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FALL 2012


"Talking Nice": Political (In)Correctness and the Identity Politics of the Palestine-Israel Conflict

Thursday, November 29  6:00-7:30 PM

Lutz Hall, Room 232

Light refreshments will be provided.

Come hear University of Louisville student and Students for Justice in Palestine member Sam Gates speak on the various uses of identity in the most recent war on Gaza, and how these factors interact with the political reality of the conflict.

Sponsored by Louisville Students for Justice in Palestine and Middle East and Islamic Studies.

 

Working for Justice in Israel/Palestine: One Rabbi's Journey

 

Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom is a former Israeli army combat soldier who has promoted non-violence for over thirty years based on the most basic moral principles of Judaism. He has denounced violence on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But offering a perspective seldom heard from a rabbi, he has also vocally condemned Israel’s routine use of violence against the Palestinians, which has expelled them from their homes and land.

 

Sponsors: Social Change, Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Anne Braden Institute, and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation Program

 




 

Campus Visit of Renowned Mexican Writer

Dr. Alberto RuySánchez

3 Free Public Lectures: October 2325, 2012


Reflections on the Day of the DeadTuesday, October 23, 2012
11:00am‐12:15pm
Elaine Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library

 In this lecture, Dr. Alberto Ruy Sánchez will explore urban and rural traditioons

related to the Mexican celebrations of the Day of the Dead, and the dialogue

between the living and the dead, manifested in altars, gravesite commemorations,

sugar skulls, pan de muertos, skeletons, and other colorful aesthetic

offerings.

Elusive

Elusive Identities: The Arabic Presence in Mexican Culture
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
4:30‐5:30pm
Elaine Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library

 In his lecture, Dr. Alberto Ruy‐Sánchez will trace the manner in which

diverse aspects of the Arabic world migrated from northern Africa to

southern Spain, where they left their mark on the ancient Andalusi

culture, before eventually finding their way to Mexico.

In this lecture, Dr. Alberto Ruy Sánchez will speak in Spanish about his own narrateve fiction and how it is informed by global cultures and his many travels throughout the world, in particular, his experiences in Morocco, which have

left an indelible mark on the five novels that comprise his Quinteto de Mogador.

Por una poética del asombro

Por una poética del asombro
Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:30‐6:30pm
Bingham Humanities 205

In his lecture, Dr. Alberto Ruy‐Sánchez will trace the manner in which

diverse aspects of the Arabic world migrated from northern Africa to

southern Spain, where they left their mark on the ancient Andalusi

culture, before eventually finding their way to Mexico.

In this lecture, Dr. Alberto Ruy Sánchez will speak in Spanish about his own narrateve fiction and how it is informed by global cultures and his many travels throughout the world, in particular, his experiences in Morocco, which have

left an indelible mark on the five novels that comprise his Quinteto de Mogador.

Por una poética del asombro

 

Co‐sponsors: A&S International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs; the Department of Anthropology; the Department of Classical and Modern Languages’

Modern Language Fund; the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality; the Liberal Studies Program; the Middle East and Islamic Studies

Program; Special Collections of Ekstrom Library; and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

 

 


UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE TO HOST AWARD WINNING FILM THAT HIGHLIGHTS COOPERATION BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS
(Louisville, September 21, 2012) – The University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences is hosting and co-sponsoring the award-winning film Kinyarwanda onTuesday, October 2 at 4:30 pm in the Floyd Theatre in the Student Activities Center on the Belknap campus. The screening is very timely in light of troubling stories of renewed violence between Muslims and Christians in theMiddle East. The film’s leading actress, Hadija Zaninka, will be attending the screening and available to answer questions. The event is open to the public.
Kinyarwanda, winner of the prestigious World Cinema Audience award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, interweaves six different but interconnected stories that unfold during the1994 Rwandan genocide, a tragedy in which 800,000 people were killed in 100days. At the crux of the story is the developing friendship between a Muslim cleric and a Catholic priest. As the country became a slaughterhouse in the spring and summer of 1994, Rwandan mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis cametogether to protect each other.
The story also follows a young Tutsi woman, Ms. Zaninka‘s character, and a young Hutu man who meet at a party and begin to fall in love just as the genocide is starting to spread. Overall, as Darren Dean, producer of the film, and who will also be in attendance said, “Kinyarwanda provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few.”
The crew from Kinyarwanda film and crew are making a tour across Kentucky and the Midwest and South this fall, including several other screenings in Indiana. University of Louisville Anthropology Professor Jennie Burnet, a main organizer of the film screening said, “With ongoing violence in the world between Christians and Muslims and the continued threat of genocide present in numerous parts of the world, this important film canhelp begin a dialogue about interfaith cooperation, genocide prevention, and hopefully reconciliation.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society; the Department of Anthropology, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice; the Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program; the A&S Dean’s Office Diversity Programs; the Pan-African Studies Department; the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice; and the Student Activities Board Director's Showcase.




