Upcoming Events

09-05-2014: Another Window to the Blue

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Another Window to the Blue A photo exhibition by Bachar Azmeh Friday, September 5, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Room 6304.24 MEMEAC space While preparing for this exhibition, Bachar Azmeh came across a photo he captured of the broken glass in the balcony of his family home in Damascus in July 2012 after an explosion across the street. His initial thought was to name this exhibition “My Shattered Window,” but this was soon abandoned as he considered the immensity of the tragedy which millions of his fellow Syrians have been facing courageously for more than three...

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09-09-2014: Gender and Sexuality in the Arab Uprisings

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Gender and Sexuality in the Arab Uprisings Talk by Zakia Salime Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9207 An unanticipated consequence of the Arab Spring was violence against demonstrating women. Virginity tests, organized sexual harassment campaigns, and group rape were some of the outcomes. Instead of retreating, women fought back for their equality though “micro-rebellions” and individual acts of dissent. This talk focuses on bodily forms of protest. Examples include Aliaa El Mahdy, a student at the American University of Cairo, who posted a nude...

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09-12-2014: Book Launch for Beth Baron’s The Orphan Scandal

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Book launch for Beth Baron’s The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood Friday September 12, 2014 – 6:30 pm – Room 6304.24 On a sweltering June morning in 1933 a fifteen-year-old Muslim orphan girl refused to rise in a show of respect for her elders at her Christian missionary school in Port Said, an intransigence that led to a beating. News of the beating of quickly spread throughout the country, generating a vehement anti-missionary movement. That missionaries had won few converts was immaterial to Egyptian observers: stories such as...

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09-18-2014: Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba

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Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry Book talk by Majorie Ransom   Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room C198 Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba documents a disappearing artistic and cultural tradition. It includes the surprising story of Jewish Yemeni silversmithing who left in the late 1940s. Woman’s handmade jewelry—such as amulet cases, hair ornaments, bridal headdresses, earrings, necklaces, ankle and wrist bracelets—connotes power, protection, beauty, and personal identity. There are over 300 beautifully...

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09-23-2014: Leveraging Your MA and Strategizing for Career Success

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Leveraging Your MA and Strategizing for Career Success A workshop with Jennifer Furlong Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 6304.24 MEMEAC Space Getting an MA is a terrific intellectual experience. It doesn’t, however, always provide you with a clear career path. In this session, we’ll talk about how to determine what jobs/sectors might be the best fit for you, how to build a network that can facilitate your move into your chosen field, and how to present yourself to colleagues and potential employers in job search materials and interviews. Please join us...

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09-26-2014: Panel on Alexandria and Cosmopolitanism

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Panel on Alexandria and Cosmopolitanism A panel with Hala Halim, Sinem Adar and Jonathan Shannon Friday, September 26, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Room 9204 Hala Halim will present the argument she put forward in her 2013 book Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism about a colonial discourse whereby Alexandria became enshrined as the exemplary cosmopolitan space in the Middle East. She will also reflect on the vicissitudes of cosmopolitanism in texts by the Alexandrian literary triumvirate-C. P. Cavafy, E. M. Forster, and Lawrence Durrell-as well as by Bernard de Zogheb, a virtually...

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10-07-2014: Caught in the Cross-Publics of the “Muslimwoman”

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Caught in the Cross-Publics of the “Muslimwoman” A Talk by Lila Abu-Lughod Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9204 Professor Abu-Lughod will reflect on the passionate and polarized after-life of her attempt to intervene in debates about Muslim women and their rights through her book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Intended to present alternatives, through ethnography, to the mediated public production of what miriam cooke has called “the Muslimwoman,” the work was greeted with silence by the targeted US liberal public. Yet two unanticipated marginalized...

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10-09-2014: Becoming Levantine: Egypt through the Lens of the Department Store in Jacqueline Kahanoff’s Jacob’s Ladder

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Becoming Levantine: Egypt through the Lens of the Department Store in Jacqueline Kahanoff’s Jacob’s Ladder A Talk by Amr Kamal Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9207 Living in colonial Egypt, Jacqueline Kahanoff had a unique experience shared by the members of her class and generation. Kahanoff was a Jewish Anglophone writer from Egypt born to Francophone Tunisian grandparents who owned a famous department store. For Kahanoff, Cairene department stores embody a model of cosmopolitanism that challenges at once British colonial culture and Egyptian...

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10-15-2014: Destruction and Documentation: Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

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Destruction and Documentation: Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage A Talk by Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room C198 Syria’s civil war has resulted in widespread damage of its cultural patrimony. Watching the minaret of the Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo fall on Youtube, witness looters in Apamea on satellite imagines, or verify if Jobar Synagogue was destroyed has encouraged archaeologists and scholars to mobilize and address the crisis. A team of scholars invested their unique skills in Manar al-Athar...

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10-17-2014: Re-examining Al-Jabarti’s Accounts about the French Campaign on Egypt

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Re-examining Al-Jabarti’s Accounts about the French Campaign on Egypt A Talk by Suha Kudsieh Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9204 Napoleon’s campaign on Egypt (1798-1801) is celebrated in history books as a pivotal event that triggered Arab awakening (nahda); nevertheless, some critics regard the resistance of the Egyptians as symptomatic of a civilization clash between the East and the West caused mainly by Islam, a clash that has not narrowed since then and continues to plague bilateral cultural interactions. In this talk, Suha Kudsieh will compare...

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