Center for Palestine Studies Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile

June 23 - 29, 2014

Cineteca Nacional de Chile

The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University presents the first annual Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile at the Cineteca Nacional (Centro Cultural La Moneda). This weeklong festival, which runs from June 23 to 29, 2014, will feature iconic works from Palestinian cinema, which has emerged as a globally influential artistic force.

CPS, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers Latin America (Santiago), the Center for Arab Studies at the University of Chile and the Cineteca Nacional, will present a comprehensive selection of Palestinian cinema. Following in the footsteps of other Palestinian international film festivals in Madrid, London and Boston, the purpose of the inaugural Santiago Festival is to engage Latin American audiences with filmic depictions of Palestinian history and culture.  This year's Festival is focused on the theme of cinema and exile. The program includes the screening of eight feature films and five short films; twelve of these films will premiere for the first time in Chile.

For more information and the full program, please visit www.muestracinepalestino.com

Panel Discussion on Instability in Iraq and Implications for Global Energy Markets

Thursday, June 19th

Time: 3:45 to 5:15 pm
Location: Columbia Club
15 West 43rd Street (between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas)

 
Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion on Instability in Iraq and Implications for Global Energy Markets with:

Heilma Croft, Managing Director, Barclays Capital;

Dr. Michael Knights, Lafer Fellow, The Washington Institute;

Dr. Austin Long, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA;

Dr. Edward L. Morse, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup; and

Dr. Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, Harvard University's Kennedy School; former Deputy National Security Adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Recent violence in Iraq, led by the Sunni insurgent group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), threatens to embroil Iraq and the region in instability. This uncertainty has already triggered spikes in global oil prices. Our panelists will discuss how current events in Iraq and the region will impact regional politics, global energy markets and energy security, and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Center Director Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion.

Registration is required: http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/events-calendar 

This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: energypolicy.columbia.edu/watch

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu  

Middle Eastern Movies at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Abounaddara Collective Shorts from Syria + Discussion of "Emergency Cinema"

(New York premiere)

Filmmaker(s): Various filmmakers

Year: 2013 / 90m

June 19

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First to Fall

(New York premiere)

Filmmaker(s): Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza

Year: 2013 / 80m

June 17 / 18

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Scheherazade's Diary

(New York premiere)

Filmmaker(s): Zeina Daccache

Year: 2013 / 80m

June 22

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Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars

(New York premiere)

Filmmaker(s): Berit Madsen

Year: 2013 / 88m

June 15 / 21

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The Mulberry House

(New York premiere)

Filmmaker(s): Sara Ishaq

Year: 2013 / 64m

June 19

***For complete schedule and to buy tickets visit: http://ff.hrw.org/eventlist/5/region ***

The Fifth Tunis Exchange Conference

June 10-June 22, 2014

Application Deadline I April 20 / Deadline II May 10

Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

Track 1: Academic Seminars. Participants will attend a series of lectures with leading professors and public intellectuals in Tunisia.

Track 2: Dialogue with Leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political, religious and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Tunisia.

Track 3: Two-Day Conference and Cultural Day June 13-15. Included in the tuition for the program, Tunis exchange students will participate in a two-day conference at the Ambassadeurs Hotel focusing on the upcoming elections in Tunisia and the wider political situation in the region. The conference will feature speeches and discussions led by a range of Tunisian politicians, activists, intellectuals and academics, including but not limited to (preliminary confirmations): Hamadi Jbeili, Kamal Morjane, Maya Jreibi, Adnan Hajji, Lubna Jreibi, Meherzia Laabidi, Youssef Seddik,Sihem Ben Saddrine, Hama Hammami and a number of other figures. Alumni of previous Exchanges, as well as selected members of the general public, will be invited to register for the two-day conference.

