Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Past Events

2015-2016


ISS International Coffee Hour: Iraq
Friday, November 11, 3:00 pm | 3rd Floor Gallery of Watson Library

Interested in learning about other countries or cultures? Join international and domestic students for FREE coffee, tea, treats and conversation! Refreshments and conversation begin at 3:00 pm; cultural presentations begin at 3:30 pm. International Coffee Hour is sponsored through partnerships with Coca-Cola, the KU Academic Accelerator Program and the Applied English Center. Come and join us!


Turkish Film Night: Vizontele
Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:00 pm | 318 Bailey Hall

The mayor of a small village in Turkey opposes the activities of an opportunist who runs open-air film screenings and seeks to break his monopoly over village entertainment with the introduction of the first television. The mayor recruits an eccentric electrician to help him to set up a television. The opportunist seeks to undermine his efforts by decrying television as the work of the Devil and a slap in the face of Islamic tradition. The film will be in Turkish with English subtitles. Watch the trailer for Vizontele here.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Writing Workshop
Thursday, November 3, 4-5 pm | 318 Bailey Hall

This intensive workshop will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop is intended to help students applying for CLS for the Summer 2017 term who have already begun their application essays. You must bring a completed draft of your essay to the session. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate and graduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle. Registration is required. Please email fellowships@ku.edu to reserve your seat at the workshop.

Languages:   

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 8:30-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 16, 2016. www.clscholarship.org


 

Center for Undergraduate Research Awards: Proposal Workshop
Tuesday, November 1, 4:00-5:00 pm | Parlors ABC, Kansas Union

Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs) are $1,000 scholarships provided to undergraduate students pursuing original research, scholarship, or creative work under the general guidance of a member of the faculty or other approved mentor. UGRAs are awarded to students conducting semester-long independent projects that constitute work that is original and substantive given the standards and objectives of the field. Bring a draft of your proposal for review. UGRA Proposal Deadline is Nov 3.


Persian Language Scholarship: Eurasia Regional Language Program, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Deadline: October 31

American Councils for International Education recently received a new grant from the Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Aboard, to provide scholarship support to students on our Eurasia Regional Language Program (ERLP) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which provides intensive, immersion-based instruction in Persian. The new Fulbright Hays funding will award scholarships of $7,000 to qualified applicants; these awards can be combined with existing American Councils financial aid to provide awards of more than $7,000 to those students who require additional funding to cover program costs. To apply, students should complete the application (acstudyabroad.org/erlp/), write a short essay explaining how their future career will support U.S. national interests, and complete a CSS Profile form (student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile). More information on the Fulbright-Hays scholarship can be found here: acstudyabroad.org/fulbright-hays/.


Preaching For the Nation: Media and Religion in Modern Egypt
Thursday, October 27, 4:00 pm | Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Muhammad Mitwalli Sha‘rawi was one of Egypt's most beloved and successful Islamic preachers. His wildly popular TV program aired every Friday for years until his death in 1998. At the height of his career, it was estimated that up to 30 million people tuned in to his show each week. Thanks to the repurposing of his videos on television and on the Internet, Sha‘rawi’s performances are still regularly viewed. Sha‘rawi's life and work help explicate how traditional Muslim authorities have used various media to put forth a unique vision of how Islam can be renewed and revived in the contemporary world. Through his weekly television appearances he popularized long held theological and ethical beliefs and became a scholar-celebrity who impacted social and political life in Egypt. This talk will be presented by Jaquelene Brinton, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Academic Director of KU Middle East Studies Program in the Center for Global & International Studies. Sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, Kansas African Studies Center and Department of Religious Studies. Followed by a book signing of Dr. Brinton’s book, Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and Media in Contemporary Egypt. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.


Perspectives on the Crisis in Turkey
Wednesday, October 26, 2:00 pm |Alderson Auditorium (Kansas Union)


Featuring Dr. James Harrington from the University of Texas at Austin. Harrington has done extensive research with the Fethullah Gülen community, the members of which have been accused by the Turkish government of instigating the attempted coup against President Erdoğan. This event is sponsored by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (a group inspired by the leadership of Fethullah Gülen). This event is free and open to the public.


Lawrence in Arabia
Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm | Lied Center Pavilion

Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. At the end of World War I, a British colonel, T. E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” warned in vain against plans to divide the Middle East into imperial spheres of control. Disaster struck almost as he had foretold. Today the world lives with the consequences of his ignored warning. This talk will focus on the life of T. E. Lawrence and bring that history forward to the present day. Scott Anderson compiled a report, based on trips he took to the Middle East, on the Arab Spring revolutions. He will show how much of the region’s current turmoil has its roots in decisions made nearly a century ago and also discuss where the crisis is likely to go next. Reception and book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities. This event is part of KU’s World War I Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program. See here for more info.


Film Screening. Humanities and Honors Program WWI Film Series: Lawrence of Arabia
Sunday, October 2, 1:00-5:00 pm | The Jay (1st floor), Kansas Union

Lawrence of Arabia, the 1962 epic film depicts T. E. Lawrence's experiences in the Arabian Peninsula during World War I. The film describes his emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his new-found comrades within the Arabian Desert tribes. The film won seven Academy Awards. This event is part of KU’s World War I Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program.


U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP)
Paid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This internship is designed to increase the diversity of the US Department of State by attracting students of various ethnic/racial, economic, gender, geographic, etc., backgrounds to “try” Foreign Service on for two summer internships and hopefully consider a career as a Foreign Service officer. This is a paid internship and is very selective. Only about 20-25 students across the US are awarded this prestigious internship. 

Requirements: US citizenship, at least a 3.2 GPA, be a current sophomore or junior.
Website: The application will not be available until Friday. Check here then: careers.state.gov/intern/other-programs
Apply: September 23-30, 2016


KU Global Scholars
Deadline: Thursday, September 22, 5:00 pm

Need money to study abroad? Interested in research? Then apply to become a Global Scholar. The program, which accepts 15 sophomores, emphasizes intercultural learning opportunities and faculty mentored research. The Global Scholars program prepares students to become innovative leaders and thoughtful global citizens. Scholars also receive a $1,000 scholarship toward a KU-approved, credit-bearing study abroad program.


SUA International Night: Egypt 
Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-8:00 pm | The Jay, Kansas Union

Learn about other cultures with our famous International Nights. September's International Nights features Egypt. Come eat food, see cultural presentations and immerse yourself in another culture. FREE. SUA’s International Nights feature different cultures with the goal of increasing international awareness and diversity among KU students. Organized by Student Union Activities.


Opportunities with the US Department of State: Internships and Consular Fellows Program 
Monday, September 19, 2:00-3:00 pm | Centennial Room, Kansas Union (6th floor)

Joan Hutfles will share information and answer your questions about internships and the Consular Fellows Program. The US Department of State offers opportunities for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. For all majors! Some internship deadlines are coming up in October so this session is very timely. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Program, Jayhawks Without Borders Student Club, Kansas African Studies Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, KU’s University Career Center, Middle East Studies Program. Earn credit for GAP.


