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Join us for the first virtual conference on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 9:30am to 11am EDT.

The conference will feature U.S. & Middle East experts and dignitaries, including a welcome by the Mayor of Pittsburgh, the Honorable William Peduto, and a special message from neurosurgeon and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The discussion will focus on healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and robotics.

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The 1979 Revolution gave birth to a political order that defined God as its greatest protector and Satan as its ultimate foe. While scholars have long grappled with the Islamic Republic’s theological master narratives, Satan’s multifaceted role in the Iranian political and religious landscape remains poorly understood. In this talk, I offer an analysis of a range of sources— textual, ethnographic, and audiovisu- al—to argue that in the past two decades, confrontations with the Accursed One have fragmented into contradictory, anxiety-ridden struggles for the soul of the Islamic Republic.

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Khader El-Yateem was born in Bethlehem. He was a 19-year-old theology student when Israeli police raided his home, woke him from sleep, arrested him without charge and subjected him to 57 days in solitary confinement. His brother-in-law, an international attorney, was able to secure Khader’s release. Khader went on to complete his studies and was ordained a priest in the Lutheran Church. In 1992, he was sent by the Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem to Brooklyn, New York, to minister to the large Arab immigrant population there.

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This sensitive film explores the evolving relationship of a group of Jewish Americans to the state of Israel during a 12-day visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Courageous veterans of the Israeli military have come forward to testify to the violence that they were ordered to carry out against Palestinians living under occupation. House demolitions, night raids of Palestinian homes, arrest and detention of children, and other human rights abuses are routine. In 2004, Israeli Defense Forces veterans, who have seen and participated in these atrocities, formed Breaking the Silence, whose purpose is to bring these stories to the Israeli public. The film, based on a play, presents verbatim testimonies of former Israeli soldiers.

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Lifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews. Its ruins are now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood. Discovering that his parents' Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Menachem - the filmmaker and an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn - sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian.

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A PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAND
Streaming Oct 4-13, 2020
Online Discussion Sunday Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm EDT

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Application Deadline: November 05, 2020 | 4 PM ET

The U.S. Department of State’s NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative to foster international cooperation by ensuring that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to effectively communicate globally. NSLI-Y provides overseas critical language study opportunities to American youth through merit-based scholarships to spark a lifetime interest in critical foreign languages and cultures.

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In 2015 and 2016, European Countries received more than 1 million refugees. Germany adopted an open border policy welcoming refugees and implementing strategies to integrate them into society by providing access to healthcare, education, and jobs. Lessons learned from Germany are relevant to the U.S., which has recently adopted a different approach regarding immigration.

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