcome, and no advance readings are required.

September 20, 2008: Seminar: "The Silk Road: Cultural Pathway Between East and West." 9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuition: $120 ($105 by September 10). The optional lunch is $15. Tuition for teachers is $60 ($52.50 by September 10). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Register securely online. Sponsored by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values with support from the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH. Topics and speakers include:

  • James A. Anderson, professor of history, UNC Greensboro, "Silk and Spices from 'All Under Heaven': Imperial China's Tributary Relations with Kingdoms along the Silk Road"
  • Neil Schmid, professor of religious studies, North Carolina State University, "From Artifice to Art: Verisimilitude and Sinicization in Central Asian Cave Shrines"
  • Wei-Cheng Lin, professor of art history, UNC-CH, "Art of the Borderland or Center? The Silk Road in China during the Eighth to the Eleventh Centuries"
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "The Western Anchors of the Silk Road"
  • Panel: "Encounters and Exchanges along the Silk Road," with Professors Anderson, Schmid, Lin, and Shields

September 21, 2008: Carolina MEET: Middle Eastern Exploratory Talks, UNC's first dialogue group on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any cultural/ethnic/religious background. Basic knowledge of the conflict is required. The group will meet every other Sunday starting September 21, 2008, and continuing through Spring 2009. Each session will be themed and will be paired with readings, documentaries or speakers. For more information, contact Diana Gergel or Dana DePietro. To request an application, email Marjorie Betubiza. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

September 22, 2008: Andrea M. Berlin, professor of archaeology, University of Minnesota, "New Light on the Period of the Maccabees: the Excavations at Tel Kedesh." 5:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

September 23-October 15, 2008: Art Exhibition: "An Atlas of Radical Cartography." Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center. Hosted by the Counter-Cartographies Collective, part of the Geography Department, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

September 24, 2008: Timna Seligman, associate curator, Ticho House, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, "Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Arts." 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

September 25, 2008: Timna Seligman, associate curator, Ticho House, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, "Jerusalem in Israeli Art." 5:30-7:30 p.m., 0015w Divinity School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

September 25, 2008: Poetry Recital: In the Presence of Absence, in honor of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. 6:00-8:30 p.m., Divinity School Classroom 0016, Duke University. Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan fast) to follow the reading. Sponsored by the Center for Muslim Life, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, Arab Student Organization, and Muslim Student Association.

September 26, 2008: Malika Zeghal, professor of Islamic Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School, "Bringing the State Back in the Analysis of Political Islam: Methodological Reflections on Some Arab Cases." 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 26, 2008: Efraim Lev, professor in the School of Public Health, University of Haifa, "Medieval Pharmacology: Evidence from the Cairo Genizah." 2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall. Sponsored by the Department of History, the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

October 2-November 26, 2008: Exhibition: "Home Fronts: The Pretend Villages of Talatha and Braggistan," photographs by Christopher Sims. Thursdays, 2:00-4:30 p.m., North Carolina Museum of Art. Presented by the Center for the Study of the American South.

  October 2, 2008: Film: Maria’s Grotto (Palestine, 2007, 52 minutes), directed by Buthina Khoury. 7:00 p.m., 219 New West, UNC-CH. Free and open to the public. Followed by discussion with the director. Co-sponsored with the Arabic Program, the Department of Asian Studies, the Curriculum in Women’s Studies, the Curriculum in International Studies, and the Center for Global Initiatives.

October 6, 2008: Panel: Kerry Fosher, command social scientist, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and Robert Albro, professor of communications, American University, "Anthropology’s Engagement with Security." Moderated by James Peacock, professor of anthropology, UNC-CH. 5:30-7:00 p.m., 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

October 6, 2008: Panel: "The Costs of War." 7:00 p.m., 39 Graham Memorial, UNC-CH. Panelists are:

  • Gene Nichols, professor of law, UNC-CH, discussing civil liberties in relation to the War on Terror
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, discussing the war in Iraq
  • Rachel Willis, professor of economics, UNC-CH, discussing the war from an economic point of view

  October 7, 2008: A Celebration of Two Lives: Mahmud Darwish, poet, 1942-2008; Youssef Chahine, filmmaker, 1926-2008. 6:00-8:00 p.m., 219 New West, UNC-CN. Includes screening of the films "Mahmoud Darwich: As the Land Is the Language" (60 minutes, 1997) directed by Simon Bitton; and "Cairo as Told by Youssef Chahine" (22 minutes, 1991); as well as poetry by Mahmud Darwish and Sami Shalom Chetrit. Co-sponsored with the Center for Global Initiatives, the Media Resources Center, and the Department of Asian Studies. The organizers are grateful to Simone Bitton for allowing the screening of her film without charge.

October 7, 2008: Exhibition Opening: "Home Fronts: The Pretend Villages of Talatha and Braggistan," photographs by Christopher Sims. 4:00-6:00 p.m., Love House and Hutchins Forum, 410 East Franklin Street. Exhibit presented by the Center for the Study of the American South.

October 8, 2008: Sahar Amer, professor of Asian and international studies, UNC-CH, "Medieval Arab Lesbians." 4:00 p.m., Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH.

October 8, 2008: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Liberal and Modernist Movements in Islam." 6:00 p.m., 317 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by MOSAIC.

October 9, 2008: Reading: Sahar Amer, professor of Asian and international studies, UNC-CH, "Locating Migrant Activism on the Internet: The Case of British Arab and Arab American Activists." 3:30 p.m., Bullshead Bookstore, UNC-CH.

October 10, 2008: Caroline Nagel, professor of geography, University of South Carolina, "Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures." 3:30 pm, 220 Saunders Hall.

October 11, 2008: Performance: Safahan Music Ensemble from Iran. 6:30-9:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Persian Students Association, Duke University Provost Office, Iranian Cultural Society in NC, and Persian Art Center in NC.

October 13, 2008: Obsession (U.S., 2006, 77 minutes), directed by Wayne Kopping. 7:00 p.m., 104 Howell Hall, UNC-CH. Part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, co-sponsored by The Leadership Institute.

  October 15, 2008: Cemalnur Sargut, Istanbul branch chair, Turkish Women’s Cultural Association, “Women’s Role in the Society: A Sufi Interpretation.” 12:00-1:00 p.m., 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Global Women's Issues Luncheon Series. Co-sponsored with the Carolina Women’s Center.

October 17-18, 2008: Conference: Scenes of Secrecy: Interdisciplinary Inquiries on Suspicion, Intelligence and Security. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Nelson Music Room and East Duke Parlors, East Duke Building, Duke University.

October 17-19, 2008: Conference: Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS). Valle Crucis Conference Center, Valle Crucis, NC.

October 17, 2008: Panel: "The 2008 Election and the Muslim Vote." 2:00-3:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. Panelists are:

  • Jen'nan Read, professor of sociology, Duke University
  • Kerry Haynie, professor and associate department chair, political science, Duke University
  • Brendan Nyhan, graduate student, political science, Duke University

October 20, 2008: Waseem Anwar, professor and chair of English, Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan, "Current Issues in Pakistan." 12:00 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham.

October 20, 2008: Robert Spencer, author and director of Jihad Watch, "Jihad: What Muslims Say It Means -- And Why It Matters." 7:00 p.m., 105 Gardner Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the College Republicans and the Committee for a Better Carolina, UNC-CH.

