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Friday, September 2, 2016

MENA Salon: Summer in Review

Workshop: Special Events | September 2 | 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.

Join the CMES this Friday for the first MENA Salon of the semester, as we revisit the events and themes that shaped this summer.



Yogis in Full Color: An Illustrated Persian Field Guide to Indian Religions

Lecture | September 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Prof. Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies


This talk will explore a previously unstudied text written in Persian by a Hindu scholar, well-versed in the science of Sufism, for a British patron in 1800, describing 47 different types of yogis who were found in the city of Benares at that time. Four of the existing copies are illustrated with miniature paintings, in one case quite lavish color portraits in the Company style. The presentation...   More >

Friday, September 9, 2016

MENA Salon: US Intervention in the Middle East: End of an Era?

Workshop | September 9 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Has fallout from wars in Iraq and Libya closed the door on American-led regime change in the Middle East? In this week's MENA Salon, we discuss ongoing American military interventions in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Syria aiming to better understand the puzzling relationship between foreign intervention and political identity. We will reflect on the array of geopolitical and discursive transformations...   More >

Friday, September 16, 2016

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 16 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.



Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917

Lecture | September 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Khatchig Mouradian, Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor, California State University, Fresno

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


The assault on and the humanitarian resistance waged by Armenian deportees in Ottoman Syria during World War I provide insight into key aspects of the Armenian Genocide. In this lecture, Mouradian presents a multifaceted account of developments in Aleppo and across the network of concentration camps in Ras ul-Ain and along the banks of the Euphrates River, from Meskeneh to Der Zor. Drawing upon...   More >

Monday, September 19, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Cinema Beyond Europe: Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Nilgun Bayraktar, Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Program, California College of the Arts

Institute of European Studies


Joining attention to aesthetic experimentation with a focus on sociopolitical concerns, this talk will offer a discussion of the ways recent cinematic and artistic works engage Europe’s increasingly diverse and complex relationship to migration. With a focus on projects that explore the sociopolitical tensions that have surrounded migration in Europe since the 1990s, Bayraktar will explore films...   More >

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Crossing the Sea with Syrians: Roundtable Discussion with Author and Die Zeit Journalist Wolfgang Bauer

Panel Discussion | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in location


Wolfgang Bauer, Author and Journalist, Die Zeit

Julia Chouchair-Vizoso, Vice Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director, Institute of European Studies

Center for German and European Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of German, Goethe Institute


Die Zeit journalist Wolfgang Bauer visits UC Berkeley for engaged discussion on his recent book: Crossing the Sea (2016), which documents the stories of Syrian refugees as they journey to Europe. This discussion features Dr. Julia Chouchair-Vizoso, Vice Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley in conversation with the author. Associate Director of IES and Executive Director of CGES...   More >

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Berkeley Global Internships Information Session

Information Session | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 150 University Hall


Berkeley Study Abroad


Learn how you can intern in a global city while earning UC Berkeley credit next summer with leading firms and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Mumbai, Singapore, Mexico City, or Toronto. Open to students with all levels of experience and areas of interests.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Center for Race and Gender Open House Reception

Reception | September 22 | 4-6 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall


Center for Race and Gender


Join us as we celebrate CRG's 15th anniversary! At this year’s open house, we are excited to celebrate 15 years of sparking innovation and cutting edge thinking on critical race and gender studies.

Join us and learn about exciting upcoming events and opportunities, and reconnect with students and faculty doing race and gender research over delicious food and drink!



Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Rehearsal

Performing Arts - Music | September 22 – December 15, 2016 every Thursday | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 265 Morrison Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


There will be one concert at the end of the semester. Open to singers and instrumentalists who are able to either read music or learn by ear. Some ouds and percussive instruments may be available to check out upon request.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 23 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Berkeley Forum Interviews Mark Morris

Miscellaneous | September 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Earl F. Cheit Hall, room C230


Mark Morris, Mark Morris Dance Group

Cal Performances


Register to reserve seats. Free and open to the public.



Recent Developments in Turkey and the Turkish Armenian Community

Lecture | September 26 | 8-10 p.m. | Khachaturian Armenian Community Center, Saroyan Hall


825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132

Garo Paylan, MP of the People’s Democratic Party in Turkey's Grand National Assembly; Member of the Parliamentary Committees on Constitution and Budget

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, SF Chapter


Garo Paylan is a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party and is a deputy representing the 3rd district of Istanbul in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly. Mr Paylan is also a member of Turkey’s Armenian community and has long been a human rights activist and has fought for the resolution of Kurdish and Armenian issues. Prior to joining the parliament, Mr. Paylan served in the central...   More >

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Lecture | September 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

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


Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian was born in 1956 in Hrazdan, Armenia.

At the age of 22 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of
International Relations.

In 1988 he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR National Academy of Sciences.

Foreign Minister Nalbandian started his diplomatic career in 1978 in Lebanon. He...   More >

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >



Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



Racial Formation in Israel: Gender, Diaspora, and Occupation: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Colloquium | September 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall


Center for Race and Gender


Gaza 2014 and the Mizrahi Predicament: Neoliberalism, Informal activism and Ultra-nationalism in Palestine-Israel
Dr. Smadar Lavie, Beatrice Bain Research Group

Troubling Humanitarian Discourses: Vietnamese Refugee Diaspora in Guam and Israel
Evyn Lê Espiritu, Ethnic Studies



Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Rehearsal

Performing Arts - Music | September 22 – December 15, 2016 every Thursday | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 265 Morrison Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


There will be one concert at the end of the semester. Open to singers and instrumentalists who are able to either read music or learn by ear. Some ouds and percussive instruments may be available to check out upon request.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Thunder from the Steppes: New Perspectives on the Mongol Empire

Conference/Symposium | September 29 – 30, 2016 every day | 180 Doe Library


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative


Thursday, September 29, 4pm - 6 pm Keynote Address
Friday, September 30, 9 am - 6 pm

The Mongol Empire orients history between Asia and Europe, ancient and modern, rural and urban, settled and nomadic, scientific and faith-based, and soteriological and aristocratic worlds. This conference invites new research on the Mongol empire...   More >



Genera#ion: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

Exhibit - Multimedia: Special Events | September 19 – December 16, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into a selection of three artists working at the center of the Islamic world.



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 30 | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, 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.



Cinema Mon Amour: Mark Morris: Layla and Majnun Film Series: Ashik Kerib

Film - Feature | September 30 | 4-6 p.m. |  BAMPFA Barbro Osher Theater


2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Cal Performances


The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) screens four classics of world cinema selected and presented by Mark Morris. For more information and tickets, go to http://bampfa.org/program/cinema-mon-amour-mark-morris.



Cinema Mon Amour: Mark Morris: Layla and Majnun Film Series: Eliso

Film - Feature | September 30 | 5:45-7:30 p.m. |  BAMPFA Barbro Osher Theater


2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Cal Performances


The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) screens four classics of world cinema selected and presented by Mark Morris. For more information and tickets, go to http://bampfa.org/program/cinema-mon-amour-mark-morris.



Mark Morris Dance Group and The Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Performing Arts - Dance | September 30 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall


Cal Performances


Mark Morris' lyrical choreography, the emotive voices of Azerbaijan's Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, the vibrant musicality of The Silk Road Ensemble, and the striking visual palette of British painter Howard Hodgkin combine in this world premiere performance. The timeless story of the tragic love between Layla and Majnun originated in 5th-century Arabia, and later was the foundation for the...   More >


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Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.