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Syria in Context: A Conversation

This event was part one of a two-part event entitled "Taking Refuge" that occurred on March 22, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conversants are Joseph Bahout, visiting lecturer with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Luke Peterson (Global Studies), with introduction by Michael Goodhart (Global Studies).

03 Apr 2017


Jewish Studies Brown Bag Colloquium: "ISIS's Writings on Jews and Judaism: Its Appropriation of Medieval Muslim Views"

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Humanities Center 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program

Come join Younus Mirza with the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Department for the last Jewish Studies Brown-Bag lunch colloquium for the semester.


European Islamophobia Report 2016

This is the second edition of the annual European Islamophobia Report (EIR) which was presented for the first time in 2015. New countries are included in this year’s EIR; while 25 countries were covered in 2015, the report for 2016 includes 27 country reports. EIR 2016 is the result of 31 prominent scholars who specialise in different fields such as racism, gender and Islamophobia Studies. In the years to come we will attempt to include more countries in our report. Our final aim is to cover and monitor the developments of Islamophobia in all European countries.

06 Apr 2017


How to Be a Muslim Ally

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
1st Floor Auditorium, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh GSPIA, Hello Neighbor, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Inclusive Innovation Week

This dynamic diversity training will provide insight and resources to enable you to be an effective ally to the Muslim community. Come and learn to combat misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith and culture. RSVP required.

30 Mar 2017


Queering Religion: The Student Perspective

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm
Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning 602A, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies

Join us for a panel discussion by Pitt students and alumni sharing their experiences of the intersection of religiosity and queer identity in modern life. Special focus will be placed on experiences at Pitt. Pizza and refreshments will be provided at 5:30.


31 Mar 2017


Historicizing Boko Haram’s Rage Against Modernity and Munafunci

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh African Studies Program, Department of Africana Studies, Department of History, Global Studies Center

In this talk, Dr. Moses Ochonu, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will historicize the political, theological, and economic events and anxieties that produced the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. He will deploy, as a structuring analytical device, the theological and polemical construct of munafunci (or hypocrisy). Munafunci is a recurring trope in the rhetorical claims of Muslim reformers and other critics of political and religious orthodoxies in Northern Nigeria.

20 Apr 2017


Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism? 8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, April 23, 2017 (All day)
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

There is a need for an approach to the study of Islamophobia which explores the way in which it is being institutionalized by policies that promote and police a conception of Western societies that appears to be becoming increasingly exclusive and exclusionary. This conference provides an inter-disciplinary platform to reflect and respond to the crisis of post-Cold war liberal order by exploring the relationship between Islamophobia and the reshaping of Western societies.

08 Apr 2017


Hearing the Call: A Franciscan Journey with Islam

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:30am
5th Floor of Union Building, Duquesne University
Sponsored By: 

Fr. Michael D. Calabria, OFM, is a Franciscan friar and the founding director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University. His most recent publication explores Mughal Art as a manifesto for Environmentalism in South Asia.

07 Apr 2017


Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Presents: The Age of Consequences

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
CMOA Theater, Carnegie Museum of Art
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

02 Apr 2017


Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Presents: Disturbing the Peace

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

Filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young trace the compelling true story of the joint Israeli and Palestinian activist group, Combatants for Peace. A rare story of binational cooperation, the peace movement was founded by former Israeli and Palestinian combatants who work together using non-violent activism to end the bloodshed in the Middle East. From both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the men and women of Combatants for Peace prove how movements like theirs at the community level are vital to creating peaceful solutions to violence.


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