October 21, 2008: Film: Body of War (U.S., 2007, 87 minutes), directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium FedEx Global Education Center. To be followed by Q&A with director Phil Donahue.

October 21, 2008: Film: A Jihad for Love (2007, 81 minutes), directed by Parvez Sharma. 7:00 pm, Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 22, 2008: Alberto Bisin, professor of economics, New York University, "'Bend It Like Beckham': Identity, Socialization, and Assimilation." 4:00-5:30 p.m., 311 Social Sciences. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 22, 2008: Sabiha Al Khemir, Tunisia-born writer, artist, and art historian, "Islamic Art: A Celebration of Unity and Diversity." 4:00-5:30 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 22, 2008: Film: Khuda ke liye (For the Sake of God) (Pakistan, 2007, 168 minutes), directed by Shoaib Mansoor. 7:00 pm, Griffith Film Theater, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

October 24, 2008: Robert K. Brigham, professor of history, Vassar College, "Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power." 4:00-6:00 p.m., East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

October 24, 2008: Reading: "Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin," by Katherine P. Ewing, professor of anthropology and women's studies, Duke University; and "Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism," by Rebecca L. Stein, professor of anthropology and women's studies, Duke University. 4:00 p.m., 225 Friedl Building, Duke University.

October 27, 2008: Sabiha Al Khemir, Tunisia-born writer, artist, and art historian, "Islamic Art: A Celebration of Unity and Diversity." 5:00-6:30 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and Women's Studies.

October 28, 2008: Michael Scharf, professor of law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, "High Crimes, High Drama: An Insider's Account of the Saddam Hussein Trial." 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 3041, Law School, Duke University.

October 28, 2008: Sabiha Al Khemir, Tunisia-born writer, artist, and art historian, "The Art of Calligraphy: Beauty and Significance." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Pink Parlor, East Duke Parlors, Duke University (East Campus). Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 28, 2008: Panel: "Propaganda and Hate Speech in the Public Space: Muslims and the 2008 Presidential Election." 7:00-8:30 p.m., 209 Manning Hall, UNC-CH. A discussion of issues related to the distribution of the DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West, which many UNC students received in the mail. Panelists are:

  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH

October 28, 2008: Performance: "Speaking without Tongues." 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Student Union, UNC-CH. Both performances are free. Part of the Hidden Voices Project.

October 29, 2008: David Cook, professor of religious studies, Rice University, "Abu Musa'b al-Suri, The Apocalyptic Theorist and Abu Musa'b al-Zarqawi, the Apocalyptic Practitioner." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 29, 2008: Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Media Ethics, Radical Islam and Presidential Politics: The Story of the 'Obsession' DVD." 12:15 p.m., 3043 Law School, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 29, 2008: Global Music: "Sufi Music, Love & Ecstasy, Human & Divine," with guests Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, and Hannah Highfill. 4:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill.

   October 29, 2008: Walter Feldman, professor of music, Bar-Ilan University and the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem, and fellow, Center for Jewish Music Research at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, "The Musical Ritual of the Mevlevi Dervishes: Past and Present." 5:30 p.m. Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies through a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans, '58.

October 29, 2008: Sabiha Al Khemir, Tunisia-born writer, artist, and art historian, "Reading from a Historical Novel: 'The Blue Manuscript.'" 5:00-6:30 p.m., 107 Friedl, Duke University (East Campus). Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Women's Studies.

October 30, 2008: Flemming Rose, editor of Jyllands-Posten, "Free Speech in a Globalized World." 7:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Jyllands-Posten is the Danish newspaper that published political cartoons depicting Muhammad in 2005.

  November 1, 2008: Seminar: Encounters and Exchanges: Reframing the “Clash of Civilizations.” 9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuition: $120 ($105 by September 10). Optional lunch: $10. Tuition for teachers: $60 ($52.50 by September 10). Register securely online or call (919) 962-1544. Undergraduates can attend free of charge if they contact Randi Davenport at the Johnston Center about registering. Topics and speakers include:

  • Brett Whalen, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Crusade and Conversion: Medieval Christendom Faces the Islamic World"
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Looking Beyond the Clash: Identities in the Middle East"
  • Glaire Anderson, professor of art history, UNC-CH, "In the Material World: Medieval Islamic Luxury Objects and Mediterranean Encounters"
  • Timothy W. Marr, professor of American studies, UNC-CH, "American Interactions with Islam"
  • Panel: "Encounters and Exchanges," with Professors Whalen, Shields, Anderson, and Marr

November 2, 2008: Film: Dinner with the President (Pakistan, 2007, 53 minutes), directed by Sachithanandam Sathananthan and Sabiha Sumar. 8:00 p.m., Richard White, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the FVD Program and Lilly Library.

November 5, 2008: Susan Slyomovics, director, Von Grunebaum Center for Middle East Studies, UCLA, "Imagining Nazareth." 2:30-4:00 p.m., Divinity School Alumni Commons Room, 152 Langford, Duke University. Sponsored by Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

November 5, 2008: Mohammad Fadel, professor of law, University of Toronto, "The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Philosophy Department, Duke University.

November 5, 2008: Siraj Wahhaj, imam at Masjid at-Taqwa, Brooklyn, NY, "Meaningful Community Engagement." 6:30 p.m., Von Canon Room, Bryan Center, Duke University. Part of Duke MSA's Community Dinner Series.

November 7, 2008: Conference: "Freedom Fighters: Regime Change and U.S. Foreign Policy." 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., East Duke 204B, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Department of History, Marxism & Society, Trent Foundation, and Arts & Science Faculty Research Council.

Keynote Presentation (9:30-11:00)
  • Greg Grandin, professor of history, NYU, "Empire's Workshop: The New Deal to the New Right, Latin America to Iraq."
Session One (11:15-1:15): U.S. in the Middle East
  • Salim Yaqub, professor of history, UCSB, "Openings and Closings: The United States and the Arab World in the 1970s."
  • Commentator: miriam cooke, professor of literature and Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Duke University
Session Two (2:30-4:30): Plan Colombia
  • Diana Marcela Roja, professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, "Transforming Interventions: US Policy in Colombia, 1998-2008."
  • Commentator: Robin Kirk, director, Duke Human Rights Center
Closing discussion (4:45-5:30)

November 7, 2008: Abdeslam Maghraoui, professor of political science, Duke University, "The New Administration and the Middle East." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Political Science Department, Duke University.

November 9, 2008: Film: Bloody Cartoons (Denmark, 2007, 53 minutes), directed by Karsten Kjaer. 8:00 p.m., Richard White, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the FVD Program and Lilly Library.

November 10, 2008: Marita Sturken, professor media, culture, and communication, NYU, "The Memory of War and the Erasure of Iraq." 4:00 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

November 11, 2008: Nouria Belmouloud, International Patient Services Supervisor, Duke Medical Center, and Annette Olsen, chaplain, Neuro/Women's/Children's Services, Duke Medical Center, "Conversations: End of Life Care for Patients of the Islamic Faith." 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2002 Duke North.

November 12, 2008: David Siroky, doctoral candidate in political science, Duke University, "Russia and Its Empires, East and West." 5:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminars.

November 12, 2008: Mehmet Pacaci, Attaché of Religious Affairs at the Turkish Embassy, Washington D.C., "Modernity, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey." 6:30-8:00 p.m., Westbrook 0015, Duke Divinity School, Duke University. Sponsored by Muslim Life.

