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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel: Changes, Inequality and the Quality of Life: Public Lecture with Calvin Goldscheider

Lecture | February 4 | 5:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Calvin Goldscheider, Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies


Join us on February 4th for a reception and lecture with Calvin Goldsheider, Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University.

Prof. Goldscheider will outline some of the major changes in Israeli society emergent in the 21st century. These include shifts in the ethnic composition of the population, increases in economic and social...   More >


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Friday, February 5, 2016

MENA Salon: Turkey in Crisis

Workshop: Special Events | February 5 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Friday, February 12, 2016

MENA Salon: The Siege of Aleppo

Workshop: Special Events | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Armenia 2016

Conference/Symposium | February 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


David Petrosyan, Independent Journalist, Armenia; Hranush Kharatyan, Senior Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; Aghasi Tadevosyan, Senior Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia; David Grigorian, Co-Founder, Policy Forum Armenia; Lilit Gevorgyan, Senior Country Risk Analyst and Economist, IHS; Vicken Cheterian, Research Faculty of Media/International Studies, Webster University Geneva

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Stephan Astourian, Associate Adjunct Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program


Annual Armenian Studies Program Conference

Morning Session:
9:45 a.m.: Introductory Comments
9:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: “Domestic Politics” - David Petrosyan (Independent Journalist, Armenia)
10:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: “Social Problems in Armenia and their Explanation as a Consequence of the Historically-Formed Armenian Mentality” - Dr. Hranush Kharatyan (Senior Researcher, Institute of...   More >

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Junior Scholars Lunch: Graduate Student Professional Development

Workshop: Special Events | February 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


An opportunity for graduate students working on Middle Eastern topics to present and discuss their work over pizza. To volunteer to workshop a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or article draft, please contact cmes@berkeley.edu. Open to graduate students only.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ritual on the Rural Road: Memory, Materiality, Landscape, and Nesting Liminalities in the Southern Levantine Drylands

Lecture | February 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Andrea Creel, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Studies


NES Brown Bag Talk

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Muslim Citizens in Late Antiquity

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Lena Salaymeh, Tel Aviv University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Islamic jurisprudential debates about who is and who is not obligated to pay the charity tax reveal a historical process of Muslim identity construction. Most late antique and medieval jurists made the charity tax incumbent on minors or others lacking full legal capacity, even though these groups were exempt from "for-the-divine" practices. Based on these Islamic legal parameters and historical...   More >

Friday, February 19, 2016

MENA Salon

Workshop: Special Events | February 19 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Michael Gluzman: The Poetry of the Drowned: Sovereignty and Melancholia after 1948

Lecture | February 22 | 5-6 p.m. |  The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Michael Gluzman, Tel Aviv University

Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The 2016 Taubman Lectures (Feb. 22, 24, and 29):
A three-part lecture series on modern Israeli poetry.


Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences



The Longest Kiss (Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque Canada, 2013): African Film Festival 2016

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Filmed during the split between Sudan and South Sudan, this poetic, hopeful, heartbreaking documentary introduces us to the people (and future) of the region. With Omani short "Cholo".


$12 General Admission, $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons, $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students, Free Cal Student Film Pass Holders

Tickets go on sale January 15. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Michael Gluzman: The Poetry of the Drowned: Sovereignty and Melancholia after 1948

Lecture | February 24 | 5-6 p.m. |  The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Michael Gluzman, Tel Aviv University

Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The 2016 Taubman Lectures (Feb. 22, 24, and 29):
A three-part lecture series on modern Israeli poetry.


Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sparta and Gaza

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | February 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Gil Anidjar, Columbia University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Athens and Jerusalem: There is perhaps no more concise way of understanding the political tradition of which we see ourselves the inheritors: democracy and individualism, human rights. It is an active and proactive tradition, a tradition of power and rule, of political activity which makes and remakes the political subject, the political community.



Israel at a Major Crossroad: Challenges and Opportunities: Avishay Braverman Former President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Knesset Member (2006-2015); Economist; Former Senior Official, World Bank

Lecture | February 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Avishay Braverman

Blum Center for Developing Economies, Masters in Development Practice


The state of Israel is one of a complexity of paradoxes. It is a center of exciting innovations with Silicon Vadi, which is second only to Silicon Valley, while at the same time, it has regions of underdevelopment. Its ideology emphasizes equality and fairness, yet it has rising levels of inequality. It is a center of liberalism, coexisting with conservatism and tensions between Jews and Arabs...   More >


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Friday, February 26, 2016

MENA Salon

Workshop: Special Events | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Michael Gluzman: The Poetry of the Drowned: Sovereignty and Melancholia after 1948

Lecture | February 29 | 5-6 p.m. |  The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Michael Gluzman, Tel Aviv University

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The 2016 Taubman Lectures (Feb. 22, 24, and 29):
A three-part lecture series on modern Israeli poetry.


Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences