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

2009-2010

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

2009: July, August, September, October, November, December
2010: 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


September 1, 2009: Diana Lipton, professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies, Kings College, London, "And We Were Together: Solomon's Window on Two Biblical Worldviews." 5:00 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and Study Abroad, UNC-CH.

September 3, 2009: "The Iranian Political Crisis: Duke and UNC Perspectives." Faculty panel includes: Mark Emamian, research engineer, Duke University; Mohsen Kadivar, professor of religion, Duke University; Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH; and Negar Mottahedeh, professor of literature, Duke University. 12:00 p.m., Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke Human Rights Center.

September 10, 2009: Ahmed El Shamsy, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Orthodoxy and Deviance in Premodern Muslim Societies." 6:00 p.m., 4th floor conference room, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

September 11, 2009: Jen'nan Read, professor of sociology, Duke University, "Muslims in America." 2:00 p.m., "Online Office Hours" at Duke University Ustream.

September 13, 2009: Claudia Koonz, professor of history, Duke University, "The Muslim Kopftuch (Hijab): An Object, a Symbol, and an Image in Visual Culture." 6:00 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar, UNC-CH.

September 14, 2009: Film: Khirbet Khizeh (Israel, 1978), directed by Ram Loevy. Preceded by a presentation by the director. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, and Triangle Tikkun.

September 14, 2009: "The Development of Egyptian Music from Um Kulthum to Amr Diab." 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

September 14, 2009: Geza Vermes, professor of Jewish studies, Oxford University, "Sixty Years of Wrestling with the Dead Sea Scrolls." 7:30 p.m., William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

September 15, 2009: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "The Iranian Revolution at Age 30." 2:30 p.m., George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the General Alumni Association, UNC-CH.

September 16, 2009: Antwan Saca, OneVoice Palestine, and Ari Eitan, OneVoice Israel. The youth leaders from OneVoice will discuss possibilities of a two-state solution in Palestine-Israel and the importance of American youth in the process. 5:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Mosaic, UNC-CH.

September 16, 2009: Film: Monsieur Ibrahim, (France, 2003), introduced by the director François Dupeyron. 8:30 p.m., Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University.

September 16, 2009: Film: The Sky Below, (India-Pakistan, 2007), directed by Sarah Singh. The director will introduce the film. 6:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies and the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH.

September 17, 2009: Mervat Hatem, professor of political science, Howard University, "The Egyptian Revolutionary Context and Bint al-Shati's Construction of the Biographies of Women from the Prophet's Family," and Ellen McLarney, professor of Arabic, Duke University, "The Islamic Understanding of Women's Emancipation: Bint al-Shati's Qur'an Hermeneutics." 4:30 p.m., East Duke Parlors, East Duke Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, International Comparative Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, Duke University.

September 18, 2009: Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Liberia-USA, 2008), directed by Gini Reticker. With comments by Esteria Woods-White, director, The Esteria Woods International Outreach Foundation. 5:30 p.m., Tate-Turner Kuralt Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Women's Studies, UNC-CH.

September 18, 2009: Sinan Yaman Leadership Seminar / Young Guru Academy presentation." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

September 21, 2009: H. R. McMaster, brigadier general, U.S. Army, "The Evolution of the Conflict in Iraq, 2003-2009." 1:30 p.m., Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Center, NCSU. Sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NCSU, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

September 21, 2009: H. R. McMaster, brigadier general, U.S. Army, "Counterinsurgency and the War in Afghanistan." 5:30 p.m., Room 05, Sanford Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University.

September 21, 2009: Charles Tripp, professor of politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, "Islam and the Moral Economy." 5:30 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

September 21, 2009: Film: Z32 (Israel, 2009), directed by Avi Mograbi. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

September 22, 2009: Khalid Masud, chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Government of Pakistan, "The Role of the Council of Pakistan's Islamic Ideology." 12:00 p.m., 201 Flowers Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 22, 2009: A Workshop with Avi Mograbi, Israeli filmmaker. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

September 23, 2009: David Schanzer, professor of public policy, and Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University, "Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim American Communities." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 23, 2009: Charles Kurzman (Sociology, UNC-CH), "What is Going on in Iran?" McIntyre’s Fine Books, 4PM-5:30PM. Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association. Cost is $30.00 (no special discounts apply; no renewal credit). To make reservations for the Iran talk, please register online or call us at 919-962-1544. For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here. Register for this seminar.

September 23, 2009: Avi Mograbi and Ram Loevy, Israeli filmakers, "Conversations between Israeli Filmmakers." 7:00 p.m., Richard White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University. Respondents include:

  • Shai Ginsburg, professor of Hebrew, Duke University
  • Yarom Shemer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH
  • Rebecca Stein, professor of cultural anthropology, Duke University

September 24, 2009: Films: Among Ourselves (Egypt, 2006) directed by Ibrahim Abla; Six Girls (Egypt, 2005), directed by Sherif El-Bendari; and At Day's End (Egypt, 2008), directed by Sherif El-Bendari. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

September 25, 2009: Music: Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Global Music Show," presentation and discussion of modern musical settings of classical Sufi poetry in Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish. 5:00 p.m., WXYC-FM, UNC-CH.

September 28, 2009: Shahab Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies, Harvard University, "The Problem of the Satanic Verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy (Part I)." 4:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 28, 2009: Music: An Evening of Iraqi Music. 7:00 p.m.,3024 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

September 29, 2009: Shahab Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies, Harvard University, "The Problem of the Satanic Verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy (Part II)." 4:30 p.m., Room 228, Gray Building, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 30, 2009: Workshop: Shahab Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies, Harvard University, "What is Qur'anic Studies?" 1:00 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

September 30, 2009: Film: Jab Jab Phoole Khile (When Flowers Bloom) (India, 1965), directed by Suraj Prakash. Part of the Fall 2009 South Asia Film Festival. 6:30 p.m.,Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, and the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH.

September 30, 2009: Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, "Islam in the Public Square: Minority Perspectives from Africa and Asia." 7:30 p.m. For location and a copy of the paper contact Baishakhi Taylor. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

October 1, 2009: John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, "Obama's New International Order." 5:00 p.m., Room 3041, Duke Law School. Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University.

October 1, 2009: Banu Gokariksel, professor of geography, UNC-CH, "Spaces and Subjects of 'Veiling-Fashion' Turkey." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

October 2, 2009: Music: Imran Aziz Mian and Ensemble, "Sufi Qawwali." 8:00 p.m., Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC-CH. Contact Cheema Communications for details. Sponsored by Geet Bazaar Desi Radio, WKNC-FM, the Department of Music, UNC-CH, and the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

October 5, 2009: Film: A Jihad for Love (India, 2007), directed by Parvez Sharma. 6:30 p.m., Student Union Film Auditorium, UNC-CH. Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Carolina Union Activities Board, and the Carolina Women's Center, UNC-CH.

October 5, 2009: Donald Horowitz, professor of law and political science, Duke University, "An Inside Job: Indonesia's Path to Constitutional Democracy." 2:00 p.m., Room 3000, Duke Law School. Sponsored by Duke Law School.

October 7, 2009: Film: Ford Transit (Palestine-Israel, 2002), directed by Hany Abu-Assad. 7:00 p.m., 107, White Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

October 8, 2009: Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Origins and Future of the Iranian Political Structure." 6:00 p.m., 206, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the student organization MOSAIC, UNC-CH.

October 8, 2009: Film: Road Beyond Sunset (Iraq, 2004), directed by Bassem Fayyad. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

October 8, 2009-December 4, 2009: Exhibit: Hamid Kachmar, Moroccan-born artist, "Dislocation/Relocation/Diaspora." Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, UNC-CH. Artist reception on October 7, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

October 12, 2009: Sucheta Mazumdar and Vasant Kaiwar, professors of history, Duke University, "From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the Lineages of Difference." 4:00 p.m., 226 Carr Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of History, Duke University.

