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04-24-2014: The 2014 Shirley and Sidney Rosenwasser Lecture to Promote Interfaith Understanding

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The 2014 Shirley and Sidney Rosenwasser Lecture to Promote Interfaith Understanding Women, Revolution, and War: A Conversation on Upheaval in the Arab World Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Elebash Recital Hall Most conversations on war and women begin by categorizing the roles women assume — whether as combatants or providers of logistical support. However, the vast majority of women are victims, and they constitute the largest number of refugees. Syrian women are fleeing their homes not only because of fear for their lives and those of their children, but also because...

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04-28-2014: TSUNAMI by Jalila Baccar (Tunisia)

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2014 PEN World Festival of International Literature and The Segal Center Showcase play reading of TSUNAMI by Jalila Baccar (Tunisia) Monday, April 28, 2014, 2:00 pm – Segal Theatre Playwright Jalila Baccar chronicles the events that shook Tunisia in the murky hours after the Jasmine Revolution—the event that triggered the Arab Spring. Tsunami is a trilogy devoted to the contemporary history of Tunisia, a cycle dominated by the question of memory: “A country without memory is a country which never knows where it is going.” The Festival features nine play readings by the...

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04-28-2014: Patrick Cockburn Addresses The Syrian Crisis and the Media Coverage

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Patrick Cockburn Addresses The Syrian Crisis and the Media Coverage Subtitle Monday, April 28, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Room 9204 Award-winning journalist, author and seasoned commentator on Middle Eastern politics, Patrick Cockburn addresses the conflict in Syria. He explores the intricacies of what is happening across the Middle East and the ramifications and impact that the Syrian conflict has had on the region. He will focus specifically on how it is covered in the media. Patrick Cockburn is the Iraq correspondent for The Independent in London. Since 1977, he has visited Iraq...

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04-30-2014: Benjamin Koerber “The Arts of Suspicion – Creative and Cruel Paranoias”

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The Arts of Suspicion:Creative and Cruel Paranoias in Modern Egyptian Literature A Talk by Benjamin Koerber Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Room 9207 This talk examines the shifting fortunes of “paranoia” (al-paranoya, junun al-irtiyab) as a significant critical and imaginative concern of Egyptian literature since the mid-twentieth century. Its point of departure is the protagonist of Youssef Rakha’s Kitab al-Tughra (2011), Mostafa Shorbagi – a grumbling divorcée turned apocalyptic hero, pitted against a vast, transhistorical...

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06-05-2014: The Art of the Duo – Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne New York Premiere

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The Art of the Duo Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne New York Premiere Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 7:00 pm – Elebash Recital Hall This stunning project from Syrian born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan-born pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, rising stars in the new classical music movement, offers a mix of improvisations and driving explorations drawing on influences from the Middle East and Subcontinent to Bartók and beyond. “Kinan Azmeh, a lavishly talented, intensely soulful Syrian clarinetist, performed jazz-saturated original compositions.” – The New York Times...

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