University of Pittsburgh

14 Apr 2018


Film Showing: Out of Cordoba

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Doherty Hall, Room 2210, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Sponsored By: 
The Pennsylvania Chapter of CAIR

"Out of Cordoba" is an award-winning documentary film by Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philadelphia's Executive Director. The film explores the dramatic life and times of Averroes and Maimonides, the two leading personalities to emerge from the multifaith culture of medieval Muslim Spain. Filmed in the USA, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, and 10 years in the making, "Out of Cordoba" is a powerful plea for interfaith understanding in our own often violent times.


Positions/Grants/Scholarships in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

The Maydan is launching this new database on opportunities in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies as a common resource for both students and professionals. Included are faculty openings, post-doctoral positions, grants, and scholarships, among others. For additional opportunities, summer language programs can be found on our Database of Summer Language Programs.

21 May 2018


Film Showing: Camp De Thiaroye

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Sponsored By: 
City of Asylum

Join us for a screening of Camp De Thiaroye presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival.

Camp De Thiaroye is a true story that was hidden by the French colonial regime until this film. In 1944, after defeating the Nazis and liberating Paris in World War II, a group of African soldiers – from all over West Africa – report to a transit camp near Dakar. Many of the soldiers were prisoners of war of the Germans following the fall of France in 1940.


26 Apr 2018


CSID's 19th Annual Conference: Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sponsored By: 
CSID, Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver

Come join us for CSID's 19th Annual Conference: Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism. The conference will feature keynote speaker Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) (invited) as well as numerous panel sessions including Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism, Piety or Politics? Interpreting the Iran-Saudi Rivalry and the Rise of Sectarianism, Challenges to Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia, U.S. foreign policy, Neoliberalism, and the Pact Theory, and Islamic Politics, Populism, and Coalition Building.



Understanding Islam and Muslims

Dar al Islam is holding its 29th educators’ institute on “Understanding Islam and Muslims.” The program is to help teachers understand Islam so that they can teach about it more effectively. The program is FREE to accepted teachers – you only have to pay for your transportation to Albuquerque, from where you will be transported to the picturesque town of Abiquiu for the program. The dates are from July 18-21.


American Women Writers of Muslim Heritage

This resource is an educational resource presenting texts and voices influenced by the Muslim world created by Betsey Coleman. As a veteran teacher who has traveled the world to create projects and resources for American students, her purpose for curating this collection of short readings, biographical information, creative writing prompts and student models is to introduce middle, high and even university students to the diversity of American women’s voices influenced by the Muslim world.


The First Feminists of Egypt: The Early Twentieth Century

This lesson plan for four 50 minute classes, with three assignments, provides a documentary-based study of Egyptian Mulsim feminists in the early 20th century. it enables students to assess the movement's goals within the context of Egyptian society and through the voices of its leaders. students assess their goals in relation to the British imperialist Lord Cromer. Based on this lesson, students will be able to compare Egypt's women's movements to others they may learn about in the United States, Europe, or elsewhere in the world.


Scripting/Enacting a Salon Session

In this lesson students are divided into groups of salonniers and their guests (up to eight groups). In their groups they plan a salon session to enact in front of class. They research and imagine the historical context of a salon session, the cast of characters, and the setting. Students are then assigned to write an actual script and/or make plans for an adlibbed conversation in the “salon” for presentation to the entire class.


The Salon Heritage and Its Transformation

The two lessons in this unit engage students in a study of the literary salon and its impact across the Mediterranean in the age of print journalism. While the salon tradition was firmly in place in France by the seventeenth century, it also has antecedents in the Arab world (the mujalasat). The nineteenth and early twentieth century salons investigated in this lesson were hosted by women in Cairo, Aleppo, Damascus, Jerusalem and Beirut, as well as in Paris and Milan. While they met in the privacy of a woman’s home they were not sex-segregated; prominent men also attended the sessions.

13 Apr 2018


Fatoumata Diawara

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4440 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Nexus, The Warhol: Sound Series

“Music is at the heart of everything,” says Fatoumata Diawara, known as “Fatou.” Acclaimed actress of film and theater and a celebrated singer, songwriter, and activist for peace in Mali, Fatou will be performing her sweet smoky rhythms that originated from a homeland she escaped but one in which her art still resides. The moral authority of music is difficult to overstate socially, culturally, or politically in Mali, a West African nation ranked among the world’s poorest yet home to some of the richest musical traditions in the world.

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