Category: Human Rights & Gender

WATCH: Debating Syria’s Future— with Landis, Ghadbian, Whitson, and Gelvin

[ 0 ] January 29, 2016 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER MIDDLE EAST STUDIES CENTER on DECEMBER 16, 2015:  Panel discussion held on November 23, 2015 in Denver at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), featuring (in order): Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch, James Gelvin of UCLA, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma, and Najib […]

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Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  DURHAM, N.C. — Local and visiting scholars and students, activists, journalists, artists and local refugees will come together for a public conference at Duke University Jan. 28-29 to address the urgency of the Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugee crises. This interactive conference — “The Arab […]

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WATCH: Student Documents Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] January 22, 2016 |

via SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY on JANUARY 19, 2016:  Andrea Patiño Contreras has been exploring the Mediterranean refugee crisis and its impact on a small Italian town. Contreras graduated from Duke in 2012 with a degree in cultural anthropology and a certificate in media policy and journalism. She was one of the winners of […]

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WATCH LIVE JAN. 20: Duke Panel to Examine Impact of ISIS at Home and Abroad

WATCH LIVE JAN. 20: Duke Panel to Examine Impact of ISIS at Home and Abroad

[ 0 ] January 19, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 15, 2016:  DURHAM, N.C. — Five Duke University faculty members will convene a public forum to examine the impact of ISIS at home and abroad at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. The event, in Room 04 of the Sanford School of Public Policy, is free and open […]

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WATCH: The European Refugee Crisis & Human Trafficking

[ 0 ] January 8, 2016 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW on DECEMBER 1, 2016: Klara Skrivankova, head of the Europe Programme and Advocacy Coordinator at Anti-Slavery International, discusses “Trafficking and the European Refugee/Migration Crisis.” This event focused on the risks of trafficking in connection with the ongoing European refugee/migration crisis. The event coincided with the International Day for the Abolition […]

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LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 30, 2015:  In her fascinating new book Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2015), Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, explores shifting meanings of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. […]

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LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by HEATH BROWN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 16, 2015: Alice Kang has written Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to Muslim-majority countries across the […]

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Please Do (If You Want) Wear the Headscarf in the Name of Interfaith Solidarity

[ 0 ] December 22, 2015 |

“I reject what authors Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa say in their new Washington Post article”  by DILSHAD ALI for PATHEOS on DECEMBER 21, 2015:  My sister-in-law called me up out of the blue last week, talking to me for 20 minutes in a breathless catch-up of things going on in the nation, in the […]

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“The Only Thing Europeans Have to Fear is Fear Itself”: How ISIS, the Syria Civil War & the Refugee Crisis are Shaping European Politics and Identity    

“The Only Thing Europeans Have to Fear is Fear Itself”: How ISIS, the Syria Civil War & the Refugee Crisis are Shaping European Politics and Identity    

[ 0 ] December 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary with MALACHI HACOHEN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 21, 2015: Malachi Hacohen is Associate Professor of History, Political Science, Religion, Slavic & Eurasian Studies, German Studies and Jewish Studies, and a Bass Fellow at Duke University.  He writes on Jewish European history and has published widely on the Central European […]

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WATCH: Rashid Khalidi on the Historian’s Role, Violence in the Middle East, and Palestine

WATCH: Rashid Khalidi on the Historian’s Role, Violence in the Middle East, and Palestine

[ 0 ] December 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 21, 2015: Rashid Khalidi talked with Shai Ginsburg about the role of the historian, his take on violence in the Middle East and his new book project on the hundred year war in Palestine — in this an interview recorded in October 2015 during Khalidi’s visit to Duke. Sponsored by […]

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