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Serbest Kurdish Studies Conference

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

The conference convenes annually to discuss the experiences and struggles of Kurds, and the historical and comparative study of Kurdish...

multi-day

Serbest Kurdish Studies Conference

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Buffett Institute for Global Studies is hosting its inaugural Kurdish Studies Conference. The Kurdish Studies Conference Series aims to support...

Nov
30
2020

Race and Blackness in Middle East Studies: A MENA Conversation

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required: bit.ly/race-middle-east-studies Participants Mandana Limbert is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens...

Nov
23
2020

MENA Graduate Colloquium

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Fall Quarter MENA Graduate Colloquium Presenters Maryam Athari (Art History): "Diagnostic Revelations: Rifat Chadirji's Street Photography" Issrar Chamekh (Political Science) "Pathways to Elective Office: Candidate...

Nov
17
2020

Slavery, Colonialism, and Race in the Muslim World

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, sponsored by Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA)

The Northwestern University in Qatar Faculty Working Group on Race Invites you to this event in the year-long series Decentering...

Oct
22
2020

Liberating History: Fatma 75 (1975)

All day, sponsored by Block Museum of Art

Online screening of FATMA 75 followed by a live discussion with a scholar of Maghrebi women's cinema Florence Martin FATMA 75 (Selma...

Mar
9
2020

MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Presentations by MENA graduate students on their research   Details to come...

Feb
14
2020

The Aftermath of the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, sponsored by Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

The assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the subsequent shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shook the world. But...

Dec
2
2019

MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Presentations by MENA doctoral students Open only to Northwestern graduate students and faculty   Hazal Ozdemir (Department of History) “They Migrate by Renouncing Their...

Sep
18
2019

MENA Languages at the Academic Directions Fair

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Want to find out about studying Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian, study abroad and other options for your course of study?...

Jun
3
2019

MENA Movie Night: The Matchmaker (Israel)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

From the New York Times: In the summer of 1968 in Haifa, Israel, a teenager named Arik (Tuval Shafir) finds his...

May
18
2019

Film Screening + Discussion: Naila and the Uprising

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Please join us for this FREE screening of the documentary film Naila and the Uprising, followed by an in-depth discussion with...

May
13
2019

Maimonides the Mālikī — A Lecture by Marc Herman

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Moses Maimonides (1138-1204) penned perhaps the most comprehensive medieval account of rabbinic tradition. But his ideas were at odds with...

May
6
2019

MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Presentations by MENA doctoral students Open only to Northwestern graduate students and faculty   Özge Karagöz (Department of Art History) Turkish Post-Revolutionary Figuration in the...

Apr
25
2019

Reporting Islam: Media, Policy, Politics

All day, sponsored by Global Politics and Religion Research Group

This international symposium will bring scholars of Islam, international and public affairs, education, race, and law together with practicing journalists...

Apr
11
2019

Saharan Futures Conference Keynote

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, sponsored by Program of African Studies

  Keynote Address by Ann McDougall, University of AlbertaShifting Desert Sands: Mobility, Migration and Memory in Saharan Time and SpaceReception to...

Feb
20
2019

MENA Movie Night: Amreeka

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Please join us for the 1st screening of the new MENA Film Series! We will see Amreeka, by the Palestinian-American director...

Feb
19
2019

Revival from Below, The Deoband Movement and Global Islam

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Religious Studies Department

Revival From Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam Faculty Book Colloquium presented by Professor Brannon Ingram, featuring panelists Professor Michelle...

Jan
17
2019

Robert Launay: Savages, Romans, and Despots

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Anthropology Department

Robert Launay presents work from his new book "Savages, Romans, and Despots," a tour of early modern and modern history...

Nov
12
2018

MENA Study Abroad Information Session

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Come learn from the Undergraduate Learning Abroad Office about study abroad options in the MENA region including Israel, Jordan, Morocco,...

