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.

03 Apr 2018


Film Showing: After Spring

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Hello Neighbor, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, CERIS, UCIS, GSPIA, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Join us for a special free screening of "After Spring," a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its eighth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. "After Spring" is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

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.

06 Apr 2018


RadioLab with Jad Abumrad

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:30pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4440 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Nexus, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Join MacArthur Fellow Jad Abumrad, host of the NPR broadcast and award-winning podcast RadioLab, in conversation with Eric Dorfman, director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for surprising insights and intriguing discussion into how mass movement has shaped the course of evolution.

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

09 Apr 2018


American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Brennan Courtroom, Room L180, University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44325
Sponsored By: 
University of Akron School of Law, Muslim Law Student Association, CAIR Ohio

Please join us for official Ohio book launch of Professor Khaled A. Beydoun's new book, "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear." The event will feature a presentation and Q&A session with the author, followed by a book signing.

The event is free, but registration is requested.

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.

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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