Coffee with a Diplomat 
Monday, September 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm | The Jay/Spare Room, Kansas Union (1st floor)

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Joan Hutfles, a diplomat with 17 years’ experience! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. For all majors! Complimentary coffee will be provided. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Program, Jayhawks Without Borders Student Club, Kansas African Studies Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, KU’s University Career Center, Middle East Studies Program. Earn credit for GAP.


KU’s Washington Intern Program Info Session
Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm | 114 Blake Hall

Come to learn more about this intensive DC experience. During the spring semester, students work at full-time internships and attend weekly seminars which feature notable speakers, ranging from former Senator Bob Dole to Washington Post reporters to think-tank scholars. KU students have worked for a number or internationally-related units (such as Amnesty International, United Nations Association, United Nations Development Programme, Cato Institute, Middle East Institute, International Rescue Committee, INTERPOL). Learn more about internships, academic credit, requirements, cost, and living arrangements at the info session. Organized by the Department of Political Science.


Bees and Spiders: ISIS in Perspective
Thursday, September 1, 3:00-5:00 pm | Dole Center

Actions in the Middle East since the early 1990s are best understood with cultural and historical context. Brian L. Steed, Asst. Prof, Military History, US Army Command and General Staff College LTC, US Army, lays out the past, present and future of conflict in the Middle East and globally with perspective gained from experience, research and writings. Steed has authored Bees and Spiders: Applied Cultural Awareness and the Art of Cross-Cultural Influence and ISIS: An Introduction to the Islamic State. Visit Steed’s website www.narrativespace.net to learn more about contemporary conflict and the fight with ISIS. doleinstitute.org/event/bees-and-spiders-isis-in-perspective/


 

CREES Brownbag: “Dynamics and Implications of the Failed Coup in Turkey” 
Tuesday, August 30, 12:00-1:00 pm | 318 Bailey Hall

Michael Wuthrich (CGIS, REES) presents at our informal forum on general topics related to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. From the arts and literature to political science and current events, the weekly CREES Brownbag continues to educate and inform all those interested in this diverse and dynamic area of the world.


Islamaphobia
Monday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library

Featuring Dr. Naima Boussofara and Dr. Jessica Gerschultz, this event is sponsored by the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the Department of African and African-American Studies.


Persian Culture Festival: Persian Dance Performance with Termeh Persian Cultural Group
Saturday, April 23, 6:30-8:00 pm
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium         

The performance includes group dances in several styles by Kansas City Persian Cultural Group Termeh. Group dance styles will include: a traditional wedding dance, Baba Karam and Persian folk (Azari, Northern and Southern styles and more). There will also be solo Persian and Turkish dances and a solo violin performance. This program is part of the Persian Culture Festival and is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, KU Central Asian Student Association, KU Student Senate, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, With special thanks to the Persian Community of Greater Kansas City (persiankc.com).


ISIS: Ideology and History of a Terrorist Movement
Friday, April 22, 5:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12

Panel discussion with:

·        Nazli Avdan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

·        Jaquelene Brinton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Academic Director of KU Middle East Studies Program

·        Michael WuthrichVisiting Assistant Professor, CGIS and Academic Director, Global & International Studies Academic Programs


Experience an Arab Night at KU
Tuesday April 19, 6:00-8:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

Experience an evening of various cultures from the Arab world. Sample traditional Arab cuisine and listen to traditional musical instruments. Have your hands intricately painted with henna. Learn how to write your name as well as how to say hello and goodbye in Arabic. Watch a lively performance of a traditional dance and more! Sponsored by African and African-American Studies, Applied English Center, KU Middle East Studies Program and Center for Global & International Studies, Coca Cola, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, KU Student Senate, Kansas African Studies Center.


Persian Culture Festival: Persian Music Concert with Orkideh Music Group
Sunday, April 10, 6:30-8:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

KU Persian Culture Festival favorites Orkideh (from the Kansas City Area) will play a selection of Persian music from traditional to contemporary. This program is part of the Persian Culture Festival and is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, KU Central Asian Student Association, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, With special thanks to the Persian Community of Greater Kansas City (persiankc.com).


Persian Culture Festival: Sizdah Bedar: Nowruz Picnic in the Park
Saturday, April 2, 11:00 am
Overlook Park, 872 N 1402 Rd, Lawrence, KS

Sizdah-bedar is an Iranian festival tradition, observed on the thirteenth (and last) day of the Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations. Iranians have a tradition of spending the day outdoors on the 13th day of month of Farvardin. ''Sizdah-'' means thirteen, and ''-bedar'', means to get rid of, i.e. "getting rid of thirteen". The first 12 days of the year symbolize order in the world and in the lives of people. The 13th day marks the beginning of the return to ordinary daily life. It is customary on this day for families to pack a picnic and go to a park or the countryside. It is believed that the joy and laughter of a celebration outdoors with family and friends can clean the mind from all negative thoughts, thus a good start to a new year. All are welcome to join this day of celebration hosted by the KU Persian Club. Guests are invited to bring some food to share, but it is not required. Guests of all ages are welcome to come and join in the fun! This program is part of the Persian Culture Festival and is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, KU Central Asian Student Association, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, With special thanks to the Persian Community of Greater Kansas City (persiankc.com). Directions: From Lawrence, Kansas, take Clinton Parkway/23rd Street west to the end of the road. Make a right turn followed by the first left turn. Continue approximately one-fourth mile to park. Meeting in shelter number 2. Plenty of parking.


 
Persian Culture Festival: An Evening of Persian Poetry
Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union

A recitation of poetry in Persian language from Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and India and Turkey. Works recited will include Hafez, Rumi and more. English translations will be provided. This program is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, KU Central Asian Student Association, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, With special thanks to the Persian Community of Greater Kansas City (persiankc.com).


Persian Culture Festival: Persian New Year “Nowruz” Celebration
Monday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Alcove ABC, Kansas Union

A presentation highlighting how Nowruz (Persian New Year) is celebrated around the world  with presenters from Iran, Tajikistan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, and more. This program is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, KU Central Asian Student Association, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, With special thanks to the Persian Community of Greater Kansas City (persiankc.com).


Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Roey Gilad, speaks at KU
Wednesday, March 9, 3:00-4:00 pm
Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave

Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, the Honorable Roey Gilad, speaks at the Adams Alumni Center.  His lecture is called, “Israel facing the new Geo-Political map of the Middle East”.  Reception to follow from 4:00-5:00pm, also at the Adams Alumni Center. Free and open to the public.


See/Saw Film Festival: On the Brink: Borders, Boundaries and Becoming
Friday, March 4-Sunday, March 6
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

The 2016 See/Saw Festival focuses on the concept of pushing and navigating “borders.” This weekend of interdisciplinary events will engage the university and Lawrence community in dialogue that explores the intersections of borders, boundaries, and social justice across multiple contexts. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and many other units at KU and in the community. For film, program and sponsor information, see seesawfest.com/about/. The festival is free and open to the public. Many amazing films will be shown, including:

Salam Neighbor: Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. These two uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

Wadjda: Although Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl lives in conservative Saudi Arabia, she is entrepreneurial and likes to push boundaries. She sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale and decides she wants it desperately. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.