November 12, 2008: Herb Keinon, journalist, Jerusalem Post, "U.S.-Israeli Relations Under the Obama Administration." 7:00-9:00 p.m., 209 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by CHAI and Carolina Israel Public Affairs Committee (CIPAC), UNC-CH.

November 12, 2008: David Johnson, photojournalist, "Voices of Sudan." 7:30-9:00 p.m., White Lecture
Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ and Duke Center for Race Relations, Duke University.

November 13, 2008: Juan Zarate, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism, "The War on Terror." 8:00-9:30 p.m., Room 05, Sanford Institute, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Conservative Union.

November 14-15, 2008: Conference: "Global Encounters: Legacies of Exchange and Conflict, 1000-1700." Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-CH. Presentations include:

  • Erica Heinsen-Roach, professor of history, University of Miami, "Diplomats, Slaves and Gifts: Dutch Diplomacy in North Africa, 1680-1700."
  • Daniel Hershenzon, professor of history, University of Michigan,"Trusting Masters, Faithful Captives: Captivity and Ransom in the Early-Modern Mediterranean."
  • Bissera Pentcheva, professor of art history, Stanford, "Sinai as the Mediator between East and West in the Wake of the Fourth Crusade."
  • E. Cihan Yuksel Muslu, University of Texas, Dallas, "Ottoman-Mamluk Peace Treaty in 1491."
  • Ibrahim Kaya Shahin, professor of history, Tulane University, "The Ottomans and the Safavids in the Early Modern Middle East: Conflict, Confessionalization, and Cultural Exchange."
  • J. Javier Puerto, professor of Hispanic studies, University of Kentucky, "Islam Explained According to Thirteenth-Century Iberian World History."
  • Ishan Chakrabarti, professor of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin, "Multiple Secularisms and Medieval Islam."
  • Geraldine Heng, professor of English, University of Texas, Austin, "Sex, Lies, and Paradise: How the Nizari Ismailis became the Fabled Assassins of Medieval European Literature."
  • Matthew Gabriele, professor of medieval studies, Virginia Tech), "Fight the Muslims (Please?): The Rhetoric of the 1010, 1074, and 1095 Papal Calls to Action."
  • Mayassah Alsader, professor of architecture, University of Texas, Austin, "The Cross in Muslim Gardens."
  • April L. Najjaj, professor of history, Greensboro College, "Muhammad V and Pedro I: Rooms for Exchange in 14th Century Spain."

November 14, 2008: M. Asaduddin, visiting Fulbright Scholar, Rutgers University, "Islam in India: Perceptions and Prejudices." 4:00-5:30 p.m., 219 New West 219, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Department of Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center, and the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

November 15, 2008: Ahmed Abdullah Fadamm and Dick Gordon, host of WUNC-FM's "The Story," "A Story of Human Rights." 9:45-10:30 a.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of "Visualizing Human Rights," presented by the Center for Global Initiatives.

November 16, 2008: Performance: Amjad Sabri and Ensemble, an evening of Sufi Qawwali music. 6:00-9:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1 WKNC, and Cheema Communications.

November 17, 2008: Roundtable: Domestic and International Perspectives on the Obama Victory. 12:00-1:30 p.m., Toy Lounge (4th floor, Dey Hall), UNC-CH. Organized by the UNC-CH Department of African & Afro-American Studies. Panelists are:

  • Mark Driscoll, professor of Asian Studies, UNC-CH
  • Arturo Escobar, professor of anthropology, UNC-CH
  • Rachel Murphey-Brown, professor of African & Afro-American Studies, UNC-CH
  • Eunice Sahle, professor of African & Afro-American Studies, UNC-CH

November 17, 2008: Performance: Chava Albertstein, Israeli singer, and Greg Brown, Iowa folk musician. 8:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke Performances.

November 18-19, 2008: Get-a-Passport Drive. An annual event open to UNC-CH students, faculty, staff, and their families. 10:00-3:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center (Nov. 18), 1505 Carolina Union (Nov. 19). Part of International Education Week. Sponsored by UNC Global, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and University Photo & Video.

November 18, 2008: Global Connections: FLAS Information Session. 3:00-4:00 p.m., 1009 FedEx Global Education Center. Part of International Education Week. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

November 18, 2008: Nick Gozik, assistant director of Study Abroad at Duke University, "Rethinking Internationalization: The Case of Area Studies Centers." 6:00-7:00 p.m., 2009 FedEx Global Education Center. This is the November meeting of SIETAR-NC.

November 20, 2008: Panel: Election 2008 -- What Happened and What Does It Mean? 3:00-4:30 p.m., Incubator, 2nd floor, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Odum Institute and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Panelists are:

  • Ferrell Guillory, director, Program on Public Life, School of Journalism, UNC-CH
  • Joseph Jordan, director, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, UNC-CH
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH
  • James Stimson, professor of political science, UNC-CH

November 20, 2008: Randi Deguilhem, permanent senior researcher, Institute for Research and Study on the Arab and Muslim World, Aix-en-Provence, France, "Waqfs and Property Rights in Ottoman Damascus." 4:00-5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 21, 2008: Global Connections: FLAS Information Session. 3:00-4:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center. Part of International Education Week. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.

December 2, 2008: Cynthia Enloe, professor of women's studies and international development, Clark University, "When Women think about Security: Some Feminist Lessons from the
Iraq War."
6:00-7:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies; co-convened by the UNC Curriculum in Women’s Studies, the Carolina Women’s Center, and the Duke Women’s Studies Program.

   December 2-3, 2008: Israel, Palestine, Culture, and Conflict: A Duke-UNC Student Conference. Open to the public. Co-sponsored with the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Duke), Department of Asian Studies (UNC-CH), and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence (UNC-CH).

December 2
7:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
039 Graham Memorial, UNC-CH

Research presentations by students from AMES 183/283 (The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict), Duke University

December 3
7:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
0013W Divinity School, Duke University

Research presentations by students from ARAB 452 (Imagining Palestine), UNC-CH

Program:

1. Harmony Within Chaos: Activism and Identity Through Palestinian Music
  • Yasmin Amer, "Everyday We're Struggling Shoko Sotoh: Traditional Songs in Modern Times"
  • Jesse Howard, "The Adoption of a Genre Nada Mussad: Transcending Boundaries Through Musical Initiatives"
  • Seth Guge, "Recording Resistance: The History Behind the Music"
  • Evan Hughes, "Hip Hop From Brooklyn and Beit Annan"
2. Palestinian Empowerment Movements
  • Rachel Pointer, "Social Movements for the Right of Return Dana Depietro: The PLO's Vision of Palestine"
  • Rachel Beckham, "Popular Palestinian Politics in Europe"
  • Kevin Whitfield, "The Emergence of Hamas and Its Rise to Power"
3. Space, Place, and History: A Conceptualization of Palestinian Identity
  • Lindsay Guge, "What is Palestinian? Conceptualizations of National Identity Among the Palestinian Diaspora"
  • Nicole Carter, "How the Deir Yassin Massacre is Remembered"
  • Sharon Levine, "Checkpoints as an Ideological Barrier to Palestinian Vitality"
  • Krystal Bush, "Palestinian Imagination in Museums"
4. Palestinian Society Through Representation
  • Cory Wolfe, "Rooted: Symbols of Palestinian Identity"
  • Amanda Davis, "Animated Women: Examining the Role of Women in the Political Cartoons of Naji al-Ali and Omayya"
  • Joha Alex Bondurant, "Honor Killings: Representation in Selected Palestinian Narratives"
5. Visual Representations of Palestine
  • Kaylee Caruso, "Embroidery and Identity"
  • Stephen Strigle, "The Power of the Key"
  • Heather Giuffre, "Art Outreach to Children in Palestine"
6. Constructing and Maintaining Palestinian Identity
  • Samantha Levy, "Common Stories of Palestinian Citizens of Israel Constructed in Hebrew"
  • Clayton Pfannenstiel, "A Majority Minority: Influences on Palestinian Identity in Jordan"
  • Natalie Martin, "Palestinian Americans: The Relationship Between Language and Identity"
  • Trey Meeks, "Caught Between Identities: Sayed Kashua's 'Avoda Aravit' and Arabs in Israel"
  • Melody Pineda, "Darwish: Unshakeable Principles Amid Challenging Times"

