University of Pittsburgh

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

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

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

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

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.

20 Mar 2018


Film Showing: Salam Neighbor

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Room 125 (Auditorium) of the Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Sponsored By: 
Hello Neighbor, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, CERIS, UCIS, GSPIA

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.

29 Mar 2018


On Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab / Jew Figure Revisited

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Cathedral of Learning 501, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
The Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh

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.

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.


23 Mar 2018


European Colloquium: The European Refugee Crisis and Humanitarian Citizenship in Greece

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
European Studies Center

Join us for the second meeting of the European Colloquium, in which graduate students and faculty from both Pitt and CMU come together to discuss current research on European topics. Our second presenter will be Heath Cabot, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Paul Eiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology and History at CMU, will act as the discussant. Organized as a monthly brown bag event, we hope that everyone will bring not only their lunch, but also their questions and comments to what will hopefully become an ongoing conversation.


14 Mar 2018


International Francophone Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

Come join us for the 2018 celebration of International Francophone Day. Events and locations for the day are as follows:

Noon-1:00: Participatory Theatrical Workshop, no experience necessary. At Henry Heymann Theatre.

1:00-1:45: Pizza and post-performance discussion, CL 1325.

2:15-4:30: "Mariannes Noires" film screening and public interview with co-director Mame-Fatou Niang. Kurtzmann Room, WPU.

18 Mar 2018


Fastathon 2018: Fast for Social Justice

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
O'Hara Dining Room, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Muslim Student Association

Join the University of Pittsburgh Muslim Student Association for its annual Fastathon. Fastathon is an event where we encourage people to fast for one day for a cause. Join us later in the evening for dinner and hear our guest speaker Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who will talk about justice for minorities in America.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is a former NBA player who is famous for refusing to stand up during the national anthem. Twenty years later, he now works as a social justice advocate, giving lectures on oppression and standing up for what you believe in.

22 Mar 2018


Blackness, Citizenship and the Arts: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, March 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

“Blackness, Citizenship and the Arts: A Transatlantic Dialogue" is a two-day celebration of the Humanities in Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon University. The event features a photo-exhibit on French Islam, the screening of Mariannes Noires, a documentary on Black France, and a one-day conference with scholars,
artists, and activists from Paris and Pittsburgh.


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