October 12, 2009: A Workshop with Ram Loevy, Israeli filmmaker. 7:00 p.m., 107 White Hall, East Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

October 12, 2009: Music: Samples from Palestinian Music, Traditional and Political. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

October 13, 2009: Presentation: The Jerusalem Women Speak Tour 2009 of Partners for Peace, "Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision." 4:30 p.m., 139 Social Sciences Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Middle Eastern Studies Center, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Divinity School, the Duke Chapel, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Hart Leadership Program, Duke University.

October, 13, 2009: Leeza Ahmady, independent art curator, educator, and art specialist from Central Asia, "The Taste of Others: Artists of Afghanistan, and the Former Soviet Republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan." 6:00 p.m., Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Russia and Its Empires, East and West, UNC-CH.

October 15, 2009: David Schanzer, professor of public policy, Duke University, and Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim American Communities." 12:00 p.m., Room 2008/2010, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

October 15, 2009: Ian Buruma, professor of human rights and journalism, Bard College, "Eurabia: Truth or Paranoia?" 5:00 p.m., Sanford Fleishman Commons, Duke University. Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics, Co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Office of the President, Duke University.

October 15, 2009: Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies, UNC-CH, "Reconfiguring the Relation between Religion and World in South Asian Islam since the 18th Century." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

October 15, 2009: Peter Feaver, professor of political science, Duke University, "Obama's Foreign Policy in Afghanistan." 12:00 p.m., "Online Office Hours" at Duke University Ustream.

October 16, 2009: Yaakov Katz, defense correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, "The Current Situation in Israel and of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." 7:00 p.m., Room FB009, Sitterson Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Jewish Experience in the South, Carolina Students for Israel, and Chapel Hill Advocates for Israel, UNC-CH.

October 19, 2009: Benjamin Smith, professor of political science, University of Florida Gainesville, "Land and Rebellion: Kurdish Separatism in Comparative Perspective." 12:00 p.m., 201 Flowers Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

October 26, 2009: Ronald Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, "Afghanistan Deteriorating: Need the US Stay? How Will Success Be Defined?" 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, and the Duke-UNC Rotary Center

October 27, 2009: Film: Bread (Lehem) (Israel, 1986), directed by Ram Loevy. Preceded by a presentation by the director. 6:30 p.m., Room 1005, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies ,UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

October 27, 2009: Doug Feith, under secretary of defense for policy in the Bush administration, "Setting the Record Straight: Legal and Strategic Thoughts on the War on Terrorism." 5:30 p.m., Room 4047, Duke Law School. Sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Program in American Grand Strategy, and the American Constitution Society, Duke University.

October 28, 2009: Film: Edge of Heaven (Turkey and Germany, 2007), directed by Fatih Akin. Followed by a discussion with Katherine Ewing, professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University, and author of "Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin." 6:00 p.m., Room 105, Caldwell Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives Research Circle "Migration, Identity, and Culture: Muslims in the Decolonized World, UNC-CH.

October 28, 2009: Film: Absurdistan (2008), directed by Veit Helmer. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

October 29, 2009: Fiona Terry, practitioner-in-residence, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. "The Central Dilemma of Humanitarian Action." 12:00 p.m., Room 2304, McGavran-Greenberg Building, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee's Health and Human Rights Speaker Series, UNC Student Congress, and the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

October 29, 2009: Film: Portrait of Jihad, (Bangladesh, 2009), directed by Shahriar Kabir. This documentary film will be presented by the filmmaker. 4:00-5:30 p.m., 240 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

October 29, 2009: Jane Welsh, doctoral student in anthropology, "Acid Throwing in Bangladesh." 6:00 p.m., 301 Bingham Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Aasha, a student organization to raise awareness of Bangladeshi humanitarian issues, UNC-CH.

October 29, 2009: Meghan O'Sullivan, former Deputy National Security Adviser, "The Future of Iraq and Afghanistan." 6:15 p.m., Room 04, Sanford Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University.

October 29, 2009: Film: Rana's Wedding (Palestine, 2002), directed by Hani Abou Asaad. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

October 29, 2009: Ali Altaf Mian, graduate student in religion, Duke University, "Gender Trouble in Islamicate Texts and Contexts: Ashraf 'Ali Thanvi on Sexuality, Gender, and the Body." 7:00 p.m. For location and a copy of the paper contact Scott Sorrell. Part of the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies colloquium series.

November 3, 2009: Discovering Indonesia. Sally Kahler, "Indonesian Textiles - Culture, Traditions and Techniques." 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. To follow in the atrium, Music: Gamelan Concert directed by Marzanna Poplawska, UNC Department of Music. Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center.

November 3, 2009: Eli Berman, professor of economics, UC San Diego, "Radical, Religious, and Violent Economics and Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan." 3:45 p.m., Room 111, Social Sciences Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Applied Microeconomics workshop series, Duke University.

November 4, 2009: Witnessing Iran: 1979 and 2009, featuring speakers Negar Mottahedeh, professor of literature at Duke University, and Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah. Moderated by Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. 4:30 p.m., Room 217, Perkins Library, Duke University.

November 4, 2009: Isaac Herzog, Israeli Minister of Welfare and Social Services and Minister of the Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, "Israel, World Affairs and the Peace Process." 5:00 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Rudnick Endowed Lecture, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

November 5, 2009: Akram Khater, professor of history, North Carolina State University, "God Has Called Me to Be Free." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

November 9, 2009: Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, "Rise of the Rest: A Post American World One Year after the Election of Obama." 5:30 p.m., Page Auditorium, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Program in American Grand Strategy, Duke University.

November 9, 2009: Imam Zaid Shakir, Islamic scholar, "An Evening Talk with Imam Zaid Shakir." 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH.  Must purchase tickets. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Associations at NCSU, Duke University and UNC-CH. 

November 9, 2009: Music: Lebanese Music: Fairuz and Wadih vs. Haifa Wehbe and Nancy Ajram. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 10, 2009: Michael McVaugh, professor emertius of history studies, UNC-CH, "Arabic into Latin (Or, Why Medical Schools Got Started)." 5:30p.m., Conference Room 527, Health Sciences Library, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Bullitt History of Medicine Club, UNC-CH.

November 11, 2009: Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "Arab Homosexuality/Lesbianism and the Politics of Naming." 12:00p.m., Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-CH.

November 11, 2009: Zahra Ayubi, graduate student in religious studies, UNC-CH, "Introduction to Muslim Women's Movements." 6:00p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.  Co-sponsored by the the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, Persian Cultural Society, UNC-CH and Turkish Student Association, UNC-CH.

November 12, 2009: Madeline Zilfi, professor of history, University of Maryland- College Park, "The New World Meets the Old: Rethinking Slavery Across the Modern Mediterranean." 4:30p.m., Room 103, Carr Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Department of History, Duke University.

November 12, 2009: Brian Katulis, senior fellow, Center for American Progress, "Advancing Sustainable Security in South Asia." 12:00 p.m., Seminar Room 130/132, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

November 13, 2009: Hamdy A. Hassan, professor of political science, Cairo University and Zayed University in Dubai, "Civil Society in Egypt during the Mubarak Administration." 4:30p.m., Richard White Lecture Hall,  Duke University. Civic Engagement in the Middle East Conference.

November 14, 2009: "Civic Engagement in the Middle East Conference." 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m., John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke Engage, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Duke Focus, the Duke University Center for International Studies, Office of the Provost of International Affairs, Duke University, Office of the Provost, Duke University, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University, and the Center for Muslim Life, Duke University.