Seeking Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel
Tuesday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 pm
Nunemaker Center (1506 Engel Road)
 
Rabbi Joseph Berman and Bshara Nassar will join students and community members at the Nunemaker Center (http://honors.ku.edu/nunemaker-center) to discuss the situation in Palestine and Israel and how individuals can take positive actions to help bring about justice and peace in the area. This event is sponsored by the student club Jayhawks Without Borders and New Church Lawrence, a campus church hybrid.

Apply for FLAS Fellowships for the following languages!
Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali, Wolof Chinese,
Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Uyghur
Deadline: Sunday, February 14

Applications for Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017 FLAS Fellowships are now being accepted. 

FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and undergraduate students. Students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible to apply. FLAS awards are available for the study of Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Wolof, with additional African languages requests considered AND Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan and Uyghur. Awards are contingent on federal funding. Undergraduate awards provide up to $10,000 for tuition (limited to the actual amount of tuition and fees) and a $5,000 stipend for living expenses. Graduate awards provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend for living expenses. Summer awards provide up to $5,000 for tuition and a stipend of $2,500 for living expenses. The FLAS online application is available now!  http://flas.ku.edu/
Hidden Treasures of Istanbul: Music & Art Night
Saturday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Lied Center

Get ready to experience the traditional arts of historic city of Istanbul. While enjoying the traditional instrumental sounds, attendees also will have the opportunity to experience unique ancient arts that date back to 8th century AD. The Art experiences include traditional Turkish Tile and Ceramics, Water Marbling (Ebru), and Calligraphy. Hosted by The Dialogue Institute. For more information, please visit http://lied.ku.edu/?event=hidden-treasures-of-istanbul.


Internship Programs with the US Department of State
Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Kansas Union, Kansas Room

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about internship opportunities with the US Department of State. The US Department of State offers internship for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Coffee with a Diplomat
Wednesday, February 10, 9:00-10:30 am
Kansas Union, Pine Room

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided. Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


International Jayhawk Festival
Thursday, February 4, 4-8 pm 
Daisy Hill Commons (1620 Engel Road)

Are you ready to become a global Jayhawk? Join SUA Cultural Programming at the inaugural International Jayhawk Festival! FREE food, games, art, and activities—plus the first 300 attendees will receive a free t-shirt! Learn about academic programs, languages, study/intern abroad, cultural activities, global career resources and student clubs. Meet representatives from over 30 international centers, programs, and student organizations on campus, including the Office of Study Abroad, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, KU’s five Area Studies centers, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Play games, grab a snack, and view the award-winning artwork from the SUA Art Contest: World Through Us. Free entry with KU ID. Submit your artwork by Feb. 2nd and see details here: http://suaevents.com/world-through-us-art-contest. If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 7 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: studentunionactivities@gmail.comPhone (785) 864-7469. TTY: 711.


Persian Language Table
Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wescoe 2096

Come, drink tea and speak Persian with Dr. Razi Ahmad in an informal and relaxed environment. All levels are welcome to come and practice. For more information, contact Dr. Ahmad at r.ahmad@ku.edu.​


Connect-International Tuesday Lunches
Tuesdays, 11:30 am-1:00 pm (Sept 1- Nov 24, except for fall break)
Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM), 1204 Oread Ave.

Are you interested in international topics, places or people? Come to a free lunch, open to all KU International and US students, staff, and scholars. For more information see www.facebook.com/kugap1

Shad-e Yalkda: A Celebration of Winter Solstice
Thursday, December 3, 5:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
 

Join the University of Kansas Persian Club as we present the Shab-e Yalda (celebration of the winter solstice), an ancient Persian tradition. The program will consists of a brief presentation on Yalda Night, games, activities, and light refreshment. Sponsored by Middle East Studies and the Center for Global & International Studies.


"Working in Foreign Policy": Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call
Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join us as we Skype with Rachel B. Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at CFR. She will discuss her experience working in foreign policy and offer suggestions for how students can prepare for careers in public service, global affairs, and policy research.


Film Screening: Girl Rising
Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

Join Peace Corps for a special screening of Girl Rising followed by a discussion on girls' education worldwide and how you can help through Peace Corps service. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. The movie will run for 1 hour and 41 minutes.


CREES Brownbag: Elections in Turkey
Tuesday, December 1, 12:00-1:00pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join Mike Wuthrich, Academic Director of Global & International Studies program, as he discusses Turkish elections.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Info Session
Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This information session will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop provides information about the CLS program and application process. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students).

Languages: -Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 9-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 23, 2015. www.clscholarship.org


Midwest Jewish Studies Association
Sunday, October 18-Monday, October 19
The Eldridge Hotel
 

The KU Jewish Studies Program will host the 27th annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. This conference brings together aspiring and established scholars of Jewish Studies. Information on events, registration and the plenary speaker can be found here: http://jewishstudies.ku.edu/2015-mjsa-conference.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Politics and Governance in Lebanon
Friday, October 16, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
 
Jenan Amin will provide an overview of the working of the Lebanese political system since the end of the civil war (1975 - 1990) and address problems of administrative mismanagement and corruption which affect the provision of public services by the central government and the working of municipalities across the country. It will highlight the current trash crisis as an example of the government's failure to provide basic daily services for Lebanese citizens. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies.
Expand Your World: Join Phi Beta Delta!
Deadline: October 7
 

Phi Beta Delta is KU’s honor society for juniors, seniors, graduate students, scholars, staff and faculty who have distinguished themselves academically or professionally and are involved in international education and endeavors. Meet people with similar interests. Qualified students can apply for conference travel funds. Attend events with an international focus. Apply by October 7 at www.international.ku.edu/membership. Contact pbd@ku.edu with questions.


SUA International Night: Saudi Arabia
Sunday, October 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Kansas Union, Hawks Nest (1st level of the Union)
 

Broaden your understanding of the different cultures that are present on campus by visiting this spotlight on Saudi Arabia. Organized by Student Union Activities and the Saudi Student Association. KU students can explore the cultures and cuisine for FREE with a valid KU Student ID or $5 for General Public.


National Elections in Turkey: Here We Go Again?
Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Centennial Room
 

Join F. Michael Wuthrich, Assistant Professor and Director of the Global & International Studies Program at KU, as he discusses the critical upcoming elections in Turkey in light of the “ghosts of elections past,” the forces, patterns and people that will help us make sense of what we will see before and after November 1st when the citizens of Turkey go once again to the polls. Sponsored by the Global & International Studies Program, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Department of Political Science, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Earn credit for GAP. Followed by a book-signing. 