Oct
8
2018

Timothy Mitchell - "On Capitalization"

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Science in Human Culture Program - Klopsteg Lecture Series

  Speaker Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University Title On Capitalization Abstract We have recently come to understand “the economy” not as a feature of all societies,...

Feb
26
2018

A Conversation with Writer Elif Batuman

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

This event is open to Northwestern students and faculty only. Please join the MENA Program, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program,...

Feb
21
2018

How Do I Get a Job? Where Can MENA Take Me?

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Meet MENA alumns currently working at IBM, Resolution Media & Yelp, learn how they got their jobs — and how...

Jan
2
2018

MENA Monday: Karen Rignall

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Karen Rignall is Assistant Professor of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment at...

Nov
27
2017

MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Presentations by MENA graduate students Keegan Terek (Anthropology), Matthew Bent (Theatre), and Safa Al-Saeedi (Political Science). Open to Northwestern graduate students...

Oct
10
2017

A Celebration of Hafez’s Birthday

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Join Northwestern Persian language students for a celebration of the 14th-century Persian lyric poet on his birthday! Just as Iranians celebrate Hafez's birthday with...

May
18
2017

Moroccan Exceptionalism: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

A daylong symposium co-hosted by the Center for Global Culture and Communication (CGCC) and the Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA)...

Apr
6
2017

Israel and the Middle East: Changing Equations

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

During the 20th century, Israel's military and strategic posture was designed to cope with the existential threats posed by its...

Jan
23
2017

MENA Monday: "Cute Cairo" — A Talk by Adam Talib

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Few visitors to Cairo would characterize the city as cute. They might call it majestic, overcrowded, dirty, or thrilling, but...

Nov
28
2016

No MENA Monday Today

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

No MENA Monday today.

Nov
14
2016

No MENA Monday Today

All day, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

No MENA Monday today.

Nov
7
2016

Ayad Akhtar and Kimberly Senior in conversation

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, sponsored by Arts Circle

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Jeff-award winning director Kimberly Senior.  Akhtar's new play JUNK: The Golden Age...

Oct
7
2016

The Penultimate Voyage: Dante, Sindbad, Ulysses

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, sponsored by Department of French and Italian

A lecture by Abdelfattah Kilito. Free and open to everyone. Reception to follow. ABDELFATTAH KILITO is a world-renowned writer, critic, translator...

Oct
4
2016

Breakfast and discussion with Abdelfattah Kilito

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Department of French and Italian

SPACE IS LIMITED for this informal discussion. Please RSVP to french-italian@northwestern.edu to receive a copy of Mr. Kilito's book.   ABDELFATTAH KILITO...

Sep
26
2016

"Understanding the Real Threat of ISIS"

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Co-sponsored by Medill and MENA (Middle East and North African Studies Program)The key drivers of discontent in the Arab world...

May
10
2016

CCHS Lecture on Islam by Michael COOK

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Center for Historical Studies

Michael COOK (Princeton University) "Was the Rise of Islam a Black Swan Event?" Tuesday, May 10  

May
9
2016

MENA Monday. Sami Hermez: On the Loss of Humanity

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

On the Loss of Humanity: The Case of Former Militia Fighters in Lebanon Through ethnographic encounters with former militia fighters in...

May
5
2016

Staged Reading: The Match. Director in Attendance

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Join a staged reading of Driss Ksikes’ play The Match, a contemporary re-writing of the Oedipus complex about solitude, revolution...

Apr
26
2016

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, sponsored by The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947Bruce HoffmanDirector of the Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University Bruce Hoffman is a tenured...

Mar
21
2016

MENA Monday Night. Islamophobia 101

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Join NU Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement Tahera Ahmad at the Evanston Public Library for a discussion of...

Mar
7
2016

MENA Mondays. Graduate Colloquium: James M. Proszek

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Over the past two millennia, dominant Western narratives of the Persian Wars have established a problematic East-West binary in which...

Jan
25
2016

MENA Monday. Ozge Samanci: Dare to Disappoint

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, sponsored by Middle East and North African Studies

Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey is a graphic memoir published by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2015. The author...

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