November 16, 2009: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, PhD student in sociology, UNC-CH, "The Streets of Tehran." 12:00p.m., Irazu Coffee House, Elon University.

November 16, 2009: Reda Mansour, Israeli Consulate General of the Southeast, "A Review of the Middle East Peace Process: Hopes for the Future." 4:00p.m., Room 2231, French Science Building, Duke University. 

November 16, 2009: Thomas Farr, senior fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, "The Widow's Torment: How Religious Liberty Can Increase Stability in the Middle East." 4:30 p.m., Pleasants Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the Ralph McInerny Center for Thomistic Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, the Department of Sociology, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

November 16, 2009: Hodding Carter, professor of public policy, UNC-CH, and Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "Iranian Hostage Crisis: A 30 Year Retrospective." 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

November 16, 2009: Tehseen Thaver, graduate student in religious studies, UNC-CH, "Mystical Approaches to the Qur'an: An Ethnographic Study of Two Sufi Groups in Turkey and Iran." 6:00p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, Persian Cultural Society, UNC-CH and Turkish Student Association, UNC-CH.

November 17, 2009: Marty Matlock, professor of ecological engineering, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, "Land, Natural Resources, and Sovereignty: Lessons from the Cherokee Nation and the Palestinian West Bank." 6:00 p.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium, Hooker Research Center (School of Public Health), UNC-CH. Co-sponsored by the the Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, UNC-CH, American Indian Center, UNC-CH, the Department of American Studies, UNC-CH, the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH, the History Department, the Institute for the Environment,UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH, The Program in Latina/o Studies, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Indian Circle, UNC-CH.

November 18, 2009: Interview: Omid Safi, professor of religion, UNC-CH, "Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters." 12:20 p.m., live interview on the "State of Things" program, WUNC 91.5 FM.

November 19, 2009: Nader Hashemi, professor of international studies, University of Denver, "Where Bernard Lewis Went Wrong: Rethinking Secularism Across the Islam-West Divide." 12:00 p.m., Room 311, Social Sciences Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Political Theory Workshop Series, Duke University.

November 19, 2009: Claudia Koonz, professor of history, Duke University, "What can Representations of the hijab in Mass-Market Print and Visual Culture tell us about Germanness?" 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

November 19, 2009: Film: Caramel (Lebanon, 2007), directed by Nadine Labaki. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 21, 2009: Book Reading and Signing: Omid Safi, professor of religion, UNC-CH, "Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters." 11:00 a.m., McIntyre's Fine Books & Bookends, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro.

November 23, 2009: Music: Traditional Syrian Songs. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

November 23, 2009: Hans Hahn, professor, Frankfurt University, "Strategies and Perspectives of Migrants from Rural West Africa." 6:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH.

November 27, 2009: Afroz Taj, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH and John Caldwell, lecturer for Asian studies, UNC-CH, "From Saint to Screen: Music of Devotion and Desire in India and Pakistan." 4:45 p.m., live program on the "Global Music Show", WXYC 89.3 FM. 

December 1, 2009: Book Reading and Signing: Omid Safi, professor of religion, UNC-CH, "Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters." 7:00 p.m., Regulator Bookshop, 420 9th Street, Durham.

December 2, 2009: Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador, "The Path to War: The British View." 4:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.

December 2, 2009: Film: Man is Not a Bird (Yugoslavia, 1965), directed by Du'an Makavejev. 5:00 p.m., Room 402, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Balkan Film Series. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

December 3, 2009: Book Reading and Signing: Omid Safi, professor of religion, UNC-CH, "Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters." 3:30 p.m., Bull's Head Bookshop, UNC-CH.

December 3, 2009: Film: Out of Coverage (Syria, 2007), directed by Abdellatif Abdelhamid. 7:00 p.m., Room 3024, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

December 3, 2009: Chouki El Hamel, professor of history, Arizona State University, "Constructing a Diaspora: The Gnawa Black West Africans in Morocco." 6:30 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes, UNC-CH.

December 4-5, 2009: Gender, Minorities and Constitutions Conference. UNC-CH. Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies. Speakers include:

  • Scott Kugle, research fellow, Henry Matryn Institute for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Hyderabad, India, "Sexuality Minorities at Risk in Muslim Communities: A Case Study of Yusuf Qaradawi's Media Fatwas."
  • Katerine Ewing, professor of cultural anthropology, Duke University, and Ali Mian, pdoctoral candidate in religion, Duke University, "The Sexual in Muslim Social Imaginaries."
  • Jared McCormick, doctoral candidate in social anthropology, Harvard University, "'Reclaiming Masculine:' Men, Gender, and Non-Heterosexual Identities in the Levant."
  • Sahar Amer, professor of Asian studies, UNC-CH, "What is in a Name? Lesbianism and the Politics of Naming."
  • Claire Dwyer, lecturer in geography,University College of London, "British Muslims, Citizenship and Religious Differences: Negotiations in the Public Sphere."
  • Amy Mills, professor of geography, University of South Carolina, "Paradoxical Space in Urban Life: Negotiating Ethnic, Religious, and Gendered Identity in Istanbul."
  • Chouki El Hamel, professor of history, Arizona State University, "The Construction of Race in Morocco."
  • Murat Es, doctoral candidate in geography, UNC-CH, "Becoming 'minority,' negotiating Difference: Cemevis and the Alevist Politics of Representation in Turkey."
  • Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "The Political Representation and Inclusion of Minorities and Marginalized Communities in Historically Muslim Societies."
  • Sarah Shields, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Consolidating Divided Societies: Constitution-writing and the Representation of 'Minorities.'"

December 4, 2009: Nicolai Laverov, vice president, Russian Academy of Sciences, "Russia’s Energy Future." 10:30 a.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

December 10, 2009: Gubad Bayramov, professor of economics, Azerbaijan State Economic University, "Effects of Dutch Disease: Evidence from Azerbaijan." 12:15 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH.

January 20, 2010: Film: The Calendar (Armenia/Canada, 1993), directed by Atom Egoyan. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. CMW Accented Films of the Middle East Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

January 22, 2010: Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law Symposium. All day, Room 3037, Duke Law School. Sponsored by the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.

January 22, 2010: Zeynep Turkyilmaz, post-doctoratal fellow, UNC-CH, "Crypto-Christians of Trabzon: Hidden Creeds- Dual Lives in the Face of Apostasy and Re-Christianization in the late Ottoman Empire (1856-1919)." 1:00 p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.

January 23-29, 2010: Exhibit: The Legacy of Timbuktu. A World Heritage Series Event of The International Museum of Muslim Cultures in partnership with the Mamma Haidara Memorial Library of Timbuktu. Sponsored by Cultural Enrichment Services, Inc., in partnership with the African Studies Center, UNC-CH, Cameron Village Regional Library, the NC Museum of History, the North Carolina Humanities Council, Jackson State University and Tougaloo College. All events held at Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh, NC. Events include:

  • January 24, 2009: "Where in the world is Timbuktu? Why is it important?" Panel discussion. Call to register.  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • January 26, 2009: Film: Caravans of Gold." 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • January 27, 2009: "Reading, Writing and Timbuktu." Children ages 4+. Call to register. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

January 25, 2010: David Patel, professor of political science, Cornell University, "Ayatlollahs on the Pareto Frontier: Islam, Information, and Social Order in Iraq." 12:00 p.m., Room 103A, Allen Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Comparative Politics Workshop Series, Duke University.

January 25, 2010: Boaz Huss, professor of Jewish thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, "The New Age of Kabbalah: The Revival of Jewish Mysticism in the Late 20th Century." 7:30 p.m., William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

January 26, 2010: David Patel, professor of political science, Cornell University, "Iraq 2010: Challenges and Opportunities." 12:00 p.m., Room 101, Old Chem Building, West Campus, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

January 29-February 2, 2010: Theater: A New Dress for Mona, by Mark Perry, professor of dramatic art, UNC-CH. Elizabeth Kenan Theatre, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Dramatic Art, UNC-CH.

February 1, 2010: Talal Asad, professor of religion, City University of New York, "Reflections on the Origins of Human Rights." 5:00 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.

February 1, 2010: Michael Stone, professor of religious studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Pseudepigraphy and Apocalyptic Visions." 5:00 p.m., Room 220, Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

February 1, 2010: Film: Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002), directed by Elia Suleiman.  6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 2, 2010: Colloquium on the Origin of Human Rights with Talal Asad, professor of religion, City University of New York. 10:30 a.m., second floor, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.

February 3, 2010: Abdul Sattar Jawad, visiting professor of comparative literature and journalism, Duke University, "T.S. Eliot in Baghdad." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. 

February 3, 2010: Peter Holquist, professor of history, University of Pennsylvania, "The Origins of Crimes against Humanity: The Russian Empire, International Law, and the 1915 Note on the Armenian Genocide." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Seminar on Russia and Its Empires, UNC-CH.

February 4, 2010: Leonardo Villalon, professor of political science and director of the Center for African Studies, University of Florida, "From Argument to Negotiation: Constructing Democracy in African Muslim Contexts." 12:00 p.m., Faculty Lounge, UNC Law School. Sponsored by the UNC Law School.

February 4, 2010: Ghislaine Lydon, professor of history, UCLA, "Paper Economics, Legal Regimes, and Commerical Logic of Writing in Muslim Africa." 4:30 p.m., Room 103, Carr Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the History Department, Duke University.

February 4, 2010: Nabil Matar, professor of English, University of Minnesota, "The Arabic Narratives of the Early Modern Mediterranean." 5:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-CH.

February 4, 2010: John Limbert, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Iran, "Negotiating with Iran." 7:00 p.m., Room 232, Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Department of History, NCSU.

February 5- March 4, 2010: Exhibition: NC Muslim Self Portraits, by artist Todd Drake.  FaithAction International House, Greensboro, NC. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

February 5-6, 2010: Nationalists and Salafis Conference. Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH. Speakers include:

  • Sarah Smith, professor of geography, UNC-CH, "Intimate Geopolitics: Religion, Territory, and Fertility in Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir, India."
  • Emily Burrill, professor of women's studies, UNC-CH, "Of Feminists and Dictators: Marriage and Family Law Reform in Post-Colonial Mali."
  • Sam Dolbee, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, "Building National Bodies: Sport in Late Mandate Syria, 1933-1939."
  • Lisa Pollard, professor of history, UNC-W, "Egyptian by Association: The State and its Societies, 1885-1950."
  • Wilson Jacob, professor of history, Concordia University, "Regarding a Sayyid, Regarding History: Empire, Religion, Sovereignty."
  • Jamsheed Choksy, professor of Central Eurasia studies, history and Indian studies, Indiana University, "Religious Minorities and the Iranian State."
  • Ellen McLarney, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Duke University, "Safinaz Kazim: Submission to Islam and the Subject of Self."
  • Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University, and Dereje Feyissa, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, "Salafis and Sufis in 21st Century Ethiopia."
  • Mamarame Seck, professor of African and Afro-American studies, UNC-CH, "Islam in Senegal and the Current Debate Around the Building of the Monument of the African Renaissance."
  • Ousmane Kane, professor of international and public affairs, Columbia University, "Islam, Transnationalism and the Integration of West African Muslims in America."
  • Dino Abazovic, professor of sociology, University of Sarajevo, "A Heart and Head Turned East and West: The Case of Bosnian Muslims."
  • Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology, UNC-CH, "The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists."

February 5, 2010: Conference: The New Face of Discrimination: "Muslim" in America. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Duke Law School, Duke University. Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.  Panels include:

  • "Evaluating the Public Image of Islam and Being Muslim in Contemporary Media." 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Room 3041, Duke Law School.
  • "Defining Civil Rights for Muslims in a Post-9/11 World." 1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., Room 3041, Duke Law School.
February 7, 2010: Daniel Boyarin, professor of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley, "Beyond Judaisms: Metatron and the Divine Polymorphy of Ancient Judaism." 3:00 p.m., Breedlove Seminar Room, Perkins Library, Duke University. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Seminar, Duke University. 

February 8, 2010: Amiel Alcalay, professor of Hebrew, City University of New York, "My Histories: The Poetics and Politics of the Public Word." 5:30 p.m., Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-CH.

February 8, 15 and 22, 2010: Arabic Calligraphy Workshops. Instructor Muhammad Habib. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. Pre-registration required. Sponsored by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department. 

February 9, 2010: Michael Stone, professor of religious studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Visions and Religious Experience in Ancient Judaism."  3:00 p.m., Room 324, Daniels Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Religious Studies Colloquium Series, NCSU.

February 9, 2010: Film: A Perfect Day (Lebanon, 2005), directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil
Joreige
.  6:00 p.m., Room 204, Dey Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 11, 2010: Workshop: UN Peacekeeping: Its History and Effectiveness. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the West Triangle Chapter, United Nations Association, the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH, the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, UNC-CH, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Topics and speakers include:

  • Lise Morje Howard, professor of government, Georgetown University, "UN Peacekeeping in Civil and Other Wars." Discussant Wayne Lee, professor in the Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-CH.
  • Tim McKeown, professor of political science, UNC-CH, "Peacekeeping in the Cold War Period."
  • Michael J. Struett, professor of public and international affairs, NCSU, "Current Issues of Peacekeeping."
  • Margaret C. Lee, professor of history, UNC-CH, "Case Study: Darfur."
  • Robert M. Jenkins, director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-CH, "Case Study: The Balkans."

February 11, 2010: Mahmood Mamdani, professor of political science, Columbia University, "Lessons of Darfu, Human Rights Activism and Africa." 5:00 p.m., White Lecture Hall, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.

February 13, 2010: Film: My Name is Khan (India, 2010), directed by Karan Johar. 2:30 p.m. - 6:30, Galaxy Cinema, Cary. The movie followed by dinner at Unaabi, an Afghan restaurant in Cary.  Transportation is provided from Duke Chapel circle. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies and the Center for Muslim Life, Duke University. 

February 14, 2010: Eugen Merzbacher, professor of physics, UNC-CH, "Growing up in Turkey during the Nazi Rule in Europe." 2:00 p.m., Carolina Turkish House, 743 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation.

February 15, 2010: Matt Hoffman, musician, "The Many Grooves of Morocco.” 6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 16, 2010: Sara Beaman, bellydancer, "Raqs Sharqi and Transnational Fusion: A Modern History of Belly Dance.” 6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

February 18, 2010: Michael Laffan, professor of history, Princeton University, "The Makings of Indonesian Islam." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

February 19, 2010: Rhys Williams, professor of sociology, Loyola University, "Are Second Generation Muslims Creating an American Islam?" 1:00 p.m., Room 139, Social Sciences Building, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Sociology Department, Duke University.

February 22, 2010: William Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state, "Foreign Policy in a New Era." 4:00 p.m., Rhodes Conference Room 223, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

February 24, 2010: Ahmed El Shamsy, professor of history, UNC-CH, "From Orality to Writing in Islamic Scholarship." 12:00 p.m., 569 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH.Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UNC-CH.

