Upcoming Events

02-08-2016: An Evening with Dr. Bassem Youssef and Rula Jebreal

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An Evening with Dr. Bassem Youssef and Rula Jebreal   Monday, February, 08 2016 – 7 PM – Proshansky Auditorium Join us for a night of laughter and insight from two vital observers of the Middle East. Dr. Bassem Youssef, Egyptian satirist and former host of Al-Bernameg (The Program), inspired by The Daily Show, was named one of Time’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2013. Rula Jebreal is an award-winning journalist, a foreign-policy analyst appearing frequently on CNN and MSNBC, and the author of Miral. TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; to...

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02-10-2016: Human Rights, Visibility, and Subversive Spaces in Syrian Prison Literature – Talk by Shareah Taleghani

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  Human Rights, Visibility, and Subversive Spaces in Syrian Prison Literature Talk by Shareah Taleghani   Wednesday, February, 10 2016 – 6:30 – Room C197 In an effort to document abuses and violations, human rights reports on political detention provide a narrative of prisons that serves to make such spaces visible, measurable, and comprehensible to their readers. In contrast, works of Syrian prison literature offer alternative, and at times, subversive constructions of the lived experience of detainees forced to inhabit prison spaces. R. Shareah Taleghani is an...

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02-16-2016: Islamic Medical Ethics: When Gender Issues, Disability, New Technologies and Human Rights Intersect – Talk by Vardit Rispler-Chaim

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  Islamic Medical Ethics: When Gender Issues, Disability, New Technologies and Human Rights Intersect Talk by Vardit Rispler-Chaim   Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 6:30 – Room C197 In this talk, Prof. Vardit Rispler-Chaim demonstrates how “medical fatwas” can also be a source of information on gender concerns, attitudes toward certain disabilities and contemporary advanced technologies in the service of medicine. Human rights debates are always in the background of these issues. Prof. Vardit Rispler-Chaim teaches Islamic studies at the Department of Arabic...

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02-17-2016: Speaking Truth through Power Academic Freedoms and the War Against Kurds in Turkey

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Speaking Truth to Power Academic Freedoms and the War Against Kurds in Turkey a panel featuring David Harvey, Aslı Iğsız, Kamal Soleimani, and Anthony Alessandrini will moderate   Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Room C198 Following the June 2015 general elections, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) renewed the state’s forty-year-long war against Kurds. This move ended the peace negotiations that had been taking place between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and the government since 2013. The resurgence of the war has led to increasing...

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02-19-2016: Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917

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  Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917 Talk by Khatchig Mouradian   Friday, February 19, 2016 – 6:30 – Room C197 The assault on and the humanitarian resistance waged by Armenian deportees in Ottoman Syria during World War I provide insight into key aspects of the Armenian Genocide. In this talk, Khatchig Mouradian presents a multifaceted account of developments in Aleppo and across the network of concentration camps in Ras ul-Ain and along the banks of the Euphrates River from Meskeneh to Der Zor during the war. Drawing upon previously...

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02-23-2016: A Special Issue Launch: “Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities” International Journal of Sociology of Language, 237, 2016

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  A Special Issue Launch: “Middle Eastern Languages in Diasporic USA Communities” International Journal of Sociology of Language, 237, 2016 Issue Editors Maryam Borjian & Charles Haberl   Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – 6:30 – 8:30 – Room C205 A Panel Presentation: Opening Remarks: Ofelia Garcia (Graduate Center, CUNY)At the Intersection of Language and Social Variables: Middle Eastern Languages in the US: Maryam Borjian (Rutgers) & Charles Haberl (Rutgers) Turoyo Neo-Aramaic in Northern New Jersey: George Kiraz (Princeton) It is the Hardest to Keep: Kurdish...

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02-26-2016: FUSION OF CULTURE AND DANCE

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FUSION OF CULTURE AND DANCE by FJK DANCE   PROGRAM of Dances Friday, February, 26 2016 – 7:30 – 9 PM – The Kaye Playhouse – Hunter College, CUNY Echoes, Middle Eastern drums and percussion instruments with electric based sounds and rhythms. Inspired by “DABKE”; folkloric traditional Bedouin dance from the mountains of Lebanon and Syria. Music by Shamou. Dum Tak a combination of Tabla (Middle Eastern Drum) playing Latin Salsa by Matias Hazroum, From the Arabic Percussion album of Mario Kirlis as well as an original composition of Rumba played with the Arabic...

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03-02-2016: Neither Washington, Nor Tehran: Iranian Internationalism in the United States

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Neither Washington, Nor Tehran: Iranian Internationalism in the United States Talk by Manijeh Nasrabadi Wednesday, March, 02 2016 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Room 9207 Manijeh Nasrabadi traces an alternative genealogy of the Iranian diaspora in the U.S. and of U.S.-Iran relations, one that challenges the dominant conceptual reliance on clashes between “east” and “west,” “religious” and “secular,” “tradition” and “modernity,” in order to explain the violent rupture of the “special relationship” between the two nations. While the majority of extant scholarship on Iranians in the U.S....

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03-08-2016: An Evening with Aileen Agopian on Contemporary Middle-Eastern Art

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An Evening with Aileen Agopian on Contemporary Middle-Eastern Art Tuesday, March, 08 2016 – 7:00 – Proshansky Audiotorium Aileen Agopian is an expert purveyor of Middle-Eastern and North-African contemporary art, joined Sotheby’s in 2011. She was essential to the success of its record-breaking auction in Doha (April 2013). She has conducted sales for Sotheby’s worldwide. She has also overseen charity auctions in Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Kuwait, and Beirut. Previously, Agopian worked at White Cube Gallery in London and Phillips New York. Prof. David Joselit (Art History, the...

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03-09-2016: Ottomans at the Alhambra, 1844-1914

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  Ottomans at the Alhambra, 1844-1914 Illustrated Lecture by   Prof. Edhem Eldem Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – 6:30 – 8 PM Room 9207 We have heard a lot about the Ottomans’ discovery of the Moresque style through Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament, about Ziya Pasha’s translation of Viardot’s Histoire des Arabes et des Mores d’Espagne, about Abdülhak Hamid’s play and poems on Al-Andalus; but we have never investigated the actual contacts that Ottoman subjects may have had with the Islamic past embodied in the monumental remains of southern Spain, most particularly the...

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