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Once a month, Spectacles invites religious studies, cultural studies, and film studies enthusiasts to join together and watch a movie with religious themes. The Spectacles film series is a student-led initiative in the University of Pittsburgh Religious Studies Department. Afterwards, religious studies majors will lead an open discussion about the movie. And of course, there will be snacks! We will be showing the following movies:

My Name is Khan: 3/13 at 7 PM in the Cathedral of Learning 407.
Spirited Away: 4/8 at 5 PM in the Cathedral of Learning 407.

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Join the Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh for a colloquium featuring Ella Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. The colloquium examines linguistic belonging as invented within national and colonial itineraries. Specifically, it explores the genealogy of the concept of “Judeo-Arabic language” and its definition as a cohesive (specifically Jewish) unit separate from Arabic, and classifiable under the historically novel rubric of isolatable “Jewish languages” severed from their neighboring dialects/languages.

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Join us as the CMU Department of History presents the Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History, Lila Abu-Lughod, "Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women's Rights Have to Do with It?" Professor Abu-Lughod focuses on issues of women's rights and gender in the Middle East, along with issues of power, culture, and representation. She is the author of six books, and numerous articles, including her critically acclaimed article-turned-book, "Do Muslim Women Need Saving?" (2013).

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Each year CityMusic Cleveland hosts a special FREE concert series focused on themes of humanism and social justice.

This year's program Two Faiths: One Spirit highlights the common humanity that lies at the heart of all major faiths.

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Middle East Meltdown – Causes and Consequences – A Luncheon Discussion

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Registration and Networking – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Speaker – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

The Omni William Penn Hotel – Bob & Dolores Hope Room
530 William Penn Pl,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

$35 for WAC members
$50 for non-members
$20 for students or active military/veterans with ID

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The American Middle East Institute is organizing a two-week cultural immersion program to Cairo for students interested in experiencing Modern Egypt, learning Introductory Arabic, viewing Egyptian Antiquities, and learning the History of Egypt and the Arab World. This Program could contribute to coursework in Abrahamic Religions, Africana Studies, Ancient Egypt, the Arab World, and/or International Studies.

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute has offered intensive summer language courses for over 25 years. With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages, Pitt’s SLI provides courses in Arabic, Bosnian /Croatian/ Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer.

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More than 50 years after his death, the impassioned speeches of human rights activist Malcolm X will mesmerize new and old students of history, Islam, race and rhetoric.

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Deepa Iyer will be visiting Pitt for one day to discuss her book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multracial Future. Iyer is a senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward, a civil rights attorney, and an impactful activist for racial and immigrant justice in America.

Her 2015 book historicizes our current era of increasingly open hatred and bigotry, while offering ideas for initiating productive dialogues about race, social justice, and policy.

5-6pm: Book Discussion for students and educators

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Radiance of Résistance tells the story of Janna Ayyad 9 years old, and Ahed Tamimi 14 years old that live under military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. Janna Ayyad has been called the youngest journalist in Palestine. Ahed won the Handala Courage Award from Turkey when she was 13 and met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This film will take an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance.

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