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March 2019

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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Ghandi Image

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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Working Group Image

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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Bibi Gnagno Headshot

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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Mbaye Lo Headshot

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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Abdul Sattar Award Photo

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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September 2019

Civil War Refugee Camps: Camp “Commandants” and Black Women and Children

September 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Civil War Refugee Camps

Speaker: Thavolia Glymph, Ph.D., Duke University Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and law, studies the U.S. South with a focus on nineteenth-century social history. She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era, University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming February 2020).…

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Conversations with Duke’s Religious Life Leaders

September 18 @ 12:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Fr. Michael Martin Headshot

Speaker: Fr. Michael Martin, O.F.M Conv. This conversation will feature Father Michael Martin of the Duke Catholic Center. The discussion will include the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. Fr. Michael Martin, O.F.M. Conv was named Director of the Duke Catholic Center in August 2010 by Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, NC. Since 2001 Fr. Mike served as President of his high school alma mater, Archbishop Curley High School…

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Collecting the Web Collaboratively: Web Archiving and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Samantha Abrams

Speaker: Samantha Abrams, Columbia University Libraries Much of what we write, create, and document now exists exclusively on the web, and web archiving — the process of collecting, preserving, and providing access to web materials — is what enables individuals and organizations to build and maintain collections of these at-risk resources. In her talk, Samantha Abrams will discuss the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s collaborative approach to archiving the web, and answer questions about how researchers, scholars, and practitioners across multiple…

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October 2019

Black Arts, Black Muslims: Race, Religion, and Culture

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Ellen McLarney

Speaker: Ellen McLarney, Ph.D., Duke University Recent, cutting edge scholarship on Black Power and its “spiritual sister” the Black Arts Movement chronicles an important era in the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States. This literature, however, does not fully account for the catalytic role played by Islamic mobilization, Islamic movements, and Islamic arts in what is now known as the “civil rights era.” Islamic commitments are equated with a retrograde and reactionary black nationalism systematically understood as…

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Conversations with Duke’s Religious Life Leaders

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Madhu Sharma

Speaker: Madhu Sharma, Ph.D. This conversation will feature Madhu Sharma from Hindu Life at Duke. The discussion will include the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. Madhu Sharma is the Hindu Chaplain at Duke University. In addition to her work in Religious Life, Sharma coaches executives and provides consultation on leadership development for businesses and non-profits. This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International and Global…

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