Jan
12

MENA Salon: Protests in Iran

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

As people across the world planned to ring in the New Year, cities across Iran erupted in the largest wave of protests the country has seen in almost a decade. The unrest, which has carried on into 2018, has prompted a number of debates. Who are the main actors? What are the protesters’ demands? Whom … Continued

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Jan
18

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

6 - 8 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

First of a three-part film series presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in partnership with The Arab Film Festival on the 70th anniversary of Al-Nakba of 1948.

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Jan
19

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Jan
19

MENA Salon: Austerity and Unrest in Tunisia

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Tunisia is often said to be the Arab Spring’s only success story, yet the new year has been marked by economic peril and political uncertainty. In this week’s MENA Salon we will discuss the recent unrest in Tunisia, and whether or not the government is fulfilling obligations set out under its post-Revolution constitution. Recommended reading available … Continued

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Jan
22

MENA After ISIS: A Talk by Richard Atwood

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Richard Atwood

A talk by Richard Atwood on the Middle East and North Africa after ISIS. Richard Atwood is multilateral affairs director and head of the New York office of International Crisis Group (ICG). He represents ICG at the United Nations, and his work focuses on engaging UN agencies and member states around issues related to transnational threats, … Continued

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Jan
23

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East. The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety … Continued

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Jan
23

Jewish Songlines: Charting and Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

In this multimedia, multidisciplinary presentation, Samuel R. Torjman Thomas explores the place of musical expression in the definition of Moroccan Jewish culture. Through discussion and live musical performance, Dr. Torjman Thomas analyzes the place of liturgical, para-liturgical, and folk repertoires in Moroccan musical life, highlighting the juxtaposition of several fundamental diasporic…

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Jan
25

Stitching Palestine

6 - 8 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Second of a three-part film series presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in partnership with The Arab Film Festival on the 70th anniversary of Al-Nakba of 1948, one of the Middle East’s most defining episodes.

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Jan
26

MENA Salon: Rebuilding in Syria

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

With the Syrian conflict entering its seventh year, Syrians and international actors are beginning to embark upon the immense task of rebuilding portions of the country. Will states opposing the Assad regime partake in rebuilding civilian infrastructure? Will funding for reconstruction be conditioned on political reform? What role will multilateral organizations play in this process?

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Jan
31

Opening Reception l High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974 and The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

5 - 7 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way) 340

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions ”High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1920–1974″ & ”The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo” OPENING REMARKS George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The…

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Feb
01

A Man Returned

6 - 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Director: Mahdi Fleifel Country: Lebanon, Palestine 2016 Languages: Arabic Short Film 30 mins – Color Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment … Continued

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