  December 6, 2008: Seminar: "Contemporary Iran in Context.” 9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuition: $120 ($105 by September 10). The optional lunch is $15. Tuition for teachers is $60 ($52.50 by September 10). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. This seminar has sold out, but a waiting list is available: (919) 962-1544. Topics and speakers include:

  • Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Persian Poetry: Love and Mysticism in Medieval Lyrics"
  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "The Iranian Revolution at Age Thirty"
  • Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "The Reform Movement in Contemporary Iran: Reforming Islam in the 'Axis of Evil'"
  • Negar Mottahedeh, professor of literature, Duke University, "Iranian Cinema after the Islamic Revolution"
  • Panel: "Approaching Contemporary Iran," with Professors Safi, Kurzman, and Mottahedeh

December 11, 2008: Ipsita Chatterjee, professor of geography, Penn State University, "Globalization and the Conflicted City: Ethnic Violence in Ahemdabad City, India." 4:00 p.m., 204 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

December 15, 2008: Sara Smith, doctrinal candidate in geography, University of Arizona, "A Geopolitics of Fear and Desire: Religion, Territory and Fertility in Jammu and Kashmir." 4:00 p.m., 204 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Geography, UNC-CH.

January 9, 2009: Mahmoud El Gamal, professor of economics, Rice University, "Islamic Law and Finance: Regulatory Substance and Incoherent Jurisprudence." 3:30-5:00 p.m., 327 Social Sciences, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and History of Political Economy (HOPE) Workshop Series.

January 13, 2009: Panel: "Crisis in Gaza: Perspectives on the Conflict." 12:15-1:15 p.m., 3041 Law School, Duke University. Sponsored by The Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA) and the International Human Rights Law Society. Panelists include:

  • Scott Silliman, professor of law, Duke University
  • miriam cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
  • Shai Ginsburg, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
  • Marty Rosenbluth, former Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority for Amnesty International USA

January 13, 2009: Imad Moustapha, Syrian ambassador to the United States, "Syria-USA Relations: A Thaw or a False Start." 6:30-8:00 p.m., 2231 French Family Science, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Focus Program.

January 14, 2009: Panel: "Rights and Wrongs in Gaza: The Task Ahead." 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill, UU (106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill). Sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, the Carolina Interfaith Taskforce Connecting the Americas, and the Charles Jones Peace and Justice Committee. Speakers include:

  • Miko Peled, Israeli-American peace activist
  • Rasha Ali, Guilford College student from the Ramallah area
  • Richard Wark, ICAHD and AJJP

January 15, 2009: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, professor of politics, NYU, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Michael Dorane, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support for Public Diplomacy, "Forecasting Iran: Methodologies and Iranian Behavior." 5:30-7:00 p.m., 05 Sanford Institute, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

January 15, 2009: "Understanding Gaza: A Teach-in on the Current Crisis." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fed Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Organized by UNC-CH Justice for Gaza. Co-sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine through Education and Action (SPEAC), Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – USA, Jews for a Just Peace – NC, Progressive Faculty Network of UNC-CH, Muslim American Public Affairs Council, Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, UNC-CH Social and Economic Justice Minor, Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ), WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), Mothers 4 Peace, SDS-UNC. Speakers include:

  • Laila El-Haddad, freelance journalist from Gaza
  • Rann Bar-On, Israeli activist and graduate student at Duke University
  • Marty Rosenbluth, former Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority for Amnesty International USA
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH

January 22, 2009: Panel: "GITMO Detainees: What Are The Options?" 4:30-6:00 p.m., 136 Social Sciences Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Duke Political Science Students Association. Panelists are:

  • David Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Madeline Morris, professor of law, Duke University, and director of the Duke Guantanamo Defense Clinic
  • Peter Feaver, professor of political science, Duke University, and director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies
  • Scott Silliman, professor of law, Duke University, and executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security

January 22, 2009: Nyuol Tong, refugee of the second Sudanese civil war, "Exodus: A Sudanese Refugee's Journey." With commentary by Maab Ibrahim, Reginaldo Howard and Baldwin Scholar, Duke Univeristy, and moderated by Steve Schmulenson, junior majoring in Arabic and International and Comparative Studies, Duke University. 6:00-8:00 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

January 23, 2009: Allen Fromherz, professor of history, Georgia State University, "The Rise of the Almohads: Identity and Belief in North Africa." 2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

January 23, 2009: Lidewijde de Jong, professor of classics, UNC-CH, "Uncovering Tell Sheikh Hasan: Roman and Abbasid imperialism in the Balikh Valley of Syria." 3:00 p.m., 210 Hyde Hall, UNC-CH.

January 26, 2009: Cihan Muslu, professor of history, University of Texas, "The Diplomatic Relationship between the Mamluks and Ottomans." 3:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

January 26, 2009: Noor Al-Qasimi, professor of media, culture, and communication, New York University, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates." 5:00 p.m., Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Program in Sexuality Studies, UNC-CH.

January 27, 2009: Noor Al-Qasimi, professor of media, culture, and communication, New York University, "The Emergence of the Boyah Identity in the United Arab Emirates." 5:00 p.m., East Duke Parlors, Duke University. Reception to follow lecture. Sponsored by the Program in the Study of Sexualities (SXL), the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Women's Studies.

January 28, 2009: Jeff Spinner-Halev, professor emeritus of political science, UNC-CH, "How to Make Sense of Israel and Gaza Today." 7:30 p.m., Stone Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by NC Hillel.

January 29, 2009: Ahmed El Shamsy, doctoral candidate in history and Middle Eastern studie, Harvard University, "Law, Society, and Politics: An Integrated History of the Great Transformations of Ninth-Century Egypt." 3:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of History, UNC-CH.

January 30, 2009: John Monfasani, professor of history, University at Albany (SUNY), "George Amiroutzes and Mehmed the Conqueror Discuss Christianity and Islam." 5:00 p.m., room TBA, with a reception to follow in the Classics Department library, 3rd floor, Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. This is a special lecture in honor of Professor Carolyn Connor's retirement. Sponsored by the Department of Classics, UNC-CH.