February 24, 2010: Film: Turtles Can Fly (Iraq/Iran, 2004), directed by Bahman Ghobadi. 8:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. CMW Accented Films of the Middle East Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Program in the Art of the Moving Image, Duke University and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

February 25, 2010: Ilyse Morgenstein-Fuerst, graduate student in religious studies, UNC-CH, "'A Race Ruined by British Rule' : Religious Identity in South Asia during Colonialism." 6:00p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

February 26, 2010: Kecia Ali, professor of religion, Boston University, "Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence." 6:00p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center.  Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH and the Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference.

February 27, 2010: Film: Caramel (Lebanon, 2007), directed by Nadine Labaki. 7:00 p.m., Room 232 Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 6th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by Middle East Studies, NCSU.

February 27-8, 2010: Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference: "No! Subjectivity and Agency in Muslim Rights/Rites of Negation." Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, the Department of Religion, Duke University, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, the Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH, the Department of Sociology, UNC-CH, the Department of Political Science, UNC-CH, and the Department of Women's Studies, UNC-CH. Topics and speakers include:

  • Kecia Ali, professor of religion, Boston University, "Just Say Yes: Approaching Agency, Subjectivity, and Consent in Muslim Thought."
  • Sayres Rudy, Columbia University, "Life is Elsewhere: Islamist Re-Subjectivization in the Posthumous Age of Monistic realism (in Algeria, Palestine, and Beyond)."
  • Judd King, Georgetown University, "A Feast of Misgiving in Turkey:  Narrative Construction and Exclusion in the Politics of Contemporary Sectarian Dialogue."
  • Daanish Faruqi, Washington University at St. Louis, "Sufis and the Sepoy Rebellion:  Sufism in South Asia post- 1857."
  • Amr Osman, Princeton University, "The Paradox of a Medieval Muslim Scholar:  Ibn Hazm al- Andalusi and the Madhhab System."
  • Ata Anzali, Rice University, "al-Milal va al-nihal, appropriations and negations of a pre- modern genre in contemporary Shi’a apologetic discourse: the case of Ja’far Subhani."
  • Necmettin Kizilkaya, Selcuk University, "The Conflict between Certainty and Doubt in Islamic Law: The Application of al-Qa‘idah 'Certainty is not Overruled by Doubt' in the Legal Texts."
  • Eleanor Finnegan, University of Florida, "Correcting Corruption:Farming and the Evolution of
    Environmental Concern among American Sufis."
  • P. Adem Carroll, Muslim Consultative Network, "Selflessness and Self-promotion in Muslim Civil Society: Questions of Identity in a Community Under Stress."
  • Dustin Craun, San Francisco State University, "Apostasy to Whiteness: A History of Western/ white Converts to Islam-Between Anti-Racism, Anti-racialism and white Supremacy."
  • Magfirah Dahlan-Taylor, Virginia Polytechnic University, "Beyond Minority Politics: a Postcolonial Approach to Rethinking Progressive Islam through Food ."
  • Kathryn Birdwell Wester, University of Denver, "Are You There God? It’s me, a Feminist: New Possibilities for Authentic Engagement with Islam."
  • Sara Ababneh, University of Oxford, "Female Islamists Under Feminist Scrutiny: The Structural Effects of Islamic Political Activism in Occupied Palestine."
  • Jeanne Baptiste, Rutgers University, "Piety and Subjectivity: Formation of Muslim Women's Identity at the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad."

March 1-4, 2010: Exhibition: Save a Child's Heart. 10 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast. 

March 1, 2010: Arabic Calligraphy Workshop. Instructor Muhammad Habib. 6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 1, 2010: Nelly van Doorn, professor of theology, Wake Forest University, "Protest through Pictures: Gendered Forms of Coptic Christian Visual Culture." 4:00 p.m., Room 331, Withers Hall, NCSU. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, NCSU and the Department of History, NCSU.

March 2, 2010: Peter Bergen, National Security Analyst, CNN, "Obama's War on Al Qaeda and its Allies." 5:30 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford Building, Duke University. Part of the Steel Family Lecture series, sponsored by the Sandford School of Public Policy, Duke University and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

March 2, 2010: Film: Stories from Beyond the Dark: The Films of Ariel Dorfman: Dead Line and Prisoner in Time. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center

March 3, 2010: Abdul Sattar Jawad, professor of comparative literature, Duke University, "Human Rights." 12:00 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UNC-CH, the Department of Sociology, UNC-CH, the Social and Economic Justice Minor, UNC-CH, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC-CH, Advocates for Human Rights (Campus Y), UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

March 4, 2010: Beth Simmons, professor of international affairs, Harvard University, "Mobilizing for Human Rights." 12:150p.m., Room 3037, Law School, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

March 5, 2010: Film: Terrorism and Kebab (Egypt, 1992), directed by Sharif Arafa. 7:00 p.m., Room 232 Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 6th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by Middle East Studies, NCSU.

March 6, 2010: Film: Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (2010). Speaker Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. 3:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.  For tickets (discount student rates available), sponsorship, trailers and other information, visit the website, or contact Ms. Sana Anwar at 804-426-4146 or by email. Sponsored by Unity Productions Foundation, the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH, the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies, and Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH. 

March 13, 2010: Exhibition: NC Muslim Self Portraits, by artist Todd Drake. Mahmood and Donna Khan Open House Showing and Community Discussion, Asheville, NC. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, UNC-CH.

March 16, 2010: Elliot Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations, "The Freedom Agenda and the Middle East." 5:30 p.m., Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.

March 16, 2010: Sara Beaman, belly dancer, "Raqs Sharqi and Transnational Fusion: A Modern History of Belly Dance." 6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 18, 2010: Jewish/Muslim Artsfest 2010, "Building a Community Peace by Piece." 6:30 p.m., Great Hall, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, UNC-CH.  

March 22, 2010: Supriya Nair, professor of English, Tulane University, "Reading the Grotesque in V.S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie." 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Alicia Jones for location. Part of the Colloquium Series of the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies.

March 23, 2010: Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador and Ambassador Richard Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, "Can Diplomats Justify Their Existence?" Moderated by Theodore Leinbaugh, professor of English, UNC-CH. 8:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the Honors Program, UNC-CH, the Scholars Program, UNC-CH and the Morehead-Cain Foundation. 

March 24, 2010: Adi Ophir, professor of philosophy, University of Tel Aviv, "Divine Violence: Models of Theocracy in the Hebrew Bible." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Frankin Center, Duke University. Part of the "Wednesdays at the Center" series.  Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

March 24, 2010: Arabiyyaat (Coffee Hour).  6:00 p.m., locaction TBA, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 25, 2010: Mahmoud El Gamal, Rice University, "Oil, Dollars, and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold." 4:30 p.m., Dansby Classroom, Fuqua School, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke Corporate Sustainability Initiative, the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

March 26, 2010: Film: Ceasefire (Iran, 2006), directed by Tahmineh Milani. 7:00 p.m., Room 232 Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 6th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by Middle East Studies, NCSU.

March 26-7, 2010: Workshop: Gender, Politics and Culture in Europe and Beyond. Hyde Hall, UNC-CH. UNC Workshop Series, sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC-CH.  Papers include:

  • Emily Burrill, professor of women's studies, UNC-CH, "Gender and Empire in French Colonial Africa: The View from Mali."
  • Beth Baron, Center for Middle East Studies, City University of New York, "Reproducing the Ottoman Empire: The Vice Regal Harem of Egypt."
  • Maureen Healy, professor of history, Lewis & Clark University, "Ladies and Gentlement in the Balkans: Habsburg Imperial Ambitions in Bosnia."

March 29, 2010: Joseph Nye, professor of international relations, Harvard University, "Soft Power and Obama’s Grand Strategy." 5:30 p.m., Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. A Karl Von Der Heyden Distinguished Lecture. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke University Program in American Strategy.