Info Session for NEW program: Architecture & Culture in the United Arab Emirates led by Nilou Vakil
Wednesday, September 23, 2:00 pm
107 Smith Hall (after the REL 350 class)
 

The Office of Study Abroad is excited to announce a NEW winter break program in the United Arab Emirates. Earn GIST credit during winter break. Locations: Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Dates: January 1-13, 2016. For more info, visit: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/architecture-united-arab-emirates. If you have questions, please contact Renée Frias at the Office of Study Abroad at rfrias@ku.edu


Whirling Dervishes of Rumi
Sunday, September 20, 6:30 pm
Lied Center, Main Auditorium
 

A spectacular, once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the magical, mystical and sacred performance dervishes of Rumi, spiritual master and poet of the late 13th century. The evening will include:

  • The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi from Konya, Turkey
  • Traditional Sufi Music
  • Presentation about Sufism by world renowned scholar Ori Soltes, PhD

Presented by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. $25 adults, $15 students/youth 


Mysticism in Mind & Movement: Sufism, Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes
Friday, September 18, 12:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium
 

This talk will address a number of questions: What is mysticism about? How is it part of and different from everyday religion? How does Sufism—Muslim mysticism--fit into the broad concepts of mysticism? Who was Rumi and did how his tariqa (mystical path) chart familiar and unprecedented territory? How and why is this relevant to us, in the early twenty-first century? Ori Z Soltes teaches theology, art history, philosophy and politics at Georgetown University. He has taught and lectured across the United States and internationally, and is the author of several hundred books and articles. Co-sponsored by KU Middle East Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Global & International Studies, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. This talk is organized in conjunction with the “Whirling Dervishes of Rumi” performance event at the Lied Center on Sunday, September 20, at 6:30 pm. Presented by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. $25 adults, $15 students/youth. 


SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROB ANDREW

Jayhawks Without Borders
Friday, September 11, 11:00-11:50 am
318 Bailey Hall

Hear from a Senior Foreign Service Officer on how 9/11 changed the life and careers of US State Department employees. Drawing on his own personal experiences, Mr. Andrew will discuss how 9/11 continues to affect the lives of diplomats today.

 

Coffee with a Diplomat
Friday, September 11, 12:30-2:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove F (third floor, near Marketplace)

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.

 

Internship Program with the US Department of State
Friday, September 11, 2:30-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about internship opportunities with the US Department of State. The US Department of State offers internship for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. The deadline for the Summer 2016 Internship is in October so this session is very timely.

These events are sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 9, 10:30am-3:30pm
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
 

Join the Office of Study Abroad and learn more about study abroad opportunities for KU students. 


Jayhawks Without Borders Meeting
Friday, September 4, 11:00am-12:00pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

Join Jayhawks Without Borders, KU’s club for students interested in international & area studies, for a beginning-of-semester icebreaker. Bring a friend!  


The Persian Club Welcome Party
Saturday, August 29, 6:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

We're having a party to welcome new students to the Persian Club. We hope to see you there!

 

2014-2015


Jayhawks Without Borders: End of the Year Party!
Friday, May 1, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Come one, come all to celebrate the end of Jayhawks w/o Borders' first year! New officers will be announced. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Q&A with Dr. Gal Levy on Israel's Current Elections
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Governors (5th floor)

Join Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, as he leads a discussion and Q&A on Israel's recent election outcome. Sponsored by KU’s Jewish Studies Program.


See/Saw Film Festival
Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26
Lawrence Public Library

See/Saw centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. Following each film screening, we will hold a panel discussion with members of the KU and Lawrence community. The festival is free and open to the public. While the See/Saw Film Festival was primarily coordinated by graduate students in the KU Department of Special Education and leadership members of the Kansas University Professionals for Disability, the event would not be possible without assistance from the following organizations, departments, and centers. These sponsors have been pivotal in donating time, energy, wisdom, and funds to the festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies. Many amazing films will be shown, including:
Dancing in Jaffa: For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. For program information, see http://seesawfilmfest.com/program/


Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Internships
Friday, April 24, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mary Beth Duda will talk to us about internship possibilities overseas. She participated in an "internship abroad" that also counted for major credit last summer. She went to Dublin and worked for a non-profit organization there that focused on developmental work in a number of sub-Saharan African countries--a very global experience! Find more information on study abroad programs and internships at the University of Kansas here at the KU Office of Study Abroad website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


The Writing on the Walls: Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo
Tuesday, April 21, 5:15 pm
Spencer Museum of Art, Room 211

Dr. Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo will present this lecture. The architecture of Cairo provides us with a vast and fascinating corpus of monumental inscriptions, which served diverse religious, political, and dynastic purposes. This talk will consider the context of this form of public writing and its reception among Medieval audiences in addition to the role they played in furthering the aspirations of the rulers of Medieval Cairo. The Murphy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The lectureship was established in 1979 through the Kansas University Endowment Association in honor of former chancellor Dr. Franklin D. Murphy.


World Tour Wednesday Presents Iran
Film & Lecture: Persian History & Culture
Wednesday April 15th, 7:00 pm
Plymouth Language Program, 925 Vermont Street

Join us to hear our wonderful speaker, Hamideh Gerami, who will be talking about cultural misrepresentations and misunderstandings of the Persian people in the U.S. in an attempt to contextualize the Iran nuclear framework in the news. Refreshment will be provided. FREE EVENT


Salam! Welcome to Persian Languages
Wednesday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B
 
Join us to learn about the fascinating language, history, and culture of Persia! You will acquire the skills to conduct a basic conversation in Farsi as well as write in that language using the Perso-Arabic script. Participants will take home materials that they can use in the classroom. Presented by the Center for Global & International Studies. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.

Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Hotspots, Ukraine & Crimea
Friday, April 10, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Austin Charron, doctoral candidate in the KU Geography Department will give a general talk on Ukraine. The talk will include some historical background as well as research and cognitive mapping conducted by Austin as a Fulbrighter in Crimea. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Persian Culture Festival
Sizdah Bedar: Nowruz Picnic in the Park
Saturday, April 4, 11:00 am
Bloomington Beach Picnic Shelters (Clinton Lake Area)

Bring a dish to share or just come and have fun in the park!

What does Sizdah Bedar mean? Sizdah-bedar is an Iranian festival tradition, celebrated on the thirteenth (and last) day of the Nowruz (Persian New Year). Iranians have a tradition of spending the day outdoors on the 13th day of month of Farvardin. ''Sizdah-'' means thirteen, and ''-bedar'', means to get rid of, i.e "getting rid of thirteen". The first 12 days of the year symbolize order in the world and in the lives of people. The 13th day marks the beginning of the return to ordinary daily life. It is customary on this day for families to pack a picnic and go to a park or the countryside. It is believed that the joy and laughter of a celebration outdoors with family and friends can clean the mind from all negative thoughts, thus a good start to a new year.

All are welcome to join this day of celebration hosted by the KU Persian Club. Guests are invited to bring some food to share, but it is not required. Guests of all ages are welcome to come and join in the fun!


Turkish Film: Uzun Hikaye (A Long Story)
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

In Turkish with English Subtitles. Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East Europe and Eurasian Studies.


Prospects for Improved US-Iran Relations with former US Representative Jim Slattery (D-KS)
Monday, March 30, 3:00 pm
Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive

Slattery will discuss his recent trip to Iran, the hope for successful nuclear talks, and the crucial people-to-people aspect of U.S.-Iran relations, called the Abrahamic Dialogue. This dialogue encourages interfaith communication and reconciliation between the two countries. This program will be a timely look beyond the headlines. This program is free, open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served. Sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics.


Persian Culture Festival
Persian Music Concert: Orkideh Music Group
Saturday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 5)

The Persian Culture Festival is thrilled to welcome back Kansas City music group Orkideh! The group will present a highly entertaining program, performing a variety of Iranian music styles ranging from traditional to contemporary pieces.


