Apr 2018

01 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Clash (Eshtebak)

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, Arab Student Organization

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.

05 Apr 2018


Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Omni William Penn Hotel
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

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

05 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Mali Blues

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, CMU's Cause, CMU Department of History, Carlow University

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.

08 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Human Flow

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

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

11 Apr 2018


Islam and Homosexuality: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Contradictions

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone III 120 E. Grand St. Berea, Ohio 44017
Sponsored By: 
Baldwin Wallace University History Department & Cleveland State University

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.


12 Apr 2018


The Syrian Conflict: Politics, Policy, and Law

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:30pm
Barco Law Building, Teplitz Memorial Moot Court Room, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Sponsored By: 
Pitt Law, Center for International Legal Education, Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.

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.

14 Apr 2018


2018 CERIS Research Symposium

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Duquense University, Pitttsburgh PA
Sponsored By: 
Sponsored by the Consortium for Educational Resources www.cerisnet and the Center for Christian – Islamic Dialogue

Students are invited to present their research at the CERIS Research Symposium on April 14, 2018 at Duquesne University. As we are celebrating our 15th year, we are highlighting faculty and student research or special projects, along with hosting keynote speaker Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Elaine Linn, eel58@pitt.edu

21 Apr 2018


Opening Festival: Middle East Galleries

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:30pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sponsored By: 
Penn Museum

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!