 

In order to encourage the most open discussion possible, the conference will be held under Chatham House rules and will therefore be off the record and closed to the press.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com 

2014 Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

When: May 19 - August 8, 2014

Scholars are invited to apply to this Summer Research Lab to utilize the University Library's

resources on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and/or to attend two workshops, as well as

obtain assistance from the Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the

International and Area Studies Library.

 

Workshops:

July 14:  "Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography" will be taught by University of Illinois professor Valerie Hoffman and Florida State University professor Adam Gaiser. This

workshop will introduce scholars to the doctrines, terminology, history and major sources on

Ibadi Islam, utilizing sources in the Sultan Qaboos Collection in the University of Illinois

Library.

 

July 16: "The Arab Spring (al-Rabīʻ al-'Arabī)" will be taught by Laila Hussein Moustafa,

University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa. This workshop will

introduce scholars to Arabic sources on the Arab uprisings and will help them learn how to

search and find books, articles and films on this topic.

 

Registration: To register, complete the online form and submit payment at

http://go.illinois.edu/2014SummerResearchLabregister.

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2014

Contact: For more information, please visit http://www.csames.illinois.edu/resources/summerlab/

or contact Angela Williams at aswillms@illinois.edu.

2014 Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

When: May 19 - August 8, 2014

Scholars are invited to apply to this Summer Research Lab to utilize the University Library's

resources on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and/or to attend two workshops, as well as

obtain assistance from the Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the

International and Area Studies Library.

 

Workshops: July 14:  "Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography" will be taught by University of Illinois professor Valerie Hoffman and Florida State University professor Adam Gaiser. This

workshop will introduce scholars to the doctrines, terminology, history and major sources on

Ibadi Islam, utilizing sources in the Sultan Qaboos Collection in the University of Illinois

Library.

 

July 16: "The Arab Spring (al-Rabīʻ al-'Arabī)" will be taught by Laila Hussein Moustafa,

University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa. This workshop will

introduce scholars to Arabic sources on the Arab uprisings and will help them learn how to

search and find books, articles and films on this topic.

 

Registration: To register, complete the online form and submit payment at

http://go.illinois.edu/2014SummerResearchLabregister.

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2014

 

Contact: For more information, please visit http://www.csames.illinois.edu/resources/summerlab/

orcontact Angela Williams at aswillms@illinois.edu.

 

Call for Papers - 2nd Graduate Workshop in Ottoman Studies at the University of Oxford

"The Ottoman Empire in the Age of Modernity: Political and Cultural Representations"

May 9, 2014

The Ottoman Studies Group at Oxford (OSGO), in cooperation with Ertegun House and the Middle East Center (MEC) at St. Antony's College, is delighted to announce that the second graduate workshop in Ottoman Studies will be held at the University of Oxford on May 9, 2014. This workshop, titled "The Ottoman Empire in the Age of Modernity: Political and Cultural Representations,"intends to provide a forum for graduate students in Ottoman studies to present their research, exchange ideas, and develop scholarly networks.

The workshop aims to address political and cultural issues by bringing together an international and multi-disciplinary group of scholars. By focusing on the broad theme of "representation," the workshop seeks for an interdisciplinary re-thinking of social, political, cultural, and visual history of the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire. We invite papers on a broad range of topics related to the theme of "representation," including, but not limited to:

1.     Theoretical discussions of the concept of representation.

2.     Representations in Ottoman historiography.

3.     Literary representations, intellectual movements and debates.

4.     Rethinking national identity and citizenship.

5.     Representations of the "other" in Ottoman society.

6.     Orientalism and "self-orientalism" in the late Ottoman Empire.

7.     Self-representation and individual/collective image-making.

8.     Representations of gender and sexuality.

9.     Visual representations: architecture, cinema, painting, photography, and cartography.

Presentations should be 20 minutes.

Please send your 300-word abstract including a paper title, with your affiliation, and a biographical statement (max. 100 words) to the Organizing Committee by March 9, 2014 to osgoxford@gmail.com

Accepted participants will be informed by March 24, 2014.

The exact programme of the workshop will be announced by April 11, 2014.

For additional information, please visit www.osgoxford.net or contact us at osgoxford@gmail.com

Makam New York Concert

Friday, May 2

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at SYMPHONY SPACE, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street  

Makam New York captures the vibrant spirit of the musical traditions of Asia Minor, Greece, Balkans, and the Levant. Internationally acclaimed musicians explore the timeless beauty in the artistic expression of Turkish, Greek, Sephardic Jewish, and Armenian composers, as well as their own pieces.

Ross Daly, Ahmet Erdoğdular, Yurdal Tokcan and Ömer Erdoğdular captivate their audiences with interpretations of centuries old pieces, their own contemporary compositions, and improvisations on ney, oud, tarhu, Cretan lyra and voice.

$25; Members, Seniors, Students, Groups $20; Children $15; Day of Show $28    

Third Annual Turkish Music Institute Workshop at Columbia University

May 2-6, 2014

5days - 5hrs a day : 10am-4pm

Class Fee: $485

We are pleased to announce Third Annual Turkish Music Institute Workshop in New York City. This year the workshop will offer four classes that will focus on practical use of music theory, intonation, and modal repertoire analysis and interpretation taught by world-renowned master teachers.

The workshop will take place at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY in Manhattan.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: To apply send us a letter to info@makamnewyork.org describing your music background and a short music sample.

To register please send payment to Makam New York P.O. Box 250689 New York, NY 10025, or through Paypal.

Internship Opportunity with the New York Delegation of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

FIDH delegation to the United Nations (UN) in New York is looking for a full-time or

part-time intern available for a minimum of 4 months.

 

For more information about FIDH and our mandate, please visit:

http://www.fidh.org/-english-   

New York's activities include:

* Developing advocacy strategies to protect and promote human rights in crisis

situations (for example: Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, & Haiti) and on thematic

issues (for example: the protection of human rights while countering terrorism,

fighting impunity for international crimes and human rights violations

* Bringing local human rights defenders (from Indonesia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc.)

to New York and Washington for advocacy meetings with senior UN and

government officials

* Analyzing UN policies and programs and developing and presenting

recommendations to strengthen the work of the UN in upholding human rights

 

How to apply:

To apply for this internship, please send the following documents:

· A cover letter,

· A copy of your resume/CV, and

· A writing sample (maximum 5 pages), preferably on the topic of human rights

or international affairs

with the subject line: 'FIDH-NY Internship Candidate' , to Ms. Stephanie David

at: sdavid@fidh.org   

Lost in Transition: Conflict and Change in the Arab World -- With Rashid Khalidi and Paul Salem

Wednesday, April 30

Time: 6:30pm

Location: LAU/ New York Headquarters and Academic Center

211 East 46th Street (Between 2nd &3rd Avenues)New York, NY 10017

Duringa panel discussion, Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and Dr. Paul Salem from the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, will address the  current transitions and  changes in the Arab World.  

This event is part of the SINARC/NY Lecture series organized by the Lebanese American University. 

The Struggle for Syria: A Talk with Patrick Cockburn

Wednesday, April 30 

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Shapiro Hall, Davis Auditorium


Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn worked as the Financial Times' Middle East correspondent since 1979 and is currently writing for the London-based, The Independent.

Recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006 and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009, he is also the author of four books on Iraq's recent history.


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Alwan for the Arts, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Middle East Institute.

The Battle for Justice in Palestine with Ali Abunimah

Tuesday, April 29

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building 417 (Enter on Amsterdam Ave, between W 116th St and W 118th St.)

* The event is free and open to the general public. Columbia University ID holders only need to show their IDs upon entrance to the event. Attendees without a Columbia University will need to RSVP here beforehand and bring their email confirmation and a photo ID.

Efforts to achieve a "two-state solution" have finally collapsed; the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. Ali Abunimah will be speaking on his new book The Battle for Justice in Palestine (Haymarket Books), which offers a clear analysis of this crossroads moment and looks forward with urgency down the path to a more hopeful future. Abunimah will be introduced by MESAAS professor Joseph Massad.

ALI ABUNIMAH is also the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), the Columbia International Socialist Organization (ISO) and Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP).

It Won't Stop Until We Talk

Tuesday, April 29 

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Diana Center LL103


A screening of clips from Damelin and Aramin's upcoming documentary, "Two Sided Story," followed by presentations from the speakers. Students involved in activism on the conflict will lead breakout discussions immediately following.  Dinner will be provided.

Email jstreetcu@gmail.com with questions.

This event is sponsored by J Street CU and the Institute for Religion & Culture in Public Life.

Translating the Qur'an in 17th Century Italy: the Use of Quranic Exegesis in the Recenty Discovered Manuscripts by Ludovico Marracci - A Lecture by Roberto Tottoli

Tuesday, April 29

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 501 Hamilton, Department of Italian

 Fifteen manuscripts written by, or belonging to, Ludovico Marracci were discovered in 2012 in Rome, in the Library of his Religious Order (Mother of God, Piazza dei Campitelli). This material includes a grammar of Arabic, a dictionary Latin-Arabic, a pair of other treaties, and above all the preliminary versions of his translations and introductory parts to his major work: the translation and commentary of the Qur'ān, which was published in Padua in 1698. There are four complete versions of his translation, which attest his work on the Qur'ān. These versions further attest the use of Quranic commentaries in his work and bears testimony to the Arabic and Islamic literature he had at disposition and circulated in 17th century Rome, along with his painstaking work on the Latin remaking paralleled by a growing knowledge of the Islamic exegetical interpretations.

Roberto Tottoli is Professor at the Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale. He is Chair of the Department "Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean". His publications include Biblical Prophets in the Qur'ān and Muslim literature and The Stories of the Prophets of Ibn Mutarrif al-Tarafi.

For any further information, contact Pier Mattia Tommasino, pmt2114@columbia.edu 

US Premiere of Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi, translated by Chantal Bilodeau

 Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis

 April 18 - May 10

@ HERE (145 6th Ave)

What if bombs and gunfire were the daily soundtrack to your life? Welcome to Holy Land...a raw and evocative tale of two families in a war ravaged city, trying to find humor when all is lost.

Holy Land has been presented to critical acclaim in Paris, Vienna, Prague, London, Milan, Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm and Hamburg. 3rd Kulture Kids is bringing it to you here for its US Premiere.

With a multicultural cast, featuring  Obie-award winner Jojo Gonzalez, Sean Carvajal, Ana Grosse, Pia Haddad and Gil Perez-Abraham.

More information and ticket sale at here.org/shows/detail/1416/ or call 212-352-3101.

"Palestinian Strengths" A Talk by Amira Haas, Haaretz Correspondent

Wednesday April 9

TIme: 7:00 PM
Location: Hamilton Hall, Room 702  

Amira Hass is the Haaretz correspondent for the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Born in Jerusalem, Hass joined Haaretz in 1989, and has been in her current position since 1993. As the correspondent for the territories, she spent three years living in Gaza, which served as the basis for her widely acclaimed book, Drinking the Sea at Gaza. She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1997. Hass is also the author of two other books, both of which are compilations of her articles.

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies.

Global Leaders: Conversations with Ambassadors Mansour al-Otaibi of Kuwait and Abdullah al-Mouallimi of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations

Wednesday, April 9

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs/Downtown - Woolworth

15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street) Room 430

This upcoming event hosted by Professor and Senior Fellow at NYU's Center for Global Affairs Dr. Alon Ben-Meir;  will touch on a wide array of issues and promises to be an enlightening and engaging discussion.

Registration for this event is required; please click here to register. For more information, contact NYU's Center for Global Affairs at (212) 992-8380.