Upcoming Events

Salaam wa Kalaam - Arabic Conversation Table

SALAAM WA KALAAM

Spring 2019
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:00 PM

Practice speaking Arabic with fellow students, instructors, and native speakers in a casual, comfortable environment.

Nadi Cinema

NADI CINEMA

Spring 2019
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.

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FRATERNAL CRITIQUE: MUSLIM SOCIAL ETHICS IN CONTEMPORARY PARIS

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.

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READING BY PRIZE-WINNING POET JESS RIZKALLAH

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

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FPAC PRESENTS: RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO

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.

Photo of Rahim AlHaj, credit Michael G Stewart

THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS

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.

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18TH ANNUAL FULBRIGHT LANGUAGE FESTIVAL & JOINT SPEECH CONTEST

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.

Dr. Craig Considine

PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S PROMISES TO CHRISTIANS

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.

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JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS TO
MIDDLE EAST MUSIC

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.

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY MONAJAT

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.

Salam Film

SALAM: THE FIRST ****** NOBEL LAUREATE

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.

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SEX & SCRIPTURE: WHAT CAN THE QUR'AN TELL US ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY?

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.

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CONTEMPORARY VOICES IN LADINO POETRY AND SONG

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.

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PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS AND THE MEANING OF MASTERPIECE

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.

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PALESTINE: ANATOMY OF AN ABYSS

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.

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THE 'NEW TURKEY' IN ITS HISTORY AND GLOBAL CONTEXT

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.

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THE LIMITS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN

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.

Peter Twal

READING: PETER TWAL AT THE 2018 OPEN MOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL

November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Stage 18

Peter Twal is the author of Our Earliest Tattoos, winner of the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize (University of Arkansas Press).

Charles Schmitz, Towson University

YEMEN IN THE WAR'S AFTERMATH

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.

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LIVES OF THE GREAT LANGUAGES: ARABIC, LATIN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN LINGUA FRANCA

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.

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IRAN 360°: CURRENT PERSPECTIVES, PROSPECTIVE CHANGES

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.