Sep
01

MENA Salon: The Qatar-Saudi Rupture

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

This MENA salon will discuss the recent diplomatic crisis with the tiny peninsular nation of Qatar, which quickly led to a geopolitical rupture. Recommended reading available here: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/mena-salon/

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Sep
05

Opening Reception

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

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibition ”The Invisible Museum: History & Memory of Morocco” and “Sketching “Fiddler”: Set Designs by Mentor Huebner”. OPENING REMARKS George Breslauer, Faculty Director, The Magnes HISTORY & MEMORY OF MOROCCO Francesco Spagnolo, Curator, The Magnes Emily Gottreich, Chair, Center…

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Sep
08

Islamic Texts Circle: Non-Muslims in the Qur’an

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Asad Q. Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. RSVP to cmes@berkeley.edu to receive a copy of the texts.

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Sep
08

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, 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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Sep
11

How to Write a Research Grant Proposal

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Doe Library 180
Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis

Writing proposals for funding for research or other projects has become increasingly essential for scholars, students, administrators, artists, and non-profits. The basic requirements of a research proposal are the same, with modest variations, across disciplines, fields, and foundations. This full-day workshop will address how to develop the key components of a research proposal regardless of…

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Sep
12

Nira Pereg

6 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way) Auditorium
Nira Pereg, Video Artist

Video Showing and Discussion, with an Introduction by Robert Alter In my talk I will discuss ways in which religious rituals affect civilian protocols in Israel and Palestine. To explore this link between ritual and routine, I will conduct a chronological overview of <a href=”http://nirapereg.net/nira/works/”>my work</a>…

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Sep
12

Timbuktu

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Moses Hall 223
Bruce Hall, Department of History, UC Berkeley

This is a meeting of the weekly colloquium for the Center for African Studies.

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Sep
13

On the Move

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology 102 Kroeber Hall

This one-day public symposium brings archaeologists from Munich and Berkeley together to explore new horizons in mobility and migration practices in past societies. Abstracts can be read at this link. The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich-UC Berkeley Research in the Humanities Program are co-sponsors of this event.

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Sep
13

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. Hatem Bazian

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Dr. Hatem Bazian, 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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Sep
15

MENA Salon: Climate Change and Environmental Crisis

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Water scarcity, dust storms, and rising sea levels have enormous effects on quality of life in the MENA region. Are these environmental crises better described as “natural” or political? Are they regional or global crises? How and why does their impact vary across the region? This week’s MENA salon will address these and other questions on climate change and … Continued

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Sep
18

Julien Zarifian

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 270
Julien Zarifian, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

The goal of this talk is to present and analyze the political opposition between the Armenian and Turkish lobbies in favor or against the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States. We will discuss why, despite decades of efforts and some positive results, the Armenian-American advocacy groups have not yet obtained the … Continued

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Sep
20

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with CAIR Director Zahra Billoo

7 - 9 p.m.
Zaytuna College Sanctuary
Zahra Billoo, Council on American-Islamic Relations

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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Sep
22

MENA Salon: Iraqi Kurdistan Independence Referendum

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan is scheduled to vote on whether or not to become an independent state. In this week’s MENA Salon we will survey views on the Kurdish referendum. We will also reflect on the tension between the right to self-determination and the principle of territorial integrity.

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Sep
27

Banned Together Benefit Concert

8 - 10 p.m.
THE MARSH ARTS CENTER 340

Musicians from the 6 travel ban countries perform a benefit concert, proceeds of which benefit the United Nations “Adopt-A-Future” initiative for refugee children’s education

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Sep
29

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, 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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