Fall 2011/Spring2012

 

Arabian Sinbad: Arabic language cartoon for children.

Saturday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.

 

Wham Bam Islam: Documentary about a Muslim Comic Book

Saturday, July 21, 1:30 p.m.

 

The Light in her Eyes: a documentary about women in Syria.

Saturday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.

 

Celebration of Arab American Culture:

Music, Art and Food

Saturday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.

 

Wham! Bam! Islam! ( Documentary)

July 21 1:30 p.m.

Iroquois Library

601 West Woodlawn Ave

 Wham! Bam! Islam!

Documentary about Naif Al-Mutawa and his venture to create the first team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99. Following the tumultuous journey of THE 99 from concept to reality, from acclaim to censure, from the edge of bankruptcy to a multi-million dollar animation series, Al-Mutawa dodges cultural minefields and confronts the harsh realities of the global marketplace in pursuit of his vision to bring new heroes to children around the world.

 

This will be shown after a half hour of Sinbad – entirely in Arabic, for a younger crowd.

 

Islamic Contributions to Science, Medicine & Mathematics

 Presented by M. Saleem Seyal, MD, FACC, FACP

 July 7, 11:00 a.m.

 Iroquois Library

 601 West Woodlawn Ave.

 For more info call Sophie 574 1720

 

Dr. Seyal graduated from Nishtar Medical College (University of the Punjab, Pakistan) in 1974. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago (1975-1978). From 1978 thru 1981, he served as Medical Supervisor of Emergency Department and an Associate in Medical Education at the same institution.

 Dr. Seyal pursued Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Illinois in Chicago (1981-1983). He moved to Louisville in 1983 and has been in private practice for the past 28 years in the Kentuckiana area.

 Dr. Seyal is board-certified in Internal Medicine (1980), Cardiovascular Medicine (1985) and Interventional Cardiology (2000). He was awarded a Specialist Certificate in Internal Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981. He has been designated as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension (2001). He is among the first 150 physicians in the United States who have been designated as Board-Certified Clinical Lipidologists (2005). He earned certification by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology in October 2006.  He is fully trained to perform and interpret Cardiac CT & Coronary CTA studies and is a Founding Member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). Dr. Seyal completed a unique Cardiovascular Health Fellowship under the auspices of the Health Forum in 1999-2000. He is currently on the clinical faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School Of Medicine and is President of River Cities Cardiology in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He regularly has 4th year medical students and Family Practice residents from the University of Louisville School of Medicine rotate on his service. He has served as President of the Medical Staff at Clark Memorial Hospital.

 Dr. Seyal gives frequent presentations on the subjects of Hypertension, CHF, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Dyslipidemia and Modulation of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System as well as many other clinical cardiology topics. He has chaired the annual “Hypertension & Dyslipidemia symposium" at Jewish Hospital. He is an avid student of the History of Medical Education and has researched the life and works of Abraham and Simon Flexner. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Louisville Medicine, journal of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, and contributes book reviews and essays on a regular basis. He was a presenter and Co-Chairman of the symposium held at Jewish Hospital in May, 2010 on the occasion of the Centennial of Flexner Report along with Dean Edward Halperin of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He has served as director of the Preventive Cardiology Initiative at Clark Memorial Hospital and has given presentations for public education.

