Ongoing Events

Arabic Conversation Table
Nadi Cinema
Al-Bisat Middle East Discussion Group

Upcoming Events

Fulbright Statue

Afghan Fulbrighters Meet & Greet
Friday, March 31, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 PM, GEAR130 (Honors Lounge)

Join Middle East Studies and the Spring International Language Center in welcoming Afghan Fulbright Scholars visiting the U of A for a conference on Social Entrepreneurship.  Refreshments provided.

 Exodus film flyer

Screening of FRONTLINE's Exodus
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

7:00 - 9:30 PM, GEAR26

Students for Refugees and Gamma Theta Upsilon, with the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, will host a special screening of PBS Frontline's 'Exodus' from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in Gearhart Hall room 26. This screening is free and open to the public.

This two-hour special draws on camera and smartphone footage filmed by refugees and migrants themselves — from inside a sinking dinghy on a route across the Mediterranean Sea where thousands have died, to the tents and fires inside Calais's notorious "Jungle" camp. Students for Refugees, a registered student organization focusing on refugee resettlement advocacy, and the geography honors society Gamma Theta Upsilon, hope to bring awareness to the hardships experienced by refugees displaced from their homes by violence and disasters.

A talkback session will immediately follow the film screening with Joel Gordon, professor of history and King Fahd Center faculty member.  Gordon regularly hosts foreign film series Nadi Cinema, which introduces viewers to the storytelling and vision of filmmakers across North Africa and the Middle East.

Screening of Frontline's 'Exodus' on April 12, Arkansas Newswire, 04/10/2017


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Violence in the Name of Honor Symposium: Confronting and Responding to Honor Killings and Forced Marriage in the West
April 13-14, 2017
E.J. Ball Courtroom in the Leflar Law Center (WATR 240)

This international symposium will address the current issues of honor killings, forced marriage, and other honor-based acts of violence (HBV).  We will address the challenges that law enforcement and other professionals face when these crimes occur in Western countries that may be unfamiliar with this type of violence.  The symposium will consider worldwide trends in HBV, how HBV differs from domestic violence, and the challenges of training law enforcement officers and others to respond effectively to HBV.  We will also hear directly from front line officers about their experiences investigating and prosecuting cases of HBV that have taken place in the United States and Canada.

This event will bring together speakers who are confronting honor-based violence from a range of disciplines.  Participants will include activists, academics, law enforcement officers, and others, including:

  • Lisa Avalos, Law Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Rashid Begum, Lawyer, London Metropolitan Police
  • Ruth Beni, Creator and Producer, Animage Films  (via Skype)
  • Chris Boughey, Detective, Peoria, AZ Police Department
  • Shahin Mehdizadeh, Chief Superintendent, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Diana Nammi, Founder and Executive Director, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization 

This event is made possible by King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the University of Arkansas School of Law.

For more information and to register


 Elise Anderson Flyer

Sufi Music in an Age of Terror: the Persistence of the Uyghur Muqam as Public Symbol in the PRC, with Elise Anderson
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 PM in Giffels Auditorium (MAIN201)

Both domestically and abroad, Chinese officials use the discourse and practices of the global war on terror to paint the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as a hotbed of terrorism, and in turn, to enact restrictive policies and social controls on the Uyghurs in that region. The Uyghurs are a Muslim ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia with Turkic origins.  The same Chinese officials are also eradicating minority languages, which have for decades been protected under Chinese law, from public schools in the province. And yet, government organs remain heavily invested in “developing” and promoting aspects of culture, such as Uyghur music.

In her lecture, Anderson will focus on the Uyghur On Ikki Muqami, a genre of music performance that has become a form of official culture in China over the past century, to explore how music with Sufi roots is able to maintain a highly visible public presence and a symbolic profile in a time when Islam is otherwise suspect in the People’s Republic of China. Anderson, a trained vocalist and wind instrumentalist who focuses broadly on the performing arts of the Uyghurs, will incorporate musical performance into her lecture.  

Sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Asian Studies Program.