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‘Women, Life, Freedom’: What’s New about Iran’s 2022 Protests?

Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University

In this virtual Crown Seminar, Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Arang Keshavarzian, and Nazanin Shahrokni, in conversation with Naghmeh Sohrabi, will take as their starting point the most-oft heard chant of these protests "Women, Life, Freedom" to provide a deeper dive into the issues fueling the protests of September 2022. Friday, October 7, 2022 12:30–1:45pm EDT

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Images of Etel Adnan

Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance

This event is taking place in remembrance of Etel Adnan, the beloved Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist, who passed away in November 2021. She is survived by her longtime partner, renowned Syrian Lebanese artist Simone Fattal.

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Sinostan: China’s Inadvertent Empire

Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

In Sinostan, Raffaello Pantucci and Alexandros Petersen recount their travels across Central Asia to tell the story of China’s growing influence. They interview Chinese traders in latter-day Silk Road bazaars; climb remote mountain passes threatened by construction; commiserate with Afghan archaeologists charged with saving centuries-old Buddhist ruins before they are swept away by mining projects; meet with eager young Central Asians learning Mandarin; and sit with officials in all five Central Asian capitals, bearing witness to a region increasingly transformed by Beijing’s presence. Their stories and experiences illustrate how China’s foreign policy initiative has expressed itself on the ground, and what it means for those living both within and beyond the boundaries of its “inadvertent empire”. This public talk will be conducted both in-person and online via Zoom on Tuesday, 25 Oct 2022, from 5.00 pm to 6 pm SGT.

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Layla Murad, the Jewish-Muslim Star of Egypt

Middle East Studies Program at UW Madison

Professor Hammad discusses the life and legacy of Layla Murad, one of the most beloved and remembered Arab singing stars in the twentieth century, to analyze politics of sexuality, ethnicity, socio-cultural interaction between Muslims and Jews, and the crucial role popular culture played in constructing an exclusive Arab-Islamic Egyptian identity.

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ME 101 Lecture Series 2022

Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

This lecture series will give you a comprehensive overview of the Middle East and its impacts on Singapore and the world. This series will be conducted weekly, both in person and online via Zoom, starting 18 August 2022, 4.30pm to 6.00pm. All are welcome to participate. This event is free, however, registration is compulsory. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom details closer to the date of the event.

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