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Please note: Guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and university may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
Majlis: Discussion Group on South West Asia and North Africa
Biweekly on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 PM (CDT) via Microsoft Teams starting January 19
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in Majlis, a biweekly informal discussion group on South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA). Discussion is open to anyone interested, regardless of level of knowledge.
The group will meet virtually via Microsoft Teams every other Tuesday during the Spring 2021 semester from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (CDT).
- January 19
- February 2
- February 16
- March 2
- March 16
- March 30 (canceled)
- April 13
- April 27
Majlis, the Arabic word for gathering, is led and organized by Samer Mayyas, a doctoral student in the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program. These meetings will offer a unique opportunity for interested people of all backgrounds and levels to discuss topics related to the region and beyond in an informal, outside-the-classroom setting. No specific knowledge is required to participate, and all are welcome.
For more information about Majlis, contact Samer at email@example.com
Arabic Conversation Table
Biweekly on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (CDT) via Zoom starting February 4
Virtual Conversation Table Open to Arabic Speakers of All Levels
Brush up on your Arabic! Join fellow students, instructors and native speakers to practice your conversational skills over Zoom. Learn to speak about daily life and current events with confidence and ease.
Arabic Conversation Table will meet from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (CDT) every other Thursday starting February 4. Make a cup of coffee and join us for the conversation!
- February 4
- February 18
- March 4
- March 18
- April 1
- April 15
For more information about Arabic Conversation Table, contact Dr. Rania Mahmoud at firstname.lastname@example.org
Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble
April 15 at 7:00 PM (CDT) via Zoom
LAYAALI is a group of talented musicians whose love and dedication to Arabic music
have earned them wide acclaim from both ethnomusicologists and audiences at sold-out
performances throughout the U.S. and internationally. The ensemble is committed to
performing the traditional music of the Arab world and to preserving the rich legacy
of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, electrifying
percussion, and faithful renditions and recordings of master works.
About the repertoire
Arabic music has a distinctive sound – an enveloping sound with unique, haunting rhythms; it has a defining structure based on ancient modes called maqams, but allows plenty of improvisation, individually and collectively. LAYAALI is an ensemble of highly polished players, full of energy and attentive to detail.
The music performed by LAYAALI ranges from the great classical compositions of 19th and early 20th century masters such as Riad al-Sinbati and Sayed Darwish to the classics sung by the likes of Umm Kulthoum and Fairuz, from Muwashshahat (poetic compositions of Andalusian origin) and popular folk songs to the contemporary works of composers such as Ziad Rahbani. They include instrumental pieces that stretch the players’ limits as well as mournful songs that unfold like short stories in the warm and inviting voices of the vocalists.
For more information, contact Paula Haydar at email@example.com
Guest lecture by Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Bard College
April 22 at 6:00 PM (CDT) via Zoom
Registration Opening Soon
The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas and the Program for Middle East Studies at the University of Alabama will present a virtual guest lecture by Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish
Save the date!
Ziad Abu-Rish's research interests center on the intersections between state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations in Lebanon and the broader Middle East and North Africa. He is Director of the MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts, and Visiting Associate Professor of Human Rights, at Bard College.
Abu-Rish is the author of several articles and book chapters, including Lebanon beyond Exceptionalism in A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford University
Press, 2020); Municipal Politics in Lebanon and Garbage Politics, both in Middle East Report. He is also co-editor of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012). Abu-Rish currently serves as
Co-Editor of Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya, as well as Co-Director of the Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute. He is currently a research fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown
This lecture is presented by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Program for Middle East Studies at the University of Alabama.