February 2, 2009: Film: Cairo Station (Egypt, 1962, 95 minutes), directed by Youssef Chahine.8:00 pm, Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the F/D/V Program,Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Duke University), Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Center for International Studies, International Comparative Studies (Duke University), Muslim Life at Duke.

February 3, 2009: Poetry Reading: Peter Cole, "Things on Which I've Stumbled." 4:00-6:00 p.m., Perkins Library Rare Book Room, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and Globalization and the Artist, with additional support from the Center for Jewish Studies and Duke University Center for International Studies.

February 4, 2009: Adina Hoffman, author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood, "Map of a Vanished Town: Recollecting the Palestinian Past through Biography." 12:00-2:00 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 5, 2009: Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, "Creating a World Without Poverty." 11:00 a.m., Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flager Business School, UNC-CH. Please RSVP to kfbsrsvp@unc.edu. Hosted by the UNC Office of International Affairs, as part of the Global Education Distinguished Speakers Series, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School, with support from the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, Carolina Microfinance Initiative, Center for Sustainable Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler, AASHA, and Campus Y.

February 5, 2009: Panel: "Called to Kill? Rethinking Violence in the Abrahamic Faiths." 8:00-9:30 p.m., 0012 Westbrook Building, Duke University. Hosted by Duke Chapel PathWays and Faith Council. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Muslim Student Association, Interfaith Dialogue Project, the International House, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Speakers:

  • Dean Sam Wells (Chapel)
  • Muslim chaplain Abdullah Antepli (MSA)
  • Campus rabbi Michael Goldman (Jewish Life)
  • Suzanne Shanahan (Kenan)

February 6, 2009: Leonard Chysostomos, visiting scholar from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious
Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, "Jews in Indonesia: An Overview." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 130 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. One of a series of three lectures around the theme "Jews as the Other in Indonesia." Sponsored by the Department of Religion (Duke University) and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 6, 2009: "Performances for Peace: A Diary of Darfur," Emmanuel Jal. 7:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, UNC-CH. Tickets: $3 (proceeds to aid refugees in Sudanese camps). Sponsored by Students United for Darfur Awareness Now (SUDAN).

February 9, 2009: Joshua Birk, professor of history, Eastern Illinois University, "Saracen Princes: Rulers of Medieval Sicily and the Anti-Islamic Critique." 12:00 noon, 229 Carr, Duke University. Sponsored by the History Department, Duke University.

February 9, 2009: Leonard Chysostomos, visiting scholar from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious
Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, "Indonesian Perceptions of Jews." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 130 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. One of a series of three lectures around the theme "Jews as the Other in Indonesia." Sponsored by the Department of Religion (Duke University) and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 9, 2009: Film: Sparrow (Egypt, 1972, 105 minutes), directed by Youssef Chahine.8:00 pm, Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the F/D/V Program,Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Duke University), Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Center for International Studies, International Comparative Studies (Duke University), Muslim Life at Duke.

February 10, 2009: Leonard Chysostomos, visiting scholar from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious
Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, "Cronies of Zionism: Stereotyping the 'Jew' as The Enemy Within." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 130 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. One of a series of three lectures around the theme "Jews as the Other in Indonesia." Sponsored by the Department of Religion (Duke University) and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 10, 2009: Joshua Stacher, professor of political science, Kent State University, "The U.S. & Egypt." 7:00 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, UNC-CH. Part of the Great Decisions Program, UNC-CH.

February 12, 2009: Special Event: Official Launch of Campaign for the Kenan Rifai Distinguished Chair in Islamic Studies. 4:00 p.m., Center atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Speakers:

  • Bernadette Gray-Little, provost, UNC-CH
  • William Andrews, senior associate dean, UNC-CH
  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH
  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Meskûre Sargut, Istanbul
  • Kenan Gürsoy, Galatasaray University, Istanbul
  • Cemalnur Sargut, Turkish Women's Cultural Association, Istanbul

February 12, 2009: Tijana Krstic, professor of history, Penn State, "Ottoman Self-Narratives of Conversion in the Age of Confessionalization." 4:00 p.m., Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University.

February 13, 2009: Kenan Gürsoy, Galatasaray University, Istanbul, "Sufi Perspectives on Contemporary Critical Issues." In French with English translation. 2:00 p.m., 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

February 13, 2009: Performance: Munni Begum, vocal artist. 8:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium, UNC-CH. General admission tickets: $15 until February 9; $20 after February 9. For ticket information, call (919) 412-7008 or (919) 851-1119. A halaal dinner is offered for a nominal charge. Sponsored by Cheema Communications, NC Center for South Asia Studies, Carolina Asia Center, and Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1 WKNC.

February 16, 2009: Abdullah Akyuz, president, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessman's Association, "Turkish Foreign Policy: The EU Process and US-Turkey Relations." 4:15 p.m., 124 Social Science Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Turkish Student Association and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

  February 16, 2009: Reading: Mohja Kahf, professor of English and comparative literature, University of
Arkansas. In English. 5:00 p.m., 4003 Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored with the Department of Asian Studies, Arabic Program, Center for Global Initiatives, African Studies Center, and Creative Writing Program.

February 16, 2009: Gershom Gorenberg, senior correspondent, The American Prospect, "The Struggle for the Temple Mount." 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

February 16, 2009: Cara Cilano, professor of English, University of North Carolina--Wilmington, "It Is Impossible to Assess Precisely Where the Truth Lies? The Silence of the Hamoodur Rehman Commission Report." 7:00 p.m. Contact John Cadwell for location and directions. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

  February 16, 2009: Mohja Kahf, professor of English and comparative literature, University of
Arkansas, "Reflections on Arab American and Muslim American Literature." In Arabic. 7:30 p.m., 4003 Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored with the Department of Asian Studies, Arabic Program, Center for Global Initiatives, African Studies Center, and Creative Writing Program.

February 18, 2009: Asim Ijaz Khwaja, professor of public policy, Harvard University, "Islam in the Public Square: The Economic Impact of the Hajj." 4:30-6:00 p.m., 311 Social Sciences, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Applied Microeconomics Workshop Series.

February 19, 2009: Panel: "Making News in the Middle East: DeWitt Wallace Media Fellows Discuss Reporting on Afghanistan, Sudan, and Terrorism." 12:00-1:30 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Panelists are:

  • Nasim Fekrat, journalism instructor, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Yazeed Kamaldien, journalist, The Times, Capetown, South Africa
  • Michel Moutot, correspondent, Agence France Presse, Paris, France

 February 20-21, 2009: "Global Middle East Workshop: Global Economy, Islam, and Capitalism.” Friday, 3:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Speakers include:

Friday, February 20

3:00 p.m.  Caglar Keyder, professor of sociology, SUNY-Binghamton, "Space and Exclusion in the Global City."

4:00 p.m.  James Gelvin, professor of history, UCLA, "The Rise and Fall of the Populist State in the Middle East From the Perspective of Global Political Economy."

5:00 p.m.  Response by Mustafa Gültekin, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC.

Saturday, February 21

10:00 a.m.  Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology, Purdue University, "Between Globalization And Family Law: Negotiating Women's Economic Citizenship In The Middle East And North Africa."

11:00 a.m.  Cihan Tugal, professor of sociology, UC Berkeley, "Party-in-society: The AKP and the Transition to Neoliberal Islam in Turkey."

1:30 p.m.  Response by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC.

2:00 p.m.  Final discussions.

