<< February 2019 >>

Friday, February 1, 2019

MENA Salon: 60,000 Political Prisoners and a New Cathedral: Is Sisi's Egypt Sustainable?

Workshop: MENA Salon | February 1 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

January 25 marked the 8th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. On Coptic Christmas Eve, January 6, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi was interviewed by 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley in which he denied the existence of over 60,000 political prisoners in the country's prisons. The Egyptian government tried to block the interview from airing, to no avail. The interview was aired the same evening...   More >

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Kedi: February's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | February 6 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Movies at Moffitt

Friday, February 8, 2019

MENA Salon: Western Arms Sales and Human Rights in the Middle East

Workshop | February 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On January 27, French President Emmanuel Macron began his first official visit to Egypt. The meeting of Macron and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi solidified a strategic relationship between France, as one of Egypt's main arms suppliers, and Egypt, described by...   More >

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation With Commentary

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Robert Alter, Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Center for Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Robert Alter’s lecture will consider several different challenges to a translator of the bible with illustrations from specific Biblical texts and comments on how the modern English versions have failed to meet these challenges.

4:30 pm – Roundtable on Bible Translation featuring Profs. Robert Hass, Ron Hendel, and Jonathan Sheehan
5:30 pm – Robert Alter Lecture
6:30 pm – Light...   More >

Friday, February 15, 2019

MENA Salon: Mass Protests in Sudan: Another "spring"?

Workshop: MENA Salon | February 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Protests have been sweeping Sudan since December 2018, which began as a reaction rising prices and skyrocketing inflation, after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir’s government followed International Monetary Fund’s recommendations to cut wheat and fuel subsidies....   More >

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Faiz Ahmed | Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

 Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for British Studies

A talk by Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, Dr. Faiz Ahmed on his new book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us" - Screening

Film - Documentary: Film | February 20 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Félim Mcmahon, Technology and Human Rights Program Director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation; Nidal Betare, People Demand Change

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights Center, Middle Eastern Law Students Association

82 Names is the story of Mansour Omari, a Syrian Human Rights Activist who was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates. After the film screening, Director Maziar Bahari will speak about the importance of confronting historical conflict through memorials; and what the Holocaust can teach us...   More >


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Friday, February 22, 2019

MENA Salon: The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Workshop: Workshops & Conferences: MENA Salon | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This year, February 11 marked the 40th anniversary of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran, accompanied by nationwide rallies commemorating the series of uprisings that took place in 1979, which led to the overthrowing of the monarchy. On the one hand, Iran’s...   More >

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak: "From Medieval Rhetoric to Modern Literary Criticism in Iran"

Lecture: Lecture Series: MENA Lit Chat | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Report Back from Syria with Dr. Ahmad Tarakji

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 145 Boalt Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Syrian American Medical Society

 Human Rights Center

Dr. Ahmad Tarakji is the President of the Syrian American Medical Society and a cardio-thoracic surgeon. SAMS has treated millions of patients in and out of Syria and oversaw the humanitarian response plan for crises including starvation, besiegement, and chemical attacks. Dr.Tarakji lead the Syria session at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and has testified before the members of the US...   More >


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Border Surveillance and the Black Mediterranean: Alternative Imaginaries of Refugees, Race and Rights

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, The Program in Critical Theory

Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Debarati Sanyal, French, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Institute of European Studies, and the Center for Race & Gender, UC Berkeley