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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Feb
01

Accountability for Syria

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Boalt Hall, School of Law Room 110
Jeff Deutch, Syrian Archive & Niko Para, Syrian Archive

Jeff Deutch and Niko Para of the Syrian Archive based in Berlin will discuss the vital work of documenting war crimes and human rights abuses in the age of open source evidence and social media and the critical role of individuals and NGOs. Lunch will be served; pls RSVP at link below.

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Feb
02

MENA Salon: War Comes to Afrin

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

In this week’s MENA Salon, we will discuss the events leading to the recent military operation in Afrin, the international community’s reaction, and its likely consequences for individuals on the ground in Syria.

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Feb
08

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University

Author Wendy Pearlman presents her book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria, which is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East … Continued

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Feb
09

MENA Salon: No Relief for UNRWA

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Why is the Trump administration cutting funding to UNRWA now? What effects will the shortfall have on Palestine, Israel, and the broader Middle East? What is UNRWA’s mandate and what is its role today? In this week’s MENA Salon we will consider these questions and other queries pertinent to the UN agency and the Israeli-Palestinian … Continued

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Feb
12

In Search of Modern Iran: A Lecture by Abbas Amanat

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Abbas Amanat, Yale University

Abbas Amanat will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing a longue dureé covering early modern and modern history of Iran. His new book: Iran: A Modern History (Yale University Press, 2017) looks at five centuries of national and transnational history and explores overarching themes that connect the history of the Safavids Empire and … Continued

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Feb
13

Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Dwinelle Annex Room 126

To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.

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Feb
15

Heghar Zeitlian Watenpaugh

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 270
Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, UC Davis

The destruction of art, especially religious art, is one of the components of the genocidal phenomenon. Claims for the restitution of surviving religious and artistic objects form part post-conflict processes of survival or reconciliation. The widespread destruction of religious art is a well known dimension of the Armenian Genocide, yet its has rarely attracted critical … Continued

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Feb
16

MENA Salon: Egypt’s Upcoming “Election”

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Egyptians are expected to go to the polls next month to vote in the presidential election. However, the process has already been tainted by the suppression of competitors of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. What can Egyptians expect from this election?

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Feb
20

From Turks to Mongols: David Ayalon’s Vision of the Eurasian Steppe in Islamic History

4 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Doe Library 180
Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty … Continued

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Feb
23

MENA Salon: Corruption in the Middle East

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On February 13, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting $300,000 in bribes. Between November and January, the Saudi government detained 381 individuals and seized $106.6 billion as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. For its part, Iraq arrested 290 officials on corruption charges in 2017. What drives government corruption in the … Continued

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Feb
26

Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University

The post-Khomeini era has profoundly changed the socio-political landscape of Iran. Since 1989, the internal dynamics of change in Iran, rooted in a panoply of socioeconomic, cultural, institutional, demographic, and behavioral factors, have led to a noticeable transition in both societal and governmental structures of power, as well as the way in which many Iranians … Continued

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Feb
27

Measure for the Anthropocene: Planetary Imagination and Design

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Neyran Turan, College of Environmental Design

In light of our current political crisis around climate change, what can architecture and design contribute toward a new planetary imaginary of our contemporary environment? If climate change is a crisis of imagination, as literary historian Amitav Ghosh states, or a profound mutation in our relation to the world, as put by Bruno Latour, can … Continued

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Feb
27

Fanon in the Algerian War: A Painful Gender Issue

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Seloua Luste-Boulbina

The colony operates with a double standard. Women are both largely excluded from schooling and supposed to be protected by their male fellow citizens. Everything then happens as if, according to the old despotic saying, colonial politics were benevolent toward them: they must be protected from their own. But how? And in what sense? To … Continued

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Feb
27

Fanon in the Algerian War

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340
Seloua Luste-Boulbina, Denis Diderot University

The colony operates with a double standard. Women are both largely excluded from schooling and supposed to be protected by their male fellow citizens. Everything then happens as if, according to the old despotic saying, colonial politics were benevolent toward them: they must be protected from their own. But how? And in what sense?

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Mar
01

Oh My Sweet Land: A Play and Conversation on the Syrian Conflict

7 - 9 p.m.
Anthony Hall 340

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Golden Thread Productions for a performance of the play Oh My Sweet Land, followed by food sharing and community conversation. Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show, based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee … Continued

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