 Dr. Seyal has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. He was recently awarded the MOSAIC Award for his professional success and community involvement as an immigrant.

 Kids can be All-Star Readers this summer with LFPL’s annual Summer Reading Program, presented by the Library Foundation, June 1 – August 11. Learn more at www.lfpl.org/kids.

 

Film Screening: Fordson Faith, Fasting, Football

July 7, 2012

1:00 p.m.

Iroquois Library

601 West Woodlawn Ave

Call Sophie for more info 574 1720

 

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle for acceptance in post 9/11 America.

  For more information:

 http://www.fordsonthemovie.com/story.php

LONG SYNOPSIS

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football is a feature-length documentary film that follows four talented high school football players from the working class Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan as they gear up for their big senior year rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, a month when Muslims traditionally fast every day from sunrise to sundown. The film begins on September 11, 2009 and concludes at the end of Ramadan ten days later. The story takes place at Fordson High School, a public school built by Henry Ford in 1922 that was once all white, but now attracts a 98% Arab-American population. As the Fordson team readies itself to play its affluent, cross-town rival, the film depicts a community that is desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9/11 America. Fordson documents not only the players' outer struggle to overcome the hunger and thirst of fasting as they prepare for the big game, but also their inner struggle to reconcile their Arab heritage with their American birthright. It is an inspirational story of an immigrant community's resilience, that attempts to answer the question, "Who is an American?" Through the eyes of the team, their coaches, and their fans, Fordson offers an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

 

Kids can be All-Star Readers this summer with LFPL’s annual Summer Reading Program, presented by the Library Foundation, June 1 – August 11. Learn more at www.lfpl.org/kids.

 

 

Amazing Memorial Day Event!

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky & S. Indiana is hosting a special event in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Globalization on Wednesday. This event is free and open to the public!

The event is hosting a presentation and discussion with three Kentucky-based US Army officers following Memorial Day. Now based out of Fort Knox, the presenters all served in Afghanistan at various times between 2009 and 2011. They will update the community in this presentation, which is the first of its kind for Louisville.

The officers will speak to World Affairs Council members and the general public to provide first-hand accounts of their time in Afghanistan. During their presentation, they will address the challenges that they confronted in combat, tribal and ethnic engagement, and humanitarian initiatives while there. They will also address the changes they observed from 2009 to present-day.

The event will take place in the Mayor’s Hall (4th floor) at Metro Hall. Again, it is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Christy Rhodes at christy.rhodes@worldkentucky.org or by calling (502) 561-5422.


Next Wednesday, May 30
Experiences in Afghanistan: Reflections from Three US Army Officers
Mayor Fischer is expected to inaugurate this presentation, which features
Major Ryan O’Connell, Major Tim Payment, and Lt. Colonel Ryan Janovic

Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mayor’s Gallery (4th Floor, Metro Hall) | 527 W. Jefferson Street
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
Please email christy.rhodes@worldkentucky.org or call (502) 561-5422 to reserve your spot.

 

 

HaHa-HipHop comes to Louisville!

Enjoy great laughs and tunes all while giving towards a good cause---> All proceeds will go to aid Syrian refugees. Don't miss this one of a kind event!

The Muslim Student Association is bringing the HaHaHipHop Tour to UofL's campus! It is a "collaborative performance between comedians and hip hop artists geared towards creating dialogue on social issues. Performances include two equal portions of stand-up comedy and hip hop music by nationally recognized and local artists. This fusion of comedy and music, telling cultural and social anecdotes will be an experience like no other" (link here- http://arab-issh.com/haha-hiphop).

The two featured artists are Khaled M, a Libyan-American rapper based in Lexington, who is featured in the March issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, has performed in cities across the world and Khaled the Comic, who uses his experiences as a child born of immigrant parents to entertain his audience.

