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08-26-2015: The Beauty of the Mundane: Snapshots of Daily Life in Iran in Towns and Cities

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The Beauty of the Mundane: Snapshots of Daily Life in Iran in Towns and Cities photos by Arman Azimi   Wednesday, August, 26 2015 – June 30th 2016 – MEMEAC Space 6304.24 Western visual portrayals of Iran are dominated by two tropes: one is that of bearded men and veiled women, supposedly representative of the specter of Islamic fundamentalism; the other is that of urban, “westernized” youth, accompanied by expressions of surprise at how “modern” and how much “like us” Iranians really are. Chronicling the photographer’s visit to Iran...

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09-14-2015: Tahweel (Transformations)

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  Tahweel (Transformations): Conversations on Beirut Theatre   Monday, September, 14 2015 – 7:00-9:00 Sahar Assaf, a director, activist and theatre professor at AUB; Nada Saab, a translator and professor of Arabic literature at LAU; Sany Abdul Baki, a classically trained actor, activist and drama instructor at LAU; Raffi Feghali, an activist, actor, sound designer and percussionist; and Robert Myers, a playwright and translator whose works focus on political issues and a professor at AUB, will discuss the contemporary Beirut theatre scene, especially the recently established...

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09-15-2015: Shifting Traditions and Interchangeable Selves: Autobiography in the Mediterranean

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  Shifting Traditions and Interchangeable Selves: Autobiography in the Mediterranean talk by Maria Hadjipolycarpou   Tuesday, September, 15 2015 – 7:00-8:30 – Room C201 Often scholars of comparative literature and those who work on a national literary tradition engage in parallel readings of works whose authors are connected by their common language, nation or metropolitan center. This comparative work, albeit its merits, preserves the reading of literature within a canonical framework while sidelining works that may not necessarily partake in these common denominators....

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09-25-2015: Writing the War between Ambivalence and Loss: Arabic and Persian Literatures after the Iran-Iraq War

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Writing the War between Ambivalence and Loss: Arabic and Persian Literatures after the Iran-Iraq War talk by Amir Moosavi   Friday, September, 25 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room 9204 This talk treats the use of modernist literary aesthetics in writing about the Iran-Iraq War in the early postwar period in Iran and Iraq (1988-2003). Moosavi contends that writers of prose-fiction from both countries resorted to such aesthetics—in opposition to the wartime, state-sponsored heroic realisms—to simultaneously defang the official war narratives of each country from their entrenched...

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09-29-2015: The Ancient Cities of Uzbekistan: An Exploration into the Silk Road and its Architectural and Religious Heritage

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George H. Lewis and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis Present an Illustrated Lecture The Ancient Cities of Uzbekistan: An Exploration into the Silk Road and its Architectural and Religious Heritage   Tuesday, September, 29 2015 – 6:30-8:30 – Skylight Room Few images are more romanticized in the West than those of the Silk Road. Camel caravans laden with silk, carpets, and exotic spices have populated the western imagination since Marco Polo’s remarkable journey into China. However, the exchange on the Silk Road, or perhaps better the Silk Roads, was far more nuanced and complex....

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10-02-2015: Screening of multiple award-winning documentary Yemeniettes

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Screening of multiple award-winning documentary Yemeniettes followed by Q&A with Leon G. Shahabian, President and Executive Producer of Layalina and writer of the film   Friday, October, 2 2015 – 6:30 – Proshansky Auditorium Yemeniettes follows a team of teenage girls from Sana’a as they strive to break barriers of traditional Yemeni society through entrepreneurship. From the creation of an innovative solar energy project to its submission in the national competition and their eventual participation in the pan-Arab entrepreneurship competition in Qatar, the film explores...

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10-06-2015: Moustafa Bayoumi Book Launch for This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

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Moustafa Bayoumi Book Launch for This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (New York University Press)   Tuesday, October, 6 2015 – 6:30-8:30 – Room 9204 Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake “Mustafa Bayoumi” was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a book he had written was seen by right-wing media as pushing an “anti-American, pro-Islam” agenda, and was asked by a U.S. citizenship officer to drop his middle...

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10-20-2015: Linda Jacobs – Book Launch for Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900

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Linda Jacobs Book Launch for Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900 (KalimahPress, October 2015)   Tuesday, October, 20 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room C205 Strangers in the West is the never-before-told story of the Arab immigrants who settled in New York City, beginning in 1880. They came primarily from what was then known as “Greater Syria,” and settled in tenements on the lower west side of Manhattan, founding an Arabic-speaking enclave just south of the future site of the World Trade Center. Arriving in the New World with little more than their...

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10-22-2015: Dana Walrath Book talk and Reading “Like Water on Stone”

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Dana Walrath Book talk and Reading Like Water on Stone   Thursday, October, 22 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room 9505 Dana Walrath is a writer, poet, artist, Fulbright Scholar and third generation Armenian. At Barnard College, she took biology and visual arts courses including painting with Milton Resnick, printmaking with Tony Smith. As a young mother struggling to find time to make art, she decided to get “practical” and wrote a dissertation on the anthropology of childbirth from the University of Pennsylvania. While teaching medical students at the University of Vermont’s College...

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11-17-2015: Book Launch Irene L. Gendzier Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East

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Irene L. Gendzier Book Launch for Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East (Columbia University Press)   Tuesday, November, 17 2015 – 7:00-9:00 – Room C197 Gendzier presents incontrovertible evidence that oil politics played a significant role in the founding of Israel, the policy then adopted by the United States toward Palestinians, and subsequent U.S. involvement in the region. Consulting declassified U.S. government sources, as well as papers in the H.S. Truman Library, she uncovers little-known features of U.S....

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