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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Women in Contemporary Iranian Cinema, Day 2: "Facing Mirrors" and "Border Cafe": Screening and Discussion

Film - Series: Special Events | October 2 | 6-10 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Situated at the crossroads of several art forms, contemporary Iranian cinema provides a global screen on which the profound paradoxes and contradictions of life for women in Iran today are projected. This curated film series highlights the changing image of women, and questions of gender more broadly, in Iranian film. Dealing with themes like sexual abuse, transgender identities, and women in...   More >


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carving New Paths to Nile Sustainability

Lecture: Special Events | October 9 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Mina Gurgis, President and CEO, The Nile Project

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero founded the Nile Project in 2011 with a mission to inspire, inform, and empower citizens to collaboratively foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. In 2013, the Nile Project brought together musicians from various Nile countries to compose, perform and record a new body of songs drawn from the Nile...   More >

Friday, October 10, 2014

MENA Salon: Gaza and Operation Protective Edge

Workshop: Special Events | October 10 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The MENA Salon is 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.

This week's topic: Gaza and Operation Protective Edge
Although a cease-fire has been signed by both sides, many believe that without a real peace process or international intervention, hostilities will eventually...   More >

Friday, October 17, 2014

MENA Salon: Islamophobia and its Effects in the Popular Sphere

Workshop: Special Events | October 17 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The MENA Salon is 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.

This week's topic: Islamophobia and its Effects in the Popular Sphere
In a recent heated debate between Bill Maher and actor Ben Affleck on Maher’s HBO show, "Real Time," the two argued over the relationship between...   More >

Monday, October 20, 2014

"To Light a Candle": Film Screening and Discussion

Film - Documentary: Special Events | October 20 | 7 p.m. |  PFA Theater


Maziar Bahari, Director

Iranian Student Alliance in America, Berkeley Bahai Club, Near Eastern Studies


Forbidden from attending or teaching at universities in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, Baha’i students and teachers face enormous obstacles; classes are held in people’s homes in secret, and the threat of arrest is part of everyday life. “To Light a Candle” chronicles the lives of Iran’s Baha’is through personal stories, powerful interviews and extensive archive footage, highlighting the...   More >

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sectarian Apocalypse Online

Lecture: Interdisciplinary Lecture Series | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Dr. Will McCants, Brookings Institution

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


To make sense of the cataclysmic violence shaking Syria today, Sunnis and Shi`is have turned to early Islamic prophecies of the final days leading up to the Day of Judgment. Although most of those prophecies are about Muslims fighting against infidel forces, Sunnis and Shi`is have adopted sectarian readings, casting one another in the role of villain. Most of these conversations are happening...   More >

Friday, October 24, 2014

MENA Salon: "Saving" Women in the Middle East

Workshop: Special Events | October 24 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The MENA Salon is 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.

This week: "Saving" Women in the Middle East
The UN has been gathering troubling evidence about the treatment of Yazidi women by ISIS in Iraq. UN reports tell of women being enslaved and sold abroad, sexually abused, and in some cases...   More >

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"The War Follows Them": Syrian University Students and Scholars in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon: A joint project of the Human Rights Initiative at UC Davis and the Institute of International Education

Special Event: Special Events | October 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Keith Watenpaugh, Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis; Adrienne Fricke, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector, not only in Syria but in neighboring countries that are hosting growing numbers of displaced Syrians. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the IIE and UC Davis Human Rights Initiative teamed up to conduct fieldwork in the front-line hosting states of Jordan,...   More >

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Forum on Syria

Panel Discussion | October 29 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)


Fred H. Lawson, Professor of Government at Mills College, Past President of the Syrian Studies Association and Author of Global Security Watch Syria (2013), Mills College; Christian Sinclair, Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at University of Arizona and President of the Kurdish Studies Association, University of Arizona

Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs


Over the past three years, more than 100,000 Syrians have died and millions have been displaced in the escalating civil war between the Syrian Central Government, which is fighting to remain in power, and ethno-sectarian forces and combatants determined to create an Islamic State. Come hear Professors Fred H. Lawson and Christian Sinclair, experts on the Middle East, discuss the conflict and its...   More >


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Bassem Youssef: Free Speech and Social Change

Lecture | October 29 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall


Cal Performances


UC Berkeley commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement with a conversation moderated by Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and featuring satirist and columnist Bassem Youssef. A former Egyptian cardiac surgeon, Youssef is a champion for free speech in Egypt and host of "Al-Bernameg" ("The Program"), a satirical news program recently taken off the air by authorities. Youssef's wit and...   More >


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$20 and up

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Passage to Casablanca: the Refugee Crisis in Morocco during World War II

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


Prof. Susan Gilson Miller, Department of History, UC Davis

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Friday, October 31, 2014

MENA Salon

Workshop: Special Events | October 31, 2014 – May 15, 2015 every Friday | 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 a few days before the Salon for the current week's topic.