Khaled M (the hip hop artist)

Son of a Libyan revolutionary, Khaled M is a Chicago-based Libyan-American hip hop artist who was born into the struggle. The reigning Chicago Urban Music Awards “Lyricist of the Year” has been featured on CNN, ABC World News, Yahoo! News, BBC, Complex Magazine, NPR and more. With a story fit for a Hollywood script, a loyal international fan base and a live show setting stages ablaze, it’s no wonder he was listed as one of CNN’s “Most Interesting People.”

http://thisiskhaledm.com/
http://twitter.com/ThisisKhaledM
http://facebook.com/ThisisKhaledM

Khaled TheComic- http://arab-issh.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Khaled-TheComic-Resume1.pdf

Included will be special performances by great local artists: Tarik Adams (http://tarikadams.com/) and Devine Carama (http://devinecarama.com/)

The performances fuse entertainment with social commentary to create a powerful message of social change. This article on the duo featured in the Huffington Post really exemplifies the message:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/haha-hiphop-show-khaled-comedy-arab-american-museum_n_1235137.html

All proceeds will go toward assistance for Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan and Lebanon amidst the violent onslaught inflicted on the people by the Syrian regime.

Come join us in a night of hiphop, comedy, pure talent, and charity! We promise you won't regret that you did.


$5 pre-sale and & $7 day of show
Tickets can be purchased:
http://h4louisville.eventbrite.com/

Sponsors:

Muslim Student Association
Student Activities Board
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program
Muhammad Ali Institute
Provost's Office for Diversity
Open Spaces

 

 

 

The University of Louisville’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Political Science Department are pleased to sponsor:

Dr. Trita Parsi
A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran
Monday, March 26th at 7:00pm
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Free and open to the public

 

The Hour of Feeling

by Mona Mansour

directed by Mark Wing-Davey

March 6 – April 1, 2o12

Pamela Brown Auditorium

 It’s 1967 and the map of the Middle East is about to change drastically. Fueled by a love of English Romantic poetry, Adham journeys from Palestine to London with his new wife, Abir, to deliver a career-defining lecture. As the young couple’s marriage is tested, Adham struggles to reconcile his ambitions with the pull of family and home. But what if seizing the moment means letting go of everything he knows?

 

Islamic Awareness Week is Here! 

March 5th - 9th     

Hello ladies and gents!

We're gearing up for our annual Islamic Awareness Week and are very
pleased to be putting on some exciting events for your viewing
pleasure. There will be something going on every day of the week, so
that we can more fully explore the theme of diversity in Islam. This
is a great opportunity to demystify the perception that "Arab" and
"Muslim" are synonymous terms, to the exclusion of so many rich and
diverse cultures celebrated by Muslims the world over. There will be
food and refreshments at most of the functions. We hope to see you all
there!

Monday, March 5th
Documentary screening at the Floyd Theater:
“Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think”
6:30pm
Refreshments available
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary
film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered
opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first
major opinion poll on the subject, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent
polling organization.

Tuesday, March 6th
"Diversity in Islam"
A presentation by Professor Brad Bowman
7:00pm in the Chao Auditorium
Refreshments available
Professor Brad Bowman is in the History Department and teaches
"Origins of Islam" and "Islamic Middle East" and is currently doing
his dissertation on ancient Christian monasteries in Muslim lands.

Wednesday, March 7th
International Bazaar, Humanities quad
Food and cultural displays from Muslim countries around the world
11am-2pm
This fair will showcase the varied cultures of countries housing a
majority Muslim population. Each country will be represented at a
different table and goodies will be sold as well.

Thursday, March 8th
My Journey to Islam
A convert panel
6:30pm
Ekstrom Library, W210
also, food
This event will feature a panel of converts who will share their
narratives of conversion to the audience, including how they were
introduced to Islam, and what made them convert.

Friday, March 9th
Jum’ah prayer @ 1pm- IFC chapel
Friday Prayer

 

 

 

 

Iroqouis library will be hosting an Arabic Salon to discuss The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint -Exupery. It will be on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 pm. This event is for high school students and above, and the conversation will be held in Arabic without English interpretation. This will be a great experience for Arabic students and members throughout the community who will benefit from the immersion and conversation experience!