March 30, 2010: Michael Pregill, Elon University. "Mind the Gap: On Orientalism and Islam's Forgotten Qur'an." 6:00 p.m., 4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and by the Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic StudiesUNC-CH,

March 30, 2010: Film: Driving to Zigzigland (2006), directed by Nicole Ballivian.  6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

March 30, 2010: Michael Scheur, adjunct professor of security studies, Georgetown University, and former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit, "The Persian Gulf." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Great Decisions lecture series, UNC-CH.  Co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

March 30, 2010: Film: El-Haimoune (Wanderers of the Desert) (France, 1986), directed by Nacer Khemir. 7:00 p.m., Griffith Theatre, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Program in the Art of the Moving Image, Duke University and the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University.

March 31, 2010: Ali Neff, doctoral candidate, communication studies, UNC-CH, "'Wooyo! (Sing!)': Representing the Politics of Contemporary Women's Music in Senegal." 9:00 p.m., live program on the "Global Music Show", WXYC 89.3 FM. 

April 1, 2010: John Hanson, National Humanities Center, University of Indiana, "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in West Africa: the case of Ghana." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

April 2-3, 2010: Conference: Economic Development in the Middle East: Past and Present. Room 113, Social Sciences Building, Duke University. Sponsored by the Department of Economics, Duke University. Speakers include:

  • Metin Coşgel, professor of economics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, "Guns and books: Legitimacy, revolt, and technological change in the Ottoman Empire.”
  • Asim Khwaja, professor of public policy, Harvard University, and Tahir Andrabi, professor of economics, Ponoma College, "Schooling of last resort in Pakistan: Government, private schools or madrassas?”
  • Eric Chaney, professor of economics, Harvard University, "Sultans, the Shari’a and seven empty ears: Economic catastrophes, church, and state.”
  • Jared Rubin, professor of economics, California State University, Fullerton, "Institutions and sudden change: Islamic Iran and beyond.”
  • Murat İyigün, professor of economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, "The Clash of Civilizations:  A Cliometric Investigation.”
  • Şevket Pamuk, professor of contemporary Turkish studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, "Economy and institutions in the Middle East since the late Medieval era.”
  • David Patel, professor of government, Cornell University, "Concealing to reveal:  the changing informational role of Islamic dress.”
  • Lisa Blaydes, professor of political science, Standford University, "How Islamist governance affects women: A comparison of two Cairo neighborhoods.”
  • Eric Meyersson, doctoral candidate, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, "Islamic rule and emancipation of the poor and pious.”
  • Mahmoud El-Gamal, professor of economics, Rice University, "An experimental study of alternative micro and small-scale project finance models for the Muslim poor.”
  • Mohamad al-Ississ, research fellow, Harvard University, "The impact of religious experience on financial markets: Ramadan vs. Ashoura.”
  • James Dean, professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University and American University, and Edward Tower, professor of economics, Duke University "Mutual fund investing according to Islamic principles: Strategy and performance.” (Nick Kaiser, founder and CEO of SATURNA CAPITAL, sponsor of the Amana Funds will participate in the discussion of this paper via Skype.)
  • Boğaç Ergene, professor of history, University of Vermont, "Intergenerational Mobility in the Ottoman Empire.”
  • Timur Kuran, professor of economics and political science, Duke University, and Scott Lustig, doctoral candidate in economics, Duke University "Judicial biases in the Ottoman Empire: The Roles of Inter-Court Competition and Personal Exchange.”

April 5, 2010: Film: Slingshot Hip Hop (Palestine, 2008), directed by Jackie Salloum.  Introduction and Discussion by Nathan Swanson, graduate student in geography, UNC-CH. 6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

April 5-10, 2010: Peace or Pieces Week. Co-sponsored by Peace or Pieces, Duke University, the Arab Student Organization, Duke University, Duke Friends of Israel, Hillel Student Board, Duke University, Muslim Student Association, Duke University, and the Campus Council, Duke University.  Events include:

  • Hookah Night. Hookah, snacks, and conversation. April 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Plaza, Duke University.
  • Film: Refusing to be Enemies (2007), directed by Laurie White. Discussion and dinner. April 7, 7:00 p.m., Freeman Center Sanctuary, Duke University.
  • Discussion Night. Guided discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. April 8, 7:00 p.m., Center for Muslim Life, Duke University.
  • Service Day. Habitat for Humanity build. Sign up by emailing mpk12@duke.edu. April 10, 12:45-4:00 p.m.

April 6, 2010: Sultan-E-Rome, Ph.D. in history, University of Peshawar, "Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat." 5:00 p.m. Room 569, Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH.  Sponsored by the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies.

April 6, 2010: Film: My Israel (2008), directed by Ralph Benmergui. Screening and discussion with filmmaker Yulie Cohen. 5:30 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH.   Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, UNC-CH, the Center for European Studies, UNC-CH, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC-CH and the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema, UNC-CH.

April 7, 2010: Abdullah An-Naim, professor of law, Emory University, "The Compatibility of Islamic Law and State Law." 4:30 p.m., Room 4045, Duke Law School, Duke University. IPS Lecture Series, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke Law School, Duke University.

April 7, 2010: Haleh Esfandiari, director, Woodrow Wilson Institute Program for Middle Eastern Studies, "Iran: Between Repression and Dissent." 7:00 p.m., Jones Auditorium, Meredith College. Co-sponsored by the Broder-Wallace Endowment Fund, the Department of History, Meredith College, and the Department of Political Science, Meredith College.

April 7, 2010: Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, "From Nuremberg to Darfur – The Role of International Criminal Justice in Reconciliation and Peace." 7:00 p.m., Gerrard Hall, UNC-CH. Hillard Gold Lecture. Sponsored by Student Government, UNC-CH, and the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH.

April 8, 2010: Rose Aslan, graduate student in religious studies, UNC-CH, "Beyond Text: Sufi Poetry in Practice." 6:00p.m., Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

April 8-11, 2010. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Carolina Theatre, Durham. Films include:

  • Jaffa, The Orange's Clockwork (Israel, 2009), directed by Eyal Sivan. April 9, 10:10 a.m., Cinema Three.
  • Google Baby (Israel-U.S.-India, 2009), directed by Zippi Brand Frank. April 9, 10:30 a.m., Cinema Four.
  • Capital (U.S.-Russia-Kazakhstan, 2010), directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin. April 9, 7:10 p.m., Cinema Three.
  • The Oath (U.S., 2010), directed by Laura Poitras. April 9, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Four.
  • The Poot (Iran, 2009), directed by Elham Asadi. April 10, 10:40 a.m., Cinema Four.
  • Restrepo (U.S.-Afghanistan, 2010), directed by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger. April 10, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Four.
  • Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (U.S., 2007), directed by Rory Kennedy. April 10, 7:50 p.m., Cinema Two.
  • A Film Unfinished (Germany-Israel, 2009), directed by Yael Hersonski. April 11, 1:00 p.m., Cinema One.
  • How to Fold a Flag (U.S., 2009), directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker. April 11, 1:20 p.m., Fletcher Hall. Conversation following screening with filmmaker Michael Tucker and special guests Javorn Drummond and Jon Powers, moderated by D.G. Martin.

April 9, 2010: Film: The Band's Visit (Israel, 2007), directed by Eran Kolirin. 7:00 p.m., Room 232 Withers Hall, NCSU. Part of the 6th Annual Middle East Film Festival, sponsored by Middle East Studies, NCSU.

