Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
Practice speaking Arabic with fellow students, instructors, and native speakers in a casual, comfortable environment.
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
Nadi Cinema, the Middle East Film Club, screens films from across the Middle East and beyond. All films are subtitled in English.
April 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM, GEAR 258
Kirsten Wesselhoeft, assistant professor of religion at Vassar College, will discuss the crisis of values many French Muslims see in their community.
May 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Nomads Southtown
(1431 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701)
2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize winner Jess Rizkallah will read from her collection of poems the magic my body becomes (University of Arkansas Press).
In Case You Missed It
April 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Faulkner Performing Art Center
Iraqi oud virtuoso and composer Rahim Alhaj is joined by Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American, Arabic percussion master Issa Malluf. The trio perform AlHaj’s intricate compositions, delicately combining traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary styling and influence.
April 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM, Fayetteville Public Library
Renoun oud player, composer, and social activist Rahim AlHaj will discuss his struggles as a musician and a political refugee.
April 11, 2019 in the Arkansas Union (5th floor)
Featuring a diverse range of less commonly taught languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Students in these programs will present their original speeches to a panel of judges, and top contestants in each program will receive awards.
April 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM, GEAR 26
Dr. Craig Considine is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent working to build bridges of understanding in American society.
March 29, 2019 at 9:00 am, GEAR 243
This conference brings together distinguished faculty experts from around the world to discuss the critical role played by Middle Eastern Jews in the region's music, from Iran to Morocco.
March 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Using Persian melodies and Hebrew texts, Monajat pays homage to singer Galeet Dardashti's grandfather Yona Dardashti, a master Persian classical vocalist. Part of the Jewish Contributions to Middle East Music conference.
March 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM, GRAD 166
Salam is a feature length documentary about Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic scientist, in all its color, vitality and tragedy.
March 4, 2019 at 5:15PM, GEAR 26
Asma Barlas, Ithaca College, will discuss what the Qur'an has to say about women's rights, patriarchy, and sexual equality within a broader context of ongoing global violence against all women.
February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM, JBHT 147
Monique Balbuena, University of Oregon, will lecture on the language of Ladino in contemporary Sephardic Latin American literary production.
February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM, GEAR 258
Marianna Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania, will explore the Persian concept of "shahkar" with special focus on the role of royal or courtly patronage in its establishment.
February 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Mouin Rabbani, resident senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies will review the status of Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Trump era, situating these in the broader context of changing regional and global dynamics.
January 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM, ARKU 510-511
Nazlı Özkan, Post-Doctoral Fellow with the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, will examine the changing dynamics of state governance in Turkey in its historical and global context.
November 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM, KIMP 102
A guest lecture with Dr. Muhammad Khan, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Scholars at Risk Committee.
November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Stage 18
October 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Charles Schmitz, Towson University, discussed the current political conflict in Yemen, often called the "forgotten war" due to Western media focus on Syria.
September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, GEAR 26
Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, examined the tangled relations between languages in the pre-modern Mediterranean.
August 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM, ARKU 510-511
MEST Faculty Najib Ghadbian, Joel Gordon, Shirin Saeidi and graduate student Kaveh Bassiri discussed internal and external perspectives on Iran in a forum moderated by Ted Swedenburg.