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Conference: “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities”

Join the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies for the annual Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies conference: Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of Gazans. The conference also highlights Gazan culture–music, films, food, and art–to showcase the beauty that goes along with the challenges of life in the Gaza Strip.

Friday, March 22 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reception: Gazan food
Concert: Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar of DAM

Saturday, March 23 | 9:00 – 5:30 p.m.
“The (De-)Development of Gaza: Economy, Women, and Youth”
“Humanitarian Crisis: Food, Water, and Health”
“In and Out: Gaza and Freedom of Movement”
“Gazans between Fatah & Hamas”
“Gaza and the World: Egypt, Israel, and the United States”
For featured speakers, visit here.
Breakfast snacks, coffee, and Gazan lunch provided for registered participants

Sunday, March 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gaza On Screen: A full day of screenings featuring the diverse film work that has engaged with the Gaza Strip during the past seventy years.

For more information and the full schedule, visit Share this event on Facebook. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the GEC/McCauley parking deck under the building, and Beard surface lot (both on Pharmacy Lane). Registration is required.

Click here to register.

For questions related to the conference, contact: Shai Tamari, (919) 962- 2034,
For questions related to Gaza on Screen, contact: Nadia Yaqub, (919) 843-8149,
For media inquiries, contact: Katie Bowler Young, (919) 962-4504,

SPONSORS:UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies; Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

CO-SPONSORS: Arts Everywhere; Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies; The Curriculum in Global Studies; Center for Global Initiatives; Chancellor’s Global Education Fund; College of Arts & Sciences; Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense; Department of Anthropology; Department of Asian Studies; Department of Geography; Department of History; Department of Music; Department of Political Science; Department of Religious Studies; Department of Sociology; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center; Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Gillings School of Global Public Health; Honors Carolina; Institute for the Arts and Humanities; School of Education; School of Government; School of Law; School of Medicine; School of Social Work; Triangle Institute for Security Studies; UNC Global; Rotary Club of Hillsborough, NC; Rotary Club of East Chapel Hill, NC; Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club, NC; Rotary Club Portland, OR; Rotary Action Group for Peace; Rotary District 7710; Rotary Club of Raleigh; Rotary Club of Southwest Durham, NC

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