April 9: Dinner and Talk with Amjad Noorani, advisory council member, Citizens Foundation, USA, "Meeting Pakistan's Education Challenge, One School at a Time." Tandoor Indian Restaurant, 5410 NC Highway 55, Suite I, Durham. RSVP required by April 2nd to Manzoor Cheema at 919-412-7008 or Shafi Parekh at 919-413-3924. Sponsored by the Pakistan American Coalition for Education

April 9-10, 2010: Speaker Training Workshop with Anna Baltzer: "Effective Communication on Israel/Palestine: Educating Others and Dealing with Hostility." 1712 Willow Drive and 110 Elliot Road, Chapel Hill. RSVP required by April 4th. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

April 10, 2010. Conference: "Peace in Practice," the Seventh Annual Rotary Fellows Spring Conference. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Please RSVP online by April 2. Presentations include:

  • Marios Antoniou, Cyprus, "The Role of Education in Reactivating and Resolving Conflict in Cyprus."
  • Sharif Azami, Afghanistan, "Developing Capacity to Enhance Sub-National Governance in Afghanistan."
  • Paolo Bocci, Italy, "Finding a Dialogue between Traditional and Western Health Systems in Senegal."
  • Dyah Kartikawening, Indonesia, "Conflict in the Public-Private Provision of Drinking Water in Jakarta."

April 10-11, 2010. Conference: "U.S. Grand Strategy." Please register online by April 6. Defense and Diplomacy Center, Roosevelt Institute, UNC-CH.

April 12, 2010: Yektan Turkyilmaz, graduate student in cultural anthropology, Duke University, "Turkish-Armenian Conflict in Retrospective: Origins and Prospects." 6:00p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Turkish Student Association, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

April 12, 2010: Anna Baltzer, "Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories." 7:00 p.m., Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

April 13, 2010: Pika Ghosh, professor of art, UNC-CH, "Embroidery as Devotional Expression: A Nineteenth-Century Bengali Kantha in the Philadelphia Museum." 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room 347, Farrison-Newton Communications Building, NCCU. Sponsored by the Sponsored by the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies.

April 13, 2010: Film: Ambassador Aziza (Egypt).  6:00 p.m., Room 219, New West Building, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Arabic Program, UNC-CH.

April 13, 2010: Xinru Liu, professor of history, College of New Jersey, "From Buddhism to Islam, a Silk Road Legacy." 7:00 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNC-G. Sponsored by the International and Global Studies Program, UNC-G. 

April 13, 2010: Anna Baltzer, "What Aren't We Hearing: How is Peace Possible in Israel/Palestine." 7:30 p.m., Pullen Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace with Justice.

April 14, 2010: Öykü Potuoglu-Cook, post-doctoral fellow, Franklin Humanities Institute, "City as Stage." 12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Frankin Center, Duke University. Part of the "Wednesdays at the Center" series.  Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

April 14, 2010: Gender, Health and Poverty: Gina Dallabetta, senior program officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 4:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Duke University Seminar on Global Health, sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

April 14-20, 2010: Depolarizing the Conflict I: Perspectives from the Jewish Left - the first in a series on Israel & Palestine. Sponsored by the Arab-Israeli Conflict Committee, Carolina Union Activities Board, UNC-CH and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, UNC-CH. Events include:

  • Anna Baltzer, "What Aren't We Hearing: How is Peace Possible in Israel/Palestine." April 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 120, Hanes Hall, UNC-CH.
  • Debrief and discussion, following Anna Baltzer's talk. April 18, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Campus Y Faculty Lounge, UNC-CH.
  • Rabbi John Friedman, chair, Rabbinic Council of J Street, and Marty Rosenbluth. April 20, 8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Room 105, Gardner Hall, UNC-CH.

April 16, 2010: John Prados, senior fellow and project director, National Security Archive, "Nuclear Intelligence." 12:00 p.m., Room 212, Caldwell Hall, North Carolina State University. Please RSVP by April 11  by emailing Carolyn Pumphery. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke University Program in American Strategy.

April 16, 2010: Robert Brigham, "Counterinsurgency and Human Rights in Iraq." 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Room 229, Carr Building, East Campus Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.

April 16, 2010: Arabesque: Middle Eastern Culture Painted Around the World. Dance, song, and poetry. 7:30-9:00 p.m., Great Hall, F.P.G. Student Union, UNC-CH. Purchase tickets at the Student Union Box Office or at the door. Sponsored by the Arab Student Organization, UNC-CH.

April 17, 2010: Ian Miller, professor of history, Harvard University, "Mohammed Ali and Other Creatures of the Japanese  Colonial Imagination." 9:00-10:30 a.m., 220 Saunders Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the conference on "Animals in East Asian History and Culture," sponsored by the Triangle East Asia Colloquium.

April 17, 2010 UNC GO! Global Orientation for UNC Students. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Conference-style workshops on ethical and cultural issues that students will encounter when they engage in service, service-learning, internships or research in developing communities in Asia, Africa or Latin America. Sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives, Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad, UNC-CH, APPLES Service-Learning Program, Campus Y, UNC-CH and the Office for Undergraduate Research, UNC-CH.

April 17-18, 2010: 5th Annual North Carolina Turkish Festival. April 17, 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., April 18, 12:00-7:00 p.m., Exposition Center, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh.  The festival will feature dance performances, artistic demonstrations, food and gift vendors, and entertainment for children. Sponsored by Divan Cultural Center.

April 18, 2010: Benjamin Anthony, sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces, "The Challenges and Dilemmas Facing Israel's Soldiers on the Front Line." 7:30 p.m., 100 Hamilton Hall, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Jewish Experience Movement of the South (JEMS), Chapel Hill Advocates for Israel (CHAI), NC Hillel, and Chabad, UNC-CH.

April 18, 2010: Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary. Sponsored by the American Turkish Association of NC, the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the Center for International Studies, Duke University. Events include:

  • Poetry Workshop with Chris Salerno. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Keynote address by Mutlu Konuk Blasing, professor of English, Brown University. 3:00 p.m.
  • Readings by finalists from the International Poetry Competition. 4:00 p.m.
  • Readings by North Carolina poets Jeffery Beam, Joseph Donahue, and Jackie Shelton Green. 5:00 p.m.

April 19, 2010: Islam Reading Group 2.0,. participants will read a seminal text in theory and engage in a cross-disciplinery conversation with a focus on the study of Islam and Muslim society, a light dinner will be served. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

April 20, 2010: Film: New Muslim Cool (2009), directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. 6:00 p.m., Room 218, Peabody Hall, UNC-CH. Discussion moderated by Laurie Maffly-Kipp, professor of American religions, UNC-CH and Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, UNC-CH to follow screening. Sponsored by "Muslim Debates after Decolonization," Carolina Center for Global Initiatives Student Research Circle 2009-2010, UNC-CH.

April 20, 2010: Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, professor of African and Afro-American studies, UNC-CH, "Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution." 7:00 p.m., 111 Carroll Hall, UNC-CH. Part of the Great Decisions lecture series, UNC-CH.

April 21, 2010: Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain, Duke University, "Turkey's Quest for an Identity: Contemporary Issues in Asia Minor." 6:00p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by MOSAIC, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.

