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10-20-2014: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now

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After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now A Conversation Monday, October 20, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Room 9206-9207 This panel will present a conversation about the current political context in Turkey, in the wake of popular protests (Gezi and its follow-ups), parliamentary and presidential elections (which have strengthened the hand of the ruling AK Party), and regional politics (particularly the horror of Syria and the rise of ISIS). Panelists: Burcu Baykurt is a PhD candidate in Communications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of...

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10-24-2014: Book Launch Party for Salar Abdoh’s Tehran at Twilight and Tehran Noir

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Book Launch Party for Salar Abdoh’s Tehran at Twilight and Tehran Noir Friday, October 24 2014 – 6:30 – Room 6304.24 (MEMEAC space) It is 2008, Iranian-born Reza Malek has established a modest life for himself. But when he receives a terse phone call from his childhood best friend, Reza returns to Tehran to come face-to-face with questions of identity, exile, friendship, betrayal and the limits of loyalty. An unflinching noir exploration of one of the world’s most volatile cities. Includes stories by Gina Nahai, Salar Abdoh, Lily Farhadpour, Azardokht Bahrami, Yourik...

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10-30-2014: From Tabriz to St. Petersburg

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From Tabriz to St. Petersburg: Iran’s Mission to Apology to Russia in 1829 book talk by George A. Bournoutian Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room C203 Following the murder of the Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary of Russia and the massacre of the entire Russian Legation, save one, by an angry mob in Tehran in 1829, the government of Iran dispatched an apology delegation to Tsar Nicholas I. The mission, headed by Khosrow Mirza, the 16-year-old son of Crown Prince ‘Abbas Mirza, left Iran in early May and returned on February 27, 1830, after successfully...

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11-06-2014: Christian versus Muslim Employment

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11-06-2014: Christian versus Muslim Employment talk by Erik Freas Thursday, November, 6th 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room C204 During the British Mandate in Palestine, there existed among the majority Muslim Arab population a perception that they were being discriminated against in favor of Christian Arabs with respect to administrative positions. While initially there was some truth to this, likewise justification, given that at the start of the Mandate Christian Arabs were arguably more qualified from the standpoint of respective educational backgrounds, over time, the...

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11-19-2014: Dying to Forget: The Foundation of United States Foreign Policy in the Middle East, 1945-1949, Oil, Palestine and Israel

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Dying to Forget: The Foundation of United States Foreign Policy in the Middle East, 1945-1949, Oil, Palestine and Israel A Talk by Irene L. Gendzier Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Room 9206 Prof. Gendzier will re-examine US policy and the Israeli-Arab conflict between 1945 and 1949. There was an “oil connection,” US officials feared that Jewish statehood would alienate Arab oil producers thus jeopardize oil supplies. There was also an appreciation of Israel’s military potential that led to its ranking as the second most powerful military in the Middle East...

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11-20-2014: The Making of Arab Americans: Book Launch for From Syrian Nationalism to U.S. Citizenship by Hani J. Bawardi

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The Making of Arab Americans: Book Launch for From Syrian Nationalism to U.S. Citizenship A Talk by Hani J. Bawardi Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9206 While conventional wisdom points to the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 as the gateway for the founding of the first Arab American national political organization, such advocacy in fact began with the Syrian nationalist movement, which emerged from immigration trends at the turn of the last century. The Free Syria Society, the New Syria Party, the Arab National League, and the Institute of Arab American Affairs...

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12-02-2014: Hymns from Aleppo’s Armenian Church of Forty Martyrs

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Hymns from Aleppo’s Armenian Church of Forty Martyrs: A Discussion of Endangered Sound Presentation by Jason Hamacher Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Segal Theater The Lost Origin Sound Series was created by Jason Hamacher to introduce his archive of sacred music recordings. In 2005, the Syrian Orthodox Church, one of the earliest Christian communities, granted him permission to record their oldest chant traditions. Sacred Voices of Syria showcases the beauty of Syria’s endangered Armenian, Syriac, and Chaldean hymns as well as ancient Sufi shants. Jason...

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12-04-2014: The Imazighen/Berbers Cultural Revival through of Morocco: Video Production

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The Imazighen/Berbers Cultural Revival through of Morocco: Video Production A Talk by Habiba Boumlik Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Room 9206 Arabs named the native people of North Africa Barbar (barbarian—people that speak other than Greek and Latin). By the 20th century, the Berbers had survived, but the unequal distribution of power and resources had resulted in the “contraction” of their language and their communities were marginalized. An individual who identified as a Berber and spoke the ancestral language was discriminated. In the 1980s, Berber...

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