Persian Culture Festival
The Unveiling of Persian Architecture
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 pm

Spencer Museum of Art, Reception Room

Nilou Vakil, Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, will deliver a presentation that traces the roots of contemporary Iranian architecture from the height of the Persian Empire to present day and explores issues of cultural identity, political transformation, and globalization. Nilou is currently the President of in situ DESIGN and specializes in designing award-winning public buildings with a focus on civic projects, museums and cultural institutions. She has a passion for creating responsible urban communities with people in mind. Nilou earned a BFA in Design from the University of the Arts in Tehran and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning in Denver. This program is co-sponsored by the KU Persian Club, Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies Program, Department of Dance, Spencer Museum of Art, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Department of Film & Media Studies, Department of Architecture, Hall Center for the Humanities. For more information, see www.global.ku.edu/pcf. Earn credit for GAP and Arts Engagement Certification.


Persian Culture Festival
Film Screening and Discussion: Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday
Moderated by Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi, KU Department of Film & Media Studies
Saturday, March 7, 3:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 4)

Fireworks Wednesday is the third feature from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, director of Oscar-winning film A Separation (2012).  Running time 102 minutes. The film is in Farsi with English subtitles.

The film is set in Tehran, as preparations are being made to celebrate Iranian New Year (Nowruz), which begins on March 21, as well as the festival of fire, or “Chahar Shanbeh Souri”, that falls on the last Wednesday evening before the beginning of the New Year. The film’s scenes revolve around the images and actions traditionally performed at this time of year. Firecrackers and bonfires light the night sky in a profusion of noise and color.  In accordance with the custom of "khooneh tekouni" (which literally means "shaking the house"), Iranian homes undergo a rigorous spring cleaning. On this auspicious evening, a young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naïve, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds her employers’ household in crisis over accusations of infidelity. Rouhi bears witness to a series of vicious disputes between this modern urban Iranian couple that then casts doubt on her own future prospects for marital happiness.

Fireworks Wednesday delves into the untidy lives of contemporary Iranians, exploring the social hierarchies of the society to reveal the complicated relationships of its three-dimensional characters, beautifully realized by these seasoned actors.

“This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned; wisely, Farhadi never serves judgement on them in their troubled pursuit of truth, love and happiness. Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” -Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Read full review by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.

Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She received her B.F.A. (Cinema-Editing Concentration) and M.A. (Cinema Studies) from Tehran University of Art in Iran. After coming to the United States, she received an M.A. in Film Studies from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her current research focuses on the sexual and gender transformations of Iranian society and their representations in Iranian cinem


Experience of Palestinians in Israel with Author and Journalist Sayed Kashua
Monday, March 2, 4:30-5:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor”, and is the focus of the documentary Forever Scared. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival. Kashua is the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Berstein Prize.
Screening of Israeli TV series “Arab Labor”: 3:30-4:30 pm (before the lecture) in Traditions Area, 4th floor of Kansas Union
Book signing: 5:30 pm (after the lecture) in Traditions Area, 4th floor of Kansas Union

Global Hotspots: Crises in Ukraine and the Middle East
2015 KU Security Mini-Conference
Monday, March 2, 1-4pm
The Forum in Marvin Hall

Conflict in Ukraine, 1:00-2:30pm: Roger McDermott, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Program; Jake Kipp, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Chuck Bartles, Analyst

ISIS & Central Asia, 2:45-4:00pm: Zhulduz Baizakova, Fulbright Scholar, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Mike Wuthrich, Global and International Studies; Matt Stein, Analyst

The conference is free and open to the public, and participants need not register to attend. If you would like to receive a poster and/or press release related to this event, or further information, write to crees@ku.edu. Sponsored by KU’s Office of Graduate Military Programs, Center for Global and International Studies, and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


Persian Culture Festival
Dance Through Time: Persian Dance Performance with Farima Berenji
Saturday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 5)
1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045

With “Dance Through Time” Farima Berenji, internationally acclaimed dancer, will take the audience on a historical and artistic journey in movement. The voyage begins with the origins of dance in ancient Persia, through the classical period and the golden age of poetry, to the vibrant variations of the Silk Road (Tajik), and finally, Persian dance in the modern age.

Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist. She has performed and taught throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Farima has lectured, facilitated research projects, collaborated, and choreographed for highly acclaimed internationally renowned companies such as Dance Versity, Ballet Afsaneh, Avaz Dance Company,Djanbazian Dance Company, Mystic Rose Dance Company, Rosanna Gamson World Wide, ODC, Tumata Organization of Turkey, UNESCO, the Egyptian Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Iranian National Museum and Conservatory, World Dance Fusion of San Francisco, “30 Voices” Women’s Rights Organization, and many other companies, musicians, and artists based in U.S., Iran, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.


International Expo: The World and You at KU
Wednesday, February 25, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Kansas Union, 4th floor lobby
The Expo features International Area Studies Centers, School of Languages, Global Awareness Program, Peace Corps, and more. Learn about international resources at KU: minors, majors & certificates, activities and performances, languages at KU, cultural events, study/intern abroad, scholarships, career resources, and student clubs. FREE FOOD! PRIZES! ENTERTAINMENT!
Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Kansas African Studies Center; Center for Global & International Studies; Office of International Programs; Global Awareness Program; Fulbright; Office of Study Abroad; School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures; Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center; Peace Corps; University Career Center; Coca-Cola Program; Undergraduate Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Jayhawks Without Borders: ISIS: Beyond the Headlines
Friday, February 20, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

318 Bailey Hall
Come hear Dr. Wuthrich give some background on one of the foremost issues in the news, ISIS! Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


FLAS Deadline: Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Wolof
Sunday, February 15

Turkey's Impasse: Dissidence, Elections, and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm
100 Smith Hall
 
Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy, will address Turkey’s political situation. Turkey's political history during the multiparty period (1950>) is riddled with instability, praetorian and authoritarian rule. Under the incumbency of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the country's initial turn to consolidating and internalizing liberal democratic norms has since 2013, taken a sharp dive. Although Turkey has not been plagued by severe economic instability since the early 2000s, there seems to be no doubt that the country is in the midst of an ever-escalating political crisis. Institutional arrangements to manage, accommodate and ameliorate political conflict- from political parties to the judicial system appear to be faltering.  What are the roots Turkish political conduct and what typology does Turkey's democratic credentials fit into? Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.

Putinesque Politics in Erdogan's Turkey: CREES Brownbag
Thursday, February 12, 12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
 
Presenter: Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University
 

SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROBERT ANDREW

Coffee with a Diplomat
Tuesday, February 10, 2:00-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove A (third floor, near Marketplace)
Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.
The Role of Language and Culture in the Foreign Service
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Diplomat in Residence, Robert Andrew, will speak about the importance of learning languages and culture, how it helped him in his career with the Foreign Service and how it can help students to pursue careers in the global arena.
Careers with the US Department of State
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Learn about a career opportunity unlike any other. Discover how you can have a global impact by joining the Foreign Service. Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about career opportunities with the US Department of State.
All of these events are sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.
 

Global Food For Thought: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? State Border Characteristics and the Transnational Flow of Terrorist Violence
Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join Nazli Avdan, KU professor in Political Science to learn more about terrorism. Until recently scholarship on borders has lacked systematic study of border management strategies. We redress this lacuna by leveraging a unique dataset on border barriers introduced in the 20th century. Specifically, we evaluate the effectiveness of fences as a defense against transnational terrorist attacks. While much of the literature on transnational terrorism has focused on variables such as democracy, development, and distance that are difficult for policy makers to manipulate, this analysis suggests that fencing may represent an effective policy tool for leaders to insulate their states from transnational terrorist attacks. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP.


Turkey’s Current Challenges in Foreign Policy and Domestic Issues
Thursday, November 13 at 3:00 pm
Dole Institute of Politics

Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz will talk about challenges to civil society, freedom of the press and speech, and pluralistic democracy in the aftermath of the August presidential elections. Other domestic topics such as the Kurdish issue and abuses of power will be covered, as well as foreign policy challenges ranging from the Middle East to the Black Sea. Sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas.


Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) Application Workshop (for Arabic and Persian/Farsi)
Thursday, November 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This intensive workshop will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop is intended to help students applying for CLS for the 2015 term who have already begun their application essays. You must bring a completed draft of your essay to the session. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students). Registration is required. Please email Anne Wallen to reserve your seat at the workshop annewallen@ku.edu.


Nationalism and the Myth of Turkic-Muslim Unity in Central Asia
November 4, 12:00 pm
318 Bailey

Dr. Zanca is professor of anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University. He is co-editor with Jeff Sahadeo of Everyday Life in Central Asia and is the author most recently of Life in a Muslim Uzbek Village: Cotton Farming after Communism. He has conducted research on the political economy of collective farming in Central Asia, and has written on other topics relating to gender, nationalism, religion, and post-Soviet identity. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Global and International Studies, and the Department of Geography. Earn credit for GAP.


Brownbag: Nationalism and the Myth of Turkic-Muslim Unity in Central Asia
November 4, 12:00 pm
318 Bailey

A public lecture by Russell Zanca, PhD., Central Asia Specialist and a Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University. Sponsored by the Center for Russian, European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, and the Department of Geography. Earn credit for GAP.


Goran Ghafour: The Statues
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 pm
Kansas Union, Jayhawk Ink Bookstore

Join Goran Ghafour, one of Iraq’s best-selling novelist for a talk, book signing and reception. His new book, The Statues, discusses the legacy of the Arab Spring. 


Global Food For Thought: The Politics of Tribes in Jordanian Elections
Thursday, September 25, 12:30 pm
Bailey 318

Gail Buttorff, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will examine the role of tribes in the electoral process in Jordan. In particular, she will discuss the socio-economic changes and governmental actions that have resulted in the increased fragmentation of tribes. The lack of coordination between and among Jordanian tribes is one source for the large number of candidates competing for each seat in Jordanian parliamentary elections.

A light lunch will be served. FREE.
Earn credit for GAP.

 

 


Middle East Lecture Series: Dynamics of Change
Is there a 'Middle East'? The Strange History of a Term and its Implications

 
Friday, September 26, 7:30 pm
Burge Union, Gridiron Room

 

Unlike "South America," there is no geographical underlay to what we call "The Middle East."  Since most Muslims live elsewhere, it isn't even strongly demarcated by culture.  What is the origin and history of the term?  What does it tell us about power/knowledge in geopolitics today?

                                                   

Juan Cole is a professor at the University of Michigan, commentator on the Middle East, and founder of the weblog, Informed Comment. Cole is author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (2014) and Engaging the Muslim World (2009). Both books will be available for sale at the lecture. Presented by the KU Middle East Studies Program & KU Honors Program. Co-sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Political Science, Hall Center for the Humanities, Department of History, Department of Geography, KU Students for Justice in the Middle East, Arab Student Union, Jayhawks Without Borders. Earn credit for GAP.


2013:

Lawrence in Arabia: A Celebration of Arab Culture

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00-8:30 PM
Gridiron Room, Burge Union

Join KU Arab Student Union for a night you won't want to miss!

ASU invites you to join them in a fun filled night of Arab cultural activity. Come listen to Arabic music, enjoy the taste of Arabic food, have your name written in Arabic calligraphy, and decorate your hand with beautiful Middle Eastern henna design. The night will also feature a dabke dance performance choreographed by ASU, a talented Oud (traditional Middle Eastern instrument) player, and a fashion show of traditional Arab dress, unique experiences you'll want to be sure to stick around for!

Observe unique artifacts and handicrafts from a variety of Middle Eastern countries.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU Middle East Studies program, and the Center for Global and International Studies.



Concert/Lecture with Cody Case- New Nights in Tunisia: Arab-Andalusian Music, Anouar Brahem, and the Oud

Thursday, April 25, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Centennial Room, Kansas Union

Cody Case is Coordinator for the Global Awareness Program in the University of Kansas Office of International Programs.  He obtained his BA and MA degrees in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and conducted various research projects in Tunisia, France, Quebec, and Ghana. The presentation will focus on findings from studying music in Tunisia from 2009-2010.   

The presentation will first provide an overview of Arab-Andalusian music in North Africa, with specific attention on the Tunisian form known as the Ma’luf.  Cody will perform a few pieces on the oud, or Arab lute, followed by a discussion on the music of Tunisian oud player and composer, Anouar Brahem.  Since the early 1990s, Brahem has been internationally recognized for his unique compositions and instrumentation that bring together several musical forms including the Ma’luf, Turkish music, Arab music, and American jazz.  His creative, simple melodies and emphasis on improvisation are a few distinguishing characteristics in his compositions.  Brahem’s ten albums on the German ECM label include collaborations with multiple renowned Middle Eastern, American, and European musicians.  The presentation will feature a rare recording of an Anouar Brahem concert from 1985 in Tunis, discuss how his style developed in later albums, and highlight the significance of Brahem’s teacher, the influential Tunisian oud virtuoso, Ali Sriti. 


The Arab Uprisings - A Lecture Series Part 3--Can Egypt's Constitution Work?

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 pm
The Commons at Spooner Hall


Dr. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington
University

From Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya or Syria, civil unrest has shaken the political and social stability of North African and Middle-Eastern countries. Two years into these revolutions, some countries are making strides in establishing a new political order, though not necessarily ones people aspiring for more freedom are necessarily in favor of. To better understand the aftermaths to the upheavals, we are sponsoring a lecture series on the Arab Spring, in the spring 2013.

This series is designed to cast new light on the revolutionary process many Middle-Eastern countries are undergoing, from a diverse perspective including history and popular culture, political science, and media.

Sponsored by University Honors Program, Middle East Studies, Center for Global & International Studies. Approved for GAP Credit.


The Arab Uprisings - A Lecture Series Part 1—The Syrian Conflict: Anatomy of a Perfect Storm

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm
The Commons at Spooner Hall


Dr. Leila Hudson, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East Culture and Political Economy at the University of Arizona

From Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya or Syria, civil unrest has shaken the political and social stability of North African and Middle-Eastern countries. Two years into these revolutions, some countries are making strides in establishing a new political order, though not necessarily ones people aspiring for more freedom are necessarily in favor of. To better understand the aftermaths to the upheavals, we are sponsoring a lecture series on the Arab Spring, in the spring 2013.

This series is designed to cast new light on the revolutionary process many Middle-Eastern countries are undergoing, from a diverse perspective including history and popular culture, political science, and media.

Sponsored by University Honors Program, Middle East Studies, Center for Global & International Studies. Approved for GAP Credit.

The Arab Uprisings - A Lecture Series
Part 2--From Resistance to Revolution: The Role of Rock, Metal and Hip Hop Music in the Arab Uprisings
Monday, April 2, 7:30 pm
The Commons in Spooner Hall
Dr. Mark LeVine, Professor of History at the University of California Irvine

From Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya or Syria, civil unrest has shaken the political and social stability of North African and Middle-Eastern countries. Two years into these revolutions, some countries are making strides in establishing a new political order, though not necessarily ones people aspiring for more freedom are necessarily in favor of. To better understand the aftermaths to the upheavals, we are sponsoring a lecture series on the Arab Spring, in the spring 2013.

This series is designed to cast new light on the revolutionary process many Middle-Eastern countries are undergoing, from a diverse perspective including history and popular culture, political science, and media.

Sponsored by University Honors Program, Middle East Studies, Center for Global & International Studies. Approved for GAP Credit.


Beats Not Bombs: Sounds for Syria

Saturday, March 2nd, 7:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Students for Justice in the Middle East would like to invite the KU Community to a night of music and understanding. The essence of this event will be educating attendees on the realities of the current situation in Syria through music, spoken word, and discussion. Omar Offendum samples classical Arabic music with his modern, hip-hop influenced art and music. He stresses the importance of awareness of all social justice issues not only domestic but internationally.

Overall, our goal is to provide a night of education and hope.


5 Broken Cameras

A Public Screening and Panel Discussion Hosted by the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation
Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00 pm
917 Highland Drive, Lawrence

Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Visiting Israel Professor at KU's Jewish Studies Program, will open the evening with a talk about Anger and Hope in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.

Following this introduction, the film will be screened. 5 Broken Cameras is a Palestinian-Israeli co-production documentary -- a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village against the separation barrier built on the lands of the village. The film is 2013 Academy Awards nominee for best documentary feature. 

After the screening a panel discussion will be conducted with two honorable participants:

Nyla R. Branscombe is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kansas. Her research has been focused on basic issues of Intergroup Relations, and particularly how members of low and high status groups cope with threats to their social identity. 

Leslie Newman is an attorney focusing on community development in Native American and border communities.  She spent two years living in Jerusalem, from 1988-1990.  While she was there, she worked on a project on conflict resolution at Hebrew University, as well as an Israeli-Palestinian human rights initiative.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies, and The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center at the University of Kansas.  Entrance is free of charge. 


Iranian Studies Group

Tuesday, February, 26, 5:15 pm
329 Blake Hall

PBS documentary The Iranian Americans

Sponsored by Middle East Studies, Center for Global & International Studies. Approved for GAP Credit.


Global Food for Thought: The Curious Case of the Kurds (and Kurdish Nationalism)

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 pm
Blake 329

Dr. Michael Wuthrich is the Assistant Director, Center for Global and International Studies and a researcher of the societies and politics of Turkey and the Middle East.

Teaser: “What’s the deal with the Kurds?” The history of the last century has demonstrated numerous cases of ethnic groups, some rather small, finding a way to carve out for themselves autonomous nation-states from larger, domineering existing states often antagonistic to the idea of secession. Why have the Kurds, a population estimated at 25 million and residing within a relatively coherent territorial region and argued to be the largest ethnicity (or “nation”) without a nation-state, not been able to achieve nation-state success? The talk will discuss this question and the various factors that might explain a phenomenon that seems to be a peculiar puzzle, especially to the outside observer, and highlight several of the intriguing paradoxes that have manifest themselves in the development of Kurdish nationalism, particularly in Turkey where the Kurds are most numerous.

Light refreshments will be served. Approved for GAP Credit.


Syria: New Voices and Paths Forward

Wednesday, February 20, 2:30 pm
Kansas Room, Kansas Union

Panelists: Dr. Michael Wuthrich, Dr. Elif Andac and Dr. Marie Brown. Moderator: Dr. Jacquelene Brinton

Sponsored by Middle East Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Arab Student Union, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Muslim Student Association. Approved for GAP Credit.


2012:

 

Egypt 2013: Uncovering Misconceptions about the Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Islam Video, and Post-Revolution Changes

Wednesday, November 28
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union

A panel lecture on the political, economic and social state of Egypt moving into the new year. 

Sponsored by: KU Students for Justice in the Middle East (SJME), African and African American Studies, CGIS, Middle East Studies, & Kansas African Studies Center


Panelists: 

Adham Hashish: KU law doctorate student, former law lecturer at Alexandria University in Egypt

Jacqueline Brinton: KU  professor, religious studies expert, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009

Marwa Ghazali: Ph.D.student in Anthropology, Graduate Teaching Assistant Western Civilization 

 


Global Food For Thought (CGIS Lunchtime Lecture Series)- Women in Iran: Challenges and Opportunities-A Comparative Perspective
Speaker: Fatemeh Sadraee

Friday, November 16
2:30 PM
Centennial Room, Kansas Union

This talk will present an inside view of the experience of women in Iran. The most pressing issues, both positive and negative, will be examined, especially in relation to life after the 1979 Islamic revolution. What opportunities and challenges emerged and what was lost following the revolution? The speaker will present a comparative view of advantages and disadvantages experienced by women in Iran in relation to women in other countries in the Persian Gulf, including topics such as Hijab, participation in sports, professional opportunities and more.

Fatemeh Sadraee is the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant and Cultural Embassador for Iran to KU for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. She holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Translation Studies from the Fars Science Research University in Shiraz, Iran.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies


Lecture: Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy? Critical Notes on the Arab Spring

Thursday, November 1
1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

Dr. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver

In the elections that followed the toppling of longstanding dictators, secular and liberal parties have been crushed while the Muslim Brotherhood and other religious-based parties have emerged victorious. How can we begin to understand the popularity and persistence of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East? What are the prospects for liberal democracy in the region? Where is this region headed politically in the upcoming years and what are the implications for the United States and the West? Approved for GAP Credit.

Sponsored by the International Relations Council of Kansas City and the Center for Global & International Studies.


2011:

 

Talk: Turkey's Foreign Policy & Principles: A Conversation with Consul General Fatih Yildiz of Turkey
 

Thursday, December 1, 2:00 P.M.
English Room, Kansas Union

Fatih Yildiz is the Consul General of Turkey in Chicago. Since graduating from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Yildiz has devoted his career to diplomacy and international relations, serving in the Turkish embassies in Sarajevo, Washington, DC, and Chicago. He has worked as a member of the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE, 1999-2002) and the Cabinet of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004). In this conversation Yildiz will discuss student learning and study abroad opportunities for American students in Turkey, Turkish foreign policy, and economics and trade in Turkey today.

Free and open to the public; Q&A to follow.

For more information, contact Leslie von Holten: lvonholt@ku.edu.


Talk: Nawal El Saadawi
 
Wednesday, September 14
7:00-9:00 P.M.
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium

Renowned Egyptian scholar, writer, and activist, to campus to deliver the Marwa Africana Lecture. Nawal was imprisoned, among other things, for her activist role in exposing the political, religious, and economic plight and repression of Egyptian and Arab women. She will speak on "Creativity and Dissidence" and answer questions on current events in Egypt, including the political and economic background of the Arab/North African/Egyptian crisis, and the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood. Co-sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies, KASC, and CGIS.

Panel Discussion: Revolutions in the Middle East, What's Next?

Monday, March 7
4:00 P.M.
Pine Room, Kansas Union

Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor of Law
An expert on international trade, Bhala is the author of "Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a)" (forthcoming) and numerous books on international trade law.

Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor of History
An expert on contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern history, Marashi is the author of "Nationalizing Iran."

Erik Herron, Associate Professor of Political Science
An expert on democratization, Herron is the author of "Elections and Democracy after Communism?"

Moderated by Thomas Heilke, Director of the Center for Global and International Studies and Professor of Political Science.

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center.

Approved for GAP credit.


2010:

 

Middle East Book Discussion Series

A four-part book group is scheduled at the Lawrence Public Library this fall, and registration for both begins on Wednesday, September 1. Registration is required if you wish to borrow the set of books from the Library. If you do not plan to attend all of the sessions, you are welcome to locate your own copies of the books and attend just some of the meetings without registering. To register, call Maria Butler at 785-843-3833, ext. 123, or email mbutler@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

For many of us, the Middle East is an unfamiliar and mysterious place, and perhaps a place that we fear because it is unknown. This book group is an opportunity for us to draw back the veil and get to know some parts of the Middle East a little better. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library Gallery. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies at KU, and was funded by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

November 9 My Prison, My Home by Haleh Esfandiari – Author relates how a trip to Iran to visit her elderly mother ended in imprisonment and an international incident. Discussion leader Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor of History, KU.
October 26 The Israelis by Donna Rosenthal – Written by a journalist who conducted extensive interviews with people representing a broad cross-section of Israeli society. Discussion leader Tamara Falicov, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, KU.
October 12 The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany – A novel by an Egyptian author, about the very diverse inhabitants of a run-down building in Cairo. Discussion leader Jacquelene Brinton, Professor of Religious Studies, KU.
September 28 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi- A graphic novel telling the author’s own story of life in Iran at the time of the Shah’s overthrow. Discussion leader Beverly Mack, Professor of African Studies, KU.

Lecture: Developing Future Leaders in Afghanistan: A Case Study of University British Parliamentary Debate

Wednesday October 20, 3:30 pm
207 Blake Hall

Professor Diana Carlin
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and
the Center for Global and International Studies


A Conversation with United Nations Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe

Monday October 18, 12:00 PM
Watson Library

The KU Center for Global & International Studies is pleased to present B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General to the United Nations. KU alumnus Pascoe will brief the audience about his recent missions abroad and host a Q & A with KU students and faculty. Students interested in careers abroad are encouraged to come and take part in this discussion.

Approved for DOUBLE GAP Points 


"TEACHING THE SILK ROAD: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL MARKET"

K-16 Workshop for Educators

Saturday, April 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 318 Bailey Hall

Come and learn with our specialists about this fascinating ancient-but-modern topic. Our presenters will discuss Mongolia and Central Asia, how the Global Market is affecting the economy, educational systems, culture, religion, and governments of the countries in this region.

The "Silk Road" is an ancient network of trails and trading routes connecting East Asia to the Mediterranean. This network became the first real device of globalization that helped to spread goods, beliefs, and technologies far from their areas of origin. Today’s Silk Road region trades in more than commodities and oil: “Asia and the Middle East are home to the world's largest pools of surplus cash, much of which is managed by six of the top 10 sovereign wealth funds. That makes the new Silk Road a key nexus for the next generation of blockbuster financial deals.” (The quote from the Travel section, Newsweek.

BRING YOUR STUDENTS! PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE FREE OF CHARGE CURRICULUM MATERIALS

PROGRAM

8:30 a.m. Arrival and Registrations
Refreshments will be served.

Presentations

9 a.m. Battsetseg Serj (CEAS,KU): "Silk Road and Cultural Exchange: Past and Present (The Case of Mongolia)”
10 a.m. Asel Abdyromanova (The Faculty of International Relations and State Service, International Relations Department, Osh State University, Kirghizstan): "Cities of the Great Silk Road: The Impact of the Global Market on Osh, Uzgen, Balasagun and Tash Rabat (The Case of Kyrgyzstan)”
11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. Arsen Tleppayev (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Business, Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan): "Relations between the Countries of the Silk Road Region: The Economics of Oil and Gas (The Case of Kazakhstan)”
12:15 p.m. Lunch with Introductions. Lunch provided by KU Center of Economic Education

Presentations

1 p.m. Mathew Stein (Central Asian Research Specialist for FMSO, Fort Leavenworth): "Making Connections to the Khans: Education in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan"
2 p.m. Nadia Kardash (Economic Education, CEE, KU): "Teaching Globalization and World Trade through History and Geography: Lesson Demonstration and Literature Connections"
3 p.m. Discussion

WORKSHOP IS FREE OF CHARGE AND OFFERS A CHANCE TO EARN PROFESSIONAL CREDIT. IN ADDITION TO EARNING PROFESSIONAL CREDIT, YOU MAY ELECT TO BE A "TEACHER-SCHOLAR" ASSOCIATED WITH OUR CENTER AND EARN $100! To qualify, you must: a) attend the workshop, b) create a lesson based on the workshop, and c) use the lesson in your classroom. We will feature your lesson plan on our website and share it with other teachers.

PLEASE REGISTER. SPACE IS LIMITED. TRAVEL GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE.
To register contact Tatyana Wilds: tvw@ku.edu or 785-864-4237

Presented by The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the Center for Economic Education (CEE), the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), and the Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS)

Download flyer here.


"How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and How to End the War on Terror"     

Reza Aslan, Best-Selling Author & Middle East Expert speaks at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Wednesday, February 17th,9:00 pm
Location: Hansen Hall

This is a GAP approved event. Students working toward GAP (Global Awareness Program) certification received double credit points for attending.

One of the nation’s most respected experts on Islam and the Middle East, Dr. Reza Aslan has
degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University and U.C. Santa Barbara,
as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman
Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is author of the internationally acclaimed best-seller No god
but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which The New York Times lauded as a
“grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined…literate, accessible introduction to Islam.”
Aslan's latest book How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on
Terror is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded
militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam.

A columnist for The Daily Beast, Aslan's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Review of Books, Prospect Magazine (UK), Slate
Magazine and The Nation. Aslan has appeared on Meet the Press, Fresh Air with Terry Gross,
Dennis Miller, Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The first young Muslim intellectual to come on the scene in years, Aslan brings a new, passionate,
and much-needed perspective to the national discussion regarding Islam. In his lectures and
writings, Aslan masterfully explores the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the
Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is currently in the midst
of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization. He explains with great lucidity the
different sects and schism within Islam and demonstrates the variety of ways in which the religion
has been understood and interpreted by Muslims and Westerners throughout history.
Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

 


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