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January 2015

France’s 9/11? A Teach In

January 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Carmichael Auditorium, BERT 130,
85 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Wednesday, January 28, 5 p.m. In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris a number of debates have re-emerged in Europe around the status of immigrant communities and the Banlieues, the place of Judaism and Islam, the French tradition of Laïcité, freedom of speech and its limitations, and relations between the West & the Middle East. Organized in collaboration with Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of French Studies and the Watson Institute, this Teach-In aims to explore these issues…

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February 2015
Free

Marriage and Fertility under Occupation: A Study of the West Bank of Palestine

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Yara Jarallah, PhD Candidate in Sociology Registration is now open!  Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered. Priority will be given to the Brown community. This event is part of the Middle East Studies Luncheon Seminar Series. Abstract: This paper investigates the effects of the Israeli Occupation on the rate of marriage and fertility in the occupied Palestinian territories. We test three alternate…

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“Frontiers of Dreams and Fears” Film Screening

February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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“Frontiers of Dreams and Fears” Director: Mai Masri (2001), Palestine (Arabic with English subtitles, 56 mins). About the film: This documentary traces the (pen pal) friendship between two Palestinian refugee girls, one based in Bethlehem, and the other in Beirut. It provides an intimate window into their lives, hardships, and hopes for the future. This screening is part of “Dreaming of Tomorrow: Youth Culture in the Middle East,” a film series curated by Sa’ed Adel Atshan, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the…

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Security Society in Gaza: Police Encounters under Egyptian Rule

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Ilana Feldman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University This event will be live-streamed. A recording of the lecture will be posted to our website after the event. This talk explores the dynamics of policing and security in the Gaza Strip during the period of Egyptian Administration (1948-67). Drawing on a rich and detailed archive, I track a range of police encounters. Many such encounters were mundane, including investigation of petty crime. Many were evidently repressive, including…

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The Hidden Light of Objects: Fiction and the Quotidian in Kuwait

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Mai Al-Nakib, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Kuwait University Registration for lunch will open January 28. Please be aware, that upon start of the event, unclaimed lunches and seats will be given to those on standby, even if you have registered. Priority will be given to the Brown community. This luncheon lecture will be followed by a book signing. This event will be livestreamed.  A recording will be posted to our website after the event. About the Lecture:…

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“The Time that Remains” Film Screening

February 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Screening of The Time that Remains, director: Elia Suleiman (2009), France (Arabic/Hebrew/English, English subtitles, 109 min) Presented by Nicola Perugini This event is part of  “1948 – Once Upon a Palestine”, a film series curated by Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture.

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Thesis/Capstone: What is Best for me?

February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stephen J. Roberts Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge,
75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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The Middle East Studies DUG will have an info session for rising seniors (rising juniors are welcome to attend) on the difference between writing a senior thesis and capstone. Current seniors will share why and how they have chosen their project.  

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Confronting Injustice: Palestinian Identity, and the Non-Violent Forms of Resisting Israeli Occupation

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Speaker: Karam Dana, assistant professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell In collaboration with the Watson Institute Security Seminar Series. An exploration of Palestinian public opinion and attitudes in relation to a variety of social, economic, and political issues. A survey was conducted in the summer of 2013 in an attempt to assess the extent to which the Israelis occupation affects the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank (Sample, N=832 responses), and how specifically Palestinians are being affected. This…

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Undergraduate Paper Series #5

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join us for the fifth Undergraduate Paper Presentation of the year! More info TBA.

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Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture Exhibition | February 1 – March 15 In collaboration with Art at Watson *Free and Open to the Public Symposium | February 26, 2015 Comics have been a complex and subversive form of creative expression for Arab artists, illustrators, and writers since the 1920s. Until today, the visual archive of Arab comics has been absent from mainstream cultural representations of the Middle East. Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture, a public exhibition…

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“Return to Haifa” and “Ma’loul Celebrates its Destruction” Film Screening

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Please note that the event date has changed to February 27. Screening of Return to Haifa, director: Kasem Hawal (1982), Palestine (Arabic, English subtitles, 84 min)Based on Ghassan Kanafaniand Ma’loul Celebrates its Destruction, director: Michel Kheilifi (1984), Israel/Palestine (Arabic, English subtitles, 30 min) Presented by Ariella Azoulay This event is part of  “1948 – Once Upon a Palestine”, a film series curated by Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture. About Return to Haifa: Return to Haifa is based on Kanafani’s novel…

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March 2015

Critical Conversations #4 on Palestine / Israel

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Granoff Center,
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Panel discussion on Palestine / Israel. Theme to be advised.

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Palestine: Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics / New Directions in Palestinian Studies

March 6 @ 9:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm
Corporation Room, 3rd Floor, University Hall,
Main Green, Providence, RI 02912 United States
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An international symposium on the topic “Palestine: Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics” is to be held at Brown University, March 6-7, 2015. This, the second annual symposium of the project, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, aims to bring together established and emerging scholars in a low-pressure workshop environment to take stock of research trends, to identify promising new questions and sources, to exchange experiences and insights, and to encourage networking across disciplinary and field boundaries. Driving this effort…

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The Foreign Mother Tongue: An Evening with Sayed Kashua

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Sayed Kashua Organized by Judaic Studies. Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies. Location TBA

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Undergraduate Paper Series #6

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McKinney Room, Watson Institute,
111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join us for the sixth Undergraduate Paper Presentation of the year! More info TBA.

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