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Join us for a Jewish Studies/Religious Studies Lecture and Conversation featuring German activist Armin Langer.

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Join us for a Jewish Studies/Religious Studies Lecture and Conversation featuring German activist Armin Langer.

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Join the Penn Museum for Opening Festival - a once-in-a-generation celebration of our new Middle East Galleries! This two-day festival features live performances, markets and arts events celebrating the range and diversity of Middle Eastern tradition and innovation!

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Artist, activist, and director Ai Weiwei captures the worldwide refugee crisis in this breathtakingly epic journey. In this global point of view, Weiwei visits 23 different countries to follow refugees’ quest for things every human needs: safety, shelter, peace, and the opportunity to be who we are.

The event will also include a discussion panel, including Michael Goodhart, Director of Pitt's Global Studies Center.

A trailer can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_YbgOZYrOc

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This vibrant concert film follows four Malian musicians who use their music to stand up to religious extremism. When dance and secular music is prohibited, musical instruments are destroyed, and musicians are forced to flee, these Malian artists use their music to inspire tolerance and peace.

A trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/163518626

Following the film showing there will be a Skype Q&A with director Lutz Gregor moderated by ethnomusicologist Colter Harper, PhD.

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Taking place during the turmoil following the ousting of Egyptian president Morsi in 2013, Clash is set entirely inside a police truck. The detainees inside consist of Muslim Brotherhood, pro-army supporters, and those who identify as neither. Together, they must navigate their diverging political and religious backgrounds to survive this claustrophobic nightmare while violent protests rage outside.

A trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/194276940

The film showing will be followed with a Skype Q&A.

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Join the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Center for International Legal Education for the 25th Annual McLean Lecture featuring Rami Shehadeh. Rami Shehadeh is a 1998 Pitt Law LLM graduate and a current political officer at the UN Department of Political Affairs where he has led the UN's Syria team for the past six years. His ideas have often shaped the UN's policy framework, in particular how to promote an approach that protects the welfare and rights of all citizens in post-conflict Syria and contributes to regional peace and stability.

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Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film dubbed a “must see” by the UN Refugee Agency. It documents the life of Syrian refugees through the journey of the first two filmmakers permitted by the United Nations to register and set up a tent in a refugee camp. They spent one month in the Za’atari camp in the midst of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises and captured both tales of trauma and inspiration.

A casual discussion will follow the film.

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Join us for a public lecture featuring Ella Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. This lecture traces the genealogy of the gradual splitting of a once-linked Oriental figure into two: “Arab” and “Jew,” and its ramifications for contemporary postcolonial tensions. Examining the shifting Orientalist imaginary in the wake of the Enlightenment and the imperial project, the lecture traces present-day assumptions about a longstanding Arab / Jewish divide -- and the ambiguous position of the Arab-Jew within it -- back to crucial shifts in 19th century representation.

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Join us for the Spring 2018 Marting Lecture featuring Dr. Everett K. Rowson. Dr. Rowson is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern, East, and Islamic Studies at NYU. His primary research interests are the intellectual and social history of the medieval Islamic world as told through Arabic texts.

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