February 20, 2009: James L. Gelvin, professor of history, UCLA, "Political Islam: What Ayman al-Zawahiri Knows That We Should." 12:00-2:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security.

February 23, 2009: Stephen Spector, professor of English, Stony Brook University, "Evangelical Christian Support of Israel." 7:30 p.m., William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC-CH. Sylvia and Irving Margolis Lecture on the Jewish Experience in the American South. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

February 24, 2009: Gubad Bayramov, visiting scholar, Associate Professor, Azerbaijan State Economic University, "Azerbaijan: The Land of Fire." 4:00 p.m., 4003 Fed-Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

  February 24, 2009: Marda Dunksy, professor of Islamic world studies, DePaul University, "Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 5:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

February 24, 2009: Cheikh Babou, professor of history, University of Pennsylvania, "'The Colonial Social Contract' and its Legacy: Muslim Sufi Orders and State Politics in Senegal." 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gray 228, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 25, 2009: Marda Dunksy, professor of Islamic world studies, DePaul University, "The Muslim World as Refracted through the U.S. Media Lens." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Lecture Room 223, Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy, Duke University. Sponsored by the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 25, 2009: Sarah Wagner, professor of anthropology, UNC-Greensboro, "Local Justice:
Global Mechanism and Local Meanings in the Aftermath of Genocide and Mass Atrocity, Identifying Srebrenica’s Missing: The “Shaky Balance” of Universalism and Particularism."
5:30 p.m., 4003 Fed-Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

February 25, 2009: Cheikh Anta Babou, professor of history, University of Pennsylvania, "Exploring the Historical Roots and Contemporary Development of Sufi Islam in West Africa: Senegal as Example." 6:00 p.m., 1009 Fed-Ex Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC African Studies Center.

February 26-28, 2009: Workshop: "(De)Colonial Cosmopolitanism: Political Economy, Religion and International Relations." February 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; February 28, 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; 225 Friedl Building (Old Art Museum, East Campus), Duke University. Part of the series, "Shifting the Geography and Biography of Knowledge," sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Department of History (Duke University), Department of Religion (Duke University), and Duke in the Andes. Participants include:

  • Erdem Denk, professor of law, Ankara University, Turkey
  • Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University

February 26, 2009: Marda Dunksy, professor of Islamic world studies, DePaul University, "After Gaza, and Before: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 204B East Duke Building, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 26, 2009: Sherman Jackson, professor of Near Eastern studies, University of Michigan, "African American Islam: Its Past, Present and Future." 6:00 p.m., Room 0014, Duke Divinity School. Part of 2009 Muslim Life @ Duke, Black History Month Activities. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

February 27-28, 2009: Conference: "American Grand Strategy After War: A Research Conference of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies." Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center, Meadowmont. Registration: $75. Contact Nicole McWhirter at 613-9301 for more information. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

February 27, 2009: Patricia Uberoi, Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, "Chicks, Kids, and Couples: Icons of Indian Modernity." 5:00-6:30 p.m., 1005 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Department of Anthropology, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, and Carolina Asia Center.

 February 28, 2009: Sherman Jackson, professor of Near Eastern studies, University of Michigan, "Race, Religion, and Islam in America." Orientation for prospective graduate students. 12:30-2:00 p.m., 124 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored with the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

March 2, 2009: Haider Ala Hamoudi, professor of law, University of Pittsburgh, "Islam in the Public Square: The Death of Islamic Law." 4:30-6:00 p.m., Room 4042, Duke Law School. Co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Center for International and Comparative Law.

March 2, 2009: Aamir Mufti, professor of comparative literature, UCLA, "Edward Said in Jerusalem: Exile, Criticism, and Global Culture." 5:30 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and made possible by a grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation in honor of Eli N. Evans (class of '58).

  March 4, 2009: Recep Alpyagil, visiting scholar, faculty of divinity, Istanbul University, "An Undecidable Relationship: Derrida and Islam/ic Mysticism--"A/way-s, A/pophasis-es, A/poria-s." 5:30 p.m., 3009 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

March 5, 2009: World Premiere: "Aswat (Voices): Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music," with Simon Shaheen and the Arab Orchestra, featuring Ibrahim Azzam, Sonia M’barek, Khalil Abonula, and Rima Khcheich. 8:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University (West Campus).

March 8, 2009: Performance: Seyma Gundogdu, playing the ney (reed flute), and Ayse Caliskan, performing ebru (traditional paper marbling), "Turkish Islamic Arts and Live Performance." 2:00-3:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library. Sponsored by Divan Women's Club.

March 16, 2009: Michael Ross, professor of political science, UCLA, "Oil and Islam." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 201, Flowers Building, Duke University. Part of the Islam in the Public Square Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Comparative Politics Workshop Series.

March 16, 2009: Felipe Pereda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, "Marian Icons and the Conversion of the Moriscos in Granada, 1492-1500." 5:30 p.m., 116 Murphey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Department of Art.

March 18, 2009: Celebration of Languages Night. Featuring performances by Carolina Tar Heel Voices, Japan Club, Kabari Drama Troupe, the Turkish Student Association, and Zankiliwa. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Admission is free. Sponsored by AASHA, Office of International Affairs, Center for South Asian Studies, and Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1 WKNC.

March 19, 2009: Yehezkel Landau, "Sharing the Abrahamic Blessing: Challenges in Jewish-Muslim Relations." 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room W0014, Divinity School, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Month, sponsored by the Duke Muslim Students Association and Muslim Life at Duke.

  March 20, 2009: Panel: "Fostering Socio-cultural Perspectives in Water Sciences and Management: Identifying Bridges and Barriers." Session 6.5.3 of the Fifth World Water Forum. This event is being held in Istanbul, Turkey, and can be viewed online via live broadcast.

Chairs: Carl Ernst, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, and Kubota Jumpei, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan

4:00-4:10, Abe Kenichi and Carl Ernst, "Opening Remarks."

4:10-4:20, Lida Schelwald-van der Kley, Linda Reijerkerk, "Water, A Way of Life: Sustainable Water Management in a Cultural Context."

4:20-4:30, Meryem Atik, Hacer Mutlu Danaci, "Use of Water as a Landscape Element in Anatolian Culture."

4:30-5:00, Break

5:00-5:10, Canguzel Zulfikar, "A Concerned Sufi's Perspective on Environment: Water in the Writings of Sâmiha Ayverdi."

5:10-5:20, Prachanda Pradhan, "Erosion of Cultural Diversity through Incompatible Legal and Institutional Regime."

5:20-5:30, James Webster, "Unintended Development Outcomes: The Influence of Culture in Rural Water and Sanitation Projects."

5:30-5:40, Jeroen Warner, "Water and Conflict Resolution: Bridging Divides between Local and National Perspectives of River Interventions."

5:40-5:50, Sasaki Takatsugu, Taniguchi Makoto, "Regulating Unknown Common Resources: Community-Science Collaboration around Groundwater."

5:50-6:00, Barbara Rose Johnston, "Cultural Diversity, Water resources, and Global Environmental Crises: Emerging Trends and Implications for Sustainable Futures."

6:00-7:00, Jeroen Warner, Abe Kenichi, and Carl Ernst, Discussion with the floor.

March 20, 2009: Performance: Ferhat Tunç, Kurdish recording artist, "Laments for Rebels and Soldiers." 8:00 p.m., Nelson Music Room, Duke University (East Campus).

