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February 2019

40 Years After: Posters from the Soviet-Afghanistan War

February 11 @ 9:00 am - March 29 @ 5:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, 2204 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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40 Years After

This exhibit of political posters from the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-89) reveals regional contestations among socialism, nationalism and Islamic insurgency at the end of the Cold War. The rise of the Mujahideen set the foundation for the establishment of Al-Qaeda and the subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

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Geopolitics of Feminisms in Afghanistan

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Jennifer Fluri, Ph.D., University of Colorado - Boulder This talk will provide an overview of divergent international geopolitical influences on gender roles and relations in Afghanistan. The talk will begin by reflecting on the development of socialist feminisms in Afghanistan associated with Soviet influence and the rise of communist governance in Afghanistan. This will be examined alongside the opposition to both socialism and Soviet occupation through the US-sponsored mujahideen, in order to exemplify counter-geopolitical uses of gender and feminisms.…

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Deconstructing American Theater’s Great White Way

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speakers: Sophie Caplin, Onastasia Ebright, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Lulla Kiwinda, Monét Marshall, Casey Pettiford, Maria Zurita Ontiveros Moderator: Jules Odendahl-James, Ph.D. A roundtable discussion of women artists at Duke and in Durham who have been remaking the landscape of theatre production to foreground the work of women artists and artists of color. We’ll discuss inclusion efforts vs. diversity initiatives, color-conscious casting and decolonizing the Western theater imaginary, and the role of white artists in efforts to dismantle of power/labor dynamics and alternative artistic…

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Dancing from the Inside/Out

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Margie Gillis Margie Gillis, internationally known Canadian dancer and choreographer, will speak and dance about her approach to movement and choreography.  “My approach to dance and choreography is based on listening to the different connections that exist between the spirit and the body. This is the natural kinetic process whereby our inner landscape translates into electric impulses that transmit to the muscles the information as to how and with what quality to move.” (Gillis) Margie Gillis has earned rave reviews throughout…

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March 2019

Crisis in the Andes: Why Venezuela is Different

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Keith Mines serves as Director of Andean Affairs in the State Department with responsibility for managing U.S. relations with Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Prior to this, he was an interagency fellow in residence at the U.S. Institute of Peace, working on Middle East Peace and post-conflict stabilization. He has also served as Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Senior Civilian Representative in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, and Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section in the U.S.…

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Visualizing the Muslim Gandhi

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Timothy Dobe and Sumathi Ramaswamy will present, compare and discuss several visual images of M.K. Gandhi, each of which embodies important dimensions of Islamic traditions.  They will consider, for example, images of Gandhi by the Indian Sufi writer, Khwaja Hasan Nizami from the 1920s, drawn during Gandhi's rise to fame, and by three iconic Muslim artists of modern India, who to are drawn to painting the Mahatma.  This interdisciplinary conversation will draw on material religious studies and the historiography of visual culture.…

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Common Interests – Diverse Perspectives: 2018-19 Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Originally started in 1997 through a grant awarded to Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) by the Ford Foundation, for over two decades this program has supported graduate working groups across campus, each comprised of students from an array of departments, programs and professional schools who gather to discuss topics with a global focus. Included among the themes represented this academic year are Informed Choices for Equitable Development; Ocean Policy; Slavery, War & Gender; Global Environmental Health…

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April 2019

Is That All Your Hair?

April 3 @ 12:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Bibi Gnagno, JD Is That All Your Hair explores the ways in which visual imagery of African-American women and culture specifically in music videos influences the perception of beauty, power, and access that Ivoirian women mimic in their attempts to gain and access resources in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The demands sometimes economic, social or physical in nature mirror ways that black lives are lived under constraint as the humanity of these women as black subjects is rendered invisible through…

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Political Islam, Justice and Governance

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Mbaye Lo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Inter Comparative Studies, Duke University "Political Islam, Justice and Governance" (Palgrave, 2019) argues that political Islam (represented by its moderate and militant forms) has failed to govern effectively or successfully due to its inability to reconcile its discursive understanding of Islam, centered on literal justice, with the dominant neo-liberal value of freedom. Consequently, Islamists' polities have largely been abject, often tragic failures in providing a viable collective life and sound…

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Shakespeare in the Arab World

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Abdul Sattar Jawad, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University Shakespeare is regarded in the Arab world as the greatest world poet and playwright. His plays and poems were used and taught on all levels of education. The speaker will through a new light on the reception, teaching, translating, and performing Old Will even in the Arab vernaculars to popularize him and his works. Some of Jawad’s essays and works are included in Shakespeare…

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