Sophie Maier, a librarian at Iroqouis library,  is one of the main organizers of this event. This article gives a description of the conception of the Arabic Salon and possible future events.

 For further information of the Arabic Salon or the Iraqouis library check out this article.

 

Amazing Memorial Day Event!

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky & S. Indiana is hosting a special event in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Globalization on Wednesday. This event is free and open to the public!

The event is hosting a presentation and discussion with three Kentucky-based US Army officers following Memorial Day. Now based out of Fort Knox, the presenters all served in Afghanistan at various times between 2009 and 2011. They will update the community in this presentation, which is the first of its kind for Louisville.

The officers will speak to World Affairs Council members and the general public to provide first-hand accounts of their time in Afghanistan. During their presentation, they will address the challenges that they confronted in combat, tribal and ethnic engagement, and humanitarian initiatives while there. They will also address the changes they observed from 2009 to present-day.

The event will take place in the Mayor’s Hall (4th floor) at Metro Hall. Again, it is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Christy Rhodes at christy.rhodes@worldkentucky.org or by calling (502) 561-5422.


Next Wednesday, May 30
Experiences in Afghanistan: Reflections from Three US Army Officers

Mayor Fischer is expected to inaugurate this presentation, which features
Major Ryan O’Connell, Major Tim Payment, and Lt. Colonel Ryan Janovic


Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mayor’s Gallery (4th Floor, Metro Hall) | 527 W. Jefferson Street
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
Please email christy.rhodes@worldkentucky.org or call (502) 561-5422 to reserve your spot.



The University of Louisville’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Political Science Department are pleased to sponsor:

Dr. Trita Parsi
A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran
Monday, March 26th at 7:00pm
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Free and open to the public

 

The Hour of Feeling

by Mona Mansour

directed by Mark Wing-Davey

March 6 – April 1, 2o12

Pamela Brown Auditorium

It’s 1967 and the map of the Middle East is about to change drastically. Fueled by a love of English Romantic poetry, Adham journeys from Palestine to London with his new wife, Abir, to deliver a career-defining lecture. As the young couple’s marriage is tested, Adham struggles to reconcile his ambitions with the pull of family and home. But what if seizing the moment means letting go of everything he knows?

 

Islamic Awareness Week is Here!

March 5th - 9th

Hello ladies and gents!

We're gearing up for our annual Islamic Awareness Week and are very
pleased to be putting on some exciting events for your viewing
pleasure. There will be something going on every day of the week, so
that we can more fully explore the theme of diversity in Islam. This
is a great opportunity to demystify the perception that "Arab" and
"Muslim" are synonymous terms, to the exclusion of so many rich and
diverse cultures celebrated by Muslims the world over. There will be
food and refreshments at most of the functions. We hope to see you all
there!

Monday, March 5th
Documentary screening at the Floyd Theater:
“Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think”
6:30pm
Refreshments available
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary
film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered
opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first
major opinion poll on the subject, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent
polling organization.

Tuesday, March 6th
"Diversity in Islam"
A presentation by Professor Brad Bowman
7:00pm in the Chao Auditorium
Refreshments available
Professor Brad Bowman is in the History Department and teaches
"Origins of Islam" and "Islamic Middle East" and is currently doing
his dissertation on ancient Christian monasteries in Muslim lands.

Wednesday, March 7th
International Bazaar, Humanities quad
Food and cultural displays from Muslim countries around the world
11am-2pm
This fair will showcase the varied cultures of countries housing a
majority Muslim population. Each country will be represented at a
different table and goodies will be sold as well.

Thursday, March 8th
My Journey to Islam
A convert panel
6:30pm
Ekstrom Library, W210
also, food
This event will feature a panel of converts who will share their
narratives of conversion to the audience, including how they were
introduced to Islam, and what made them convert.

Friday, March 9th
Jum’ah prayer @ 1pm- IFC chapel
Friday Prayer

 

 

 

Little Prince

Iroqouis library will be hosting an Arabic Salon to discuss The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint -Exupery. It will be on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 pm. This event is for high school students and above, and the conversation will be held in Arabic without English interpretation. This will be a great experience for Arabic students and members throughout the community who will benefit from the immersion and conversation experience!

