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02-04-2015: LEVANTINE KANDAHAR: Islamism in North Lebanon

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LEVANTINE KANDAHAR: Islamism in North Lebanon A talk by Rola el-Husseini   Wednesday, February, 4 2015 – 6:30 – Room 9206 Recent events in Lebanon have drawn attention to the city of Tripoli, the second-largest city in Lebanon. In the Lebanese press, Tripoli is now frequently compared to the Afghan city of Kandahar, another bastion of Islamic conservatism, while the plains to its north are often compared to the Anbar area in Iraq—an area where the Islamic State has received strong support in its war against the Shiʿa-dominated regime in Baghdad. Tripoli is regarded by many...

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02-17-2015: Textual Sutures and Translations: from Virginia Woolf to Sabrina Kherbiche

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Textual Sutures and Translations: from Virginia Woolf to Sabrina Kherbiche A talk by Shannon K. Winston   Tuesday, February, 17 2015 – 6:30-8:30 – Room 9204 This talk analyzes the importance of suture—a word that captures the act of translation and an interweaving— in the work of Virginia Woolf and Algerian writer, Sabrina Kherbiche. Inspired by Kherbiche’s own citation and translation of Woolf in her novella, La Suture, Dr. Winston examines the intertextual formal resonances between these two women writers who both grapple with the past—whether it is Woolf’s...

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02-18-2015: Shattered Rhymes: The Life and Poetry of Erez Bitton

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Shattered Rhymes: The Life and Poetry of Erez Bitton A talk by Sami Shalom Chetrit   Wednesday, February, 18 2015 – 6:30-8:30 – Segal Theater The documentary portraits the life of Erez Bitton, a Moroccan-born Jew who lives in Israel, renowned for his groundbreaking and acclaimed poetry. The film records Bitton’s collective and personal stories as a Mizrahi as well as his own experiences living with blindness. Sami Shalom Chetrit is the head of the Hebrew Studies Program in the department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, and...

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02-20-2015: FJK DANCE – Fusion of Culture and Dance

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SFJK DANCE Fusion of Culture and Dance   Friday, February, 20 2015 – 7:30 – Elebash Recital Hall Based in New York City, FJK Dance is a contemporary dance company founded in 2014 by Fadi J. Khoury. After years of training in both ballroom and contemporary ballet, Khoury connected the two worlds to create the FJK Movement. At its core, FJK Dance uses partnering techniques from Standard and Latin ballroom dance then fuses it with the extended lines and flow of contemporary ballet. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Fadi J. Khoury was surrounded by the folkloric music and dance of the Arab...

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03-12-2015: THE SOUNDTRACK OF KURDISH-ALEVI SOCIAL MOVEMENTS In Turkey and Beyond

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THE SOUNDTRACK OF KURDISH-ALEVI SOCIAL MOVEMENTS In Turkey and Beyond A talk by Ozan Aksoy   Thursday, March, 12 2015 – 7:00 – Room C198 Kurdish and Alevi social movements in Turkey and in the transnational space have relied heavily on music and activist musicians to engage community members. This talk marks several key songs, musicians, and events that effectively formed the soundtrack for these movements. This presentation is based on a multi-sited ethnography of musicians as well as a discursive analysis of the social media activities of Kurdish Alevis in Germany and...

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03-23-2015: NEW FRAMEWORKS: Turkey, Spain, and the Question of World Literature

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NEW FRAMEWORKS: Turkey, Spain, and the Question of World Literature A talk by Başak Çandar   Monday, March, 23 2015 – 6:30 – Room 9204 World Literature is a relatively new field that has received increased attention throughout the past two decades, both as an object of theory and as a pedagogical practice. By bringing together texts from a variety of national literatures and milieus, World Literature claims to expand the literary canon and include hitherto overlooked works. But do current practices of World Literature in fact expand the literary canon, or do they reinforce...

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04-16-2015: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY Permanently Temporary: Constructing Sectarian Belonging through Informal Property in Lebanon

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IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY Permanently Temporary: Constructing Sectarian Belonging through Informal Property in Lebanon Dr. Joanne Randa Nucho   Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6:30-8:00 – Room 9205 In this talk, Dr. Nucho focuses on two informal settlements in a suburb of Beirut with a large Armenian population called Bourj Hammoud in order to discuss the relationship between informal property regimes and the production of sectarian community in Lebanon. As these two differing examples will show, the production of sectarian community is about more than...

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05-19-2015: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY OPERATION NEMESIS: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide

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IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENARY OPERATION NEMESIS: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide A book talk by Eric Bogosian   Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 6:30 – Elebash Recital Hall Eric Bogosian, “a born storyteller with perfect pitch” (New York Times), comes to the GC to present his new book Operation Nemesis: The Assassination that Avenged the Armenian Genocide (Little, Brown and Company, 2015). In a riveting narrative rich with historical detail, Bogosian gives the first full account of a secret plot by assassins, in 1921, to avenge the...

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