Oct
02

St. Nikolai textile

4 p.m.
Doe Library 180
Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their … Continued

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Oct
04

MENA Lit Chat: Laleh Khadivi on A Good Country

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Laleh Khadivi & Michael David Lukas

Join the CMES for its MENA Lit Chat with author Laleh Khadivi on her novel A Good Country. A timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California–about where identity truly lies, and how we find it.

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Oct
04

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Professor Steven Fish

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Professor Steven Fish, UC Berkeley

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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Oct
06

MENA Salon: Free Speech and Exclusion on American Campuses

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Last week, off-campus groups hosted a much discussed “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley. Are American college campuses open or exclusionary spaces? Should any ideas or individuals be stigmatized in a university setting? In this week’s MENA Salon we will reflect upon the ways in which globalization, Islamophobia, and the War on Terror shape the … Continued

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Oct
08

Imagine Eternity!

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology 102 Kroeber Hall

Come join Egyptologist Elizabeth Minor to learn how to write your name in hieroglyphs and create your very own Egyptian tomb painting. Learn about ancient Egyptians’ belief in the afterlife and imagine all the things you would want to bring with you to the great beyond! While you’re here, explore the museum and take a … Continued

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Oct
09

Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Cory Hall 277
Thomas Abowd, Tufts University

This presentation will analyze how colonialism and colonial urbanism remain a crucial component of contemporary Palestinian and Israeli realities. It seeks to illuminate everyday life as well as the broader institutional forces that comprise and enable Israeli urban policy in Jerusalem. What kinds of barriers—physical, legal, and discursive—operate to keep Israeli-occupied Jerusalem a city of…

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Oct
11

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Professor Laura Nader

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Professor Laura Nader, UC Berkeley

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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Oct
13

MENA Salon: Will Fatah and Hamas Reconcile?

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On October 2, representatives of Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas met in Gaza to pursue a reconciliation deal. This is not the first time the two groups have attempted to reach a deal. Will this attempt at creating a unity government be successful? We will consider these and other questions in this week’s MENA Salon.

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Oct
19

Close Up

6 - 8 p.m.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology 340
Jane Williams, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Roman period mummy portraits are considered to be ancient antecedents of modern portraiture. However, the techniques and materials used in their manufacture are not thoroughly understood. The Phoebe Hearst Museum’s collections from the site of Tebtunis, Egypt include one of the largest assemblages of mummy portraits to remain intact since their excavation, and form a … Continued

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Oct
19

Deconstructing the “Refugee Crisis”: Race, Representation, and Recognition

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Dwinelle Hall 370

Denaturalizing the Mediterranean border Ilaria Giglioli, Geography Re-forming Refugee Protection: A U.S. Perspective Kate Jastram, Human Rights Attorney Representing the “European refugee crisis” in Germany and beyond Seth Holmes, School of Public Health and Heide Castañeda, Anthropology (University of South Florida)

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Oct
20

Vive la Revolution or Vive la Counterrevolution?

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Peter Bartu, Ph.D.

The Gulf states seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings, but saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. Bartu will discuss Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region. Peter Bartu teaches political transitions in the Middle East, North Africa, … Continued

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Oct
25

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Imam Dawood Yasin

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Imam Dawood Yasin, Zaytuna College

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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Oct
25

The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto

In this talk, based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line. By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group … Continued

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Oct
27

Heritage and Community in Asia and Beyond

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Doe Library 180

This two-day conference focuses on the relationship between heritage and community in the following ways: the impact of top-down heritage projects on the residents who live and work in and around the project sites; the sociopolitical process of creating heritage projects that involves different actors with competing values and unbalanced power positions; and using heritage … Continued

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Oct
27

The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Activism with United4Iran’s Mohammad Ghaffarian

12 - 1 p.m.
Boalt Hall, School of Law 140
Mohammad Ghaffarian, United4Iran

Ghaffarian will discuss how technology can be used to enhance, or violate, human rights. As United4Iran’s Irancubator ProjectCoordinator, he develops Android apps to enhance civic engagement and government transparency, including tools that relate to domestic violence, voter and election information, and reproductive health, and a censor-evading pirate radio podcast app.

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Oct
28

Hidden Treasures

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology 102 Kroeber Hall

We invite you to explore one of the world’s most outstanding ancient Egyptian collections at this fundraiser benefitting the Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Experience rarely exhibited Egyptian objects up close and personal, with special tours offered to see masterpieces in the … Continued

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Oct
30

The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo’s El-Nadeem

4:30 - 6 p.m.
LeConte Hall 3
Frances Hasso, Duke University

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed…

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Nov
01

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. William Barylo

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Dr. William Barylo, Light Inc.

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic … Continued

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