Sophie Maier, a librarian at Iroqouis library, is one of the main organizers of this event. This article gives a description of the conception of the Arabic Salon and possible future events.

For further information of the Arabic Salon or the Iraqouis library check out this article.

 

Arabic Salon

Arabic language discussion of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

Arabic conversation without English interpretation.

High school and above.

Saturday, December 17, 3 p.m.

 

 

Winter/ Spring 2011

Winter/Spring 2011  

Arab Women Make Movies. 

Featuring films on topics ranging from terrorism and immigration to the often untold lives of women in Arab nations, this film festival will feature movies, directed by women, from Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon and more.

RachidaRachida - Algeria, directed by Yamina Bachir.

A look at terrorism in Algeria through the eyes of Rachida, a teacher in one of the school districts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CaramelCaramel - Lebanon, directed by Nadine Labaki.

Caramel revolves around the intersecting lives of five Lebanese women.  Labaki's tale paints everyday people with everyday problems.

 

 

 

Amreeka

 

Amreeka - Palestine, directed by Cherien Dabis. 

 Amreeka is a drama centered on an immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Illinois.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive film list in progress.

Fall 2010

Lebanon Event at Iroquois

Christian Monasteries in Early Islam.  Tuesday, November 16th at 12:45 PM in Ekstrom W210.  Brad Bowman of the University of Louisville's Department of History

Crossing Borders film viewing and panel discussion, November 15th, 6pm. Food, refreshments and a panel discussion panel to follow, featuring Peace Corps representatives who have served in Morocco. Don't miss it!

 

 The Palestinian Keffiyeh: Resistance Symbol? Fashion Statement? Banality? A lecture by Dr. Ted Swedenburg, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. 25 October, 4-5pm. Chao Auditorium.

msaMuslim Students Association Fast-A-Thon!

The Muslim Student Association's hosting its 4th Annual Fast-A-Thon event! Take this opportunity to try fasting for a day and come break fast with your fellow classmates at a FREE catered dinner, with food delivered by Safier Mediterranean Deli. Free novelty t-shirts will be distributed. Everyone's welcome to join! This event will also double as a fundraiser effort for Pakistan flood relief, so please bring donations as your means will allow. 

For more information, look for our booth set up in front of the Humanities building starting Monday, August 30th. T-Shirts will be distributed to those who sign up on the day of the event (Thursday) on the second floor of the SAC. 

WorldFest, September 3rd and 4th

WorldFest, held on the Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets, is Louisville’s annual celebration of the unique cultures that highlight the community. This year’s festival, the city’s 8th, will be from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4.

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Film Screening

On Monday, April 7, the Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East will show Palestine: Still An Issue at 7:30 at Ray's Monkey House.  Here is the info on the film:

"Palestine is still the issue": a film screening

Mon, April 7th at 7:30. The film "Palestine is still the issue" by John Pilger.

The screening is sponsored by Peace in the Middle East and will be screened at Ray's Monkey House, 1578 Bardstown Rd.

 

In 1977, the award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jon Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine is Still The Issue (1977). He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.

 

In this new documentary (2002)he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo - refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

"The fate and struggle of the Palestinians," says Pilger, "are not just critical to the overdue recognition of their basic human rights, but are also central to whether the region, and the wider world, are plunged into war. Israel is now one of the biggest military powers in the world. While nothing changes, the dangers become greater. This is a film about a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. In trying to liberate less than a quarter of historic Palestine, they have had no army, no air force, and no powerful friends- and have fought back with slingshots and now with the terrorism of the suicide bombers."

 

In a series of extraordinary interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, John Pilger weaves together the issue of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he see the humiliation of families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid South Africa's infamous pass laws. He goes into the refugee camps and meets children who, he says, "no longer dream like other children, or if they do, it is about death."

 

Continually asking for the solution. John Pilger says it is time to bring justice, as well as peace, to Palestine.

 

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