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February 2016

Journalism at the Crossroads – Screening

February 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Despite differences in time period and situation, there are many journalists today in war-torn, conflict, and critical territories who suffer physically and psychologically. Societies in those territories count on the work of Journalists to exercise their right of free speech. This event will screen short documentaries (film & radio) that provide critical insights into the perils and challenges journalists face while reporting from today’s conflict-torn and territories in crisis in the Americas and Beyond. Journalists Are Under Attack in Mexico:…

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Mihri Hatun: A Woman, A Poet, A Beloved

February 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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"Since they say women lack reason All their words should be excused. An intelligent woman is much better than A thousand ignorant men." -Mihri Hatun When Mihri Hatun (circa 1460-1515) claimed in her above-mentioned lines that it is not the biological sex of a person but intelligence what determines his/her potential, she was one of the only three women in the early-modern Ottoman literary circles. She is also the first Ottoman woman who collected her divan and presented…

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Venezuela: New Political Realities, Continuing Challenges

February 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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At his retirement Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity he was directly responsible for…

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Transcendental Concord

February 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Lisa McCarty is a photographer, filmmaker, and curator based in Durham North Carolina. Lisa has participated in over 50 exhibitions at venues such as The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chicago Photography Center, Houston Center for Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, Asheville Art Museum, and the American University Museum. Lisa’s photographs have also been shown internationally in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Argentina. Additionally her moving images have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film…

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January 2016

Translation and Transgression: Kadya Molodovsky’s From Lublin to New York

January 31, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Anita Norich University of Michigan Summary: Kadya Molodovsky (1894-1974) was a prominent figure among modernist Yiddish writers in Eastern Europe, the U.S., and Israel. The author of poetry, novels, memoirs, plays, essays, reviews, she also has the distinction of being the only woman in the history of Yiddish literature to edit a major literary journal. Her novel,From Lublin to New York,tells the story of a young woman who comes to New York just weeks after the Nazi invasion of…

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Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream

January 27, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Christopher A. Bail is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University. By developing new methods for the analysis of large text-based datasets, Bail examines how political actors and non-profit organizations create cultural change.  Bail will discuss the research and conclusions from his new book: “Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream” (Princeton University Press, 2015). Bail's presentation is sponsored by Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke Islamic Studies Center. A light lunch will be served.

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Beyond Hysteria or Apologia, the ISIS Challenge in Perspective

January 26, 2016 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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The ideological/propaganda challenge of the Islamic State is unique in terms of both message and propagation.  Much hyperbole has gone into either exaggerating or minimizing this challenge for reasons sometimes only tangentially connected with the threat.  Fernandez’s remarks place the potent ISIS narrative within the broader context of a deep crisis of authority in the Sunni Arab Muslim world, facilitated by regional events and amplified by historic, regional political-military shifts and an ongoing global revolution in the use of social…

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Supported by the Power – Reception

January 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, 2204 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Lonnie Holley Supported by the Power

Join artist Lonnie Holley for the opening reception for his show, Supported by the Power. Lonnie Holley is the artist working today who can best eliminate the barrier between taught and untaught art. This collapse of dividers, not unlike racial ones, represents a declassification or deconstruction of a deeply troubling history in order to create a more communitarian future. Holley is a peerless artist who we best label contemporary, not folk. His sense of contemporary is more closely aligned with…

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The Importance of Being Civil

January 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Civility is desirable and possible, but can this fragile ideal be guaranteed?  John A. Hall expands our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces—including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war—and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. The talk examines how the nature of civility has fluctuated in the last three centuries, how it became lost, and how it was reestablished in the twentieth century following the two world wars. He also considers why civility…

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November 2015
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John Hope Franklin: The Global Scholar

November 18, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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John Gartrell is the director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center at Duke University Library. John Hope Franklin: The Global Scholar reflects on the international influence and scholarship of Dr. John Hope Franklin. Beginning with his first international trip in 1951, Dr. Franklin visited over thirty countries in his life, as a teacher, lecturer and special guest of the US State Department. As an expert in the history of the American South, he was routinely called upon to provide…

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