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Majlis: Discussion Group on South West Asia and North Africa

Biweekly on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 PM via Microsoft Teams starting January 19

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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.

  • January 19
  • February 2
  • February 16
  • March 2
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • 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 

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Arabic Conversation Table

Biweekly on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (CST) via Zoom starting February 4 

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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. (CST) every other Thursday starting February 4. Make a cup of coffee and join us for the conversation!

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  • February 4
  • February 18
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15 

For more information about Arabic Conversation Table, contact Dr. Rania Mahmoud at 

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MEST Graduate Student Support Series: Academic Publishing, with Dr. Joel Gordon

February 8 at 6:00 PM (CST) via Zoom

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Graduate students are invited to attend a virtual session on academic publishing with Dr. Joel Gordon, Professor of History, on February 8th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Gordon is currently editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES), the leading interdisciplinary journal in our field. He will lead a workshop on academic publishing, with a particular eye toward journal articles but also first books -- some "do's" and some "better not's" as well as some "don't say I didn't warn you's" and some "no guarantees, but’s." 

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Meeting ID: 845 7681 8750
Passcode: HZRg#4jG

This session is primarily designed for graduate students in all areas of Middle East Studies (broadly defined), but feel free to invite friends from outside our 'field'.  Have a look at the IJMES website before joining.

This session is part of the MEST Graduate Student Support series organized by Khadidja Bouchellia, PhD student in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and is part of the MEST program’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. This series is intended to help dismantle and demystify barriers to full participation in the academic community and will address topics like fellowship and grant writing in the upcoming sessions.

For more information on the series, contact Khadidja at