March 22, 2009: Reading and Book Signing: Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of comparative literature, Washington University in St. Louis, "Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran." 3:00 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham.

March 23, 2009: Roger Lucey, musician, South Africa, and Ferhat Tunç, musician, Turkey, "Music and Activism." 12:00 noon, Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. A light lunch will be served; please RSVP to Katie Joyce. Presented by the Concilium on Southern Africa (COSA).

March 23, 2009: Fatemeh Keshavarz, professor of comparative literature, Washington University in St. Louis, "Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran." 6:30 p.m., Rare Book Room, Perkins Liberary, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Persian Student Association.

March 24, 2009: Film: Inside Mecca (U.S., 2003), directed by Anisa Mehdi. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room W0014, Divinity School, Duke University. To be followed by discussion with the director. Part of Islamic Awareness Month, sponsored by the Duke Muslim Students Association and Muslim Life at Duke.

March 24, 2009: Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, "A Mighty Heart." 7:00 p.m., Griffith Film Theater, Duke University.

March 25, 2009: Global Music: Focusing on the music of South African singer Miriam Makeba, "Mama Afrika," with guest Amy Cooke, professor of African and Afro-American studies, UNC-CH. 4:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, 89.3 FM, Chapel Hill.

March 25, 2009: Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University, "Islamic Law: Rumor or Reality?" 6:00 p.m., Divinity School Room W0014, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Month, sponsored by the Duke Muslim Students Association and Muslim Life at Duke.

   March 25, 2009: Nadje al-Ali, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. "What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq." 7:00-9:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Cosponsored with the Curriculum in Women's Studies and the Center for Global Initiatives.

March 25, 2009: Scott Silliman, Center of Law, Ethics, and Security, and David Schanzer, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, "Gitmo Detainees: What Are the Options?" 7:30 p.m., 218 Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Roosevelt
Institution, UNC-CH.

March 26-27, 2009: Conference: "Looking Deeper: What Darfur Tells Us about Genocide, International Criminal Law, and the Future of a Country." Rooms 3041 and 3037, Duke Law School. Sponsored by Duke Law, the Center for International & Comparative Law, and the Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA).

  • Keynote speaker: Rod Rastan, legal advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, "Prosecuting Mass Atrocity: Darfur at the International Criminal Court."

March 26, 2009: Nadje Al Ali, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, "Memory, History, and Contestations in Present-Day Iraq." 5:00-6:30 p.m., East Duke Parlors, East Duke Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Centerand Duke Women's Studies.

 March 26, 2009: Madawi al-Rasheed, King's College, University of London, "The Masculine State: Gender and Legitimacy in Saudi Arabia." 5:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill-King's Strategic Alliance and the UNC Department of Religious Studies.

March 26, 2009: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Islamic Party Participation in Parliamentary Elections." 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 028, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. A presentation of the University Seminar on Global Governance and Democracy, sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies and John Hope Franklin Center.

March 26, 2009: Meghan Sullivan, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National
Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, "Iraq." 7:30 p.m., Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

March 27, 2009: Zumrat Salmorbekova, Rotary fellow from Kyrgyzstan, "Promotion of Geopolitical Interests through Military Intervention in Regional Conflicts." 9:30 a.m., FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of "Building Bridges for Peace," the Sixth Annual Rotary Fellows Spring Conference. Pre-registration required by March 27, 2009. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies.

March 27, 2009: Mansoor Moaddel, research affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, "Historicizing Muslim Exceptionalism: Islamic Modernism versus Fundamentalism." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 139, Social Sciences Building, Duke West Campus. Part of the Islam in the Public Square Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Sociology Department.

March 27, 2009: Umar F. Abdallah, chairman and scholar in residence, Nawawi Foundation, "American Islam: Is It Really Happening?" 6:00 p.m., Divinity School Room W0014, Duke University. Part of Islamic Awareness Month, sponsored by the Duke Muslim Students Association and Muslim Life at Duke.

March 29, 2009: Performance: Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar, "Maestros in Concert." 8:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University (West Campus).

March 30, 2009: Panel: "Women - Children - Crisis." 4:00 p.m., Carroll Hall Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Center for Global Initiatives. Panelists are:

  • Meredith May, feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle who has reported on child indentured servants in western Nepal
  • Michael Kavanagh, whose reporting on ethnic conflicts in eastern Congo has appeared in The World, World Focus, NPR, and Slate.
  • Alaa Majeed, Iraqi journalist who worked in McClatchy's Baghdad bureau, winner of the 2007 Courage in Journalism Award.

March 30, 2009: Panel: "Saving the Earth: What Do Faith Traditions Have to Say about the
Environment?"
7:30-9:30 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke Chapel, Nicholas School of the Environment, Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Duke Divinity School. Participants in this interfaith panel include Seyyed Husein Nasr, Arthur Waskow, Norman Wirzba, Umesh Gulati, and Stephanie Kaza, with Dean Sam Wells of Duke Chapel moderating.

March 31, 2009: Film: Egypt We Are Watching You (U.S., 2007, 53 minutes), directed by Jehane Noujaim and Sherief Elkatsha. 8:00-9:00 p.m., White 107 Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by Screen/Society.

April 2-5, 2009: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Sponsored by Duke University. This year's program includes:

April 2, 2009: James Ung Ho Chin, School of Arts & Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia campus, "The Najib Administration: The Politics of Reform in Malaysia." 12:30-1:45 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Part of the Carolina Asia Center Seminar Series.

April 2, 2009: Mohsen Kadivar, professor, Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Tehran, "Islamic Reform through Human Rights: Legal and Theological Issues." 4:00-6:30 p.m., 136 Social Sciences, West Campus, Duke University. Part of the Islam in the Public Square Spring Series. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

April 2, 2009: Film: Voices from El-Sayed (Israel, 2008, 75 minutes), directed by Adomi Leshem. 7:00 p.m., 3024 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

April 3, 2009: Nabiha Jerad, professor of postcolonial studies, University of Tunis, "After Orientalism: The Representation of the Self in the Postcolonial Maghreb." 12:00-1:15 p.m., Room 028, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

April 3, 2009: Panel: "Questioning Belonging in Dubai: Outsider-Insiders, Insider-Outsiders." 3:30-5:30 p.m., 225 Friedl Building, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by: Duke University's Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies, AB Duke Fund. Panelists are:

  • Noor al-Qasimi, New York University, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates"
  • Neha Vora, Texas A&M, "Becoming Indian in Dubai: Private Education and the Production of Neoliberal Subjects"

   April 4-5, 2009: Conference: "Negotiating Multiple Islams: Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context." The 6th Annual Duke-UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference. Events to be held at the FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH; Department of Political Science, UNC-CH; Department of Sociology, UNC-CH; Curriculum in Women’s Studies, UNC-CH; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University; Duke Islamic Studies Center; Department of Religion, Duke University; Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies.

Keynote speaker: Mohsen Kadivar, visiting professor, University of Virginia

Respondents:
  • Anna Bigelow, professor of philosophy and religion, NCSU
  • Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University
  • Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH

April 6, 2009: David Tolbert, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, and former Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, "1990's Wars in the Former Yugoslavia and the Role of Justice." 4:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

April 7, 2009: Rajeev Colaco, and Zulfiya Chariyeva, doctoral candidates, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, "Hidden Stories: A Study of Sex Workers' HIV Risk Perceptions, Knowledge and Behaviors in Turkmenistan." 12:15 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and and Carolina Women's Center.