April 23-4, 2010: Sacred Spaces, Sacred Sounds Conference. Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies, UNC-CH and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH.  Speakers include:

  • Anna Bigelow, professor of religious studies, NCSU, "Sacred Space as Secular Space."
  • Rizwan Mawani, independent scholar, "At the Intersection of Space and Sound: ‘Alid Ritual Practice in Local and Global Contexts
."
  • Michael Frishkopf, professor of ethnomusicology, University of Alberta, "Muslims, music, and tolerance in Egypt and Ghana: a comparative perspective on difference."
  • Abdoul Aziz Keber, department of Arabic, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, "Music and Islam" (translated from French).
  • Dwight F. Reynolds, professor of religious studies, UC-Santa Barbara, "Recreating Algerian Identity in Paris through Music."
  • Aomar Boum, professor of religious studies, University of Arizona, "The Performance of “Convivencia”: Communities of Tolerance and the Reification of Sacred Space."
  • Mona Hassan, professor of religious studies, Duke University, "Recreating Baghdad’s Sacred Geography: Remembering the Abbasid Caliphate’s Fallen Capital through Music and Literature."
  • Yousuf Saeed, independent researcher and filmmaker, New Delhi, India, "Remembering Chishti Sufi Saints in the Song-Compositions of Khayal Classical Music in South Asia."
  • Rachana Rao Umashankar, graduate student in anthropology, UNC-CH, "Multiculturalist Secularism in India and the shared sacred space of Sufi shrines."
  • Maureen Jackson, NEH Fellow, 2009-10, American Research Institute in Turkey, "Staging Harmony: A Jewish Community Participates in Ottoman Cultural Revivals."
  • Annabel Wharton, professor of art history, Duke University, "Pseudo-Sacrality and Its Dangers: David’s Tomb."

April 24, 2010: Conference: Faith, Culture, and the Politics of Belonging in Africa 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 1st floor, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-CH, the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS), the SouthEast Africanist Network (SEAN) , and the University of Florida Center for African Studies. Registration is required. Papers include:

  • Paolo Bocci, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Identity In Its Making: Music Of Baay Fall of Senegal."
  • Douglas Thomas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The Layennes of Senegal: Conversion, Convulsions, and Concretization."
  • Shannon Vance, King College, "To Whom Do You Belong When You Lose? The 'Stolen' 1928 Election for Deputy of Senegal and the Political Consequences for Galandou Diouf."
  • Babacar Mboup, Valdosta State University, "Francophone Africa in World War II: The Battle of Images."
  • Morten Jerven, Simon Fraser University, "Development, Stagnation or Retrogression? Measuring the Market and State in Tanzanian Development, 1961-2001."
  • Frederic Pallez, Fort Bragg,"Located Geographically and Culturally on the Margin of Two Worlds: Searching For Identity in Mauritania."
  • Timothy Nicholson, Stony Brook University, "Educators and the Regulation of Women in Post-Colonial Tanzania."

April 28-30, 2010: Conference: Contours of Late Sunni Traditionalism. April 28, Opening Dinner and Remarks by Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University,. 6:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. April 29-30 Conference.  Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.  Panelists include:

  • Suheil Laher, Muslim chaplain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Re-Forming the Knot: the Iconoclastic Traditionalism of Abdallah b. al-Siddiq al-Ghumari."
  • Garrett Davidson, doctoral candidate in Islamic studies, University of Chicago, "Muhammad ‘Abd al-Hayy b. ‘Abd al-Kabir al-Kattani (d. 1381/1962) and the Chainof Transmission as a Feature of Late Sunni Traditionalism."
  • Jonathan Brown, professor of Islamic studies, University of Washington, "The Hybrid Hadith Master of Our Age: Ahmad al-Ghumari."
  • Ahmed El Shamsy, professor of history, UNC-CH, "The legal humanism of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Husaynī (1854-1913 or 1914)."
  • Matthew Ingalls, doctoral candidate in Islamic studies, Yale University, "Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari."
  • Aaron Spevack, visiting professor of religious studies, Hamilton College, "Al-Bajuri and the Late Sunni Tradition."
  • Mona Hassan, professor of religious studies, Duke University, "A Traditionalist Scholar in Double Exile:The Former Ottoman Şeyhu’l-İslâm Mustafa Sabri."
  • Youshaa Patel, doctoral candidate in Islamic studies, Duke University, “Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda.”
  • SherAli Tareen, doctoral candidate in Islamic studies, Duke University, and Manzarul Islam, "Ahmad Raza Khan."
  • Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University, "al-Shaykh Muhammad Anwar Shah al-Kashmiri (b. 1292/ 1875 - 1352/1933)."
  • Fareeha Khan, doctoral candidate in Near Eastern studies, University of Michigan, "Ashraf Ali Thanvi."
  • Nuri Friedlander, doctoral candidate in Islamic studies, Harvard University, "Ali Juma."
  • Junaid Quadri, McGill University, "Muhammad Bakhit al-Muti’i and Late Sunni Traditionalism."
  • Timur Yuskaev, doctoral candidate in religious studies, UNC-CH, “Shaykh Hamza Yusuf."

April 30, 2010: Human Terrain System Working Group Half-Day Symposium: "National Security and
Social Science: Can the Gap be Bridged?"
Panelists and discussants include: Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Nichols, United States Marine Corps; Major Brian S. Horine, United States Army; David Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security; Jim Peacock, professor of anthropology, UNC-CH; Diane Nelson, professor of anthropology, Duke University; and Robin Kirk, executive director, Duke Human Rights Center. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 230, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the N.C. Center for South Asia Studies.

April 30, 2010: Interactive Webcast: "Teaching Islam." Live "Office Hours" interview with Bruce Lawrence, professor of religion, Duke University. 12:00 p.m., www.ustream.tv/dukeuniversity. Send in a question by email to live@duke.edu or by Twitter with the tag #dukelive. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

May 3, 2010: Information Session and Lunch Talk: Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies. Followed by a lunch talk with Joe Boone, professor of English, University of Southern California. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies.

May 3, 2010: Joe Boone, professor of English, University of Southern California, "Reorienting Modernism: Imagining Homoerotic Desire in the 'Nearly Middle' East." 12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University.

May 7, 2010: Concert: Sufi Qawwali with Amjad Sabri and Ensemble. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Tahir Kakar at  919-757-3131.  Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH, Urdu Majlis, Best Price Cleaners, and Geet Bazaar Desi Radio.

May 14, 2010: Forum: Socio-Economic Divides and Access to Education: Local and International Perspective. Featuring Pete Eberhart, former superintendent, Greensboro City Schools, and Bill McDiarmid, dean and professor of education, UNC-CH. 7:00 p.m., Seasons at Tandoor Banquet Hall, 5410 NC Highway 55, Suite T, Greenwood Commons, Durham. Sponsored by the North Carolina Eid Festival.

May 15, 2010: Recitation from the Persian Book of Kings: Naghali by Ms. Gordafaird. 7:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. Student tickets are $10. Co-sponsored by the Persian Art Center in North Carolina, the Iranian Cultural Society in North Carolina, the North Carolina Consortium for South Asian Studies, the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

May 22, 2010: Concert: An Evening of Iranian Music. 7:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Concert will benefit the Persian Studies Program at UNC-CH. For ticketing and other information, please contact David Yazdani at 919-616-3700, Nazi Kite at 919-466-990, or Fred Moosavi at 919-801-2063. Suggested donation $25, free for students with ID. Co-sponsored by the Persian Art Center in North Carolina, the Iranian Cultural Society in North Carolina and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.

May 21-23, 2010: Musical Drama: Esther. Order concert tickets online. Performances include:
  • May 21, 7:30 p.m., The Friday Center, Chapel Hill.
  • May 22, 7:30 p.m., PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council.
  • May 23 4:00 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Raleigh.

June 1, 2010: Ahmed Moustafa, Fe-Noon Research Centre for Arab Art and Design, "The Art of Mapping The Unseen." 6:00 p.m., Room 4003, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-CH. Presentation and illustrated interpretation of Islamic calligraphy.

June 13, 2010: Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, Duke University, "Why Obama Is Good for Israel." 4:00 p.m., Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham. Sponsored by J Street Durham-Chapel Hill.



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