April 7, 2009: Stephen Shoemaker, professor of religious studies, University of Oregon, "It Is Knowledge of the Hour, Doubt Not Concerning It: The Historical Muhammad as Eschatological Prophet." 4:30 p.m., 220 Gray Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

April 7, 2009: Omid Safi, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Reform in Islam: Between Love and Justice." 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room W0014, Divinity School, Duke University.

April 9-11, 2009: Symposium: "Barefoot across the Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain and the Idea of India." Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies.

 April 13, 2009: Sabine Schmidtke, professor of Islamic Studies, Free University of Berlin, "Biblical Predictions of the Prophet Muhammad: Arabic Controversies of the 9th Century." 5:30 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Global Initiatives.

April 13, 2009: Performance: Naji Hilal, Lebanese singer/composer (oud). 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Fund. Part of the Sounds of Globalism Music Festival.

April 14, 2009: Bruce Lawrence, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University, "Mary and Jesus in the Holy Qur'an." Room W0014, Divinity School, Duke University.

April 15, 2009: Workshop: "Patriarchy, Sexuality and Power in Post-Yugoslav Culture." 2:00-5:00 p.m., DeBerry Boardroom (Room 3009), FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Advanced registration is required. RSVP to Karla Nagy by April 9, 2009. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Carolina Women's Center, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

2:00 p.m., Michele Levy, professor of English, NCSU, "Patriarchy and Power in Some Recent Works by Balkan Women Writers"

3:15 p.m., Marko Dumancic, doctoral candidate in history, UNC-CH, "Queering National Identities in Post-Yugoslav Film"

3:45 p.m., Kresimir Krolo, JFDP Visiting Scholar, lecturer, Sociology Department, University of Zadar, "Le Zbor and Qlapa: Challenging Patriarchal Femininity and Masculinity in Traditional Croatian Music"

4:15 p.m., Wrap-up/Roundtable with presenters: "Gender and Power in the Former Yugoslavia"

April 15, 2009: Film: The Color of Paradise (Iran, 1999, 90 minutes), directed by Majid Majidi. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Room W0014, Divinity School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Muslim Students Association.

April 16-18, 2009: Conference: "Gender, Islam and Health in Africa." UNC-CH. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Global Initiatives, Women’s Studies, Curriculum in International Studies, Asian Studies, Institute of African American Research, Odum Institute, Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Carolina Women’s Center, and West African Research Association. Keynote speaker:

  • Fatou Sow, international coordination office of the Network of Women Living under Muslim Laws, "Religion, Culture and Politics: Isn’t My Body Mine?" April 16, 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

April 16, 2009: Panel: "Strategic Change in Afghanistan and Iraq: Debating the Policy." 10:45 a.m., Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Part of the conference, "National Security under a New Administration." 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. Panelists are:

  • Chair: Robert M. Chesney, professor of Law, Wake Forest University
  • Vikram J. Singh, fellow, Center for a New American Security
  • Anthony Harriman, former senior director for Afghanistan National Security Council
  • Stephen Tanner, author and military historian

April 16, 2009: Performance: Mamadou Diabate, Mandika musician (kora). 6:30 p.m., Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Fund. Part of the Sounds of Globalism Music Festival.

April 16, 2009: Performance: Speak Truth to Power, with Richie Havens and Rachid Taha. 8:00 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Ticket information. Presented by Duke Performances.

April 16, 2009: Interfaith Trialogue: A Panel Discussion on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. 8:00 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Cornerstone, Interfaith Alliance, International Friends, InterVarsity, Muslim Students Association, NC Hillel, Reformed University Fellowship. Panelists are:

  • Leah Berkowitz, assistant rabbi, Judea Reform Congregation
  • Richard L. Pratt, professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Nouman Siddiqui, Outreach committee member, Islamic Association of Raleigh

April 18, 2009: Fourth Annual NC Turkish Festival. 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m, Exposition Center, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Sponsored by the Divan Cultural Center.

April 19, 2009: Motti Inbari, postdoctoral fellow, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, "Religious Zionism and the Temple Mount Dilemma." 3:00 p.m., 104 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar.

April 20, 2009: Douglas Davidson, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States; and former Head of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, "A Few Bumps in the Road: Obstacles to State-Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina." 4:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

April 21, 2009: "Global Village: A Simulated Marketplace." 5:00-8:00 p.m., Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Hosted by AIESEC with support from the Student Government's Global University Committee, Residence Hall Association, Office of International Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Carolina Leadership Development, and Campus Y.

April 21, 2009: Film: The Final Inch (U.S., 2009, 38 minutes), directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. 8:30 p.m., 103 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by MOSAIC.

April 22, 2009: Reading: Kavitha Rajagopalan, senior fellow, World Policy Institute, "Muslims of Metropolis." 7:00 p.m., Internationalist Books & Community Center (405 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill).

April 22, 2009: Film: Persepolis (France/U.S., 2007, 96 minutes), directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. 8:30 p.m., 116 Murphy Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by MOSAIC.

April 22-26, 2009: Performance: Heather Raffo, "9 Parts of Desire." 8:00 p.m., Kenan Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC-CH.

April 23-24, 2009: Conference: "Archaeology, Politics, and the Media: Re-Visioning the Middle East." Sponsored by Duke University's Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Religion, Graduate Program in Religion, Arts and Sciences Committee on Faculty Research, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, and by the American Schools of Oriental Research. All sessions will be held in Westbrook 0014, Duke Divinity School. Presenters include:

  • Tony Cartledge, Campbell University, "Walk About Jerusalem: Protestant Pilgrims and the Holy Land"
  • Bert deVries, Calvin College, "Site Presentation in Jordan: The Case of Umm el-Jimal"
  • Eric Meyers, Duke University, "The Quest for the Temple Mount: The Settler Movement and National Parks in Israel"
  • Ethan Bronner, NYT Bureau Chief, Jerusalem, "Archaeology, Politics, and the Media: A View from Jerusalem"

April 23, 2009: Film: Iraq in Fragments (U.S., 2006, 94 minutes), directed by James Longley. 8:30 p.m., 116 Murphy Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by MOSAIC.

April 28, 2009: Gubad Bayramov, professor, Azerbaijan State Economic University, "The Dutch Disease in Azerbaijan: A Disease After All?" 4:00 p.m., 2008 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

May 8, 2009: Film: Shams' Vision, directed by Shahji N Karun. 4:30-5:30 p.m., 301 Riddick Hall, NCSU. Introduced by Makhdooma Saadat, visiting Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant and
granddaughter of Padma Sri Sheikh Shams Uddin, the subject of this documentary about the inventor of the unique art of three-dimensional "zari" embroidery.

May 24, 2009: 11th Annual Lebanese Festival.11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Kerr Scott Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Admission $2.00. Sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Association.

May 30, 2009: Neomonde's Spring Festival. 5:00-9:00 p.m., 3817 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. Admission is free.

June 3, 2009: Panel: Transracial Adoptions. 12:00-1:30 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Featuring discussions of birth parent adaptation, identity development, the effect of celebrity adoptions on African nations. Sponsored by the Institute of African American Research. [an error occurred while processing this directive]